Both of our gites have guestbooks where visitors are kind enough to jot down some of their thoughts on their holiday and recommend days out, restaurants and any other local knowledge that they think worth passing on.  Here are some of the comments we’ve received over the past few weeks, months and years:

We have had a really lovely stay at Les Chapelles.  The gite is beautiful and had everything we needed and more!  The girls loved the pool and were in it every day.  Having been to the area before, we knew the beaches and enjoyed St Georges de Didonne and Plage de Nauzan.  We also ventured to La Rochelle and the Ile d’Oleron for the first time.  We are definitely planning on coming back in years to come. – The Bass Family, August ’16

Thankyou for an amazing stay at your gite.  We were fortunate enought to get fantastic weather to help us relax and enjoy the facilites even more.  Kids and adults enjoyed the pool and the DVD collection.  Wishing you many years of happiness here. – Toni, Sean, Madeleine and Jack, July ’16

We’ve had a fantastic week here.  Warm welcome and an idyllic set-up, combining children’s activity and a beautiful setting.  Merci! – The Syal family, August 15

One of the most tastefully furnished and presented gites we have stayed in on our many visits to France.  Thank you for sharing it with us. – Geoff and Jan, John, Claire, Tom and Joseph, August ’15

We have had such a fantastic week here and wish we could have stayed longer.  We loved everything about the place and will struggle to find somewhere equally as good in the future.  Thank you for all the extra little touches…you made us feel so welcome. – Sarah, Joe, Maeve, Ben, Alex, Arthur, Aysha and Rick – August ’15

Our third holiday at Les Chapelles and as lovely and relaxing as ever.  The gite is so clean and comfortable, with everything you need.  No need to go anywhere to feel you’ve been on holiday! – Gareth, Sarah, Steffan and Osian, August ’15

Back again!  Exactly how we remembered and the very reason we came.  Les Chapelles is hard to beat! – David, Alison, Catherine and Elizabeth, July ’15

Such a beautiful and idyllic place to stay. – Toni, Sean, Madeleine and Jack, July ’15

Having such little boys on holiday can be stressful, but they have flourished.  They have grown so much in confidence, learning new and wonderful things every day here.  Thank you so much for priceless memories. – Caroline, Mark, Albert and Victor, June ’15

Brevity is sweet they say, but one week is just not enough! – Andrew, Janie, Pipp and Ali, September ’14

What a fantastic gite!  Our first trip abroad with little Freddie and we couldn’t have asked for a better place.  The gite and grounds are so immaculate we thought that they had only just been refurbished!  We hope to be back next year. – Liz, Chris and Freddie, August ’14

Wow, what a week we have had!  Thank you for a lovely stress-free holiday.  There is so much to do in the area I am sure we will return. – The Hennessy and Jackson families, August ’14

Thank you so much for another great family holiday at Les Chapelles.  This is our fourth year and we’re still loving every minute.  We all just love how relaxing and safe it is here.  This place is central to so many happy family memories. – Helen, Simon, Romilly, Penn, Cecilia and Jago, July ’14

Loved it!  Every bit of it. – The Miller family, July ’14

We have had a fantastic week here.  The children have loved the space, pool and football pitch.  The playroom and DVD library have been an added bonus.  The apartment is extremely well-equipped and all our needs have been catered for. – The Manso family, July ’14

We’ve had a beautiful week here in Les Chapelles.  It’s felt very luxurious and relaxing.  It’s lovely to come back to such comfortable accommodation at the end of long, hot days. – Katie, Steve and Matilda, June ’14

We’ve had a wonderful two weeks – beautiful sunny weather in lovely surroundings.  The gite is great and there’s lots to keep the kids busy and happy! – Katherine, Tim, Hannah and Emma, June ’14

Fantastic fortnight, really enjoyed staying here at Les Chapelles.  Beaches were empty and the sun shone pretty much every day. – Julian, Kath, Aidan and Ewan, June ’14

Thank you very much for a lovely relaxing week.  Au revoir, rather than goodbye. Liz, Neale and Louis, September ’14

It is very rare that we feel strongly enough about places we have stayed in to write in the guestbook, but after three fortnights here with our two boys, we felt compelled to put pen to paper!  We can’t thank you enough for your hospitality and warmth. – Geraldine, Mark, Tommy and James, August ’13

A fantastic week with everything we could want and more.  Kids loved every minute of it, which meant the adults did too! – Leonie, Kenny, Charlotte and Lauchlan, August ’13

