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“Perfect Christmas Retreat in France!”
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Secondigny, Deux-Sevres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Weldebs
West Sussex, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect Christmas Retreat in France!”
Reviewed 19 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Fishing is not compulsory! This was our second visit to Julie and Simon's little piece of paradise so we knew what to expect; two lakes in a beautiful setting, an abundance of wildlife and birds, a very warm welcome by Julie and Simon (and Sadie and Stella too!) and a comfortable gite with everything you need including English TV (a must have over Christmas lol). However, this time add in a Christmas tree, lights, candles and decorations (really thoughtful, unexpected touches), a gorgeous wood burner, a tasty Christmas lunch (Fruits de Mer) kindly ordered and collected by Julie from the local supermarket ready for our arrival. We did visit local bars and cafes in the area but were always keen to return as nothing could beat sitting by the lakes having a cuppa with the best view or walking around them watching the robins hop about, adding to the Christmas magic. We did not fish but enjoyed being witness to plenty jumping whilst we relaxed at waters edge. One thing you can be guaranteed of at La Germondiere is to leave feeling completely rested and far more relaxed than when you arrived. It is definitely a treat for the soul and spirit and a good reminder that we are after all human beings and not human doings if only for a while. We look forward to returning soon.

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Management Response
22 Jan 2017
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It really was all our pleasure. There is often so much expectation around Christmas time... and we really appreciate you choosing to spend yours in our special place. We enjoyed doing all the little things that helped to make your holiday special. We really do hope to see you both again soon.
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Bigdod197...
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Amazing Fishing”
Reviewed 13 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Well what can I say found this place last minute on Internet sent email asking to fish only received a call next morning saying no problem given exact directions to the place excellent price for rental of equipment and made to feel very welcome would highly recommend this place from novice to experienced anglers

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Management Response
14 Aug 2016
So glad you enjoyed your time in our little corner of paradise. Lovely to see you three generations sharing our favourite pastime ! Hope we can accommodate you next time you are here. Thanks so much for the review. (& hope Nathan had a great birthday today)!
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Globfish
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing”
Reviewed 15 February 2016 for a stay in June 2015

To be honest I was a little apprehensive about writing this review, mainly because its not very often you find somewhere you really would call a french countryside paradise and I don't want to struggle re-booking!

The Fishing - I am a passionate carp angler and have been to several locations across France in search of the "big" one. If your looking for that - this is not your place. This is a place you can take your family, have a picnic on the bank and enjoy the tranquillity that the location provides. My wife Helen loved just sunbathing and relaxing whilst I whiled away the days in search of the lakes largest specimen. They run at the moment to the low 30's and they are a very pretty strain of carp. I had plenty of success thanks to Simons expert tutelage and managed to winkle out a nice 24lb er that had never been caught before which was duly named Ruby cause of her redish tail.

La Germonidere is wonderfully located and it is only a short drive to Parthany where you have all of the amenities you need - restaurants, hyper market, cafes and wonderful history. There are several churches to look around and a wonderful medieval fort which surrounds the old part of the town.

The Gites are wonderfully kept, very clean with all the facilities you need for your stay. You have a lovely terrace / garden area at the back of the Gite with a BBQ for those lovely summer evenings.

But by far Simon and Julie Tee are the most welcoming hosts you could possibly imagine - fantastic people with a great outlook on life. Simon wants you to catch the best fish you possibly can do and provides you with all of the help and support you need to do it. He also makes a very good bottle of home brew wine! Drink with care. They cannot do enough to help you and make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible.

I cannot fault the place and we will be returning.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Feb 2016
Thanks so much for such a glowing review. And for sharing the local information for the benefit of other potential customers. We enjoyed every minute of your stay with us, and cannot wait for your return trip.
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David F
Newport, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Paradise found”
Reviewed 25 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

What a find. From the moment we arrived we knew we had found the perfect spot for our holiday. Set among orchards of trees you will find two lakes begging to be fished. First things first we had to unload the car before we could fish. The gite was everything you could want with every thing you could want with a great log burner, which heats the whole gite. Then we met Julie and Simon, what a pair, nothing was any trouble for them, perfect hosts not forgetting the two `girls` great dogs and very freindly. The chickens made an appearance, their eggs are great. If you are looking for peace and quite away from the hectic world then this is it. Supermarket is a couple of mins away and has everything that you could want and a great shop selling so much inexspensive wine you could easily become alcoholic.The fishing is great, broke my pb twice. Have never seen fish in such great condition and they fight well above their weight. You wont find any 50lb fish yet but they are getting there, Simon and Julie really know how to look after thier stock. If you need any help or advise then Simon will be there to help, all i can say is listen to what he tells you. The only problam that we came accross was getting out of bed in the mornings, but is that a problam? If you want to travel arround and see some of the country then you are well placed. If you enjoy rural France then you will love this place, we were the only British car to be seen in the supermarket car park. Even though we are not French speaking we had no problam with shopping or eating out, if you try then so will they. I could go on and on about this find of a place but what I will say is you will not find a place like this anywhere. Its so good that we have booked for four weeks next year.

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Management Response
2 Nov 2015
Wow... what a review. Thanks so very much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and glowing review.
The day we came for our first viewing was grey and miserable, and the place was really in need of some TLC, but as soon as we walked around the lakes our hearts flipped, we fell in love with the lakes without even seeing inside the gites. We really hoped that our customers would feel the same when they arrived here, and you have truly endorsed that. We are thrilled that you enjoyed it so much, and so glad you are coming back. See you next year.
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Richard P
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely Gite, great setting and great fishing”
Reviewed 31 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We had a fantastic stay at La Germondiere staying in the 2 bedroom gite. The Gite was very spacious and well equipped with a lovely Garden overlooking the lake. Simon and Julie were very friendly and nothing was ever too much hassle. The fishing was great in a lovely setting with two lakes full of fish. I can't fault La Germondiere and I hope to be back in the future!

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Aug 2015
Thanks so much for your feedback, it really is appreciated. So glad you enjoyed your holiday, and we would be very very happy to see you here again. It is such a pleasure to watch a skilled angler 'at work'.
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hodgc
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely wonderful!!”
Reviewed 25 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

From the amazing welcome from Simon amd Julie, the lovely cool, characterful spacious gite with everything supplied that you could need and more, to the good fishing on the beautiful lakes to keep Ian well and truly happy, we couldn't have asked for a more realxing, perfect holiday.
There is plenty to see and do in the area to keep anyone who visits occupied for as long as they need. There are also great places to eat nearby if you don't want to be cooking all the time.
We have already booked for 3 weeks next year with our 2 dogs as well, can't wait!!

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Liked best: All of it!!
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Aug 2015
Thanks very much for taking the time to provide feedback and for your very kind words. It really was our pleasure..... you are in our category of 'perfect customers' and we are thrilled you have chosen to come back again next year. Looking forward to seeing you both again and meeting your dogs. It seems a long time away, but am sure it will be here in no time.
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tonyfCorn...
Cornwall
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“What's not to like?”
Reviewed 24 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Smiling welcome, lovely gite and great fishing. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. I've not seen lakes as well maintained as these. Caught numerous good fish including 'Starburst' (apparently!); involved our host Simon who launched his boat to unsnag the line, his father-in-law Jack who played the fish whilst I played another on my second rod and eventually, myself. Three people to land one fish... Memorable. A short drive to good local amenities. Fresh eggs and great wine!!! Fabulous wildlife. We'll be back.

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Management Response
26 Jun 2015
Thanks for taking the time to add this review.. and even more thanks for such positive feedback. It was a pleasure for us too.... and we really look forward to seeing you both again next time.
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