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What can I say - Le Jardin Du Chateau blew us away from start to finish! Olly is just a 5*****+++ host! He was there to meet us and show us around his stunning house and gave us lots of advice and ...Read on
My husband and I came here for an October half term holiday getaway. We’re expecting our first baby soon, so it was lovely to get away from it all on our last holiday abroad before he or she arrive...Read on
We found this a perfect property for four couples celebrating a 40th birthday - providing surroundings which amply justified ‘dressing for dinner’ at the grand 18th century table in the dining room...Read on
We stayed in Villa Aliki at the beginning of June 2017 for our first family holiday for a few years. The location of the villa in easy walking distance of shops and restaurants was perfect and the ...Read on
Lovely villa. Friendly and helpful host. Handy for Split and Omis. Close to a lovely local restaurant, tennis club and small golf course. And try ziplining in Omis!Read on
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Le Jardin Du Chateau
What can I say - Le Jardin Du Chateau blew us away from start to finish! Olly is just a 5*****+++ host! He was there to meet us and show us around his stunning house and gave us lots of advice and tips for the local area. The house itself is just stunning; the original staircases, the Parisian style doors in the upper living room, the sleek kitchens, no expense has been spared in the interior and Olly has literally thought of everything: from beautiful Le Creuset mugs and cookware, Marshall sound system, the comfiest beds, The White Company towels, every single piece of equipment you could possibly need in both kitchens. Two kitchens! We were so spoilt - we ended up using the kitchen by the pool the most and it was perfect for our two families. We have to mention the Floris shower products (and scents) in every bathroom in the villa - we all smelt so good whilst were there and will be purchasing some when we get home!!!
The bedrooms were just superb - The children were so excited choosing their rooms - I often find that there is an obvious master suite in airbnb villas but it wasn't the case at Le Jardin Du Chateau - each had it's own style, the upper rooms were all equal size and all had exceptional views over the countryside so it was almost impossible to choose our rooms!
The pool was fantastic and much ... than we expected and just off the Lowrys kitchen with a comfy outdoor sofa area right beside it. It was a nice open space so not many mossies. Lots of parasols for shade around the garden. The views were spectacular! parking was perfect and we easily fit our two cars.
We booked Le Jardin Du Chateau without knowing anything about the area and we were so pleasantly surprised. A 4 minute walk into town past the stunning castle which made it the perfect location. Duras is really quaint and has an absolutely amazing boulangerie and butcher, a few restaurants (book once you arrive!). The Monday day market is really nice and the Thursday night market is bubbling with atmosphere. Grab some moules frites, a bottle of rose and sit at the banquet tables in the square and soak in the music and atmosphere - it was brilliant. We had great fun going on the app and changing the colours of the castle!!
Honestly Olly, you have spoilt us and Le Jardin Du Chateau is a benchmark which will be difficult for our future trips to top! We will definitely be back!! Thank you so much.
Tour St Therese
My husband and I came here for an October half term holiday getaway. We’re expecting our first baby soon, so it was lovely to get away from it all on our last holiday abroad before he or she arrives in February. After a short 40-minute drive which twisted and turned its way through the beautiful Western France countryside, we arrived at Tour St Therese which was more stunning than I could ever have imagined. The house itself is set within beautiful walled gardens with an outdoor pool which will be perfect for relaxing in when the weather heats up. Once inside the house though, wow! You can’t help but look up and around you at all the wonderful architecture and craftsmanship of the building, with the spiral staircase and exposed timber beams, it really is like taking a step back in time. Our hostess, Paula, has added to the decor of the interior by decorating and furnishing each room exceptionally tastefully, keeping the charm of this lovely place in mind. We were greeted by Paula with a big friendly smile which never faded during our entire stay (4 nights), despite the fact she was busy attending to other guests who were also staying while we were there. The breakfasts she gave us were delicious, ranging from fresh bread and pastries from the local boulangerie to a full English fry up! We happily ate so much we didn’t really need any lunch! We were also offered dinner, which we were glad we didn’t turn down as, my, what a feast she laid on for us each evening! If Paula ever offers you dinner, don’t say no! She really is a brilliant cook! There is plenty to do in the area and lots of beautiful picturesque towns and villages to explore. We even managed to fit in a lovely 2-hour loop walk straight from outside Tour St Therese, following some walking route signs we came across! This is an idyllic place to stay if you want “an escape to the country” when you can leave all your worries behind you, soak in the peaceful serenity of the area and be spoilt rotten by the most wonderful host, Paula. We are already planning our return trip!
Northborough Manor Gatehouse
We found this a perfect property for four couples celebrating a 40th birthday - providing surroundings which amply justified ‘dressing for dinner’ at the grand 18th century table in the dining room or settling around the even older kitchen table for more informal meals.
The hosts were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the amazing history of the property and their love and care for the buildings was clear in the attention given to making the gatehouse a very comfortable place to stay – good quality bathrooms, beds, towels and linen and plenty of crockery and cutlery.
Our late September visit still allowed some evenings to enjoy a drink by the shade of the medlar in the courtyard or a wander through the Italian garden and orchard. Sadly we failed to fit in a game of badminton or croquet, equipment for which was provided!
