Guest Reviews for Gites les Chaffauds
We first opened our holiday homes to guests back in 2011 and we have met some lovely people along the way.
Here are the reviews that they have left in our Comments Book; we thought that we’d share them with you.
Here are the reviews that they have left in our Comments Book; we thought that we’d share them with you.
Famille Somers - Bruyneel, Oortlamp, Belgique. Mai 2018.
Très très très agréable séjour ! Très bien situé pour visiter le Puy du Fou, les spectacles magnifiques. La Maison a tout ce dont on a besoin. Nous espérons revenir en période estivale.
Mike, Nicola, Peter, Robert, Luke & Grace. Nottinghamshire. July 2018
The fact that this has been our third visit to this superb gite sums up our feelings about the place. Really well equipped with a great garden and pool and excellent hosts in Paul and Isabelle ( and Stanley !). Had some good days out at Bourgenay and Indian Forest (tree adventure) but Puy du Fou was absolutely awesome.Overall a great week.
The Arslett Family, Reading. August 2018
We have spent 2 glorious weeks here with our extended family, using both gites.
We could not have wished for better hosts than Paul and Isabelle - they have really looked after us ! We have been comfortable and have had everything (and more !) than we needed. We've had a good balance of R & R around the pool and garden (particularly during the extremely hot spell ) and exploring the local area.
Places we have visited and would recommend :
1- Puy du Fou - amazing ! 5 stars
2- Green Venice boat ride - embarked from the abbey at Maillezais, 5 stars
3- The Mediaeval village of Vouvant and then a drive through the forest, 4 stars
4- La Rochelle - visit in the evening - extremely vibrant - hundreds of restaurants, street entertainers, 4 stars
5- Apremont castle - beautiful mediaeval unspoilt castle + village, followed by an afternoon at the lake - Sandy beach, swimming, boats, life guards, inflatable water park - all in the village of Apremont - Large dam, 4 stars
6- Les sables d'Olonne - lovely seaside town and large sandy beach, Free parking across the quay - then get the cheap passenger across, 4 stars
7- Local lakes, 3 stars
Thank you so much Paul, Isabelle ad Stanley for allowing us to have 2 amazing weeks in your beautiful home,
Hope to see you again ! XXXX
Elaine, Paul, Rose (7) & Noah (5). August 2018
Lovely stay in a beautiful part of France, nice & quiet at night, kids loved the space to run & Stanley. I liked the "before" pictures, what a great job, nice safe house. Did Puy du Fou yesterday and would recommend driving over to France just to see this alone !! Was spectacular.
Sean, Sharon, Alannah, Kian, Ewan, Tamsin. Gloucestershire August 2018
We have had a fabulous time here ! The gite has been a joy to stay in. Restored to perfection. This is most definitely a labour of Love. The kids have loved the open space to play badminton and their own pool has been a huge success. The region is wonderful to be a part of. (definitely have the Moule Mariniere @ the l'Equipage in La Tranche sur Mer !!) great value and delicious.
Final night we ate at the Creperie du Soleil in Mouchamps YUM !! Something for even the fussiest young tween'.
Thank you Paul & Isabelle for making this a fab holiday XX
2018 La Maison du Soleil
Lucie, Mathieu et Emma. Juillet 2018
Un agreeable week-end dans la region, gite de très belle qualité, la piscine au top (une première pour Emma qui a eu la joie de faire trempette par cette chaleur). Merci pour votre accueil et votre gentillesse. A bientôt.
Shelley, Allan, Declan & Rowena Falmouth, Cornwall August 2018.
Thank you Paul, Isabelle and Stanley for your hospitality - 100% !
You made us very welcome, your place is lovely !
Rene, Nichola, Sebastian & Benedict Balletta, Paris. April 2017
A wonderful few days, we wish we could stay longer. The gite is beautifully done, well equipped-perfect. Beautiful location, serene and tranquil. Isabelle & Paul have been wonderful "hosts !
So lucky with the weather, would highly recommend Puy du Fou - amazing ! Plus the beach in Les Sables d'Olonne.
The boys fell in love with Stanley - we certainly hope to be back Thank you so much !
