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Jardins de Saint-Benoit
Namur, Belgium
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“Simply great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

Our family rented a house "type 2" in July 2011. In general, we had a great time there. The surroundings are magnificent, the houses are very comfortable and clean, and the staff is very friendly. In the village, there is a small Spar supermarket, and in nearby Lezignan, there's a big Carrefour supermarket. Furthermore, there's a bar/pizza place in the village (at least, if the pizza guy feels like working, because his opening hours are erratic).
A number of French cities are nearby, as well as the beaches of various coastal towns such as Port-la-Nouvelle. All this forces you everyday to take the difficult decision whether to make a citiytrip, visit the beach or kick back at the pool and catch some rays. :)

Even though we were there during peak season, not all of the houses were occupied, much to our surprise.

The Kids club is great. They have staff who are fluent in different languages, and they take very good care of the kids. For instance, before they go out on a hot day, they make sure that every kid has a hat and sunscreen applied. The club does activities such as fishing in the Nielle (see picture), preparing tapas, exploring the veggie garden and various arts and crafts.

The staff deserves nothing but praise. I've seen a number of situations in which they showed that they genuinely care about the well-being of the guests. This kind of professionalism always makes me very happy.

Two remarks however:
-The restaurant needs some work. The different options of having dinner there are not clearly communicated. Sure, you can have dinner there for 50 euro, but it's not something you will do every day. It took us a while to figure out that there's also an option "brasero", which means that you can get something from the barbecue at about 15 euro per head, drinks not included. The childrens's menu is about 10 euro. Also, there is the option of takeaway, even though some of the restaurant staff did not know it. The lack of communication at the restaurant was also proven by the repeated orders that did not reach the kitchen or bar properly.
-The place is not suited for children under 4 or 5 years of age who are no longer toddlers. As of 4 years, the children can join the Kids Club. The kids pool is not a viable option, since even that pool is too deep for your average 2-year old (see picture), which basically means that you have to keep tabs on your kid all the time. And mum and dad like some time off as well. :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

This was a trip with family who were visiting the area.

We rented a 4 bedroom house with a private pool for 5 nights , which we needed as the weather was very hot. The bedrooms all had airconditioning, the bed linen and all the decor was top class.

There was a fully functional kitchen and a BBQ so we alternated between eating out and cooking dinner. The restaurant onsite was very good and ideal for a special occasion. The bar had a very friendly barman and my father enjoyed the best whiskey he had ever tasted !

There was a market one evening and giant games another, we didn't use all the facilities as we were happy by our pool, but we did walk down to the river (great for children to fish) and picked some herbs from the kitchens gardens. it is only a 5 minute walk into the village and the local shop stocked all the things we had forgotten.

The reception staff were excellent as one of my need family needed a dentist and they got him an appointment the same day, and the buggy service to the house was a lifesaver as we had far too much luggage.

I will definately return, maybe for a girls spa weekend, if not then another family holiday as it was very relaxed, If you like karoke, happy hours and fast food then this is not the place for you !

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2011

We visited for the second time in May 2011, and we were delighted that the resort was as enchanting as we remembered. Amazing surroundings with excellent accommodation and friendly service. It offers a Spa, Children's playground, river which you can swim in, lovely restaurant and bar and a charming village which is 5mins walk. Highly recommended for families looking for a relaxing but active holiday.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Montpellier
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2011

Beautifully situated in natural surroundings, we visited in May when the countryside was in full flower and the vineyards lush green. As we were outside the holiday season we had the advantage of the beautiful spa to ourselves whilst families with children enjoyed the magnificant outdoor pool. Drinks on the terrace with views across the pool to the hills beyond. A fantastic breakfast with a wide choice of fresh fruit and pastries. The villa was spotless, well equipped and furnished, but echoing a previous guest a sponge for mopping surfaces and dishwasher product would have been appreciated as we only spent one night.

A memorable stay with a warm welcome to the region of the cather castles and excellent wines of the Corbiere. Plenty to visit including Carcassonne and the coast.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2010

Having stayed at Garrigae Resort's Couvent d'Herepian, which was fabulous, we expected this to be similarly upmarket.

Perhaps we should have searched the website more closely, but there are almost 180 tightly packed in houses. We went just as the holiday season tailed off, so only about 12 houses were taken which was fine, but I can't imagine what it would be like in August. We had a 1 bedroom house which was in an unbroken terrace of 10, but even the pool villas were terraced, it's just that they were a bit larger.

The 1 bedroom house really could have been designed better.
- the bathroom was a good size, but didn't have a shower (crazy in a hot region)
- the bath was short but wide, so you couldn't lay down and there wasn't enough hot water to fill it more than 25cm deep.
- the kitchen window couldn't be opened because the large fancy tap blocked it
- the TV had one English channel (No 24), but we only found out by asking reception (twice). Flicking through the channels skipped from channel 21 to 29!
- there were two good sized wardrobes, but only 6 hangers in each
- the bed was quite uncomfortable
- the aircom in the bedroom was noisy and ineffective
- the service in the restaurant was both poor and slow. The starters were two fish options or a duck gizzard salad, whilst there were two mains - 1 fish and 1 duck! The portions were small, particularly for the 32 euro menu price.

The resort tries to be high-spec, but it felt like nobody had actually tried living in the house. For instance, there is a downstairs toilet with a sink, but there is nowhere to put a towel - how hard can it be to put a hook up?

In summary, the resort was OK when it was largely empty, but must feel overcrowded when it's busy. It certainly wasn't worth the high price charged - there are far better private rentals available for a considerably lower sum.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

Excellent spot to explore the area from. Highly recommend the large villa's with own pool - that really makes a difference. Plenty of room in the property, reasonably kitted out, though would call parts of the finish 3* rather than 5*. Good boulangerie a few minutes away in the village for fresh breakfast goods every day and one of the local bars does suprisingly good take-away pizza's. So easy enough to eat more cheaply than the on-site restaurant - good, but with prices to match. Check out Les Calicots restaurant in Fabrezan as well - superb.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2010

There are a lot of beautiful place to go within a short drive. La Grasse for its amazing restaurants, Couillioure for its beauty. Carcassonne for its lovely restaurants and charming little streets and its market on the main sq . Narbonne for its market on a Sat morning. Beautiful beaches many Chateaux to taste great wines especially St Esteve, a good restaurant to go to for a special lunch or dinner, its not open on a Monday is Chateau Lastour which is on the way to Sigean fantastic food, a bit of a long drive up but worth it.. Montpellier for the shopping fix as it has a Gallerie Layayette. Stephan is the local pub landlord in St Laurent , likes people to try put their school french the boys aged between 25 and 60 were in their element there as it had pool table ! and football on tv at night., We all loved it and will be back this year for another fix. The beaches especially Leucate Plage a must see,are very safe, the water is warm, the sky is always blue, the flowers are heavenly, the wines and cocktails just add to the overall pleasure.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Jardins de Saint-Benoit
Address: Avenue de Talairan, 11220 Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Aude > Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Jardins de Saint-Benoit 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Life in the village as it was long ago among the Corbiere vineyards the sea and the garrigue. For nature lovers, for children, for epicures and explorers. A totally unique concept. Les Jardins de Saint Benoit has reinvented family holidays. Guests come from afar in order to live one of Europe's many unique experiences. The village is completely integrated into its environment with its small houses typical of surrounding villages, its pedestrian cobbled streets, its fountains and olive groves, and its elegant pool areas. ... more   less 
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