We can’t thank you enough for your hospitality and warmth.  Nothing seems too much trouble and the atmosphere is consequently incredibly relaxing – just what we needed!  We’re not in the least bit ready to go home, but hope to see you all again next year. – Geraldine, Mark, Tommy and James, Richard and Judith, August ’13

A lovely two weeks: fabulous weather, bicycling, beaching and lounging by the pool.  Hope we make it home as the boot of the car will be scraping all the way – full of booze and good things to eat.  A l’annee prochaine! – Oliver, Pauline, Susie and Paddy, August ’13

We have had a wonderful two weeks here in Les Chapelles.  The Pinsent family have been fantastic hosts. – David, Alison, Catherine and Elizabeth, August ’13

Many thanks for yet another fantastic week at Les Chapelles.  This is our third year and we are still finding new things to do and there is still so much to see as the children get older.  It was our children’s decision to come back again this year and I suspect they will want to come again next year.  For a perfectly relaxing and easy holiday it’s going to be difficult to say no! – Helen, Simon, Romilly, Penn, Cecilia and Jago, July ’13

Thank you for sharing your little oasis with us.  We have had a memorable and special week here as a family – our first family holiday.  It is truly unique and lovely here and and we can’t wait to return. – Darren, Lucy, Lucas and Clara, July ’13

We have had the most relaxing two weeks of our lives post-children!  The gite is well-equipped, beautiful and the setting idyllic – huge skies, fabulous sunshine, chickens, dogs and the warm welcome really have helped us to totally chill out.  Happy memories made.  We hope to return. – Lucy, Rob, Louie and Aidan, Sept ’12

Merci beaucoup.  We have enjoyed a great family holiday here with all the amenities we could have wished for and in a most friendly atmosphere.  We hope to return some day and do it all again! – Mary and Bob, Sept ’12

We have had a fabulous week with weather to match.  First visit to this area and won’t be the last.  Beautiful accommodation too (although the DVD library was too well stocked! Lucy and Henry didn’t want to go out!)  Thank you for a lovely holiday. – Sara, Paul, Lucy and Henry, August ’12

Many thanks for another wonderful two week holiday at Les Chapelles.  The children adore the swimming pool and loved riding their bikes up and down the driveway.  The adults enjoyed relaxing on the sun loungers and dinner at La Table!  Many thanks for making us feel so welcome. We hope to be back. – Catherine, Ed, Grace and Tom, August ’12 (“I really liked the dogs.” (From Grace) “The dogs were great.” (From Tom))

Our second visit to Les Chapelles and as enjoyable and relaxing as the last time.  The beach near Meschers is a new-found favourite of ours – beautiful sandy open space surrounded by cliffs and greenery.  Can’t wait to come back again soon. – Alice, Paul, Jude and Elsa, August ’12

A lovely holiday in La Cachette!  Pool, sunflowers, walks and visits to Cognac and Saintes and the festival under the stars in Royan.  Wonderful food at La Table, welcoming hosts and sunshine! – Carol and Glyn, July ’12

What a wonderful holiday.  Thank you all s much for making us so comfortable and very welcome. The house is just perfect for our family and the children loved the pool and the animals.  As for the adults, what a marvellous place to relax in the evening, soaking up the last of the sun or being cosy by the fire.  We have all loved our stay. – Pippa, Steve, Georgie, Orla and Laurie, May ’12

A great holiday again.  Thanks for your hospitality and friendliness. – Jane and Andrew, April ’12

What a treat to be able to visit you here at Les Chapelles!  Wonderful apartment – so cozy and well-appointed. – Julie and Jim, Oct ’11

As predicted we came back!  Thank you so much for another blissfully relaxing holiday – we all had a fantastic time.  We have barely ventured out as the kids have been so happy having a ‘Famous Five’ time in the treehouse, swimming pool and climbing frame.  We couldn’t have asked for more. – Helen, Simon, Romilly (6), Penn (4), Cecilia (2) and Jago (4 months), Sept ’11

We have had a great week here.  Flynn and Leon don’t want to leave – they have enjoyed everything and say it is their best holiday! – Helen, Ash, Leon and Flynn, Sept ’11

We had the most enjoyable two weeks in La Cachette.  For our son it was the pool, the dogs and the tree house; for us adults the lovely nights out at La Table and The Cottage, the market in Saintes, the vast blue skies; and for all of us the lovely beaches. – Cornelia, Stefan and Lucas, August ’11

Great time, the week just went too quickly!  Expect us to be back next year. – Paul, Dianne, Laura, Leah and baby Mark, August ’11

