We stayed for a couple of weeks in high summer. The property was clean, although the kitchen area was small it had all the required gadgets (dishwasher/microwave/coffe machine etc), nice bathroom with plenty of hot water, nice decent sized and clean pool, lovely surroundings, pretty, close enough to local town to be convenient and the friendly owners are happy to advise on local amenities and places to go etc.
There were several disppointments however; we didn't find the beds at all comfortable so didn't sleep well, the towels and bedlinen whilst clean were quite old and tired, the properties were in a disappointing state of repair (light fittings hanging out,exposed wires, loose stairgate, one room flooded, the cooker plug was burned, etc etc) which if you are after a rustic holiday and it doesn't both you is fine, but we had small children with us and felt that it was too risky an environment to be appropriately marketed as family friendly. Other child-related issues include: steep stairs, no stairgate at the bottom, long exposed riverbank, ancient rusty farm artefacts around (gives atmosphere, not great for pre-schoolers). There is a playground but the equipment is quite tired. The other thing we didn't like was that as the owners live on site they use the same facilities as the guests (e.g. washing machines, they use parts of the buildings as their storage/freezers etc), whilst this means they are accesible and around to help if necessary they were also in and out of the building complex while we were trying to enjoy family meals/have private conversations which we found intrusive at times (others may have a differnet view though, I accept) and irritatingly kept letting their large dog in to root around under the table while we were eating (again, some people would be happy with this, we were not and one of our children is frightened of dogs).
Montignac is a nice little town; good to wander about in, nice river frontage, good market, we would recommend the location. A good base to explore the area from.
Overall, it is a convenient, very quiet and pretty place to stay with lots of space, and has a number of things going for it. What it is not is luxury accommodation and for the price we ended up paying in the summer we expected rather better quality; it has a feeling of being run on a budget which was disappointing. We wouldn't necessarily warn you off staying here, but be prepared to have to supervise children fairly closely and off-peak would give it a more appropriate price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 Self catering Holiday Homes and Bed & Breakfast in the Dordogne,located 5 minutes from Montignac(Lascaux caves) and 25 minutes from Sarlat. Nestled in 15 acres of private grounds, in a peaceful rural setting with magnificent views, it is centrally located to explore the region, many tourist sites are just 30 minutes away. Open all year, Wifi available. Warm hospitality from friendly English owners.Facilities onsite include : Swimming pool, Table Tennis, a covered play area, an outdoor playground, garden, Private fishing on the river frontage ,parking. The holiday homes are fully furnished with well equipped kitchen, Outdoor table & chairs and BBQ's for al fresco dining. ... more less