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This property was the best gite we have ever rented. Spotless on arrival, the facilities were great (heated pool, table tennis, sauna etc) and the very friendly owners on hand.
We stayed here as 1 of two families and would recommend it for anyone wishing to visit the Dordogne Region.
We were looking for a luxury villa away from it all after weeks of exam revision with the kids and Maison De Nicola did not disappoint. The photos of the property looked fabulous so we booked up a week in July, and we're so glad we did. From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed, thanks in no small part to the warm welcome we received from owners Graham and Sarah and their now legendary welcome pack brimming with wine, cheese and other local delights.
The house is set in spacious grounds with nothing overlooking it, so it is entirely private, even though Graham and Sarah live nearby. The pool is gorgeous and warm - when they say it is heated, they're not kidding. The comfortable sunbeds provided the perfect place to read and sleep (and have a beer!) or watch the kids messing about in the water.
The house itself is very luxurious - large open plan rooms downstairs with sumptuous sofas and a well equipped kitchen. It also has an amazing multi-room CD player - just don't forget your favourite CDs, although there are plenty in the house. To have music wafting over to the pool was a lovely addition.
The bedrooms are in the roof space and so often in the past we have stayed in houses where it is too hot to sleep. Not the case at Maison De Nicola. Graham and Sarah have installed very high quality air conditioning with separate units in each of the bedrooms. Turn them on and in 10 minutes, the rooms were cool which meant we all slept incredibly well, impressive given it was over 30 degrees outside.
I have to say, the addition of air con really did place this villa in the top bracket for us, just knowing that however hot it gets, you know you can cool off. For parents with very small kids, that is a godsend!
The area around the house is delightful, with a Super U just 10 mins away. Bergerac is only 25 mins down a country road with its lovely old town and restaurants, and if you really want to tear yourself away from that pool, the stunning towns of Sarlat (and surrounding sights) and Saint Emillion are close enough for a day trip. We flew to Bordeaux (easyJet) and rented a car, and it was one of easiest trips we have ever had.
So would we recommend Maison De Nicola? Absolutely 100%. The combination of the rural setting, the pool, the luxury and of course the air con, makes this a house of very happy memories. We intend to return. Cheers Graham and Sarah