We have had a wonderful holiday here – it was everything we hoped for, and more!  An excellent place for children which then makes a good holiday for adults! – Peterm Cheryl, Gareth, Sarah, Owen and Alfie, August ’11

Thank you for such a lovely holiday!  The gite was fab, garden and pool too. – Hannah, Dave, Chloë, Callum, Margaret and Trevor, June ’11

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay relaxing in your well kitted out apartment. – Charlotte, Adam and Robbie, June ’11

We really don’t want to leave!  Kit has been in heaven which has made it a fantastic holiday for mummy and daddy too.  The house and its surroundings are beautiful.  Thanks for being so welcoming and making this such as relaxing and enjoyable break. – Jane, Steven, Kit and Jeannette, April ’11

Thank you for making us all so comfortable here…we have had a much needed, very restful holiday.  See you next year – we are already booked in! – Jane, Andrew, Ellie and Katy, April ’11

An amazing week in La Cachette – it’s felt like home!  Your home is so set up for kids, which has kept us very happy at the same time.  I’m sure we’ll be back! – Lucy, Loic, Xavier and Sebastien, September ’10

Lovely spacious accommodation.  The poolhouse, climbing frame and football goal was a huge hit with the children.  The location is ideal for visiting a range of fabulous beaches.  We would love to come back. – Ed, Catherine, Grace and Tom, August ’10

Our second time to stay and it didn’t disappoint!  Ella loved the pool, playroom and swings and we really appreciated all the baby stuff loaned for our 6-month old – made such a difference. – Karen, Niels, Ella and Holly, July ’10

My first visit on recommendation of my daughter.  The accommodation is fantastic and nothing has been forgotten.  I would love to bring all my family to stay here so I am working on that! – Terri, July ’10

We have had a fabulous week in Le Cadran Solaire.  Our days have been spent enjoying the wonderful relaxed atmosphere here whilst the children were busy with the bikes, the playroom, the climbing frame and the tree-house.  It’s been a proper holiday for us all. Helen, Simon, Romilly, Penn and Cecilia, July ’10

Our second visit here has been fantastic!  Thanks you so much for a great holiday, we love this place! – Louise, Andy, Isabel and Thomas, June ’10

We’ve had a wonderful week staying in Le Cadran Solaire.  The house is amazingly welcoming and the garden perfect for the children.  Definitely see you again soon. – Alice, Paul, Jude and Elsa, June ’10

Thank you so much for having us back.  Everything was just as nice as we remembered. – James, Sam, Natalie and Eloise, May ’10

Accommodation and facilities are first class and very child friendly.  We have really enjoyed our stay and will be recommending Les Chapelles to friends. – The Harris family, May ’10

The most lovely holiday hanging out in fabulous surroundings.  We have a lot of very special memories of our first family holiday and wanted to thank you for being so hospitable and accommodating.  The gite was beautiful and the swimming pool really did mean we never needed to leave the place! – Lynn, Jon and Penny, October ’09

With three children under two years of age, you totally exceeded our expectation on a child-friendly holiday.  We will certainly be recommending Le Cadran Solaire to friends and hope to return – Monique, Martin, Maggie, Austin, Nathan and Megan, September ’09

Couldn’t have wished for any more.  Thanks for your hospitality – you have a wonderful property – Lance, Sonia and Jack, September ’09

All in all, a superb time – Alex, Simon and Hayden, August ’09

We’ve had a fantastic first holiday with our 8 month old son Olly: easy and relaxing – exactly what we were looking for! – Roy, Mandy and Olly, August ’09

This is a truly delightful place to stay – a wonderfully equipped house, tranquil surroundings and, of course, the swimming pool – Suzanne, Ray, Rebecca, Katie and James, August ’09

We will definitely recommend this tranquil little spot to others – Rachel, Jim, Tom, Max and Jonny, July ’09

We love the apartment – a really relaxing home from home . I don’t think you could possibly have it set up any better – Viv, Simon, Will and Vera, July ’09

Fantastic fortnight of relaxation and exploration.  House perfect, wonderful hosts, great weather – James, Sam, Natalie and Eloise, July ’09

We’ve had a lovely week’s holiday.  The accommodation more than met our expectations, especially in terms of catering for children – Hilary, James, Edward and Polly, July ‘09

The minute we arrived we felt 100% relaxed and at home – Louise, Andy, Isabel and Thomas, July ’09

Thank you for sharing your little slice of paradise with us; it’s been just the gin/pineau and tonic! – Karen, Graham, Tom, Alex, Dave and Sue, June ’09

