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We’ve just returned from a lovely week stay at Palmerston Gite, in Genneton.
The Gite was much more spacious than the impression we got from the photos and it was very well equipped. The drive and back Garden are enclosed so our Cairn Terrier, Bess, could run around without the possibility of her getting out. The back garden a good size and its also a good sun trap, so it was good to relax with a beer and a bbq on an evening. The gite is very private and the hosts are next door if needed but they respect privacy so you can just get on with enjoying your holiday.
The pool was fantastic and had a child lock gate so no risk of our 6 year old William making a break for it. The pool was also big enough for his 6 inflatables we brought!
Genneton is very well situated for visits to Theme Parks, Historic Cities, Bio Parc and many other places. Parc de la Vallée is only 15 minutes away and it’s great for Kids of all ages.
The Bar in the centre of the Village is a good experience and we enjoyed the monthly Fish and Chip night with the English Expats and the locals. Also, in the village is a football pitch its next to a lake so it was good for the dog to have a run and then a swim (providing there were no fishermen around!)
Sally was a fantastic host who suggested places to visit and she even took care of the Dog when we went out on Days out. I think the dog was more happy to spend time with Sally than she was with us!
In the 7 years of staying at properties from HomeAway we have to say that this is by far our favorite.
We couldn’t fit everything in 7 days so we can’t wait to come back for another stay!
We had some trouble locating the property as the sign is only on one side of the road and we only noticed it after turning round and driving slowly back the other way.
Because I had been communicating with the owner in French (with help from Google translater), the owner must have thought I was fluent and we were met by a lady who knew very little English. Apparently, if she had realised none of us were fluent she would have brought her daughter that spoke good English.
We did manage to understand each other however and were suitably impressed with the layout of the property. The children were very pleased to discover there was Wifi as this was not shown on the original listing. I had asked the owner whether towels were provided, but did not get a reply to either request so we brought our own. It was a good thing we did as none are included - surpringly not even a dish towel. There is a dishwasher so this wasn't a major issue.
After settling in, we explored the gite and were disappointed to find the drumkit had no drumsticks or cymbals. No Phil Collins impressions would be possible. The children quickly attached their phones to the wifi and were horrified to discover it didn't work. So much for Orange 4G. A week with no social media would be difficult to bear so they immediately went about finding how far away the nearest McDonalds was - not far as it happened (Bressuire).
Another issue was the number of flies that would not be deterred by near death experiences. These were most likely due to the presence of cows in the neaby field. Good use was made of the fly swatter that was provided.
We had noticed that most French properties keep the shutters closed during the day and found out why in the evening. The large window on the side of the building acts like a greenhouse and heats the place up with no way of closing off the top section. Keeping the bedroom doors and window shutters closed during the day and cracked open at night helped keep the bedrooms cool enough to sleep without soaking the bed in sweat.
Apart from these niggling issues we did still thoroughly enjoy our stay and were grateful for the local information provided by Len who lives nextdoor but one. He advised us to visit Puy du Fou and we were so glad he did as it was amazing. He also told us of a nice 'all you can eat and drink (including alcohol)' chinese buffet called Panda Wok in Parthenay - well worth a visit.