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Owner: Mr Richard Hind
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We have just enjoyed a two week holiday at Gite des Hirondelles, 14 - 28 August 2022. Richard is the most pleasant, helpful host that we have ever come across after staying in numerous villas over the years. Nothing is too much trouble for him. He met us in Charroux and guided us to the gite to avoid us getting lost after a long drive down from Calais. We arrived to find a huge welcome basket with lots of essentials and items in the fridge including an enormous strawberry tart from the bakery in Charroux. We went back a few days later to sample more of the delicious cakes/desserts that they make and can highly recommend. The gite is exactly as shown on the website and is very nicely decorated. Elaine (Richard's wife) has put a lot of time and effort into dressing the rooms. Nine of us were staying in the house and we found more than enough crockery/cooking utensils in the kitchen and pantry. The beauty of this gite is that all the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and there is also a separate toilet on the ground floor so no sharing of bathrooms. The pool area is great for relaxing round (either in the sunshine or under the shaded area) and indeed is large enough for swimming lengths. It was great that the pool is one depth and this meant that my grand-daughter could practice swimming and it was easy for me to be at her side without having to tread water at any point. It is however deep enough to dive into. There is an abundance of wildlife around the gite. As you come up the 1 km long drive to the property there are cows and a pond complete with resident heron and coypu which we were lucky to see swimming one morning. A buzzard would regularly be sitting on the fence until we drove by. We also saw rabbits, butterflies, bright blue dragonflies and even had a visit from Alfie, Richard and Elaine's Yorkshire terrier. Our favourite spot to while away time was on the veranda of the property. It was nice and shady in the morning to sit with a cup of tea and just look out across the fields and in the afternoon/evening we would catch the last of the sunshine and sit with a glass of wine. There are bikes in the garage for holidaymakers to borrow and Richard had even provided a paddling pool for the dogs to use. They had great walks around the property and into the woods. We would definitely consider staying at Richard and Elaine's property again and recommend to anybody who wants to stay in the peace and tranquility of the countryside but not be far from local amenities. There is a Super U, Lidl and Intermarche in Civray and lots of cafe's in the main square. There is a small market in Charroux but for more items we would recommend a trip out to Lezay market. We had trips out to Bordeaux, Cognac, golfing in Poitiers, Confolens, Verteuil-sur-Charente and the Plan d'eau du Bois Meunier at Sauze-Vaussais has an excellent restaurant (Le Cabanon) and children's play area. Richard and Elaine - thank you for making us so welcome at your lovely property.
Gite des Hirondelles is an absolutely perfect place to stay, in an idyllic setting. We arrived here to find that the photos do not the property justice, it far exceeded our expectations. More than enough living and sleeping space for our family of 7 (including 5 teenagers!) The other thing we found, which isn't always the case in other places, where it says its for 9 people, it really is - there is enough seating for everyone, there is enough utensils etc for everyone, everything that a large group needs, is there! Amazing country side views from every room in the house, that gives this property the perfect get away from it all feel. The private garden area is great, and the pool area is fantastic, with enough room for the whole group to relax. The pool is big enough for everyone to enjoy, and also get some lengths in. The surrounding area is just beautiful, with plenty of wildlife to see every day. Just the most wonderfully relaxing place to spend two weeks. Large supermarkets (Super-U and Lidl) are less than a 10 minute drive away in the lovely town of Civray. There are numerous places to see just a few minutes, easy drive, away. Poitiers is a larger town, with lots of shops (for the teenagers!!) and historical buildings, only an hours drive away. Last, but by no means least, Richard was the perfect host, an absolute Gent. Communication was excellent before our arrival, and he even met us at the nearest town to make sure we found it ok. Whilst we were there, Richard went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed, and helped us with any issues we had, he really couldn't do enough to make sure our holiday was perfect. I cannot recommend his property highly enough!! Cannot wait 'til our next visit!
We had a wonderful time staying at Gite des Hirondelles , Richard and Elaine where great hosts, and pointed out all the local and not so local points of interest around the area. The high temperature's on our 1st week ( 40+ C) made the pool a must, Good sized pool, with plenty of space to lay out and sunbathe, You are surrounded by countryside, the drive to the Gite is a kilometre long passing lakes and cows on one side, and organic farm land on the other. Jessie was spoilt as the walks were quiet interesting for her with all the local wildlife, deer, rabbits and the biggest hares we have ever seen. Kites , Herons and Coypu with their families by the lakes. . Because of the organic nature of the surrounding farms, there are an abundance of insects , butterflies etc , but no Mosquitos , which was a real bonus. We have been all over the world , and this , by far was our best holiday, relaxing, wonderful local foods, and brilliant hosts. On the drive home to the UK , we have already discussed booking here again for next year.
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