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We enjoyed a perfect 8-night stay in the Kiwi Cottage. It was our first visit to the Dordogne River area. We loved the quiet, rural nature with lush vineyards and blooming fields of sunflowers. We are a couple, so the 1-bedroom cottage with the comfy king bed was perfect for our needs. The cottage is modest, but nice, clean, and well-maintained. With the bountiful local markets (such as in Ste. Foy), we were very happy to cook in a couple of nights and eat breakfast 'at home' – the kitchen was suitably equipped.
It was a fairly hot time during our visit, so we really enjoyed the pool –beautiful, pristine, and perfect for lap swimming and general cooling off, and lots of lounges for sunbathing. (There is a covered outdoor gas barbecue grill by the pool, however we did not take advantage of this.) We especially enjoyed night swims with the moonlight. The cottage's air-conditioning was necessary and very much appreciated.
Although seemingly quite rural, the cottage is just slightly over an hour from the Bordeaux airport, and perfectly situated for day trips to numerous chateaux, the vineyards of St. Emilion, beautiful medieval villages, such as Sarlat la Caneda, and canoeing on the Dordogne.
As others have noted, Caspian and Lulu are very gracious and fun hosts, and we now consider them great friends. Their recommendations for places to visit, restaurants, etc. were most helpful and generous. We loved their insights and conversations so much...we look forward to connecting again soon.
Right from the moment we booked , we were provided with the most comprehensive information we have ever received from a rental property.
Carolyn and Steve were most welcoming and were always available when you wanted them and not when you didn't !! Although the gite attaches to their own property , we went for 3 days without seeing them at all !!
The gite is beautifully finished and all the basic essentials are provided. We recommend a trip to a chateau vineyard and once again , Steve organised this for us before we arrived. After the trip , a visit to St Emilion is a must - beautiful hill town with lovely restaurants and many tastings available
Also provided in the gite was a wine rack of various local wines with descriptions and you can chose what takes your fancy and leave the money.
Swimming pool is also lovely and you have sole use when required.
Lots of good local restaurants nearby and big supermarkets not too far away.
We did a trip to Bordeaux one day and went by train from a local station (about €30 for a return trip for both of us) BIG TIP - when you arrive in Bordeaux catch the tram to the centre €1.70 each , otherwise it's a long walk through not the best of surroundings!
To sum up , fantastic hosts , beautiful gite , lovely surroundings and so much to do and see or just relax and totally unwind.
We hope to go back and you can't get a better recommendation than that !
Thank you Carolyn and Steve - you're the best !