La Suprise is situated in a peaceful and beautiful rural setting.The gites and buildings, converted from an old farm, are constructed from golden coloured stone, complemented by blue shutters and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Our gite was furnished in a rustic style and was comfortable yet chic. Everything we would ever need was there. The complex lies between two medieval villages, both of which have 'beautiful villages of France' status. But what really made this holiday so special was our hosts, Steve and Clare. We were given a lovely warm welcome and throughout our stay nothing was too much trouble for them. Each morning Clair brought warm bread and croissants for breakfast (I can smell them now). Steve and Clare are both ideally suited to having and looking after guests. Discrete yet available. Thank you for a special holiday.
The site itself is gorgeous with many fabulous little touches. The rooms are tastefully decorated in a lovely shabby chic style with lots of added flair. The kitchen is well equipped and there were tea, coffee, butter and jam - as well as a warm baguette - provided to ensure we could have breakfast on our first morning. The swimming pool is spotless and was very welcome on the hot days we had.
The seating area outside the gate isn't quite as it appears on the pictures but is still a lovely place to sit with a book and a glass of wine; we loved watching the lizards skittering across the stones catching moths!
You need a car because it's a good ten minute drive to either of the nearest towns but that does mean the gites are quiet and peaceful - perfect for unwinding! The local towns are lovely and we especially enjoyed the evening market in Belves and the Sunday markets at St Cyprien and Issigeac.
It's clear that Steve and Clare have gone to a lot of trouble to make sure both their gites are real 'homes from home' and they are great hosts, striking the ever important balance between being available and allowing guests their privacy.