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A centre for everywhere in the middle of nowhere.
Hidden between the mill stream and the forest, Chez Meunier offers complete privacy and peace. While you enjoy the sun-trap private pool you will hear nothing but the birds in the surrounding woods . Also brilliant for star-gazing after a hard day doing nothing! The Charente skies are some of the least light polluted in the world. The local countryside presents a mosaic of colour, with sunflowers, linseed, maize and wheat and the occasional family group of cattle grazing happily in the fields. But the area is best known for its vineyards, supplying grapes for Cognac and our local delicacy Pineau. THE HOUSE: The low, unassuming façade belies the huge amount of space contained within. The entrance, beside the pool, leads into a large bright hallway and the ground floor. Overlooking the pool is the bright, airy and fully equipped kitchen/diner. The giant oak table will seat 10 with room to spare and the kitchen has all the appliances and utensils you will want. Across the hall is the sitting room which again looks out onto the pool and beyond into the woods. With duel aspect windows this room is delightfully bright and restful, being comfortably furnished with armchairs and settees, TV and DVD and a supply of books and games. At the end of the hall is a toilet with hand basin. Beside this cloakroom is a large area for any outdoor wear, boots and coats, ideal for hikers and explorers! MASTER SUITE: The wrought iron staircase leads up to a large hall and into the stunning Master Bedroom, which has a super king-size sleigh bed under a beautiful vaulted ceiling showing all the ancient oak beams. There is a full-sized wardrobe and large chest of drawers, plenty of space to store all your bits and pieces. The large en-suite wet room is fully tiled and fitted with a skylight to let in the sunshine. This bedroom has views to the east across the mill stream, Le Ne, and the rising sun. DOUBLE BEDROOM and TWIN BEDROOM: On this floor there are a further two bedrooms, a double and a twin. Both have ample storage and idyllic views over the forest. These 2 rooms are directly opposite the large family bathroom featuring a bath as well as shower, for those folk who enjoy a soak!. Both bathrooms are newly fitted with the best quality and style. Fully tiled with beautiful vanity units to contain all your bathing paraphernalia. All linen and towels are supplied and renewed each week. OUTSIDE The 10 x 5 metre pool is surrounded by a European Standard Security barrier which has child-proof locks. The outside dining area has large table on the paved patio under a canopy and is next to the stone barbecue. The view from here is just the fields and forest. Next to the pool area and patio, the small graveled garden has figs and walnuts aplenty in season and also the pigeonnier is here, which houses all the bikes for your use. THE AREA The Charente region has many attractive towns and villages and a sightseeing holiday could include: COGNAC and a visit to one of its world famous Brandy Houses – watch the process and sample the product! ANGOULEME, with its beautiful Cathedral in the heart of the Old City, where a wander through the maze of narrow streets offers a delightful range of pavement bars and gourmet restaurants to suit everyone. Angouleme is also the capital of the cartoon industry and a visit to the paper making museum on the banks of the beautiful Charente is a must. You can take a boat ride from Angouleme along the Charente river. Also visit the chocolate factory where the kids (big and small ;-) can have a go at making chocolate to take home. The famous and fascinating CHAPELLE DU TEMPLIERS at Cressac – is just a healthy bike ride away from the house. Soak up the aura of its frescoes before pedaling on to Blanzac for a coffee. See the web site for the chapelle here- https://www.lacharente.com/fiche/detail/178059 JARNAC, which straddles the lovely Charente river. is another beautiful small town, here you can take a boat trip on the river to see kingfishers. JONZAC is in the centre of the Wine Trails and visiting the local Cognac and Pineau producers all around us is great fun, they are always very keen to show guests around and let you sample the produce. Our closest town, BARBEZIEUX is such a pretty, typically French, small town with its Plane trees and boulevards. This is where you will find a large selection of shops and supermarkets and also the twice weekly street market. We go to Barbezieux once or twice a week for a morning coffee and pain au chocolat! For the more adventurous: Golf enthusiasts can play the championship course at Cognac, beautifully designed around a Chateau and its vineyard. There is also an 18 hole course in Angouleme and a pleasant 9 hole course at nearby Pillac. The Charente river offers numerous opportunities to hire canoes and kayaks, for an hour or for a day. AUBETERRE-SUR -DRONNE, with its underground cathedral and voted one of the most beautiful villages in France, has a range of options and is 25 minutes away. For the ramblers and cyclists, the quiet lanes and rolling hills provide a perfect setting. There are waymarked paths and bridleways, or you can explore the valleys of the Ne and the Boeme yourselves with local maps. Other activities and experiences: In Angouleme, the annual Cartoon Strip Festival ( Bande Desinee ) and the Rampart Rally ( vintage cars from all over Europe racing round the City streets ) in September. In Cognac, the annual Blues and Jazz Festival in early July attracts internationally renowned artists every year. In Barbezieux, the Music Week is early July, where local and regional musicians play a variety of styles in the bars and around the streets. There are also organised live concerts and exhibitions throughout the summer. There is always a 'Sortir' magazine supplied with ALL the events for the month listed. Throughout the region, almost every village offers weekly markets, fares and occasional exhibitions. In the summer, the “Farmers Markets” are a fantastic way to sample local produce in the villages, where you usually have the chance to buy the meat, cook it there and then on the BBQ and wash it down with some local wine!
