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28 reviews
The Courtyard from the air
Pool Area
Master bedroom
Juliet Balcony and View
King size bed
Dining Living area
Kitchen
Kitchen area, range oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker,
Childrens Bunk Room (also has single and cot)
Cot (can be moved into Master bedroom)
family bathroom
Terrace with seating, shade sail and BBQ
play area
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Rouillac, Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Philippa...
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent break - the most welcoming hosts we've ever had the pleasure of meeting!”
Reviewed 19 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Our stay at Chez Aristide during the last week of May was fantastic. The gite was spotless and beautifully furnished throughout. The kitchen exceptionally well equipped. Waking up to the view of the surrounding countryside was such a treat! The pool was well used by us all and again - beautifully clean.
Steph and Charlie are the most perfect hosts - helpful, efficient and nothing was too much bother. We felt like we were leaving old friends at the end of our week. We have stayed in many gites over the past 10 years - but Chez Aristide and its owners is by far the best. I cannot recommend this gite highly enough! FANTASTIC !

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Liked best: The attention to detail of the property and entire site.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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
21 Jul 2015
Thank you for your kind words, it was a real pleasure to host you and I hope to do so again!
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Charlie S
Rugby, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wow wow wow - just a perfect 2 weeks.... ”
Reviewed 9 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Not often do I feel so inclined to write such a positive review but the Courtyard and it's wonderful owners deserve nothing less...

We have just returned from our 3rd stay with the May family - a wonderfully relaxing 2 week break with a 3 year old boy and 11 month old daughter - Yes it is possible!!

Stephanie is one of the kindest, friendliest and most helpful people I have had the pleasure to meet, her husband Charlie is equally nice and super helpful and Finn is Freddie's new best friend - helping to teach him to swim as well as the numerous games of soldiers he played with him. On any of our 3 stays nothing has ever been too much trouble, the family go out of their way to ensure we are all having a lovely time and we have already booked to return next year! ( this is a really big thing as I swore I would never return somewhere and I can't get enough of the place it JUST WORKS WITH KIDS!!)

Chez Aristide is a wonderfully relaxing well equipped gite with a super comfy master bedroom with proper pillows and duvet. The cot and bunk bed are good quality and the children's rooms are set up with fun duvets and age appropriate boxes of toys and specially picked stories which make bedtime exciting. Bath mat, potty, child loo seat and step are all tucked away ready for you and if you bring your monitor with you you can sit outside and enjoy a delicious meal without worrying about the children as they are safely in the house within the secure courtyard ( or 5 meals in our case as they really are so good). These were the first meals my husband and I have enjoyed since our baby was born last summer and they were yummy.

The swimming pool is wonderfully clean and warm our 11 month old daughter was happily splashing around for 45 minutes 2/3 times a day and our son learnt to swim the 5m width in 2 weeks with a wonderful prize from Steph and Finn on our last day of holiday.

We were advised and helped with the few times times we ventured off site and had great trips to the beach and zoo and highly recommend both along with the plate painting. Next time we hope to try horse riding and bike rides though you really can have a wonderful holiday within 4 walls of The Courtyard.

We were spoilt as over the two weeks we stayed the sunflowers came into flower and we were surround by a sea of yellow.

A lovely place with a lovely family - thank you.

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Management Response
9 Jul 2015
Thank you for such kind words. I always say great guests make it all so easy ! It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your lovely children. My highlights were the huge improvement in Freddies swimming and his delight in his little prize and fearless Ottie demolishing her shepherds pie with gusto! Such a pleasure and hugely looking forward to welcoming you back again. Thank you
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Energisem...
Farnham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful Gites in stunning French countryside with the warmest of welcomes.......”
Reviewed 29 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We stayed at Chez Aristide in June 2015 and had the most wonderful holiday. The Gites have been beautifully restored so that the accommodation is spacious, immaculate yet homely and full of character. The view in the morning from the master bedroom is stunning and there is a lovely private garden as well as a beautiful swimming pool which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Steph booked me in for a ride at the local stables where I had a 2 hour private ride which was the best ride I've ever had. The countryside was so varied one minute cantering through fields alongside vineyards and the next through woods and stumbling across the nearby Amphitheatre! The horses were so well looked after and wonderfully behaved - a fabulous day.

Steph, Charlie and Finn are such a lovely family who made us feel very welcome and with their warm hospitality and Steph's amazing cooking and we wouldn't hesitate in going back.

We took our bikes so that we could cycle around the beautiful French countryside. Favourite places were Jarnac where we enjoyed some fabulous Plat du Jour at L'Alambic not forgetting the 5 Euro pichet of wine that was very drinkable!, and Saintes which had so many restaurants and cafes amongst it's many cobbled streets.

We followed our stay with 2 nights in La Rochelle which is only and hour and a half away so can be driven to from the Gite. It was fabulous - very buzzy, people watching in the lovely old port and some really excellent restaurants. A trip across to the beautiful Ile de Re completed our wonderful holiday.

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Liked best: The owner's hospitality
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
9 Jul 2015
Thank you for being such great guests, we throughly enjoyed your stay with us and really look forward to welcoming you back!!!
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M J
Chinon, France
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“5 Star Family Holiday Experience”
Reviewed 11 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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We were warmly greeted by Steph and her son Finn. High quality renovated buildings with breathtaking views. We have 2 small children who were safe to run around and make friends with Finn and their 2 lovely dogs. Steph was exceptional - her attention to detail to made our stay as homely as possible. Even toys, bedding and high chair were perfectly & thoughtfully provided. Great family location - grocery store 3kms and short drive to Jarnac & Cognac. Thanks again Steph, Charlie and Finn. :)

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • 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?
  • 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
21 Apr 2015
It was great to meet you both and your lovely children on your travels and I hope your onward journey was great fun. I hope to share a moment with you again!
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Hannah P
Northwood, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Fantastic Experience - Amazing Hosts!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We have just spent a week at The Courtyard, staying in Chez Aristide. It was simply fantastic from start to finish and I cannot praise it highly enough. What set it apart from our previous holiday rental experiences were our amazing hosts, the May family. We were made to feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. When I became concerned that my husband and younger daughter had got lost jogging around the nearby villages, the incredible Steph and her lovely son, Finn, jumped on their bikes to try and find them (it turns out my husband can't judge distances on a map). This level of concern for our enjoyment continued throughout the week. The "Welcome Drinks" evening meant we got to meet our fellow holiday makers. All three families then went pony riding together, with Finn keeping us company and offering words of encouragement to our children. The May family (not forgetting husband Charlie) have made huge efforts to fully integrate into the local community and what they don't know about the area isn't probably worth knowing. Add to this Steph's willingness to cook for us on certain evenings, and I hope you begin to see why this stay was such a unique experience. We were all very sad when our week at The Courtyard came to an all too quick end - partly because we were leaving hosts who had become our friends, but also because of the knowledge that given the level of hospitality we had just experienced, we would struggle to find somewhere as good again in the future!!

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Liked best: The hospitality of our hosts.
Liked least: Having to leave!
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
Large groups People with pets
  • 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?
  • 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
2 Sep 2014
Thank you for being such wonderful guests, it was a real pleasure to meet you and you fantastic children.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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