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“Great Villa in rural Loire/Brittany”
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Fabulous pool & terrace
La Boucaudrie
Modern kitchen
Spacious Living
Ample dining
King sized bedroom with balcony access
Large room with ensuite
Wonderful balconies
Large terrace
Old mill wheel
Poolside Patio area
Beautiful gardens
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6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
La Rouaudiere, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire

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Puntersfr...
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Villa in rural Loire/Brittany”
Reviewed 3 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

The villa is located on the border between the Loire and Brittany, and is very rural and peaceful. The farm land around the villa is a hive of activity, with grazing cattle and a large number of birds of prey. The villa is well equipped and functions well for a group of friends or a couple of families. We booked through French Country Cottages, but you can contact the property manager directly to save on the overhead.

I suggest the low rating of the property by one previous reviewer is very harsh. We had very good service from the property manager. The grass was cut whilst we were their and when the gas ran out, this was replaced immediately even at 2100 in the evening. We had 4 children ranging from 3 to 6 in our party and they had no problem with the stairs and had a blast in and out of the pool. The deposit was very clearly stated and we were contacted the week before our stay to remind us. Yes the property manager did check things over at the end, but why take a deposit if you don't intend to check that property was damaged/misused. My view is treat it how you would treat your own house and there is nothing to worry about, even with little ones!

The pool was not as clean as I would hope, but it being early in the season meant it was not getting enough use to circulate the water through the pump and heater.

Would recommend to friends and would go back again.

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Liked best: Location and Villa Size
Liked least: Pool cleanliness
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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John P
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful villa with lots of space and fantastic pool!”
Reviewed 19 April 2013 for a stay in August 2012

3 family groups booked this villa. It was our first time in a villa in this part of France. We knew it was in the country which was ideal. We wanted somewhere quite unintusive, and this was perfect. Our property manager welcomed us in and let us know what there was to do in the surrounding area if we we feeling adventurous! The house was lovely. Good standard of furnishings and loads of toys and games for the younger kids. Pool and BBQ were great. Fantastic huge balconies off the bedrooms were great for breakfast and later as the sun set. Ideal for everyone. Lovely family home! Will book again!

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Liked best: Loads of space for everyone. Pool a big hit with everyone.
Liked least: Nothing, overall great!
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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londonvis...
Guildford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed with this Villa”
Reviewed 11 April 2013 for a stay in July 2012

It was in an isolated location with no immediate amenities.
The 350 euro cash deposit was a last minute surprise and unjustified for four adults. The process of reclaiming the deposit was embarrassing and humiliating. Literally every item was checked before handing back the deposit.
There was no hospitality shown or contact made during the whole two weeks e.g. The grass was not cut and we were expected to maintain the pool ourselves.
The internal staircase was very steep. We did not have small children but it would definately not be suitable for them.
The property was not furnished in keeping with a french villa with funishings sourced from Ikea even down to the pictures on the walls depicting London scenes.
There were no sunlounger cushions provided and after eventually contacting the rep we were told there never have been any cushions and never will be.
The location was advertised as the Loire Valley but was in fact very near Brittany and some distance from the Loire Valley we expected to see.

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Liked best: It was very private
Liked least: The condition and presentation of the property
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
13 Apr 2013
Thank you for your comments. We're so sorry that you didn't enjoy your holiday. The website/brochure through which the property was booked clearly states we are in the countryside and the map also clearly shows our location is rural.
The 350€ deposit is clearly stated that it is payable on arrival. Every item is checked before you arrive and again when you leave as that is the purpose of the deposit to ensure any missing or damaged items are compensated for and that the next guests do not have any issues with the condition of the villa.
Arrangements are made to clean the pool and attend the garden during all stays but hopefully with a minimum of interruption to our guests’ holiday. If requested we will attend the pool and gardens daily but most guest prefer the privacy our villa provides.
We’re sorry you felt that the stairs were too steep but they are all standard sized French staircases – my four year old son has no problem at all and stair gates have been provided and used when necessary with younger children.
The property listing clearly states modern furnishings throughout and the photographs do show this. The London scenes are very popular with the current French furnishings fashion and our French guests do like it along with our British guests.
Sun lounger cushions are not provided as these have previously been damaged and stained with sun protection products. We suggest that Pool towels are to be brought by guests (also stated on the website/brochure) so relaxing in the sun by the pool can be more enjoyable.
We are in Pays-de-Loire and close to Brittany (and Normandy). Our map location does show clearly where we are. Within 2 hours drive you could be in the centre of the Loire for more Chateau’s and vineyards if that was your preference. Likewise, Brittany and Normandy, which are close to our location, offer many more wonderful attractions for all ages, historical, geographical and modern.
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Joanne R
Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
“The best holiday villa we have ever stayed in! Fantastic!”
Reviewed 30 December 2012 for a stay in August 2012

There were 6 adults and 6 children in our family group. The villa is located in beautiful countryside, so peaceful and quiet. The villa itself is large and well equipped. Modern and functional. The heated swimming pool was a hit with everyone! The weather was great which added to the overall enjoyment. My husband and I loved the balcony off the bedroom where could watch everyone enjoying themselves around and in the pool! Loads of great things to in the surrounding area for all ages too! Local friendly bar a hit as well. Highly recommended and we will book for next year straight away!

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Liked best: Heated swimming pool a hey with everyone - very big for us all!
Liked least: Leaving...we wanted to stay longer!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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