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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Montguyon, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Witney
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Total Relaxation Guaranteed!”
Reviewed 12 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We recently spent a glorious relaxing week at Les Chenes and cannot recommend it highly enough (apologies for the long review but we feel it’s justified!). The booking process and contact with the owners Mandy & Colin was effortless and very friendly, with prompt replies to any correspondence. The villa was easy to find and Julia & Dave (the housekeepers) greeted us with much enthusiasm. Once they’d shown us around the villa and advised of local attractions and amenities, we were left alone to enjoy our holiday, but we knew they were easily accessible and on-call should we need them. A lovely Welcome Pack was provided which included all the basic food/drink items needed until you could go to the local Intermarche which is only a 10 minute drive from the villa in Montgyuon (you definitely need a car when staying here).

The poolman visits once mid-week in the early morning and he too was very friendly and a hive of information about the local area. The villa itself is wonderfully comfortable, clean, spacious and very well equipped. During our stay we had a couple of rainy days but there was a huge library of (English) DVDs, games, books, CDs, etc. to keep us occupied as well as the games room itself and the WiFi and satellite TV worked really well.

We spent most of our week relaxing in or around the large pool which is solar-heated (as expected it was a bit chilly on less-sunny days but lovely when the sun had been out for a while). The comfortable poolside loungers were fabulous and we especially enjoyed sitting under the covered area when it got too hot. The peace and quiet was amazing, the villa is not overlooked or has any close neighbours and most of the garden, pool and patio areas are completely hidden from the road (we estimated no more than 8 cars passed by during the day). The villa is surrounded by the sounds of nature with crickets chirping and lots of birdsong and we’ll always remember the delight of watching swallows dipping into the pool to cool off in the early evening! A few small geckos were seen around the pool and we were visited by 2 local cats during our stay but neither bothered us. We’d also recommend laying on the rocking patio loungers stargazing at night… heaven!

During our stay there was the French fuel dispute so wanting to conserve diesel we didn’t travel out very much, however there was more than enough information provided at the villa regarding restaurants and attractions for all the family both local and further afield and we hope to explore more of these on our next visit (thankfully by the time we left to come home (reluctantly!) we had no problems getting fuel) and once back in the UK our security deposit was returned within 5 days.

Thank you to Mandy & Colin for providing a wonderful villa in which to enjoy the perfect relaxing holiday. We shall certainly be returning to Les Chenes as soon as possible!

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Liked best: The peace and quiet.
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 Jul 2016
Thank you Geoff and Sheila for spending the time to post these lovely comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Les Chenes recently, and that you are keen to return in the near future, to explore some of the many wonderful places nearby. Many thanks again for your kind words.
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Nicola M
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Everything you could wish for from a holiday home.”
Reviewed 27 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We have just come back from our week at Les Chenes and whilst the weather was a little disappointing we had a fantastic time playing with all the garden games provided, BBQing and generally relaxing. Thank you so much to Mandy for the ease in booking and the detailed information, Margaret and Kenny for ensuring we had everything we needed and Chris for paying an extra visit to clean the pool after the rain.
Our 3 year old absolutely loved her holiday house and made the most of the pool every minute the sun came out, we were very impressed at the gated pool area as it meant we did not need to worry about her venturing off.
We hope to be back for a holiday next year, perhaps with the relatives

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Liked best: Swimming Pool
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jun 2015
Really glad that you enjoyed your holiday despite the mixed weather and that you made good use of the games/games room. Hope you make it to Les Chenes again and thank you for looking after the villa so well while you were there.
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Cat1349
Wombourne, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic”
Reviewed 20 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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people found this review helpful

Home from home, everything you could want for a perfect holiday, peace and quiet with wonderful surroundings. The only thing we would change would be two weeks instead of one !

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Liked best: Private swimming pool and Villa, home from home
Liked least: Stay not long enough, shall book two weeks next time
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
21 Jun 2015
Delighted you enjoyed your time at Les Chenes and we really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. As ever we try to keep improving facilities at the villa. Two weeks instead of one.....there's always next year ;) .
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Nathan_J...
Swansea, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, Beautiful, Wonderful :)”
Reviewed 27 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
1
person found this review helpful

From the moment we drove into Les Chenes (recommend hiring a car as it is a decent distance from local amenities) to the moment we left we were blown away. The house, the grounds, the pool all wonderful and spotlessly clean. The booking experience coupled with the personilisation from Mandy made the whole process a dream and my 5 month year old son loved the grounds to roll around in.

Would highly highly recommend and will certainly be returning - thank you very much to Mandy, Margaret, Kenny and Chris.

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Liked best: Everything - a real taste of rural France
Liked least: Nothing - everything exceeded expectation
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
29 May 2015
Thank you for choosing to holiday with us at Les Chenes. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and that you found our Manager and staff friendly, helpful and attentive. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and for your kind words. Looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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Laura L
Bream, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic.....AGAIN!!”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We returned for second year and was not disappointed. Still as fabulous as we remembered.Villa is exceptional with everything you need, the pool and other facilities are outstanding.
The area too is magnificent, so much to see and do. We even managed to find an aerodrome where we were able to take a flight over the villa and surrounding area, brilliant!. Karting was a favourite with my husband and teenage son.
Maggie, the manager and her husband, were extremely helpful and friendly and she makes sure the villa is of a very high standard when it comes to cleanliness.
So all in all, another successful holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed to the max

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Liked best: The area, the villa and the pool
Liked least: nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
29 May 2015
Many thanks again for your custom and your lovely comments. We are delighted you had another great time at Les Chenes and that you were made to feel "at home" by our Manager and staff. It was great to hear of all your wonderful new experiences, especially the flight in the small aircraft.
We would love to welcome you back again in the near future.
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
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