We all enjoyed walking the fens and visiting diverse nearby places of interest, including Stamford, Flag Fen Bronze age settlement, Barnsdale gardens and Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue. We just didn’t have time in our ten days to visit more!
Three couples had cars but the fourth travelled by train from London – a swift easy journey. We met them from the station but either the regular bus service or a cab would have been quick and relatively cheap ways to get to the house, so a stay without cars could work just as well. Indeed in the generally flat terrain, bicycles could have been the perfect form of transport!
We would definitely happily stay there again!
We stayed in Villa Aliki at the beginning of June 2017 for our first family holiday for a few years. The location of the villa in easy walking distance of shops and restaurants was perfect and the views from the outside were beautiful. The owners were lovely, letting us stay the last day in the next door villa as we had a long wait between checking out and our flight home and with a young baby it was great to stay cool and have use of the facilities!
If there was a couple of negative points i'd say it would be nice to have an information pack of some sort, for example a list of useful numbers and the locations of the nearest Drs/pharmacy etc. Also a welcome pack e.g. A bottle of water in the fridge and a loaf of bread for example, dishwasher tablets, soap etc some basic necessities for when you arrive at the villa at night after a long day of travelling would have been greatly appreciated.
Overall it was a fantastic villa in a beautiful location and I would definitely both stay here again, and recommend to others.
Lovely villa. Friendly and helpful host. Handy for Split and Omis. Close to a lovely local restaurant, tennis club and small golf course. And try ziplining in Omis!
The Little Barn
Excellent holiday cottage! The home-cooked food offered by the owner, including daily fresh bread, was wonderful!
La Tour Des Vignes
We loved our week in the tower! Received a warm welcome from Rita, who also kindly left a stash of provisions including two bottles of wine, pizza, salad, crisps, chocolate and other essentials to help us settle in. Plus treats for Molly the dog of course! The tower is rustic and characterful - small but very well equipped. The outside is fantastic - the pool, the hot tub, the view... Totally peaceful and private in a beautiful part of France. Nearby town has a lovely boulangerie for breakfast and we loved Sauveterre de Guyenne - very friendly tourist information office who took us on a quirky tour of the town with a glass of wine to finish. St Emilion only 40 minutes drive for wine connoisseurs but lots of lovely wine more locally - Maison du Vins in Duras very good, also friendly and you can try lots of different local wines. Thanks Rita - we'll be back!
Loch Lomond Manor
Our visit was like a great house party where the hosts had forgotten to turn up. A beautiful distinguished house, full of history, art and Edwardian quirkiness. A welcoming atmosphere, immediately comfortable and homely. Generous hosts, despite their absence, leaving a feeling of friendship and true hospitality. Fine helpful and accommodating staff. Great gardens complete with deer who wandered in as we arrived - did Wesley the gardener put them there especially? Great library helpfully displayed to show us the history of the house and its occupants. Beautifully situated with easy access to hiking and historical attractions. A great Aga once you got the hang of it. A fitting five days finale to our 3 week hiking tour of the U.K for nine old friends from 5 countries. Very Difficult to leave the house behind. However, we have hundreds of photos to remind us.
chateau with pool (Loire) MANAY
This project is simply stunning with lovely grounds, lake, 36 acres of land behind to explore and best of all your very own moat! There is also a black swan we dubbed Jean Pierre who patrols the lake and most and will not say no to some fresh bread. The chateau itself was delightful with en suite bedrooms with gorgeous views and a ... charm that did not make you feel too nervous sitting on the furniture. A special mention must be made to the housekeeper who was just fabulous and made you feel so welcome in this majestic home. I am already planning my next trip to this lovely house and could not recommend this property and area enough! 6 stars for the owner, staff, property and area!
There is something quite magical about Chateau Lignol, it envelops you and each day you relax a little more as you open the shutters onto green space and fields. You really are in your own little private heaven. Its a 14th Century hunting lodge with all the quirkiness of an older building that you just don't get with new properties.
We were a party of 8 with 4 young children and enjoyed being able to unwind in the old chateau and the grounds. The children loved the lawned area for playing games and taking off their next superhero adventure.
We were sorry to leave the property and look back on it with fond memories.
Lovely quiet spot at the end of a short lane with views over the surrounding fields. If you want quiet and rural this is for you.
The Apple Tree House
Great house! Had a lovely time. Only improvement would be the hot tub - could be hotter and more powerful
French House (or was it a castle!) Bourguignonne
We had one of the most relaxing weeks ever in this sympathetically converted barn with huge roaring fire. Great walking and mountain biking routes on the doorstep and village nearby with good sized supermarket and various boulangeries too. Our favourite was the immense collection of local cheeses. Wine-shopping half way between Beaune and Sancerre, we were spoiled for choice!
Planning another trip back in the Autumn.
super haus. alles hat geklappt.
Hello Karen / Oliver's Travels
Really fab holiday in your chateau - the grounds were huge so it all felt great. Shame the pool was 100m from the front door, otherwise, loved it!!
Please contact me to re-book for next year when you get a moment
Baccha Deluxe Soller
Excellent villa with great views
The owner was very helpful
exciting classy villa in a great location!! the value here is better than most (we travel to SOF every year). great work olivers travels
N Monk and family x
beautiful villa, matching exactly what we were promised
perfect holiday - thanks philip and team!!!