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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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KW01
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Family Holiday”
Reviewed August 31, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

Our Family and some Friends took over the whole property, and therefore used Upper & Lower School House + the Pool House. Lovely area, 2 doors away from the local supermarket - if a large group you need to think about a bulk order the day previously to obtain sufficient bread etc. Owners went out of their way to ensure everything was to our satisfaction, and nothing was too much trouble. Pool got a lot of use, as did the BBQs. Next big Town is Chalais, not too far to drive to and many shops to use. Could have stayed much longer if we could have.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Sep 2017
Thank you for your kind words!
It was wonderful having you all here and getting to know you.
We're so happy you enjoyed your holiday and having the exclusive use of the whole complex; it does lend itself nicely to this type of family/friend holiday!
It was a pleasure seeing your grandchildren's swimming progress so positively and we hope that they will have very happy memories of their achievements at The School House.
We be delighted to welcome you all back and truly hope our paths will cross again very soon!
Until then, once agsin, thank you for choosing us and adding your review. We're very grateful
Kindest regards
Carole and Richard
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MarkeC201...
Alton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Aaaaand relax!”
Reviewed July 10, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Stayed in the Pool House gite, ideal for two people and just two steps to the fantastic (and maintained daily) pool. An oasis of tranquillity in the sleepy village of St Romain. Lovely welcome from the delightful hosts, Richard and Carole, a mine of information about the surrounding area. Very well equipped accommodation, including dishwasher, DVD player, Freeview and a private barbecue. Plenty of parking and a shop and (excellent) restaurant on the doorstep. Ideal base to relax in while exploring the region. Would we return? Definitely.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
6 Sep 2017
Thank you so much for your kind and generous review!
It was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and have you staying with us!
We're delighted you enjoyed your holiday and found The Pool House well equipped and everything was to your liking! We've tried hard to make our gites a home from home experience, so that our guests can relax and feel content!
We'd be very happy and very honoured to welcome you back one day in the future. You will both be met with a very warm welcome!
Thank you once again for choosing to take your holiday with us
Our warmest best wishes
Carole and Richard
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TKay300
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Chillsville”
Reviewed April 23, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We have just returned from a week in the pool house and had the most relaxing time ever. Richard was the perfect host and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The property has everything you need and we slept so well in the very comfortable bed. Aubeterre is beautiful and we enjoyed the walk there and back(c 30mins). Dined at the hotel in Saint Romain twice and had the most wonderful food and hospitality. All in all we can recommend this place for a totally relaxing stay and Richard and Carole are the perfect hosts. We will return

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
26 Apr 2017
Thank you for your kind review and generous words!
It was an absolute pleasure having you both staying in the Pool House and welcoming you to this beautiful part of France.
We're so glad you had a really peaceful and relaxing holiday and slept well! We know how incredibly important this is!
We'd also like to congratulate Trevor for not only braving the swimming pool so early in the season but for definitely being the earliest to ever swim in any given year!!! The water, as you now know, can be a little cold during April!!!
We so hope you will return next year and we look forward to catching up again and the occasional glass of wine, should you wish!
With kind regards and best wishes,
Carole and Richard
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Riatsila
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“With Misty eyes..”
Reviewed February 15, 2017 for a stay in August 2016

With misty eyes we begin our annual search for the next holiday and I think it's a testament of Richard and Carole that we still remember our last holiday a year on. We visited in peak season 2016 but the sleepy hamlet of saint romain is so laid back and quiet you would not know it. The location is fantastic for exploring - the beautiful aubeterre is a short hop away- the walk there is lovely but on a very hot day with young kids and an unimpressed wife probably needs better planning...the dordogne is on the doorstep really and there are some lovely places to visit. Whilst the coast is doable for a day trip we did not bother as we loved the local river beaches - chilling out and picnicking . When we were not out we chilled by the lovely shared pool and garden. We may have been very lucky but we met some really lovely other families whilst we were there and enjoyed the shared nature of the garden etc. We would also echo all the comments about the hosts who were fantastic and helpful- clearly a work of love and attention. We stayed in the bottom apartment which was lovely( there are 3 parts that can be rented separately or together) - the only minor thing we had not realised was that it's on a split level from the garden so it meant one of us always had to keep an eye on the kids ( 3 and 6 at the time) so we could not prep a meal whilst the kids played. All pools are alarmed in France but it was just a peace of mind factor! Overall a fantastic thoroughly enjoyable holiday and if we ever return to the area we know where to look up first !! With love and kisses the Mearnsies