Great property in peaceful location
By Julie T on 22-Aug-2019
Lovely property with Stevie & Harry being excellent hosts. Great location in the Charente being so peaceful & relaxing, yet a great base to explore the area. Property has everything you need together with a fantastic pool. Many thanks for a great holiday.
Lovely secluded house situated in gorgeous French countryside
By Sarah C on 27-Jul-2019
The owners, Stevie and Harry, are wonderfully kind, welcoming and helpful hosts, who went above and beyond for us. A massive thank you! The house has a really welcoming feel and is both spacious and very well appointed. The kitchen is large and well equipped, with a wonderfully big kitchen table for everyone to sit around. The sitting room is spacious and has ample seating. The master bedroom is gorgeous and from the unusual ceiling hangs a beautiful chandelier. The en suite shower room was perfect. The other two bedrooms are both spacious and share a very well appointed family bathroom. The swimming pool is lovely and a perfect size. We had a wonderful week's stay and with lots of evening BBQ's, lazing on the loungers around the pool or sitting in the shade at the table under the pergola. Thank you so much to you both for a lovely and much needed holiday!
08/15/2019 at 4:02 PM
Beautiful Gite & Lovely owners
By Anne J on 11-Oct-2018
The property itself is gorgeous, very well equipped & has everything you need. We had wine & flowers left on the table for when we arrived. The master bedroom is amazing, the area is very quiet & peaceful we even saw some deer. The pool had some inflatables in there when we arrived our grandson loved it although the water was quite cold. All in all excellent would definitely like to go back soon. Thank you Stevie & Harry.
A wonderful place to relax!
By Katrina Dowling on 01-Sep-2018
The house is just gorgeous. Beautifully kept with everything you need - a real 'home away from home'. The kitchen is well stocked and we were greeted with a bottle of wine and some flowers which was a lovely touch. The pool was fantastic - a good size and surrounded by loungers. We have a 3 year old so the fence ensured he was safe and we could relax knowing he couldn't access the pool unless we were there. Although the property is secluded, there are great shops, restaurants and boulangeries a short drive away and it's a great base for day trips - our favourites were Cognac and St Emilion - both fabulous places. Stevie was a great host - friendly and helpful. A wonderful holiday.
4th year here - and we’ve booked for 2019!
By Stuart Barker on 30-Aug-2018
A warm welcome from Stevie and Harry as always; this is our fourth stay and we’ve booked for summer 2019. We love it for the peace and tranquility, the privacy, the house, pool and the fabulous countryside. Shops are a short drive away, as are picturesque villages and towns, kayaking, beautiful cathedrals and plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry! Looking forward to next summer already.
By Sarah Fernandez. Ann Arbor on 27-Aug-2018
Had a really wonderful week. Great communication beforehand from Stevie and lovely welcome pack. Also so helpful to have basic cooking products in the cupboards such as oil, tea bags, very appreciated. Villa was gorgeous, everything we needed- and so quiet and restful. Owners always available if needed but very respectful of our privacy. Pool was wonderful, kids spent lots of time there! Great location for day trips to lakes, river swimming, kayaking, villages etc. Thank you very much- really hope we will return one day!
Beautiful home in the heart of the French countrys
By Carmen Hill on 13-Jul-2018
A return visit to this wonderful property in a beautiful location. A warm welcome awaits you from the lovely owners. The property is well equipped and has everything you need for a holiday to remember. I would recommend to all! A place not to be missed.
