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We were a family of 8 adults - the grown up children and their partners using Dezie Manor for our annual holiday during a very hot (30+) summer.
The location is idyllic - nestled within a forest area miles away from any urban noise. The dining area was excellent - it had a long table outside where we dined breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were never bothered by mosquitos the whole time as a breeze seemed to flow along the dining area situated under a protected canopy. The kitchen was well equipped (apart from knives which are always blunt in rentals) and had a brand new Weber bbq outside that we used several times.
The accomodation was excellent in the main areas adjacent to the kitchen and air-conditioned - but the lack of air-con in the bedrooms was a bit of a hardship - particularly for those whose rooms were on the top floor - gathered up the heat of the day. The pool was a huge plus and we spent most days lounging there in between food and beverages. As a keen cycling family we cycled most days in the morning - it was superb - quiet with few cars. I need to mention the (fruit?) flies - they were a bit of a constant irritation (presumably due to the forest) everywhere outside except inside and around the dining and pool area where miraculously they stayed away? However, this review can’t finish without mentioning the amazing games area - table tennis and table football were a nightly source of entertainment - a huge hit with us but perhaps not the other guests staying in adjacent properties who had to endure some of our more raucous competitive post dinner sport - so we would probably have preferred to be totally isolated from other people! The local village - 5km away had a great supermarket and local artisans - butchers, bakers and regular markets that would satisfy any culinary request. We dined out a couple of times - most famously at the regular gastronomic nocturne events held at nearby villages which was fabulous. Versus other places we have stayed in across Europe this ranks highly and is excellent value for money. This would suit a family looking for total peace and relaxation in a country setting.
The romantic crunch of the pea gravel driveway slows you as you drive up to the darling entry. You open the door to the gite and it takes your breath away. The stunning interior, curated to every last beautiful detail. Every comfort, every luxury. And if that isn’t enough, you have Ali & Greg, the most passionate and caring hosts.
On our arrival from a long drive from Paris we had not only all the makings to stay in for a light supper, but breakfast including eggs from their own hens for the morning. Sweets too! Lotions, soaps, linen sheets, wool carpets & throws, candles, Bluetooth speaker, electric bed warmers to ensure cozy comfort. Fully equipped kitchen, so pretty!
So, so special, I cannot say enough about how wonderful this place is. We loved going out to explore the gorgeous Dordogne (with tips and insider info from Ali & Greg of course) during the day, and retreating to our haven for sunset on the terrace and a lovely evening in the beautiful gite. We’d be out on an adventure and need some help, Ali was always there, just a text away - what a lifeline!
Outstanding, 5 stars is not enough. Oh and Saffie & Moto get extra points for being super hosts and dog kisses! (Polite of course)
We will be back. Top top marks. Don’t hesitate if you are thinking of booking, unless it’s when we want to go back! Lol.