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Again we had a most enjoyable three weeks in this beautiful house, it is just as you see on the web. You drive up to a house in its own grounds at the edge of a small village. the situation is ideal, very quiet yet only a fifteen minuite leasurely walk or five in the car, the village has all you need including a restaurant and a general store with an artisan butcher, should more be required it is only a short drive to Pons or Cognac.
The interior of the house is decorated in keeping with the house, beautifully done but with all modern requirements. the kitchen has been beautifully upgraded from last year,it was beautiful last year!! The kitchen area opens on to an very large enclosed courtyard, along one side of which is a preau with a large dining table its own fridge, a table tennis table, a french football game and a barbecue, perfect for outdoor meals no matter the weather. it is also ideal for a game of boules which are provided.
Beyond the courtyard is the walled garden with the swimmimg pool, again enclosed and secure. the pool is heated and in the corner is a lovely covered area with its own table and chairs, ideal for an aperitif while you watch the swallows as they bathe and drink on the air from the pool.
The hosts Geoff and Judith are delightful and very knowledgeable about the area and restaurants. they are extremely discrete and only there when you need advice.
We have rented houses for forty years in this area of France and this is in our opinion the best of them all.
They say that actions speak louder than words, we discovered the Maison two years ago and would we return again, we have already booked!
Oh and dont forget to ask Geoff about wine, he is extremely knowledgable and happy to pass on his knowledge and do a wine tasting.
This is the smallest of 4 different sized gites at Les Gites du Vigneron. We spent 5 nights here as part of a touring holiday in France and Spain and enjoyed it thoroughly. The hosts Tim and Vanessa were most welcoming and showed us around the property and explained everything we needed. They were also a mine of information on what we might do and where we could go, including local restaurants. The gite is freshly decorated, spotlessly clean, well equiped and very comfortable, particularly the bed, also the gardens and pool were most welcome to relax in although we didn't use them much as we were out sightseeing most of the time. Saint Seurin de Palenne is an excellent jumping off point for day trips, we visited La Rochelle, Cognac and Talmont sur Gironde. We will stay here again when family and travel plans allow.