Celine, Eric, Angeline, Dylan et le toutou Haslam, Papy Claude, Mamie Martine. Minorville, France. April 2017
Très bon séjour dans cette jolie maison avec une histoire racontée par ses charmants propriétaires Paul et Isabelle. Un accueil très chaleureux dans ce gite très fonctionnel. Rien à redire sur ces 4 jours dans cette belle region. Une adresse a retenir sans soucis !!!
Arnaud, Laetitia, Meline, Matteo, Fabrice, Betty et Valentin, Boespflug. August 2017
Nous avons passe un très bon séjour. Un accueil chaleureux des propriétaires. La maison est très bien entretenue. Bravo pour cette renovation...
Peut-être a Bientôt.
Mel, Ines, Nico, Audrey, Colin, Lucie, Olive, Cyrille, Aurel & Seb. Le week-end 29/09-01/10
Très bon week-end dans cette magnifique maison rénovée !
Nous avons profite du bel extérieur et quelques courageux de la piscine !
Nous conseillons l'experience a l'Escape Game "Echappe toi si tu peux" a l'Oie.
Un bon moment passe entre amis !
Famille Debril, Sailly lez Lannoy, France. April 2017
Séjour très agréable, paisible, ensoleille.
Le jardin est superbe, nos hôtes chaleureux.
La demonstration de cerf-volant spectaculaire.
Très certainement a bientôt, plein de caresses au "féroce" Stanley !
Wendy & Mark, Laine & Josh. West Sussex. July 2017
Thank you so much for making us so welcome. we have had a wonderful stay.
Your home is beautiful.
We wanted to take Stanley home, but there wasn't room in the boot !
Rob, Sarah, Sam & Amelie. Devon. July 2017
We have had a lovely two weeks at the gite. Paul, Isabelle and Stanley have all been really welcoming. We visited loads of places. Our favourite places were :
Puy du Fou, cycling round Noirmoutier, the beach at Les Conches, canoeing on the lake. This is a beautifully restored gite and we hope to come back one day.
A bientôt. Bises
PS : we loved the kites.
Famille Mauduit. Carpiquet. August 2017
Merci pour votre accueil.
Le gite est tres plaisant (Piscine - Barbecue - Buts de foot...).
Notre sejour : bien rempli, entre le Puy Du Fou, Maillezais (promenade en barque), la Plage de La Faute, Avrille, Sigournais - Plein de visites.
Merci encore a vous.
Emma, Nick, Maude & Otto, Eastington. August 2017
Our second visit here and another fantastic stay! Paul, Isabelle & Stanley were very welcoming and made us feel at home.
Fun at the beach, the pool and adventures in The Vendee.
We love this place and feel able to totally relax here.
La Famille Gatebled, Cantonny, France May 2016
Merci pour cet agréable séjour trop court.
Nous reviendrons. Le gite est parfait pour nous 4.
Jane, Virginie, Alain et Marie-Noelle, Dept 78 France. May 2016
Une maison, un cadre et des propriétaires très agréables (et Stanley aussi). Merci pour votre accueil et a bientôt, nous l’espérons.
James & Jane, County Antrim. July 2016
We have had a lovely 2 weeks here.
Thank you for making us feel so welcome - a real home from home for us & our boys. This is a great central location for sampling the Vendee & making most of the weather - when it got very hot, especially last week, we really enjoyed the pool.
We would recommend the following for children 5-8 years from our own time here for family days out -
Taking a forest trail @ Mervent forest ; having an adventure in the trees @ Le Grand Defi, St Julien des Landes ; Jard-sur-mer beach ; chateau de Saint Mesmin for little wanna be knights ; canoeing le lac de L'Angle Guignard (15 mins from gite) & of course The Puy du Fou !
David, Roslyn, Abigail & Christopher, Cirencester. August 2016
We have had a lovely week here. It has been lovely to see Stanley. My favourite thing was doing a bungey jump at the Indian Forest. Bye bye from Abigail
Our second stay here and it was every bit as good as we remembered it. Tnank you for the lovely welcome. The house is beautiful and the pool, the swings and of course Stanley, were a real hit ! Les Conches has become our new Vendee beach of choice and the visit to Les Machines in Nantes was a highlight also, Hope to see you again soon...
Antoine Ophelie Emma Adele, St Herblain. August 2016
Super Accueil !!
Super endroit !
