We (Myself, my wife and 21 month old daughter) stayed for a week in July. What a wonderful break!
La Maison de Maitre is set in large grounds, with fantastic views over the neighbouring countryside. The main house occupies the central part of the grounds, with the accommodation being 3 self-contained apartments in a beautifully-converted adjacent barn.
Juliet and Deane were very welcoming hosts who stopped at nothing to ensure that we had a wonderful stay. Anything we needed they would provide, and had usually thought of it before we had. They anticipated our every need.
The apartment was fantastic: Everything has been finished to an extremely high standard and it was very well kitted out. It was luxurious and relaxing. In addition, the apartment had its own secluded dining area outside and barbecue. As an example of the attention to detail that typified La Maison de Maitre, not only was charcoal, firelighters etc provided, but the barbecue was already made up ready for first lighting!
La Maison de Maitre was heaven for our 21-month old, and for us in this respect: Everything we could possibly need, from high-chairs to toys, to armbands, cots, fans and strollers were already available. We literally needed to bring nothing with us! In addition, the facilities for children were wonderful - the orchard to one side of the main house was well populated with swings, slides, sandpits, playhouses and a trampoline.
But further to this, the cellar of the main house, accessible from the main patio overlooking the swimming pool has been converted into series of games rooms, full of toys and games for a range of ages (and adults - e.g. table tennis), and very well maintained. Our daughter could probably have been happily entertained in there all week! For older children, the apartment had an extensive collection of classic DVDs (Disney etc).
The pool itself was wonderful, again, with a large range of inflatables and swimming aids. There was also a small paddling pool which we inflated just outside our apartment (yet another thing that was available to borrow!)
Finally, in addition to catering exceptionally well for children, Juliet and Deane also provided meals on request in the evenings at extra cost. We booked in advance to have this on the first night, as we didn't want the hassle of cooking having just arrived, and ended up having it on a significant number of other evenings, including our last night. The food was absolutely fantastic, and Juliet and Deane would bring it to our own outside dining area, leaving us with no washing up to do! It was such a perfect touch to the evenings.
It is hard to imagine a more relaxing stay and hard to imagine somewhere that caters better for children. We had the best holiday and definitely hope to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury self-catering accommodation offering a unique blend of home comforts with 'Boutique Hotel' luxuries. 3 beautifully decorated suites full of French charm: 'Lartigue' sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, 'Vionnet' sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms, 'Coco' sleeps 2 (plus cots). Available separately or together. Perfect for groups, families and couples alike. Set in 8 acre grounds of an elegant country house, the 12x6m heated pool overlooks a stunning valley of golden wheat + sunflower fields. There is an indoor games room with table tennis, table football + a playroom with toys + games for kids of all ages. A great base for enjoying the local vineyards, picturesque villages + chateaux of the Lot + Garonne and close enough to explore the sites of the Dordogne too. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maison De Maitre Sainte-Livrade-Sur-Lot, Aquitaine, France