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Ancient Oaks
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Ancient Oaks
Sun terrace facing the swimming pool
Scented pathway from the house to the carpark
Sun Deck with rocking chairs
Pool and sundeck
Outside hanger with barbecue and fridge
Outside  eating area with gas BBQ and drinks fridge
Dining Al Fresco
Entrance hall under the mezzanine
Kitchen Dining area
Vast open lounge/kitchen/dining room. Ideal for family parties
Large open kitchen/dining area
American style kitchen. fridge can deliver up to 150 ice cubes per day!
Master Bedroom
View from master bedroom
En suite to master bedroom
Triple bedroom
Large double bedroom
Downstairs Bedroom
Downstairs shower room
Staircase to mezzanine
Private garden
Drinks under the pergola
Spacious leefy garden
Private off road parking for 3-4 cars
Rock garden at Jaumatres
Boat trips at Crozan
View of gorge from the restaurant at Crozan
Games at Lake Sidialles beach
Cycling on the canal towpath
Cycling pit stop alongside the canal
Sidialles Lake with sandy beach, pedalos, canoes,.tree walks, ziplines and snack bar
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Chateaumeillant, Cher, Berry, Centre-Val de Loire

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Zan A
1 review
“Relaxing, peaceful, home from home set in a beautiful and quiet location.”
Reviewed August 31, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

A well managed and tastefully furnished and kitted out house. Di and Dave were excellent, professional hosts but not at all intrusive. One of our party needed to take their car to the garage which they arranged and took him to, to ensure he was treated/charged fairly! The garden is beautiful and plenty of space to loose the children or find a quiet space to get away from it all! The pool was fab - cleaned daily which provided great entertainment for the little ones! The outdoor BBQ area was just right to eat en-masse and enjoy the warmer summer evenings. The perfect, relaxing holiday - lots to do in the area but such a lovely house you may not want or need to go too far away!

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Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 3, 2016
Dear Zan, thank you so much for your lovely and informative review. Dave and are so pleased to read your lovely comments about Ancient Oaks and the surrounding area and especially pleased you all enjoyed your holiday so much. We very much enjoyed you staying at Ancient Oaks and hope to see you in the future.
Di and Dave
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s220875
Clackmannan, United Kingdom
1 review
“6 Stars are deserved both for the house and the ownwers”
Reviewed July 25, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We have just enjoyed a wonderful 2 week holiday at Ancient Oaks with our daughter, son-in - law and her family of 4 children aged 2 - 11.
The house is perfect for a family and the garden is as described.. safe and LARGE. Kids had a great time exploring.
Hosts Di and Dave live in an adjacent cottage and gave a warm welcome and also a fantastic (pre-booked) dinner on arrival. Wine was excellent.
Do not consider owners next door a negative.. unobtrusive but there if you have any questions about the local area.
Also if you have left a dog at home Molly the Collie is happy to play fetch in the garden if you ask Dave to borrow her!
Swimming pool safe (fenced and alarmed) and warm and ideal for wee ones.
Barbeque area (large barn with table) was great for dining and also chilling from the sun Beer fridge was well used!

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Foodie590
Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
Reviewed July 21, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We have just returned from a stay in Ancient Oaks. From beginning to end everything was perfect. The owners are really nice people. I had to make a change to my booking and they were so accommodating and understanding. They could have charged me but they didn't.
They were also quick to reply to any queries.

We have five children aged between 4 and 12. They all loved the house and garden. It is a converted barn which has been lovingly restored and the result is really beautiful . The house has every modern convenience and is light and airy.
It even managed to stay relatively cool when temperatures soared outdoors. The rooms are tastefully decorated ,and all have lovely smells from whatever oils etc that are in most rooms.Someone has a real talent for interior decor!

The garden is the prettiest I have ever been in. Huge trees overhang a beautiful, natural space which is not overly manicured. It retains all its natural beauty. Pretty roses and herbs abound.
The garden has boules, table tennis and of course the pool. This was maintained so well by Dave and Di but they were like the elves coming to make the shoes when they came to clean it lol!! Completely unobtrusive.

The outdoor kitchen is great and the barbecue is really superb. We enjoyed a number of great meals outdoors.
The owners live on site but are so good, they will only make contact if you need them. They have a lovely dog too , Molly,which was a big hit with our kids!
I couldn't hesitate to to recommend this lovely place. Thanks Dave, Di and Molly!

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Liked best: Garden
Liked least: Little bit remote
Traveling group: Young Children
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Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Karen K
Uckfield, United Kingdom
1 review
“Amazing”
Reviewed June 1, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We stayed for 1 week with 7 adults, 3 under 5's and a baby. There was plenty of room for all of us. The house is beautiful and exceeded all expectations. The gardens are lovely, plenty of room for the little ones to run about and the pool is superb. Dave and Di are fabulous hosts, even providing a meal on arrival (at a very reasonable cost), this was most welcome after a long drive. This is a lovely part of France and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ancient Oaks and hope to visit again.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Euan B
Newport, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic Holiday House for all the Family”
Reviewed September 1, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We have just returned from an amazing 2 week holiday at Ancient Oaks. The house exceeded all expectations, it was decorated beautifully and had everything we needed for 2 families with young children.
Most of our days were spent round the pool, which was the perfect size for the children to swim about it safely whilst we relaxed on the side and for us to cool off in when necessary.
Once the children were in bed, our evenings were spent in the outdoor BBQ area which was equipped with an impressive gas BBQ and a beer/wine fridge, both of which we got good use out of.
Dave & Di, the owners were great, on hand to offer advice and recommendations of things to do if needed.
We all had a great time at Ancient Oaks and would recommend anyone thinking about booking to go ahead as you won't be disappointed.

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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James_Oxf...
Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lovely house in the heart of France”
Reviewed August 4, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We stayed here with family in June. The owners live next door and were very friendly and always available to give us suggestions on places to go and things to see.

The house is lovely and fully modern. All the bedrooms are of a good size and there is lots of room. I loved the kitchen which was very spacious and well equipped, but there is also a great bbq area and a nice pool to cool off in. The place has UK sky television and a big TV which was very good because we were there during the world cup and the boys got to enjoy the games.
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The local area is exactly what you'd expect from rural France - lots of picturesque villages and little towns with plenty of vineyards making lovely wine, which we enjoyed whole heartedly . We went cycling a couple of times while we were there on bikes that we rented from the local town. The bikes were in good condition and the cycling was great - not too many hills!

Overall it was a great week, lovely area and the house is excellent. We are already talking about going back next year.

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Liked best: BBQ area
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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alan m
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Superb quality accommodation in tranquil setting”
Reviewed July 29, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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We have hired a number of gites in France but this surpassed anything we had stayed in before. The property is big, and well equipped. Everything works as it should, including the pool, which was well used. Dave and Di maintained the pool on a daily basis. As hosts they are great sources of local information as required, but equally discrete.

The area is in the heart of France. It has wildlife in abundance, and masses of oak trees. While not full of obvious tourist attractions, we were never stuck for somewhere to go and explore or visit, and there are a number of country walks we have had to save for another time.

All in all, a great place to spend a relaxing but interesting couple of weeks and we were very glad we chose Ancient Oaks for our base.

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Traveling group: Teenagers
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