On s'est bien repose, avec ce soleil de plomb.
Vive la piscine.
Merci pour tout.
2016 Les Ammonites
La Famille Chauliac, Gourdon (Lot). May 2016
J'ai trouvé cette maison très belle avec beaucoup d'espace. J'aime bien le salon, les chambres et la deco. Merci.
Au revoir et a bientôt
J'ai trouve votre maison très jolie. La salle de bain est très belle. J'ai passé un super weekend dans cette maison.
Peut-être a bientôt.
Matt, Nia, Lleuca (4) & Elis (2), Cardiff. July/August 2016
Comfortable and spacious house, great hosts and the kids loved the space, swings and pool (and Stanley ! ).
Would recommend visiting local lakes, chateau Tiffauges, and of course Puy du Fou. Thank you Paul and Isabelle !
Mark, Sue, Katie + John, North Yorkshire. August 2016
Our 2nd stay with Paul & Isabelle and Stanley.
Once again they have been great hosts, the gite is like our 2nd home and loved our stay here once again, had a great day in Nantes a must to see the Big Elephant on the Island. Also a lovely day in Les Sables d'Olonne great Sands, hope to be back again soon.
Kate, Chris, Charlotte & Olivia, Leeds. August 2016
We have really enjoyed our holiday.
The gite is so comfortable and well equipped and we loved using the pool in the beautiful surroundings. Paul & Isabelle have been wonderful hosts & it has been such a wonderful week.
We have also enjoyed Stanley's company during our barbecues! We have never met such a gentle & friendly dog.
Clare, Sam, Charlotte, Elspeth & Hannah, Rugby, Warwickshire. August 2016
We have had such a fantastic holiday. Totally relaxed.
The house is so well equipped, the garden and pool kept the children busy for the whole 2 weeks - so much space to run around.
We loved La Tranche-sur-Mer : the ice cream shops are a must.
La Rochelle is beautiful.
Paul & Isabelle you have been wonderful hosts. We hope to see you soon.
Stanley - enjoy the peace !! You have a big fan club now.
This is a very big house with a very nice dog. We have had a very nice time in the pool and outdoors. Charlotte, Elspeth, & Hannah
Steph, Phil, Connor and Blake, Cumbria. August 2015
Thank you Paul, Isobel and Stanley for our wonderful holiday and being amazing hosts, we really did appreciate it.
For visitors after us we would recommend the following :
Ile de Re - Gorgeous !
Chateau des Aventuriers - great for entertaining the kids.
Zebra City - Soft play.
Mark, Sue, Katie & John, North Yorkshire. August 2015
We have all had a lovely week. Gite is lovely and absolutely perfect - What a fantastic property. Paul & Isabelle have been great hosts, helped us plan our days out and we can certainly recommend :
Puy du Fou - amazing places (very busy but worth a trip)
La Faute-sur-Mer - lovely tranquil beach
Lac de L'Angle Guignard - great kayaking
Weather has been brilliant, Katie & John have loved the pool. We all hope to return again. Thanks for a great holiday to Paul, Isabelle and of course Stanley.
Mike, Nicola, Peter 20, Robert 19, Luke 17 and Grace 13. August 2015
Coming back for a second visit was a great decision ! Paul and Isabelle have again been great hosts and we've been really lucky with the weather. Great beach at Bourgenay but the tree-top adventure at Indian Forest was also very good. However, highlight has to have been Puy du Fou, the shows were fantastic! Thanks very much to Paul & Isabelle
…and hope to see you again. Another great week ! Two great achievements for me - body boarding and swinging from the trees in the Indian Forest! (all different levels available). The Puy du Fou was amazing, so different to anything we have seen before (be sure to get there early to fit everything in).
Thank you to Paul and Isabelle for their helpful advice, funny stories and DIY tips (I’ll be sure to buy one of those special sanders when we arrive home!) Thank you to Stanley for being our "stand in dog" and for finishing off our scraps.
Many thanks for the kite Paul, and for the kite lessons. An amazing holiday enjoyed by all of us !
