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A week here was simply not long enough. Carmagnacis a truly special place and a real home from home. Everything has been thought of with guests in mind, along with lots of little extra touches which helped to make our holiday.
We felt immediately relaxed and at home and enjoyed the warm pool, beautiful views and spending time as a family here.
Richard and Jane were perfect hosts, discrete but always available if needed.
We left Carmagnac with happy memories and all wanting to return for longer next year.
Thank you Richard and Jane for sharing your home and part of France with us.
When our host rolled back the door of the converted barn, we were most impressed at the sight of the double-heighted gite that had been hidden inside. It is very nicely furnished - sufficiently neutral to please all - with a well appointed kitchen and pantry, including a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. The bedrooms upstairs were comfortable with sufficiently open-wardrobe space for our visit. The bathroom downstairs had a very nice shower and sauna, thick towels and towelling robes. An outside dining area was another bonus, with plenty of space and shade (we ate there for most meals). The pool outside was a good size, very clean, and good quality swim towels provided. A further shower and lavatory are in a block by the pool, helping with our teenagers wanting to wash at the same time.
Behind were open fields, giving a feeling of calm and quiet, enabling us to have a very relaxing holiday, and lovely views of the sunsets. The apple orchard to the side of the garden was a beautiful bonus, adding to the pretty views.
We were a party of 5, so made use of the futon bed on the landing. It was just about okay for our younger teenager, although would suit a younger child better, perhaps, as she found the folds in the mattress a little uncomfortable. Otherwise, the 5 of us fitted in perfectly, with plenty of chairs at the table indoors and outside, and sufficient crockery and cutlery for all.
Less than 10 minutes easy drive got us back into the village of Dignac to several boulangeries for the day's bread. About 20 minutes drive to Angouleme for a range of shops, and restaurants. Our host lives next door, so was to hand with any questions we might have had. They had done a lot of research before opening the gite, and it shows in the many positive details around it.
I'd definitely recommend Les Souches, and hope to return there myself.