Chez Meunier = Chez Marvellous
By Marian Trehy on 20-Jun-2018
I have lost count of how many times we’ve visited this beautiful place but we return each year and have a fabulous family holiday. I’ve left quite a few reviews and have always rated the property at 5 stars. There’s not much else I can add the all my previous reviews except to say that having spent a week here at half term we are returning for a week in August. Twice in one year, I can’t believe our luck. Thank you Steve and Harry for yet another great stay, looking forward to seeing you again in August. The Trehys
I can answer that :-) this August will be your 7th stay in Chez Meunier. And very happy we are that you like it sooo much. See you soon, Marian et al.
By John And Viv on 05-Jun-2018
We've spent a glorious 3 weeks at this lovely gite, made even more special by the owners. First, the gite: it has absolutely everything necessary for a comfortable stay plus so much more. The kitchen is particularly well stocked with every cooking appliance needed. The barbecue is fun, especially for those of us somewhat unfamiliar with using charcoal but found that it gave a really great, rustic taste to everything we cooked there. The pool is immaculate and maintained regularly. Surrounding the gite is an expansive woods and field making the house very private. And the owners could not be better. Friendly, respect the privacy of their guests, available for any item not found or issue needing attention, and will go to all lengths to ensure their guests are happy. We have been and it would be our great pleasure to return at some point in the future.
By Anonymous Said... on 08-Oct-2017
Well appointed,charming,well maintained country retreat.Charming,helpful hosts on site but unobtrusive.
Exactly as in the pics
By Emily A on 16-Sep-2017
We had a lovely 9 night stay at the end of summer. Stevie and Harry are incredibly welcoming and the house is amazingly well equipped (we joked about a cherry pitter and 10 mins later one arrived!) so that if you want to whip up a 3 course dinner or simply grill on the barbecue, then you can. Unusually this property has quite a lot of the basics - olive oil, washing up liquid, washing powder, dishwasher tablets, spare bin liners etc. Being used to rentals that DON'T provide much we took our own, but if you happen to be flying in rather than driving then this might be a godsend on the first night. What else to add, the house is comfortable and immaculately maintained, the pool is beautifully clean and the surrounding woods are very quiet, with only the odd bird call to disturb. Our children didn't really stray from the pool when the weather was super-hot and you could easily spend your entire break chilling here with only the occasional trip for provisions. The surrounding area is covered in sunflower fields or vineyards. The local speciality being a fortified wine, known as pineau, and cognac. Everywhere seems to make and sell cognac! There's a really useful folder with information on sightseeing, places to visit and also tips from previous guests on restaurants. There's a lot to do should you wish to. Stevie and Harry are obviously on hand if you need, but we rarely saw them. I'd definitely recommend Les Meuniers - I've already given away the business cards we brought back! It's a lovely place to stay
Beautiful, clean and well equipped with everything you could want.
By Anonymous Said.. on 29-Aug-2017
Another extremely enjoyable holiday at this lovely holiday home. I think this is our fifth visit and we ALWAYS have a good time. We are a family of six, the eldest is 20 years old and the youngest is 13. We also have a daughter of 17 with severe autism who finds dealing with any form of change very difficult but has always settled very well. The pool is a big hit with all of us and with a family such as ours the fact that the property has wifi is a huge bonus. Steve and Harry are great hosts, nothing is too much trouble. They are lovely people and are around as much as you want or need them to be. We are very much looking forward to returning next year. Big thanks to you and Harry, Steve, for always making us so welcome.
Relaxing holiday with peaceful surroundings
By Jenny C on 10-Aug-2017
The house is located in the trees with the only sound being birdsong! This was a great place for relaxing and de-stressing. The two nearest small towns are very picturesque - with Blanzac being the friendliest and most welcoming village we have been to in France - as well as having everything you need. It also had the best pain au chocolat ever and the Dr and pharmacy (which unfortunately we had to visit!) were very accessible and helpful. Stevie and Harry were great hosts - with the contact before we got there being absolutely excellent. They were on call when you needed them but otherwise really discrete - and nothing was too much trouble. The house and facilities were very good and very well equipped - we made very good use of the table tennis, badminton, adult bikes and swimming pool - the favourite being the late night swims in the illuminated pool. We also all had excellent nights' sleeps and found the beds very comfortable!
By Carmen Hill on 10-Aug-2017
A fantastic place to stay with exceptional accommodation and a great location
Chez Meunier, lovely!
