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Douzillac - Be bat and mouse friendly!

We're pretty rural here. Our hamlet is in the commune of Douzillac - a pretty hill village overlooking the River Lisle. It is a lively commune with lots going on in summer including cycle races, car boot sales, village meals and firework displays at the end of August.

An excellent network of foot and bridle paths is all around us - suitable for mountain bikers and enthusiastic walkers. There are fields of sunflowers in July, wild orchids in the spring and blackberries to be gathered in early September.

The river has excellent fishing in season and is also a fine place for canoeing and kayaking with charming river banks drifting past, overhung by trees. You might even see a kingfisher.

Le Treuil is one of the many hamlets that are part of the commune and includes two farms producing veal sous de la mere (calves reared under their mothers) foie gras and strawberries in season. You don't have to mind farm machinery passing by in harvest.

There is plenty of wildlife too - this year we had to put up bigger brollies to shield swimmers from enthusiastic swallows, les hirondelles, swooping low over the pool. At dusk a lady with us in July was thrilled to watch an owl swoop low under the tree where she was watching the sunset. It came every evening at about 10.30. And, don't tell the squeamish, we have families of mice in our compost bin. Well, we have to try to be 'green'.

Written by Delia Bugg - Owner of Property 91673 in Douzillac, France

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A lovely holiday spoiled

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We have the following comments to make 1. We had the electricity fail,. It was necessary for us to contact Corinne, She confirmed that the "trip" had worked and reset it. We had no further problem with it. 2. We assume that should we have had a problem with plumbing then we would have required to contact Corinne. No information was supplied regarding this. 3 NO information was supplied as to how to dispose of our rubbish. 4, We were concerned aboiut the unpleasant smelling water which ran down the lane- outside the entrance gate to the property. 5 We noticed that the towels nor bed linen was changed whilst we were there. At the end of the first week the beds were used by a different family. 6. Our enjoyable holiday was spoiled when ,- the night before we left - we were informed that we ha broken the alarm system on the swimming pool.' When we arrived we were not given any information regarding the pool. At no time during our stay did the alarm sound. The children were 5 years, 3 years and 10 months old. At no time were they allowed in the pool on their own. One of the adults did notice that the pipe from the pool to the alarm was disconnected. The "poolman" said it had been broken by us. We had no means of disagreeing with him as we had never received any information as to how it worked.. Corinne produce , on her phone, .the cost of a replacement. She contacted the owners- we spoke to them and agreed that as we could not prove it otherwise we would pay for a replacement from our "damage account". We asked for the old alarm so that we could have it repaired and give it to a friend who was having a pool added to their property. This was refused. We were informed that it was essential for the old one to be given to the Assurance Company in order for them to replace it. We do not agree that we should pay for the replacement as well as the Asssurance Company. We would appreciate confirmation that the full 500 euros already paid will be refunded. Please pay this into the account from which it has already been taken. I would appreciate confirmation that this has been paid - email me please. We and our family enjoyed the holiday and house and pool. Maurice & Mavis Bellingham.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

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Weather stopped us using the great pool but the other facilities made up for it. We visited the BPH sanctuary, worth a visit in Brantome.
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  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017