Andrew + Tracey Price, and our children - Sam (14), Nate, Molly & Ella (9), Church Village, S.Wales. August 2015
A lovely time was had by all, lots of places to visit in the surrounding areas. Children loved the field and pool - especially enjoyed Stanley joining them! Paul & Isabelle are great hosts - kind, helpful and good company. Good food at La Creperie in Chantonnay (thanks to Isabelle for booking our table!), enjoyed the ‘Accrobranches’ at Indian Forest, nice beach at Bourgenay, Terreneuve Chateau & Chabotterie worth a visit, very interesting tours. Our first visit to the Vendee - I think we'll be back!
Ian & Fiona, Maureen & Alastair. July 2015
We have had a lovely week here at Les Chaffauds. Paul and Isabelle have been great hosts - really friendly & helpful - a special "thank you" for telling us about La Morliere Restaurant, and for kindly booking it for us. It was wonderful, and a great end to our holiday. Also we can't leave without mentioning Stanley - he was a great host too !
The Durston Family. August 2015.
We had an amazing week in the gite - everywhere is clean and friendly and the kitchen is well stocked with appliances! Stanley was very good too! Thanks for being such good hosts!
Au Revoir for now!
Stephen, Tracy, Niamh & Erin. Kendal. August 2015
A really lovely, relaxing week in this beautiful cottage. Paul & Isabelle have been excellent hosts - always on-hand, but never intrusive. Highlights include La Rochelle, Puy du Fou & strolling on the small waterways at the Abbaye de Maillezais.
We'll probably be back !
Mich & Tammy Sneddon, Guernsey. August 2015
The gite is lovely and airy and clean, and the gardens are great for the kids to run around. We really enjoyed using the pool too. Stanley was a hit with us too.
Recommend Puy du Fou - probably worth going more than one day to fit everything in. We visited plages des Conches and also Maillezais - both really good.
We really admire the quality of finish and attention to detail in the gite (and we've stayed in a few), thanks to Paul and Isabelle - great hosts.
Zoe & Finlay Sneddon
Thank you for a great stay. Finlay loved Stanley and enjoyed practising his swimming skills in the pool. We had plenty of fun lizard-hunting and would love to come and stay here again !
Adrian & Sally, Blythburgh, Suffolk. August 2015
Many thanks for a wonderful week. We both absolutely loved staying with you ; you made us feel so welcome. There was so much to see and do, a week wasn't enough time. We enjoyed the meal at the restaurant in La Morliere, a lovely end to the holiday.
We hope to see you both again.
Dave, Emma, Rachael (11), Sophie (8). July 2014
We had a wonderful time staying here, the kids especially enjoyed the pool. The beach was fun too !
Mike, Nicola, Peter (19), Robert (18), Luke (16) & Grace (12). August 2014
We have had a lovely holiday staying in this wonderful gite. Paul and Isabelle have been extremely friendly as have our neighbours David, Ross, Abigail and Christopher (5 and 3), despite the age difference, the children have got on really well together and we have shared evenings together culminating in a delicious barbecue!
We have had three days on the beach, body boarding and building sand castles, walks around the lake and swimming in the pool.
Thank you very much Paul and Isabelle and of course Stanley too who must be the most gentle dog in the world and is also partial to the odd sausage or two ! XXX
Beaches at Les Conches and Bourgenay (busier but better for sand castles) were great ! May have to come back next year for the Puy du Fou & Indian Forest, we haven't had the chance to do this time!
Grace: I really enjoyed staying in this gite and Paul and Isobel are amazing hosts and really friendly. I enjoyed spending time with our neighbours and also Stanley! Especially when we had the BBQ! xxx
Jasmine, 10 England. August 2014
I really enjoyed staying here ! I loved Stanly, he is so friendly and playful ! The house and resources were great. Loving having fun in the pool and on the swings with Erin & Lilah. Loved the kites. AMAZING place !
David, Roslynn, Abigail + Christopher Clarke (Cirencester UK). August 2014
We have spent a fabulous week here at Les Chaffauds!
Paul, Isabelle and, of course, young Stanley, were the perfect hosts. We have enjoyed trips to La Tranche-sur-Mer and plage Veillon as well as a lively wander around the harbour at La Rochelle and an adventure in the Mervent forest.
So much to see and do, but all done at holiday pace and knowing Paul's kites would guide us back to the peace and tranquillity of La Petite Ammonite for a dip in the pool.