By Philip A on 29-Oct-2016
Lovely welcome from Steve and Harry at this most charming and superbly kept and furnished gite within peaceful surroundings but close to historic sites and much more. Great having a swimming pool in the garden. It has been a pleasure to recommend Chez Meunier to family and friends.
Absoute bliss. again!
By Stuart B on 21-Aug-2016
Our second stay in this beautiful house in an idyllic setting - perfect weather for pool days and quiet evenings outside, we had a blissful week. The house is stocked with everything you need, and Steve and Harry are the perfect hosts - as friendly as you want them to be, full of information about the local area and happy to share a bottle of wine if you fancy it! We had a day trip to Aubeterre sur dronne which is a beautiful town and well worth a look, other than that it was a daily trip out for chocolatines, croissants and bread (all available within a five minute drive) and hours and hours spent playing in the pool. If you want some peace, relaxation and family time away from the rest of the world this is the holiday for you.
A Beautiful House For Rest and Relaxation
By Chris K on 10-Aug-2016
We stayed at Chez Munier for 2 weeks in July/Aug 2016. Steve and Harry are so welcoming and strike the perfect balance of being on hand when you need them but leaving you to your own devices to enjoy your holiday. The house and pool are fantastic and as other reviews mention make sure to read 'that book' to see the hard work that has gone in to creating this beautiful hideaway. Our kids (8 and 5) had many happy hours enjoying the wonderfully maintained pool. The nearest supermarket/village is Blanzac which is a 10 minute drive from the property or for a slightly wider choice Barbezieux is a 20 minute drive away. Overall if your looking for secluded beauty you couldn't go far wrong than to head to Chez Munier!
By Debbie H on 09-Aug-2016
This place is gorgeous. Clean. Secluded & perfect base to explore area. Need car in area. Pool is good size. Owners live behind and are lovely. They aim to invisible unless needed. We didn't want them to be as so nice. Some socialising with them. Recommend highly. Would return. I
By Andrew G on 07-Jul-2016
The Gite has been developed to an exceptionally high standard. Everything we needed was there. The property was spotless and furnished to a high standard. We ate outside most of the time at the high quality external table. Our stay was peaceful and comfortable. The pool was a pleasure to use. Our hosts Stevie and Harry were in the adjacent property and they gave us a warm welcome and ensured we wanted for nothing. The Supermarket at a nearby town had everything we could possibly need. All in all a GREAT holiday! Will seriously consider a return visit.
By Catherine L on 10-Aug-2015
We had a perfect week in a beautifully maintained and decorated house. The pool was very clean and an added luxury for us. Our hosts Steve and Harry respected our privacy but were always on hand for any local knowledge and a glass of wine or 2!! The location was idyllic and the history of the place just added to its charm. We wish we could have it as our second home! We will be back!!
By Allister W on 26-Jul-2015
Our third holiday in this beautiful, peaceful and luxurious house. Glorious weather meant we spent most days by the pool, breaking for lunch in the shaded eating area, playing table tennis or cycling around the country lanes. Fabulous lunch in Angouleme and a trip to the market in Riberac. Would recommend unreservedly and will certainly be back again.
All you need for a relaxing holiday
By Alan J on 01-Jul-2015
Our second visit and not disappointed Another excellent holiday in this very well equipped and comfortable home. Much use made of the excellent pool, BBQ and shaded outside dining area, add to that comfortable beds, super bathrooms and a fabulous kitchen and what more could you ask for. Located in a private and secluded area next to woodland where you are not overlooked, but close enough to villages and towns for the convenient things that we all need in life, means you really feel like you can get away from the troubles of the World, if but only for a few weeks. The owners Stevie and Harry who have refurbished this property with love and care, are on hand should you wish to take advantage of their local knowledge, but do not intrude in any way. An excellent holiday, weather was good as well !.
By Anonymous Said... on 24-May-2015
We have had two stays in this property and, in six weeks time, will be heading back there for another fortnight. We have stayed in many houses in France and this is the absolute best. Steve and Harry are excellent hosts who are always around when you need them. The house is very well equipped and the WiFi is something we couldn't do without as we have teenagers. The BBQ is great and the outside table tennis is a great hit too. We always have a wonderful time which is why will keep going back. We have also booked for August 2016.
