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11 reviews
Sunset over the terrace
10 m x 5 m private pool
Pool/terrace
Nearby lakes/beach
Pool/terrace/table tennis
Comfortable lounge
Fully equipped kitchen
Outdoor eating area with BBQ next to pool
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 4
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 1 with en-suite
Rear view from Bedroom 1
Château at La Rochefoucauld
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Farmhouse -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Colin M
Poole, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A truly beautiful location & fantastic hosts”
Reviewed 29 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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6 of us in total stayed at Les Deux Pins - my wife & I, 2 children (10 yrs & 4 yrs), and in-laws/grandparents. We all had a fantastic time. The location is very rural and relatively remote, but with easy access by car to good shops for food/groceries (10-15 mins), a man made beach (20-25 mins), and larger towns (30-60 mins), including a great street market on Wednesday (thanks to our hosts Gary and Deana for the details). Futuroscope is just under 2 hours away if you want to take a longer trip to a bigger attraction.

However, we (me, my wife and children) spent most of our time at Les Deux Pins in and around the private swimming pool (unheated, but a fairly comfortable 24-26 *C). We were very pleased that there is a high child proof fence gate, ensuring our youngest child could only access the pool area when an adult was present. The box of pool toys was also good.

Also the use of the large well maintained garden with lawn was great for our children to run around on and play ball games, as well as large wild meadow for "bug hunting" (but be careful of the large hairy orange & black caterpillars, with toxic/irritant hairs! Nice to see, but don't touch!).

Whilst we were in the pool, my in-laws (+60 yrs old) enjoyed some trips out to nearby Chateaus, including Limoges about 1 hour away. So, there is pretty much something for all ages to enjoy and you might feel (like we did) that 1 week at this beautiful location is simply not long enough! We plan to vist again.

Some things to watch out for and my suggestions for small improvements are:
*Stairs - they are safe with a bannister, but are wooden and so slippy/dangerous when wearing only socks. Some sort of non-slip coating on the stairs would be good, and also would benefit from stair gates being available if toddlers are staying.
*Pool - there is sudden/steep drop off from the shallow to deep end, and so a sticker/marker on the wall surrounding the pool, to mark where the drop off is, would be good so that weak swimmers know where to stop.
*Rug on tv/main room - very slippy as it is on a wooden floor and would benefit from anti-slip grips underneath. We actually rolled if up and put it to one side during our stay to avoid accidents.
*Flies - there are lots of them and can be a particular nuisance in the kitchen. We had a couple of pop-up "food tents" with us, but perhaps a UV/electric fly zapper mounted on the wall might help?

However, please don't let any of this put you off thinking about staying at Les Deux Pins, which is a truly beautiful location and Gary & Deana were fantastic hosts (living next door, but very discrete and non-obtrusive).

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Liked best: Swimming pool and large garden.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
8 Aug 2014
Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We are always open to receiving feedback and will definately look into the comments you have raised. There are stairgates available on request for the younger visitors and I agree wooden floors can be a bit slippery with just socks on so extra care should be taken when walking around especially when using the stairs. Maybe there is a product which can be utilised in this case otherthan carpets which don't normally exist here in France (only on rare ocassions). We will look to placing a rug adhesive in the lounge or even discard the rug altogether. Flies can be a problem sometimes in France and so maybe by purchasing a 'electronic wall mounted zapper' may help the situation but is not a problem all summer round. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay here and look forward to seeing you all next year.
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KMU2014
Poole, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely rural, spacious and comfortable home.”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Lovely rural home comfortably accommodating three families of 3 and more than living up to our expectations. Property is well equipped with nice sized kitchen/diner, comfortable lounge and well utilised games room.
Large open space provided ample room for rounders and for the 2 year old to run and explore to his hearts content. Swimming pool is superb and secure. Table tennis and especially the pool table provided plenty of fun for everyone.
The lakes are only 20 minutes away - picturesque, nice beach area, swimming, diving, play area, kayaking and during our stay - peaceful.
We stayed two weeks and also enjoyed a couple of days at the coast - Côte Sauvage (Royan) and Il De Re (Rochelle) had lovely beaches with St Martin (Il De Rey) and La Rochelle Port providing good shopping opportunity.
Whilst, remote, a large Le Clerc supermarket was only 10 miles away as well as smaller supermarkets a short drive away.
Deanna and Gary were very helpful, providing advice and literature for local attractions.
We enjoyed a relaxing holiday in a lovely environment with plenty to explore.

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Liked best: Swimming pool, games room and open space
Liked least: Some of our party found it bit too remote
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
4 Aug 2014
We are both pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and would like to thank you all for looking after the property. Hope to see you again one day.
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emma g
london
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful family accommodation in rural setting”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Our family are regular visitors to the Charente, this was our first stay at Les Deux Pins and we would definitely return. The property is beautifully decorated and feels luxurious, spacious and well equipped. For our purposes as an extended family the layout of the bedrooms & bathrooms over two floors was ideal. The pool area was secure with plenty of shaded seating, there was also an enclosed gated garden area as well as the larger garden/field for our young kids to play in, they had a ball and we never worried about their safety.
Deana and Gary were extremely friendly & welcoming hosts, they are located on site but away from the house, they were always available when needed but respected the privacy of their guests, the perfect balance.
The property is within 15-20 minutes easy drive of several towns, supermarkets, a quality 18 hole golf course and lakes with child-friendly beaches (we like Plage Guerlie at Pressignac). If you're more adventurous than we are or have older children there are plenty of cycling, walking, kayaking, horse riding (etc.) opportunities in the area.

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Liked best: The high standard of accommodation, spaciousness.
Liked least: Wifi was intermittent in the house, worked well by the pool
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
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Management Response
12 Sep 2013
A lovely review from a lovely friendly family who we hope to see again next year.
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Liked best: Swimming pool, views, plenty of space
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
22 Aug 2013
We are always delighted when our guests enjoy their stay with us. We try to accommodate their every need, making sure that they are happy whilst giving them the privacy and relaxation that they came here for. We are glad that you had a good time and thank you for looking after the house and leaving it so tidy. Makes our lives so much easier.
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laps26
Corby
1 review
“Fantastic property, Stunning location, Helpful owners.”
Reviewed 5 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Just came back from a fantastic holiday at Les Deux Pins. The house was amazing it had everything we needed although the addition of air con in the bedrooms would have made our stay even more enjoyable as we all struggled sleeping in the muggy evening air. The pool was the highlight for the children all of them spent most of the week having great fun in the water. The games room and pool side table tennis were also well used. The house was clean and all the equipment within the property was of good quality. The owners were extremely helpful and friendly they couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome, Garry even T-Cut our minibus as we had a little scrap on the way down to Les Deux Pins. The welcome pack that was provided was excellent, containing bread, cheese, butter, pate, a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks both alcoholic and soft. The location was a bit remote but very scenic with stunning views over the countryside. I would suggest a car is a must for this property. The closest village of Montembeouf has a bakery and a small Spar supermarket which sells all the basics but there is a bigger supermarket in the town of Chasserneuill which is only a 10 minute drive away. Also there is a local bread van that stops at the property every morning. We would love to go back one day and would recommend any large family to book this property it is excellent value for money.

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Liked best: The pool and games room
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Management Response
6 Aug 2013
It was a pleasure to have such nice guests and that they enjoyed our house. The air-conditioning in the pool room does spoil you a bit when the temperatures are very hot and air-con in the bedrooms would be better than the fans supplied but at this moment in time, the cost to install would be too expensive for us for the size of the house. Maybe in the future it could be a possibility.
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