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
16 Feb 2017
What a wonderful surprise to receive this amazing review today!
We are totally 'chuffed' that you still remember your holiday last summer and still have fond memories - thank you so so much.
We enjoyed meeting you and your lovely family, your children are adorable and an absolute credit to you both!
We have always considered ourselves very very lucky with our guests, as we've always been blessed with kind, caring, well mannered and sociable families! Yours is no exception!
We hope our paths may cross again one day but until then, from us both, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts; we truly appreciate it!
Kindest regards to you all
Carole and Richard xx
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Jessandjo...
1 review
“Did not want to come home!”
Reviewed August 22, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Well - where do I start. My partner and I stayed for a long weekend but I can assure you, this was not long enough! We arrived to such a warm welcome and instantly felt at home. The outside of the gites look absolutely stunning and are very well maintained, along with the traditional French feel! We stayed in the pool house as it was only the two of us. The gite was absolutely spotless and so homely - very tastefully decorated! It was amazing to wake up to the pool each morning with plenty of space to relax on a sunlounger or enjoy a meal outside on the table and chairs (gas bbq supplied!). There is also a games room with table tennis and an array of games for all ages.

We hired a car from Bergerac airport and it took around an hour and 15 minutes to drive. The roads are very quiet and the scenery is amazing! The gites are very close to some lovely areas, namely Aubeterre and Chailas which hold markets on certain days and have the most beautiful buildings (you must see The Church of Saint-Jean which an impressively huge subterranean church in Aubeterre).

Richard and Carole will always say hello and ask how your stay is, without intruding upon your space - they have a fantastic balance and are ready to help if needed. They know the area and surrounding areas very well and are more than happy to recommend experiences for all ages.

We can't thank you enough for everything and will certainly recommend anyone to stay here. Can guarantee you'll have a relaxing and very warm stay. Until next time - we promise we will be back!!!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Aug 2016
Dear Jodie and Jess,
Thank you so much for your very kind words and taking the time to write a review.
It was an absolute pleasure having you both here and we're delighted you found everything to your liking! We do try to offer the home from home experience and have designed our gites to cater for everything we would like to have on hand should we have chosen to be on holiday here!
I agree the Church in Aubeterre is an absolute must, steeped in history and quite quite breathtaking.
We truly hope you will return one day soon as we enjoyed having you both here!
Until then, thank you once again for your generousity and for choosing The School House!
Kind regards
Richard and Carole
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Malcolm P
Didcot, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Please can I stay again?”
Reviewed July 14, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

What a glorious location -- quiet and in wonderful surroundings.
Carole and Richard couldn't have done more to make my stay an experience to be remembered -- even though my arrival was delayed by a day!
The pool-side gites was most comfortable and fitted out with everything needed for my visit.
Oh! And the weather was fantastic.
Would recommend this to couples or families for a perfect holiday.

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Liked best: The attention to detail.
Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Jul 2016
Thank you Malcolm for choosing to take a break from your tour of France and stay with us here!
It was an absolute pleasure and we truly hope you will visit us again one day really soon?!
With our kindest regards
Carole and Richard.
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Dreamgirl...
Dubai, UAE
1 review
“Absolutely Fantastic”
Reviewed May 3, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Well what can we say considering we're still here for another few days we felt compelled to write about our unforgettable experience at this wonderful place! This pool side gites offers a newly fitted kitchen with all the mod cons ideal for cooking the local produce & overlooking a well maintained pool & garden we are also very impressed with the exceptionally comfortable & spacious bedroom. The property is owned & run by a lovely couple Richard & Carole who along with their hard work & excellent hospitality offer a wonderful experience which we highly recommend! Here's to our next visit which can't come soon enough

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Jul 2016
Thank you so much for your review!
We're absolutely delighted that you've enjoy your stay in The Pool House and that you enjoyed using the new kitchen! We are very pleased with it and hope it adds just a little more comfort for our guests.
We so hope you'll return again one day soon and we'll extend another warm welcome to you both.
Thank you so much, we appreciate you taking the time to review and especially during your holiday!
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