A fantastic week's stay
By Richardson on 22-Aug-2014
We had a great week's holiday and couldn't have been happier with our stay. The house was roomy and comfortable and the pool was really clean and a good size. Harry and Steve were excellent hosts and we appreciated all that they did. Although there are lots of places to visit in the surrounding area, we only really left the house and pool to find something to eat! The Richardson family
Very attractive child friendly home
By Maikel M on 09-Aug-2014
We are a family of 6 and enjoyed our stay very much.It's very comfortable and child friendly. The kids loved the big pool. The house is clean and well taken care off. Steve and Harry are very nice people. Although they lived in the back we had all the privacy we wanted. We can certainly recommend this house.
Would definitely recommend this luxurious house!
By Una F on 29-Jul-2014
We are 5 friends who really enjoyed our week in this beautiful, well-equipped and peaceful house and would have loved to stay longer! The house has been painstakingly restored and the best quality finishes have been used, with Harry and Steve having thought of all the extra touches that ensure their guests have everything needed to make the most of their holidays. For example, 8 bikes are even provided so that guests can cycle along the quiet country lanes and pool towels and inflatables are available for the private, secluded pool. The property is also extremely clean and well-maintained. The friendly owners, Harry and Steve, live just behind the holiday house, but they are very discreet and will not bother you unless you need their help. We did not have to consult them very often but we knew that their help was always available if we needed it and this is very important in a holiday let. The area is largely rural with a mix of vineyards and massive fields of sunflowers which just have to be photographed! The local villages and towns are small but the supermarkets such as Carrefour in Blanzac and Leclerc in Barbezieux have all your shopping needs. Must-sees include Aubeterre, Saintes, Jonzac and Angouleme and we also visited Oradour-sur-Glane, the extremely moving WW2 martyred village. All in all, the luxury of the house, the friendliness of Steve and Harry, the peaceful beauty of the farmland and the activities and local attractions mean that we would definitely recommend Chez Meunier to anyone- thank you, Steve and Harry.
By Anonymous Said... on 03-Feb-2014
We 4 Yanks spent 3 grand weeks at Chez Meunier and our expectations were exceeded at every turn. From the vine draped stone walls and the graceful sway of the tile roof, to the spacious interior, the place is an invitation to relax. In the main room the chairs say "sit here, sip wine, munch cashews and finish that novel." For walkers there is a network of paths skirting fields and gurgling streams, past vineyards and farms where chickens scratch and cows graze. For the splashing set there is a swimming pool. Cooks will find all they need in the kitchen, where we tossed up some of the best meals of the trip. The owners are perfect hosts - helpful but never intrusive. It is difficult to catalog the improvements they have made while preserving the charm of centuries. From the main bedroom, with its canopy of twisted beams, we could hear the rush of the stream that once powered an undershot water wheel for pressing walnuts and grinding grain. And that Knights Templar connection is no George-Washington-slept-here. In the quiet of the night, if you try, you can hear them clanking about in their armor. Night is also time to take your ease on the patio where the stars are bright and the occasional meteor flashes among them. On three nights we watched the space station make its unblinking way. Our visit was in the fall and the fig and walnut trees were in fruit. Mushrooms were being picked in the woods and the grapes, corn and sunflowers were ready in the fields. The grape harvest is a fascination. Machines pull the grapes from the vines for processing in the field, leaving mounds of pomace that perfume the countryside with fermentation. This is cognac country and some of the best we sampled came from the local vineyards where they distill their own. The nearby town of Blanzac has an adequate grocery, a hardware and a restaurant turning out very good pizza. Some of our favorite outings were to Angouleme, a walled city on a hill with all the necessaries - an excellent indoor market, museums, fine restaurants and rail connections to Paris and Bordeaux. We also took a trip to Ile de Rey, the island off the west coast. It was the off season and crowds were light. Our hotel room overlooked the harbor where the tide made dramatic retreats and returns. And the seafood, so fresh the shrimp had to be chased down the aisle of the market. And then it was back to Chez Meunier, which we consider our place in France.
Spacious, well maintained and spotless
By Anonymous Said.. on 02-Sep-2013
The property is lovely with great pool area and outside dining facilities and bar-b-que. Interior is spacious with large well equipped kitchen and modern bathrooms. Owners are on hand if required but do not intrude. Property has Wifi. We have just returned from our second year renting this property and have already booked for next year. Our party comprises grandparents, daughter & son-in-law and five year old and property is suitable for all.
A great place to unwind and chill out!
