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Property Details

Sleeps:
8
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
4
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
15720
Nearest Town:
Chenaud

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Reviews of Lovingly Restored France Villa in Aquitaine

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Overall:
Better than I even expected. It was beautiful and staying there was a real joy.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything from the gracious living room to the fully-equipped kitchen. The information that was made available to us on the area was outstanding, for it gave us all the best tips of places to go and where to eat. Meeting Max and Vera and having the opportunity to get to know them was a plus.
Surrounding Area:
The countryside is beautiful and the surrounding little towns are very charming. The area has a wonderful topography and the waterfall in the river was so enjoyable to hear.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Chenaud is the closest town and walking to the Mairie is easy.
Tips or Restaurants:
Sit back and enjoy the property and take Max and Vera's tips on restaurants and market towns. I would not miss Saint Emilion and lunch on the patio of Hotel de Plaissance.
Directions:
We used a GPS to find our way to the property and would suggest if you are driving in France do not leave home without one.
Check In Out:
Check in and out was very easy. We were late arriving at the Chateau, so we communicated this to Max. He had the lights on in the Chateau and the beautiful blue iron gates opened for us.

Sandra, September

Overall:
We had an absolutely fabulous week there! The owners of the property, Max and Vera, should be proud of themselves!
Enjoyed Most:
The house - absolutely beautiful and very comfortable. The outdoor terrace was a boon - we had all our meals out there. The river frontage was unbelievably beautiful and delightful. It was also very quiet, which we enjoyed.
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding area was delightful and there were many excellent towns to visit - Chalais (where we dined at the Relais du Chateau), Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, St Emilion, Brantome and other towns were very pleasant.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was Chalais - not quite within walking distance, although the village of Chenaud was only a couple of hundred metres away.
Tips or Restaurants:
The outstanding restaurant in the area was the Relais du Chateau in Chalais - outstanding food in a beautiful location at very reasonable prices.
Directions:
We used a GPS, but the directions given were quite sufficient.
Check In Out:
No issues - the owners, Max and Vera, were there when we arrived and bid us farewell when we left.

Nicholas, September

Overall:
Perfect.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything.
Enjoyed Least:
The downstairs bedroom's bathroom is shared with the laundry and the lock wasn't easy to use.
Surrounding Area:
Everything, many beautiful towns within 30-40 kms.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Yes, but it was very small.
Tips or Restaurants:
Nothing was missing. They have really thought of everything.
Directions:
Yes, we had a GPS and the directions were very clear.
Check In Out:
The owners greeted us and said goodbye even though we left early in the morning

Bernadette, September

Overall:
We are enchanted with this property. It is beautifully decorated with a mix of country French antiques and modern amenities. The living area is spacious and welcoming. The bedrooms are beautiful. The owners were there during our visit and were so warm, welcoming and delightful. The owners made us feel like this was home during our stay. We were there for two weeks.
Enjoyed Most:
Without a doubt the beauty of the interiors and the exterior property are like something out of a movie. It is peaceful, quiet and charming.
Enjoyed Least:
The location is a bit remote. So it took us a while to find our way around. You MUST have a car and a GPS.
Surrounding Area:
If you are interested in French wine country this property is ideally situated. We visited wine Chateaux in Castillon, St. Emillion and Bordeaux. The owners also had a wonderful book outlining the best restaurants and towns to visit. Hiring a guide is highly recommended. They can be found online. We were lucky to have a referral for a guide from some friends who had been to the region previously.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small village (and I do mean small) is within walking distance. However, to shop for groceries, get gas, or dine out you must have a car.
Tips or Restaurants:
The chateau is wonderfully stocked so there is really nothing you must bring other than comfortable clothes and walking shoes. There was little other than groceries that we needed to buy. A GPS and car are a must. We found marvelous restaurants and never had anything but fabulous meals. The French know how to eat, even at the little cafes. Our favorite place was Le Relais du Chateau in Challais. We ate there twice. The owner is charming, speaks very good English and the food was to die for at a very affordable price. This place is a must. One thing that would be very helpful is to brush up on your French. The people were lovely and welcoming. But we found ourselves in a number of situations where no one spoke English. We managed to communicate with some of our group having some basic French vocabulary. But speaking the language would have been a real asset. This is not the big city of Paris where many speak English.
Directions:
We did use a GPS and still got lost in the beginning. Part of the problem is that the satellite reception can be sporadic. A HOT SPOT on a smartphone saved the day a number of times.

Michael, October

Overall:
This is a beautiful property in the beautiful French countryside. The grounds are very spacious and there is access to the river. The house is situated on a quiet country road. The owners went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and to ensure that we had everything we needed.
Enjoyed Most:
Vera, the owner, is an interior decorator and you can see her creative touch throughout the house. Each room is beautifully decorated, with many original ideas. We liked the themes of each bedroom and found the living room to be an excellent family gathering place. Unlike many rentals, the kitchen here had all the implements one would need to do some serious cooking. Obviously the owners like good food!
Enjoyed Least:
The only drawback about this property is that it is a little isolated. There are no big towns nearby, so most days our excursions took about two hours to reach various points of interest.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful countryside, quiet roads, a slow pace.
Nearby Events or Locales:
St. Aulaye. Not really within walking distance.

Robert, June

Overall:
It was fantastic we enjoyed it very much.
Enjoyed Most:
It was in a great location and well appointed.
Enjoyed Least:
No instructions for the washing machine,dryer and oven. Frustrating.
Surrounding Area:
Peace and tranquility with lots of wonderful walks and drives.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Aubeterre is not in walking distance.
Directions:
Yes, we did use a GPS.

Cheryl, June

Overall:
We had a great time! Everyone was in awe of the property.
Enjoyed Most:
Spaciousness, contemporary furnishings, kitchen.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing not to like. In December the weather is COLD!
Surrounding Area:
Country atmosphere.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Chenaud was within walking distance, but services were 20 minute drive to Chalis. Not a problem.
Tips or Restaurants:
The property manager, Ine, was tremendously helpful and provided suggestions for places to go and restaurants to experience.
Directions:
Used GPS. Property is in the countryside and property manager was available by phone.
Check In Out:
Ine was very accommodating.

Dennis, December