Just some of our guest comments over the last 15+ years...
"Just back from a fabulous week with a group of friends and 4 kids (aged 9 months to nearly 3). We rented two of the gites (Lark Rise and Dove Cottage) and could not have been happier. Both properties were clean, spacious and well-equipped and we had an amazing time. The property is full of everything you would want for adults and toddlers alike and the kids absolutely loved the pool, play barn and sand pit. Evenings were spent BBQ-ing and enjoying a drink or two whilst the children slept peacefully inside. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners and I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a child-friendly getaway in rural France. You won't regret it! We're already thinking about our return visit.'‘
The Quaye Family - Lark Rise & Dove Cottage
"We stayed in Lark Rise Cottage for a week in June and had a wonderful time. Highly recommended for families with young children! We made full use of the shaded sand pit, swimming pool, bicycles and toys! John and Elizabeth were wonderful hosts, knowing when to offer some advice and when to give guests plenty of space. Thanks again for a wonderful break!"
The Brophy Family - Lark Rise
"This year we returned for our second visit and it was just as good, and even better, than our visit two years earlier! Fantastic facilities to keep the little ones happy and a lovely setting. The heated pool was lovely and this time we were lucky enough to be upgraded to Dove Cottage, having stayed in Robins Nest previously, which was just perfect for the family. The new sandpit was a big hit and Elizabeth and John were very welcoming. We borrowed everything we needed for the kids which was brilliant as we didn't have to bring it with us - pushchair, highchair, bed guards, cots etc. Thank you for another brilliant trip and I'm sure we will be back again soon."
The Davison Family - Dove Cottage
"We are just back from our third holiday in Dove Cottage! We keep coming back because it is such a beautiful, tranquil setting. The owners who really do understand the needs of a young family. Stair gates, cot, buggy hire - nothing is too much trouble. There is also a play barn with toys plus an outdoor pool (fenced off for safety) and bikes are available too if you fancy a ride down the many quiet lanes that surround the property. It really is a lovely place for a relaxing family break."
Mr and Mrs C. - Dove Cottage
"Well France felt a little like Scotland at times. It didn't dampen the spirits of all the family at all. We made our own memories. Your play barn was absolutely what we all needed. So much for everyone, the table tennis tournament was a winner with leagues all week long. We will definitely be recommending your accommodation and we would love to come back with some friends again."
Mr and Mrs A. - Lark Rise
"Thank you for a lovely week in a lovely part of France, we very much enjoyed our time and the gite was perfect for us and Nathaniel. He loved the play barn and it was great to have friendly families with little ones of a similar age staying at the same time."
Mr D & Mrs S. - Robins Nest
"Thanks for a fantastic few weeks, Dove Cottage was everything we wanted and needed it to be, and more!"
Mr and Mrs H. - Dove Cottage
"We booked Robins Nest and combined it with Lark Rise to form one very large holiday home. We all really enjoyed ourselves at La Grande Tranchee and would just like to say thank you once again".
Mrs M. and family - Robins Nest
"Thank you for a wonderful week at your gite. The grounds were beautiful, gite just right for our family and the play barn was great for Emilia. We also really enjoyed cooling off in the lovely pool after day trips exploring the surrounding area. It was a great holiday- thank you so much"
Mr and Mrs D. - Dove Cottage
"Thank you so much for a wonderful stay, we all had a brilliant time this past week.
Mr and Mrs O. - Lark Rise and Robins Nest
"Thank you for your message and for a lovely two weeks at Lark Rise".
Mr and Mrs J. - Lark Rise
"We had a fantastic time, thank you for looking after us so well. Our friends also really enjoyed themselves, so Im sure we'll be back next year. Many thanks again.
Mr and Mrs D. - Dove Cottage
"Just wanted to thank you for such a lovely holiday destination! We had a super time and all the set up for the babies was fantastic".
Mr and Mrs G. - Dove Cottage
"Thank you SO much for such a fab holiday, the gite and the ameneties of pool, toys, bikes etc were perfect for us. Although we hardly did any 'siteseeing' (just the silver mine) the things we particularly enjoyed were: swimming, cycling in the early evenings; markets of Melle and Lezay; and the Aire de Rejallant and the Emmaus charity warehouse in Rouffec. We thought the countryside was wonderful. We would very much like to return sometime and see a bit more! Thank you so much"
Mr and Mrs G.
"We loved staying in Robins Nest, thank you! "
Mr and Mrs C. - Robins Nest
"Thank you so much for letting us stay in 'Robin's Nest' last week, we really had a lovely time. I am sure that we will come to stay again in the future and we will definitely recommend the accommodation to friends and family."
Mr and Mrs G. - Robins Nest
“We thought that Lark Rise was such a great place to stay, there was so much for the children to do and so much space too, both inside and out, to suit all weathers - the play barn was fantastic for 'outdoor play' in the 36 degree heat! It was also a great place for us to relax by the pool or in the garden in the evening. Our little girl had such a fantastic experience riding Rumba and Jane was lovely!"
