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- 14 Nov 2018
Pool / Spa
Nice villa, but in need of updating and misleading profile
My family and I enjoyed our holiday together however we were disappointed with some aspects of the villa, which with more care and attention could have been amazing, but unfortunately it is in serious need of updating, and a decent airing as parts of it smelled quite strongly of damp.
On the plus side, the swimming pool was great, nice and clean and has a safety alarm; we enjoyed the pool table in the evenings; a local lady Natalie catered for us the first night and the food/menu was great, highly recommended; the underground River about 40 mins away was a brilliant excursion for the day; Mark kindly did a shop for us at our request before we arrived; and responded to issues as well as he could.
The negatives were: The main photo of the house in the profile is actually Mark's place, the rental part is the section off to the right; the large 'movie' room space in the pics is also in Mark's house and although he offered for us to use it, we weren't comfortable asking to enter his house to do so; one of the double rooms was separate from the rest of the house; the ping pong table/games room is actually in what is used as a garage; the room with 4-5 single beds pictured (which we had earmarked for the children) has several windows at floor height with no locks/safety bars so we could not use this room; the dishwashers were old and problematic and need replacing (which Mark himself said); the kitchen was disorganised and one the the cupboard doors fell off; one of the showers upstairs caused a leak downstairs in the kitchen near the electrics which needs a serious look at for safety if nothing else; the kitchen could also do with some kind of electric fly killer as the flies were relentless in the heat; no hand soap or hand towels were provided in any of the bathrooms which we would have expected; as the villa has no air conditioning, fans in the rooms would have been welcome as the heat was stifling; there was no tennis court that we could see; nor bikes to borrow as per profile.
Thank you for your comments it is very important for me to have feed back even if sometimes it is not all good .
I wanted to try and keep the feel of an old French farm house and not lose the atmosphere by creating a modern house within an old building as so many places seam to have lost that feeling .
I have addressed the problems with the dishwashers and have replaced both now , i will be adding locks to the attic room widows this winter .
I did explain if you keep doors and windows closed in the day you will keep the house cool and also will keep out flies as with so many people they do not take on board the advise given .
I have been asking all clients to let me know if they find any problem with the shower leaking above the kitchen and as yet there have not been any other cases .
I have put the ping pong table in my garage so people can use it all night if they want too and not disturb others who are sleeping in the house , again up to now this has never been a problem.
The access for the cinema room is through the double doors to the front and not through my house i showed in via my house as i had not unlocked the doors before you arrived , many people use the cinema room and this has never caused any problems before .
I will be looking at the txt over the winter months and will change any parts that i think may not be clear .
I guess it is hard to please every one all of the time!
Wonderful relaxing holiday
Had a wonderful relaxing holiday in this lovely spacious gite with extensive grounds and a gorgeous swimming pool. Shared with two other families – plenty of room for all of us. We all enjoyed time by the swimming pool and eating in the fabulous outdoor area which offered plenty of shade when we needed it. With a supermarket just up the road it was easy to keep stocked up on beer, wine and other essentials! The gite is ideally located for sightseeing but also a great place to just chill out. Mark was always available to help if we had any problems and offer suggestions of local attractions to visit. Our favourites were the underground river – travelling on a boat through the caves and Sequoia Vertigo – a tree top high wire adventure. We had a barbeque most evenings and it was great to turn the music up with no worry of disturbing any neighbours. We played table tennis and had darts and pool tournaments. All in all a brilliant holiday... already looking forward to next time. We returned to the U.K. totally refreshed and relaxed. Thank you so much Mark for helping us to achieve this.
Thankyou for your comments.
Glad you had a great time, and hope to see you all again.
Relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings
Thank you for a truly wonderful and relaxing holiday. All of us, aged 2-54, had a lovely time using the gite to relax in and as a base to explore the surrounding area. There was so much to keep us all entertained. The gite and gardens are beautifully kept and everybody was comfortable there. We shall definitely be returning and will recommend it to our friends and family.
Thank you for your comments . very pleased you enjoyed your stay here at plate we look forward to your return ,
Mark & Jo
Tour de France - here we come!!
Found this Gite travelling across France on a cycling holiday with a group of cycling enthusiasts.
Perfectly placed to go exploring the Ariege on many wonderful cycling routes.
The accommodation was excellent for our needs and we were able to relax in the peace and quiet of this wonderful renovated Farmhouse of an evening playing pool, ping pong and generally having a very chilled time.
Would recommend to any cycling groups to look this place up and use as a base for exploring.
Hope to return again – next time with a larger group.
Great Party Venue
Had a great birthday with friends and family at La ferme. Mark offered us use of the function room for my birthday night, and the facilities were superb.
Everyone had a great time., and the weather was also on our side so we were able to also make use of the BBQ and the pool facilities the next day.
Mark was very generous ensuring we had everything we needed to make it a very special occasion.
Certainly a birthday to remember.
Hope to be back for the 40th !!
We are very happy you had an enjoyable Birthday party here , your party was for us also very enjoyable a night to remember !
Thanks again for your comments we look forward to seeing you again soon .
Great place to stay if you need to take yourself away from everything, but still with lots to see and do.
My family had a great time relaxing by the pool, having meals together in the Farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Alfresco area.
The children were never bored either – having loads of secure space to run around in and explore with games, pool, ping pong and the use of Marks wonderful cinema room to watch a DVD on our only wet day in the week.
The pool was cleaned daily by Mark , who was discreetly available should we have needed anything .
We went for some lovely walks & used the bikes to go for rides - it was certainly a break for us all – Thankyou – would recommend to anyone I know.
Thank you very much for your comments ,Very pleased your group had a great time here at "plate" Look forward to seeing your group here again next year .
Kind Regards Mark