Perfect! Well done on such a magnificent restoration. This really was a great place to stay. Merci beaucoup !
Andrea, Rick, Erin & Lilah. August 2014
We had a wonderful week at Gites Les Chaffauds. Paul and Isabelle were great hosts and Stanley was a bit hit with everybody.
We had some lovely days out, kayaking at the lake, La Rochelle town and beach, Les Sables d'Olonne and La Tranche-sur-Mer.
Erin & Lilah: We absolutely loved it here! The pool was so much fun and Stanley was so calm. We loved going kayaking and playing by the lake.
The house was brilliant! And the back garden was massive, and me, Jas and Lilah loved the swings. Everything was amazing! And on our last night, it was so much fun coming home and playing with the kites. I'd stay here again and again ! Merci !
Martin, Tina, Ellen & Amanda. August 2014
We've had a fantastic time at Les Chaffauds. The house is amazing and the area around Les Chaffauds is beautiful. Had great days out at Puy du Fou & La Rochelle.
Kids really enjoyed them. Paul & Isabelle are fantastic hosts - very relaxed people. And of course, Stanley - an even more relaxed dog! He is lovely!
We'd definitely come back. Au revoir, for now!
Helen, Andrew, Millie & Harry, Market Harborough. July 2013
A wonderful, wonderful holiday - one of the best we've had. Paul & Isabelle are fantastic hosts and so friendly. The holiday will also be remembered for our new friends and neighbours, we all shared lovely evenings together and the children got on so well. The children loved the pool and the vast expanses. It was enough just to relax in this beautiful gite but we did manage to visit La Rochelle (well worth the drive) and the sandy beaches of La Faute and Les Conches, both great beaches for kids. We will have to return to do Puy Du Fou and Venise Verte. Great pizza in Chantonnay.
Millie, Market Harborough. July 2013
This is the best holiday I've ever had because of how lovely the gite was. Paul and Isabelle are the best hosts ever: most nights we were out in the garden chatting. The people in the gite next door were really nice too - We've made some new friends. I definitely want to come back !!
Michael, Ann. Niamh, Cian & Seadna O'Donnell Killala, Co. Mayo Ireland. July 2013
We had a wonderful holiday. The facilities are excellent and the location is beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. Paul & Isabelle are wonderful hosts. The renovation works undertaken are first class. We love it. The children had a great time. Puy du Fou 40 mins, excellent !! Indian Forest - brilliant. Two trips to La Tranche sur Mer - great beach. The aquarium in La Rochelle is a must also. And just 5 mins to Chantonnay at Le Moulin Neuf - a beautiful lake for Canoeing (Kayaking). For local restaurants try out Le Fagot and La Creperie in Chantonnay. Enjoy !!
Andy, Clara, Cameron, Morgan & Keir Chester. August 2013
Geat holiday. Great house. Greats hosts. Great weather. Would recommend this location to anyone considering their family summer holiday. Lots of things to see and do as recommended by previous occupants. here are our highlights :
- Beach at Les Conches (great waves if you like surfing / bodyboarding)
- Puy du Fou
- "Venice Verte" (Maillezais is the best spot)
- Indian Forest
- La Rochelle (shoppers paradise, beautiful town, lots of great places for lunch and a drink or 2)
- Vouvant & Mervent (the former a picturesque medieval village; the latter is at the centre of a large forest with outdoor park for kids, lake (great to swim in and potter in a canoe or pedalo).
- Chilling in the garden / in the pool
Lee, Rebecca, Ashley + Lily. August 2013
Excellent holiday, made extra excellent by our lovely hosts. House very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. House clean and comfortable with lots of space. We will be back. Thanks Paul + Isabelle
Helen, Simon, Christopher (12), Benjamin (9), Jack (3). August 2013
Thanks very much to Paul & Isabelle. We had a lovely time;
- Ile de Re - beautiful beaches
- Maillezais - Canoeing & Cycling - good for easy family bike rides
- La Rochelle
- La Tranche
- Mervent - good for easy family bike rides
- Puy du Fou - would recommend the medieval feast as a great way to finish a day. Not the finest food but fun !
Suzie, Chris, Baxter, Charlie - France & NZ. July 2013
Two glorious weeks ! merci ! We adored the gite; so much love has gone into the restoration it has been a real joy to stay in.