Mr an Mrs P - Lark Rise
“Thank you so much for a wonderful stay and for all your help. Nothing was too much. We loved the place and would definitely recommend it to other families with small children. The facilities were ideal. “
Mr and Mrs H. - Lark Rise
“We had such a perfect holiday so thank you for providing us with such a great base and place to stay. It was so friendly and you were so helpful not only with booking the holiday and how to get to you but also in helping us to enjoy ourselves! Thank you to John for bicycle assistance and for jump starting our car! The boys had such fun in the garden, the playbarn and of course the swimming pool. It was a great place to spend family time together. We all enjoyed the riding which was such good value and a special time.”
Mr and Mrs B - Lark Rise
“We had a wonderful stay with you and will hopefully holiday at La Grande Tranchee again. We really thought everything was great, really nicely thought out for the kids and everything provided was of such high quality, it was lovely.”
Mr & Mrs S.
"We all had a wonderful holiday, Thankyou. The place was perfect for us and we all felt very relaxed....despite being on holiday with 4 little ones!! The girls especially had a great time and Isobel spent Sunday making a collage of photos to take into school to show everyone what a fabulous time she'd had!"
Mr & Mrs S. & Mr and Mrs E.
"We had a fabulous time at your beautiful Cottage. We live in a renovated cottage ourselves so it felt like home.The facilities and child friendly specification were perfect. The touring/eating/things to do guide was fabulous. Thanks again."
Mr and Mrs Mc. - Dove Cottage
"We arrived in France exhausted from a recent house move. After two weeks of sunshine and total relaxation at Lark Rise we felt completely rejuvenated. We couldn't remove the children from the pool (unless we promised them a game of table football) and our daughters loved picking the fresh strawberries in the garden."
Mr & Mrs W - Lark Rise
"We had a wonderful stay at Robin's Nest Cottage and our 2 year old son loved playing with the brilliant toys in the barn and garden whilst we enjoyed table tennis and a glass of wine-perfect! A beautiful rural setting and a great base to explore the area. Enjoyed the cycling too- the first time our son had been on a bike and he loved it!"
Mr & Dr H. - Robins Nest
"The small complex of Gites at la Grande Tranchee, Les Alleuds is lovely, very well presented and absolutely ideal for families with small children. We had a fantastic time and would certainly recommend the accommodation. The well thought out gardens, play barn and swimming pool area are designated in such a way that the children are safe and can be left to play to their own contentment. In terms of location the are a number of beautiful spots, chateaus and things to do all within an hours drive. Great family holiday :)"
"Lark Rise was perfect for our first family holiday abroad. Our hosts were welcoming and informative. The toddlers enjoyed the toys, the garden and the pool - ensuring a good night's sleep for all. The adults had time and space to relax in peaceful surroundings. This included taking advantage of in house reflexology, massage therapy and having a delicious meal cooked for us. We all had a great time - thank you."
Mr S and Dr M & family - Lark Rise
"We came to stay at the Robins Nest in May 2012 with our little girl and we were met with a very warm welcome, a fabulous meal and a perfect little cottage. It completely surpassed our expectations. We had everything we needed for a fantastic family holiday. We were able to relax as the pool was safely gated and there was loads of space and toys to keep our wee one well entertained and always within our sight. There is lots of stuff to do on cloudy/wet days in and around the area. Just and ideal holiday. We will be back!"
Mr and Mrs K. - Robins Nest
"The gites were beautifully renovated and fantastically equipped for children. We had a lovely relaxing stay and really appreciated your efforts to help with any requests we had."
Mr and Mrs H. - Dove Cottage
"We had a fantastic week in Dove Cottage- the facilities were perfect, with so much to keep the children entertained. Especially useful was the amazing selection of bicycles which meant that our whole group, aged from 2 to 45 could explore the beautiful countryside and enjoy a few lazy picnics! The horse riding recommended by John and Elizabeth was also well worth a try. All round a great holiday! "
Mr & Mrs M. - Dove Cottage
"We had a wonderful stay and found the gite and grounds to be extremely well equipped for children, ensuring that you don't need to over pack as it's all there on your arrival. John and Elizabeth are very welcoming and helpful hosts. The proximity of Robins Nest to the pool even enables you to take a relaxing swim when your little one is sleeping as they are still safely within earshot. Highly recommended. Many thanks."
Mr H & Dr S & family - Robins Nest
"The gite was far nicer than we had imagined, the photos do not do it justice.The gite was wonderfully clean and well equipped. The facilities were great for us and our 10 month old daughter, we all enjoyed the pool, access to the bikes and all the toys around. The fact that the gite also had Cbeebies was a wonderful surprise! John and Elizabeth's hospitality add an extra dimension to a very relaxing holiday with all sorts of local knowledge and recommendations and you'll really miss out on a treat if you don't try one of John's home cooked meals!" We'll most definitely be back!
Mr and Mrs C. - Robins Nest
"A big thank you - we had such a relaxing week - friendly hosts, a charming gite with a lovely pool and gardens, all in a wonderfully peaceful rural location, with the added bonus of a great play barn to keep children of all ages entertained!"
Mr and Mrs C. - Robins Nest