What a fantastic location! – Wayne, Pamela, Ethan and Owen, June ‘09

The children had a great time and loved the space and freedom to explore – Raj, Anjna, Shivam, Devam, Rak, Faye and Joshua, May ’09

We have finally found the perfect place to stay, with the pool, playroom and gardens keeping the children happy all week – Denise, David, Anna and Jack, April ’09

The house is fantastic, the children have loved it for playing and we have loved relaxing in front of the fire each night – Lizzie, James, Daisy, Elodie, Richard, Sarah and Charlie, April ’09

We have very much enjoyed our stay in this beautiful gite, benefiting from lovely sunny days and the lovely warmth of the wood burning stove at night – Alison, Andrew, Matthew and Sophie, October ’08

Thank you for having such a beautiful house, pool and garden and setting up this fantastic retreat – Julia, Craig and Amy, September ‘08

We had such a happy holiday that we have booked up to return next year – Mark, Sharon and Daniel, September ‘08

Our second visit to Le Cadran Solaire has only served to underline how beautifully appointed and well equipped the gite is.  We have wanted for nothing and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in our favourite part of France – Heather, James, Isobel and Charlie, August ‘08

It truly is heaven on earth here.  We shall be sad to say our goodbyes – Deirdre, Chris, Laura and Oliver, July ‘08

Your not inconsiderable efforts here have made for the ideal family holiday in one of France’s greatest regions.  Doubtless we shall return! – The Grayson clan, July ‘08

Thank you for the most wonderful week.  As hosts we could not have asked or expected more of you and your property is simply amazing! – Mark, Morag, Aaron and Matthew, July ‘08

The apartment, pool and grounds are fantastic, but easily matched by the hospitality of our hosts! – Jo, Seth and Evie, July ‘08

Exquisite, immaculate and hot water at all hours of the day! – Mark, Rachel, Emma and Sophie, June ‘08

Superb!  Fully intend to come back – Chris, Khin and Harry, June ‘08

Thank you for making us so welcome!  You have a lovely place here – Elaine, Sanjay, Rohanna and Kiran, May ‘08

We can’t remember a time when we felt more relaxed – it’s a stunning location and the gite was everything we hoped it would be – Tom, Kate, Shirley and Maddie, May ‘08

It has been so lovely spending the week here.  It is a real home from home and has everything we could need from a holiday – Lyndsey, Dan and Jack, May ‘08

Beautiful location with exceptional finish and detail to the gite.  Our only fear would be to recommend to friends and reduce availability! – James, Lucie and Grace, November ‘07

Beautifully understated and exceeded our expectation – John and Susan, October ‘07

We had a good feeling about this holiday just from your web page and emails.  You’ve got everything so right.  We definitely hope to return again; thank you for doing so much to ensure we had a great holiday – Tony, Laura and Finley, September ‘07

We have had a magnificent time in Le Cadran Solaire.  The kids have been in heaven…we are already planning our next visit – Bruce, Rachel, Hugh and Oliver, September ‘07

It’s a beautiful gite and the family friendly facilities and attitude has given us a truly relaxing week – Justine, Paschal and Oscar, September ‘07

It’s so nice to stay somewhere that’s really well kitted out and more importantly stylish and modern.  We very much look forward to returning to this very special place – Helen, Robert and Ethan, September ‘07

I seriously think you underestimate the standard of the accommodation, it really is exceptional – Simon, Tracy, Jessica and James, August ‘07

A week in the Charente Maritime has not been enough…we have had such a great time and would not hesitate to return – Rachel, Marcus, Laura & Thomas, August ‘07

We don’t want to go home! – Elaine, Mich, Hannah and Jennifer, August ‘07

Being ‘giters extraordinaire’ we can safely say that Le Cadran Solaire is the best appointed gite in France.  Happy days and drunken nights – who could ask for more? – James, Heather, Isobel and Charlie, August ‘07

What a wonderful visit – everything we needed in the apartment at Les Chapelles – Kathleen and John, July ‘07

We’ve had a super holiday!  Fabulous apartment, fabulous pool!  Thank you so much for making us welcome – Corin, John and Ben, July ‘07

Brilliant sunshine, fantastic local produce, beautiful accommodation, dreamy pool, peaceful, relaxing, stunning, stimulating simplicity!  Excellent – Olive and Arun, July ‘07

An oasis in the Maritime.  Peace and tranquillity and kinder hosts you will not find – David and Sally, April ‘07

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