By Malcolm Aplin on 13-Aug-2013
The house is very well set out and is flexible for both couples and families .It is equipped to an extremely high standard, with everything you could ask for. The pool is great and the patio area is well thought out and furnished. Steve and Harry are great hosts and are very keen to help you enjoy your break. The surrounding area is interesting and there are a number of places of interest close by. A lovely place to stay --our second visit and we will return
Holiday in Millers House, June 2013
By Anonymous Said... on 10-Jul-2013
Within easy reach of various airports. Ideal location to base yourself in to explore the area on day trips. The property itself is very original, has been renovated to a high standard, well decorated and has a large kitchen/dinning room which is perfect for large family/group. Has a big pool and outside eating area/bar B Q. Plenty of local shops and places to eat. The countryside surrounding the property is lovely and there are plenty of vineyards/cognac distilleries to visit. Overall have to say one of the best properties I have stayed in for holidaying purposes would definitely recommend it to anyone I know. Would return for another holiday myself.
By Tom And Irene Edmond on 21-Jun-2013
We were made to feel very welcome by Stevie and Harry who helped immensely with their local knowledge. The property is just terrific and has everything that one would require to experience a beautiful and restful holiday. We would have no hesitation of recommending our friends to stay with Stevie and Harry who are simply the best.
Stunning property, stunning location
By Anonymous Said.. on 09-Jun-2013
We stayed here for a week and were blown away with the property and how hospitable the owners were. The location and property itself were simply outstanding and were made to feel at home immediately by the owners. We have a 2 year old and were delighted with how child friendly the property is, stair gates/high chair/childs bed etc. The pool area was fantastic and there was never any concern that our child could get anywhere near the pool without our supervison. The property was immaculate on entry and there is nothing that we can think of that would have enhanced it any. This is the perfect location and property for a nice, relaxing break away and we enjoyed trips out to the local town of Angouleme and Bergerac. Would absolutely recommend this place to friends and family and will definitely be returning
a week in paradise
By Giuseppe F on 30-Jun-2012
We had a wonderful week at Chez Meunier. The house is lovely and very peaceful. The swimming pool is great. The place feels quite remote and a car is necessary to go anywhere: this makes the place very special and very tranquil. We liked having Stevie and Harry (the owners) living nearby: they are very cordial and unobtrusive. We also liked Trudy and Bernard, their two wonderful dogs. When we arrived there were flowers and a bottle of wine on the kitchen table waiting for us. The kitchen was very well equipped and, like the rest of the house, very spacious. We would definitely go back and next time we'd like to stay longer. A great country retreat!
Just what we were looking for
By Kate F on 26-Jun-2012
A fabulous location with really great access to the surrounding area
The house is very comfortable with everything that you need at your finger tips, very clean and fantastic touches that make you feel very valued as a visitor.
Steve and Harry are great source of knowledge about the region as well as fantastic hosts
We are looking forward to our next stay
Great Place, wondeful house
By Doreen M on 15-May-2012
What a beautiful spacious house in a beautiful tranquil setting. Everything was immaculate and clean and anything you might need was provided for. The bed in the master bedroom was enormous, very very comfy and with beautiful bedding. We felt that a lot of thought had been put into the interior design to combine the old with the new
Stevie & Harry who live "next door but down the back" are excellent hosts, there if you need them but completely unobtrusive otherwise. I have rated local amenities a 10 as the area suited us, small village with supermarket, boulangerie, restaurants etc and loads of old villages and sigthseeing things to do round about but if you are looking for night life and "upmarket" living this is not the area for you!
This house is so peaceful, nothing to hear but the mill stream and lade,birds, crickets and nature but it is pretty central for touring around and has a good supermarket just a few kilomteres away. The large pool, which is all very safely fenced off for children looked so inviting but was still a bit too cool in early May for us to make use of but must be super in the summer. We would very definately go back and are already seriously considering it for next year
All in all a wonderful place, beautiifull house, beautifully furnished and equipped and it is hard to describe the peace and tranquility that there is here.
Maggie a. a Touch of History with all Mod Cons!
By Maggie A on 06-Oct-2011
My husband and I, together with two friends,recently spent a wonderful week at La Commanderie.
Stevie and Harry are perfect hosts. They go out of their way to help you in any way they can without being at all intrusive. They will make recommendations/bookings and supply anything you have been unable to access - or forgotten! - whenever possible. But the remainder of the time you feel as if you are alone. The gite is private and secluded.
