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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Dormans, Marne, Grand Est

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ajbandg
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely, stylish and clean holiday gite”
Reviewed 4 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We stayed here in the October half term and wanted to hire a house that we would enjoy spending time inside of in case of bad weather. As it turned out it was unseasonably warm and no rain! This was a bonus as we also had outside space at the back. The house itself is amazing. The décor is what we would probably consider very French but as opposed to other places we've stayed it had a wealth of interesting things to look at. It was also the cleanest holiday home I have ever stayed in. I couldn't find a speck of dust! It was so well stocked with every kind of utensil, cups and glasses you would need. There is a dishwasher as well which makes the cooking less of a chore. The children (12 and 5) loved the house and often wanted to come back to it at the end of a touring day.

The only downside was the town itself. We had expected the towns restaurants/bars to be open in the evening or be able to walk into during the day. It wasn't really like that but I guess it must be out of season for the smaller towns. There are though supermarkets, bakes and butchers which were still open. The larger towns like Reims and Epernay were open and we enjoyed our visits to the tourist attractions such as Reims Cathedral/museum and Epernay's champagne houses/tours. We managed to eat in some nice restaurants there too. We also visited La Main de Massiges combined with our Reims trip. This was quite a journey but well worth a visit. There are WW1 Trenches that have been preserved/uncovered as they were and you can walk around them. It really was an insight to the horror and loss of life marked also in the cemeteries around the champagne district. We visited Chateau Thierry which was a lovely town with a longish walk up to the castle but with lovely views. We did also visit the American war memorial there and a local chateau. The latter being abit pricey...

Overall we found it so easy to get to this area from Calais. Under 3 hours. Which in comparison to our 8 or so hours to Brittany last year was brilliant. We didn't really see any other British people or cars apart from our day trip to Disneyland Paris which was also around an hour to get to. We were surprised with the beauty of this region with every available field growing vines. When you visit outside of the region it's still very rural and we were surprised to see piles and piles of potatoes that had been harvested by the roads! From fields as far as the eye could see. We loved the holiday and it was a relaxing as well as cultural break. Isabelle was really friendly and welcoming. Sorry my husband frightened your grandson he tends to have that effect on babies! We bought a bottle of her sons champagne and enjoyed the complimentary bottle. Thank you!

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Liked best: the house
Liked least: the proximity to the road although the windows were good
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

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Liked best: The decor
Travelling group: Friends
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JHLJP
Hampshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice House”
Reviewed 30 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Lovely house and a lovely owner for whom nothing was too much trouble.

But 'the elephant in the room' is the very busy road on which the house is located. The traffic started at 6am, or a bit before, and the noise was enough to disturb those in the front bedrooms. Lorries being the main culprits.
If you are used to road noise then perhaps not a problem, but if you are a light sleeper then it certainly is.

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Liked best: Plenty of room.
Liked least: Busy and noisy road
Travelling group: Friends
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JoeGeeste...
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Terrific Home in the Champagne region”
Reviewed 10 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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This is one of the best homes we have rented in France. We usually go to France during the first week of September and rent a home for a week. We haven't been disappointed yet, but this home fit our needs exactly. We were extremely happy with the property, and Isabelle the owner was very helpful.

Traveling with my wife, my daughter and her husband from America, and my grandson. Plenty of space for all of us, well appointed bedrooms and shower facilities, My grandson being a toddler, enjoyed the garden with his toys, and we had dinner in the garden as well, which was extremely pleasant. The location in Dormans was perfect. All our day trips usually only took 1/2 hour in any direction. Dormans itself is generally a town you would pass through going somewhere else.

It does have a World War I monument and a chateau, but outside of that, not much more. The restaurants were average, although good price and quality. The exception was La Table Sourdet, which was excellent, with a 3 course lunch for € 12 per person.

Unfortunately the front of the house was on the main street through town, so lots of traffic late at night and early in the morning. It was warm while we were there, and we would have left the bedroom windows open except for the noise. The living room chairs were not as comfortable as we would have liked, we think it was more for style than comfort.

We would definitely rent this property again if we come back to the champagne region, it was a great holiday.

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Liked best: Perfect house in a great location.
Liked least: Traffic noise at night.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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John C
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Superb”
Reviewed 10 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Our stay at La Maison Clos Rigaux was our first in the Champagne region, and we were privileged to spend it in such a well appointed house, with such a welcoming host.

The house really is excellent, decorated and furnished with well chosen pieces, and with everything we needed.

We enjoyed lots of trips in the area, taking our inspiration from the well stocked tourist information at the house. We would particularly recommend Reims, Epernay and Chalons sur Marne!

Dormans itself was a great place to stay - it's an easy walk from the house to the Chateau and War Memorial, both of which are well worth seeing. More prosaically, supermarkets and bakeries are also within walking distance.

As a keen cyclist, there are great rides nearby, although they are very hilly, I enjoyed exploring the area by bike very much.

We would recommend La Maison Clos Rigaux unhesitatingly, and hope we'll be able to return ourselves!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Laura W
Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beatiful House and Garden”
Reviewed 25 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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This is a truly lovely house and the unexpected bonus was the attached garden. We were travelling with my young daughter (2 years old) and after time spent in the car she was definitely ready to run around, this garden fit the bill perfectly!

The house is well equipped and beautiful! The kitchen was fully stocked for cooking with a nice stovetop and oven. The town has a nice large grocery that is very close, which was a good thing as we were there on a Sunday and Monday when many of the local restaurants were closed. The beds are very comfortable, but there is a fair amount of noise from the road outside the house (which is surprisingly busy for such a small town). Bathrooms were very clean and there was plenty of hot water. Having new laundry facilities in the house was also very helpful as we were travelling for an extended period of time.

Isabelle is a wonderful hostess and was very helpful with showing the ins and outs of the house and area.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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