Many thanks to the three of you (Stanley included of course) for such a warm welcome - Super !
Nikie, Andre, Louis & Floflo. August 2013
We've had a great week at Les Chaffauds. We did a lovely forest walk by the lake, nature trails, kayaking, trips to the wonderful beaches (plage Veillon was brilliant for the children). Lots of pool play and relaxing in this wonderful garden too. Paul and Isabelle are brilliant hosts, and Stanley was a big hit with Florence and Louis. We loved the kites and stargazing too. A great way to spend our holiday in France. We'll definitely love to come back soon.
from Louis 6, Florence 3
We had a brilliant time. We loved Stanley, and the pool, kites and playing.
From Matt, Gem and Fred, Edie. August 2013
We have had a fantastic week. Thank you Paul & Isabelle for being such super hosts. The cottage is a great place from which to explore the area. Beaches, Lakes, Canoes and Puy du Fou ! Thank you. It was really good fun We had a lovely time in the pool and Stanley is a great dog.
Danielle, Simon, Annabel (6) & Myron (4) August 2013
A second fantastic visit to Les Chaffauds. We all had a lovely time and Annabel even learnt to swim in the pool ! Puy du Fou was spectacular. Lots of time spent relaxing. Isabelle & Paul were fantastic welcoming hosts as always and we enjoyed the kite flying immensely.
Val, Mike, Paul, Sue & Michael Franklin, Wiltshire. July 2012
Thank you for a friendly welcome, to a beautifully restored gite. Fantastic evening entertainment and great wildlife. Good places to visit are top of the list PUY DU FOU - excellent value. Parc Floral et Tropical de la Cour d'Aron - beautiful lotus flowers. To eat out - Le Fagot – Chantonnay. Le Touchegray - lovely lake.
Ali, Mark & Joshua, Suffolk. August 2012
Paul & Isabelle, What a lovely couple, thank you so much for your hospitality and letting us enjoy this beautifully restored barn, keep up the hard work as will definitely be back to see the Progress.
Josh - Loved Stanley and great pool too.
Simon, Danielle, Annabel (5) & Myron (3), Cambridge. August 2012
We had a lovely relaxing holiday. A wonderful house and friendly helpful hosts. Lots to do in the area. The beach at La Faute s/Mer was worth a visit. Children really enjoyed boating on Venise Verte and the aquarium at La Rochelle.
Anne, Charlotte & François, Bordeaux. August 2012
Une semaine de vacances ou nous avons profité du calme des Ammonites, de la campagne, de la piscine à 29C ! Et de Paul, Isabelle et Stanley compagnon idéal des enfants. Nous leur souhaitons bon courage dans la poursuite de leur projet. Nous sommes impatients de revenir les retrouver afin de passer à nouveau de très bons moments.
Dave, Cen & Sam, Chester
We've had a lovely week her. Thanks for the warm welcome and the helpful tips on where to visit.
Keith, Chris, Kate, Kevin, Ellie + Emily, Lincolnshire & Manchester
Beautifully restored farmhouse with superb views of the local countryside. Nice people, nice place. Paul and Isabelle have been the perfect hosts, friendly and welcoming. Thank you very much. P.S can highly recommend "Auberge du Parc" restaurant in St Vincent - Lovely chips !
Kevin, Claire, Iris & Gertie, Hertfordshire
A wonderful first week in France and a wonderful return to this area. The girls loved the pool and swings, this has been a great base. Would heartily recommend Parc Floral et Tropical and La Venise Verte. The beach at Les Conches is fantastic and well worth the drive.
Iris & Gertie
We loved the swimming pool and the swings. A wonderful place.
Peter, Ronnie, Sam & Luke
Thank you for your hospitality & warmth. It is a privilege to have enjoyed staying in this wonderfully restored property, benefitting from all your hard work ! The whole family enjoyed the space and the surroundings. Thanks for the local tips + research & kite flying ! Local recommendations : Puy du Fou if you've never been is fantastic, Auberge du Parc for frogs legs (boys loved them too) & snails, also Atelier du Caramel in Chantonnay if you have a chocolate budget!
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Gites Les Chaffauds, 18 rue Ecoliers, 85110 Sainte Cecile, France