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19 reviews
Front of main house
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
bedroom 2
Toilet
bathroom with large roll top bath and fountain tap
playarea/ terrace
Fields
Fields
pretty village of St ceneri about 5 km drive
flowers from private garden
Bijou  the donkey
Best friends Daisy and Bijou
Our much loved old boy Topaz
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Gesnes-le-Gandelin, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire

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Excellent - based on 19 reviews
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Emma R
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
1 review
“We loved the experience so much we wanted to move in permanantly”
Reviewed 7 October 2011 for a stay in September 2011

The week we spent with Jackie, Tony, Harry and Buddy were one of the fondest memories that we will have for the rest of our lives. The accommodation was modern and clean, and everything we needed to keep our family was provided and then some.
The location was nothing short of picturesque and exactly what you envisage for a rural stay in France. It was really a treat to be staying in a converted barn that was completed to such high standards, and accommodated my young family so well at the same time.
However it was Tony, Jackie & Harry that made the experience so memorable. Rather than just treating us as lodgers, we became neighbours, we enjoyed afternoon drinks with them on their front deck, watching the cattle graze in the pasture and enjoying the complete serenity of their property with them.
They also took the time and care to involve our 2 young children, ensuring that there was suitable play equipment both inside and outside the Gîte as well as allowing our girls to wander through their beautiful farm and play with their animals in a safe and generous way.
England’s loss of Tony, Jackie and Harry is definitely France’s gain, and a gain for anyone who they come across. We have developed a firm allegiance with the Pepper Family to the extent that we regard them as being part of our family!
Tony and Jackie and Harry have a place where Australian’s can only dream of living, they are warm, generous and will do everything possible to make your stay an experience that you will fondly remember for the rest of your life.
Accomodation & Provisions: 5 stars
Location: 5 stars
Hosts: 5 stars + 1
We have already started to booked friends and clients to stay at this oasis in France

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Liked best: The Peppers... they are exceptional people beyond reproach
Liked least: My lack of navigational skills in getting there
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
People with pets
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BlaneP
Preston
1 review
“"fantastique" as the French would say!”
Reviewed 5 August 2011 for a stay in July 2011

Having been to many places and stayed in some beautiful locations throughout the world, it is difficult to make judgement on where has been the best place. I can confirm however that this place tops the lot. Aside from the location being truly majestic, the 'gite' being modern yet historic and the short travel to excellent family activities. The one thing this place offers above all else is the hospitality. Mr and Mrs Pepper, aka Jackie and Tony made our stay the best holiday yet. We were treated like family members and our three kids now have a new Uncle & Auntie. The grounds of this place offer tranquillity, an ideal getaway from the drains of everyday life. The front garden offers a mecca for the kids and the farm dog 'Buddy' a new best friend. We were fortunate that Jackie and Tony allowed us into there everyday life, sipping wine in the sunset and enjoying a cultured BBQ with the locals, a true highlight. Off course it helped that the Owners were English as our french was poor, however they guided us to some brilliant spots with Jackie's excellent map drawing skills. Our family loved it so much, that we shall be booking our next trip to here shortly and I'm sure then after. The 'gite' is spacious, very clean and has everything you will need for a relaxed holiday. Our family once more would like to wish Jackie and Tony all the best for the future and once again thank them for such a "fantastique" holiday.

Your truly

The Blane Family

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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sivry-Courtry, France
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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Travelling group: Avec mes amis
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Management Response
7 Oct 2016
merci louis, ce fut un plaisir de vous accueillir chez nous et nous avons eu un grand temps, grâce ont un bon noël
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1 review
Reviewed 28 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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Travelling group: En grand groupe / Visite guidée
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7 Oct 2016
je vous remercie beaucoup pour la grande revue, espérons que vous revenez pour une visite
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