It is equipped to a very high standard. There are even nutcrackers for the copious supply of walnuts from the nearby tree! (There is also a fig tree COVERED, in season, with a glut of scrumptious fruit!)
The bed in the master bedroom is HUGE; so ideal for the tallest/largest couple imaginable! It is also incredibly comfortable.The entire Bucket family from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory could lose themselves in it!
There is a very good supply of hot water. There are excellent showers (a waterfall shower in the ensuite wet room) and a bath in the other bathroom. The small flight of stone stairs to the upper floor are solid and manageable.There is a very handy downstairs loo.
There is a multitude of comfortable seating available in the lounge and also around the pool. The pool is splendid and very safe; it has large steps at one end suitable for children to sit on and play. There are several bikes available for seeing the local area.
The local area is picturesque and quiet. La Commanderie was the command post for The Knights' Templar and you can feel the history, both in the gite and the surrounding countryside. The locals are friendly.
All in all a great stay. We have booked for next year already - as have others who have previously visited.
Our Home from Home
By Deborah L on 07-Sep-2011
We have to say that this is the best holiday home we have stayed in on our travels in France. We have stayed in a few homes that have looked great in the photos but don't live up to the standards expected ie they end up having Ikea bed matresses and everything is 'cheap' Chez Meunier is definately a 'home from home' from the luxurious big bed in the master bedroom, the childrens beds, the wet room en-suite to the good quailty kitchen with everything you would need and more. No need to take anything really ! Stevie and Harry Hope were very good hosts and they were always there if we needed anything with friendly advice - nothing too much bother for them really. Beautiful property in a quiet location with good access to the local villages. Thanks Stevie and Harry - all the best for the future. We will recommend your gite to our freinds ! The Leach family, Chaddleworth, England - August 2011
Relaxing, Comfortable, Home from Home.
By Neil C. on 05-Sep-2011
Steve and Harry, We've had a wonderful holiday here at your beautiful villa. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility, the lovely pool and we've had some great barbeques! We've been on some lovely walks too.
It was our youngest daughters 1st time in a swimming pool and she and the other girls loved it- all the inflatables were fab- very thoughtful of you! (as were the flowers and wine to welcome us)
Many thanks and best wishes Neil, Melissa, Ella, Mia, Fleur, Helen and Bruce (Whetstone, UK)
Fantastic well equipped secluded villa with pool
By Carole D on 03-Sep-2011
Chez Meunier is a fantastic property which is extremely comfortable and well appointed both inside and outside with home from home comforts and much more. The owners Harry and Steve have ensured that all ages are catered for, from 8 good quality bikes of varying sizes in the Pigeonnaire to numerous inflatables by the pool. A varied selection of books, DVD's, jigsaws and games are in abundance inside the property and a full size table tennis table outside. Outside dining on the terrace can be enjoyed under the shaded canopy. The barbeque was a great feature too. The pool is the cleanest pool we have ever used on our many visits to France - Harry has an amazing robot device that ensures the cleanliness! The property is very private and is in a superb location on the edge of the wood in very peaceful surroundings. There are numerous quiet country lanes, some flat, some with gentle climbs which are great for cycling or early morning runs. Nearby Blanzac is a lovely, quaint French town only 4 miles away, with a small but well stocked Carrefour and all the other local boulangerie, boucherie etc. Larger towns are just a little further away for more choice. Our holiday was made perfect in every way by the available facilities, however nothing could surpass the extreme helpfulness and friendliness of the owners Harry and Steve. They went out of their way on so many occasions to make our holiday so much more special with their local knowledge and advice. A truly great couple, many, many thanks.
Peaceful and Relaxed
By Phipps Family Lightwater, UK on 28-Sep-2010
What a great holiday. We had everything we needed at the house, so didn't venture out too far for things to do. A big thank you to Steve and Harry for a great holiday. House was spotless and had everything we needed. They were on hand for local advice regarding restaurants, walks and local events etc.
By John M. Barnet on 19-Sep-2010
From the moment we arrived we knew we had made the right decision to book Chez Meunier...we had the warmest of welcomes from Harry and Steve and the house could not have been better!...Plenty of room for a family with 5 children and the swimming pool is fantastic , right by the house, surrounded by trees and very private...
Whoever stays here are sure to have a very relaxing break
Steve and Harry gave excellent customer service, they had prepared the property for our arrival to an excellent standard, their description of property was spot on and I would not hesitate to recommend Chez Meunier to anyone...