What Our Cutomers Say...

About Hirondelle

About Martinet

About Gartempe



"Thank you very much for making our stay so easy. We couldn’t have asked for more! The gite is of a great standard and we would surely recommend you.
PS: Heaven for kids with all the toys and space available!"

The Boivin family, Bracknell

"Thank you for a warm welcome and a peaceful haven. We all loved the gite and the surroundings. We did lots of the outings suggested and enjoyed them all, the scenery is lovely. Our suggestion to add is that we enjoyed several meals at Le Palais. We would also recommend Futuroscope & Oradour sur Glane. We will certainly be recommending you and hope to return."

John & Lesley Classick and family, Iver, Bucks

"Lovely friendly welcome – Thank you. Great location, fantastic pool, well thought out accommodation, very well equipped kitchen. Everything for a relaxing holiday. Our children loved the pool and the toy cupboard provided plenty of entertainment! Our favourite place for lunch was the café at mortemart – delicious, well priced food. For an evening meal the Cheval Blanc in Bellac was lovely. The velo-Rail was a great morning out, great fun and not too much exercise! Hopefully see you next year."

The Watson family, Chilton, Oxfordshire

"Another wonderful week – wall to wall sunshine, hours relaxing by the pool. Good local restaurants. A couple of great walks around Blond, even saw some eagles. Le Repaire is now firmly established as the Cockayne’s favourite holiday spot. Thanks for keeping everything to such a high standard. We feel like family friends now."

The Cockayne Family


"Thank you so much for our lovely introduction to this region, we’ve had a really lovely and very hot visit. We have been to Oradour-sur-glane, Bellevue park and Rochechouart, they are all worth a visit. Thanks to Kevin and Karen for being flexible too."

The Terry, Turner & Lomas families


"Thank you Karen, Kevin & family. We have all had a fantastic week, the gite is great, pool – gorgeous. Our children thought the toy store was amazing. Our only regret is that we didn't book 2 weeks. You have a beautiful home and Bellac is so lovely, hopefully we can come back again and explore a little further afield. Thanks again, Merci beaucoup, A bientot."

The Flicker Family, Essex


"Made to feel at home as soon as we arrived, by Karen & Kevin's warm welcome. Best welcome pack we've ever had , no need to rush to the shops. Fantastic setting and the place well kept. Well equipped kitchen. Thank you for being such fantastic hosts. We’ll recommend you to our friends and family and hope to be back again to see you. Thanx for the lovely stay."

The James family, Wales


"We told you that we would be back. Superb again. Two weeks of wall to wall sunshine and a bit more time to explore further afield. Limoges is worth a trip. The Velo rail at Confolens was enjoyable. Futuroscope is very different from English theme parks with great architecture and some fun shows & rides. Good food again at Cheval Blanc and Le Relais at Mortemart is good for special occasions. So all in all a good holiday. Thanks to Kevin & Karen for keeping this special corner of France to such high standards. See you again soon."

The Cockayne family, St Helens


"This is such a lovely place to stay. We had a fantastic time. Definitely recommend the velo-rail (in Confolens) but you need a good meal before hand as you can get very worn out. Thank you so much."

Janz Party, London


"We have had a fantastic, relaxing week of unbroken sunshine spent largely in the pool. Earlier in the week, we managed canoeing on the lake, velo-rail which was fantastic and some meals out. We recommend "Le Marmite" in Le Dorat and particularly the setting of the cafe by the river in Bellac. Do not miss this part of the town as it is so pretty. Karen & Kevin have made us feel like part of the family, they could not have been more welcoming. Thank you..........Thank you very much for being so kind and welcoming. I have loved it here and would love to come back. Spent most of the time by the pool which was great. I had fun playing in the pool too. Thank you very much."

The Clayden family, London


"We had the privilege of being Karen & Kevin’s first guests and we were not disappointed. A lovely warm welcome and helpful throughout – they made our stay a joy. The gite met all our needs and the pool was our second home. Hard to beat. So much so that we made sure that we booked for next year before we left. Loved the area – lazy rivers to fish in. An exhausting walk around Blond (19K) mountains and lakes. Superb meal at Cheval Blanc in Bellac – and cheap Chez Sylvies was a typical French treat, lunch with the local workforce all for 12 euros. Graham and Helen’s legacy has clearly been passed into good hands."

The Cockayne family


A few days back at work have served to emphasise the fantastic facilities you offered and your generous hospitality. We chose your accommodation because it offered everything we needed for a family holiday. We did not expect such a splendid pool, nor the trouble you had gone to in making us so very welcome. Soon you will be renowned amongst our friends as we tell of our pleasures. Feel free to give our address to any of your prospective customers who would like our personal reassurance. Many Thanks.

Paddy and David Yule


A fabulous setting for a fabulous gite! Your hospitality and all the "extras" were so attentive and much appreciated. We will highly recommend Le Repaire, Thank you!

The Lloyd family, Cambridgeshire


Relaxation at Le Repaire was instant. Fabulous location, great views from the pool. Hospitality and facilities second to none. We will be recommending Le Repaire to others.

The Roulstons, Oxfordshire


Wonderful 'home from home'. Have enjoyed the region. Oradour is a must as well as canoeing down the Gartempe - but most of all we have enjoyed relaxing around the pool and using the fantastic facilities made available by our very friendly hosts, for whom nothing is too much trouble.

The Roberts family, North Wales


We had such a restful time in this lovely place. So peaceful calm and stress free. A perfect environment, thanks so much.

The Bagnall Family Ireland


Le Repaire offers the perfect place for relaxation. Hirondelle is a lovely house with excellent facilities, the largest we have ever stayed in. The best part however, must be the pool and toys, we "lost" our children for 2 weeks, what more could we ask?!

The Thompson's, Reading


From the moment we stepped in we felt at home, and relaxed straight away. Great view, great pool, great accommodation which made it a perfect holiday. We will go home and spread the word about this wonderful place.

The De Maertelacre Family Belgium


Came with great expectations (having seen the excellent website!) and even these were exceeded. We much appreciated the home comforts but the children preferred the pool!! Many Thanks.

The Gemmell family, Peterborough


What a well equipped and comfortable house. Thank you for the warm welcome and the extra help with the visas.

Huxham Family, South Africa


An excellent fortnight with several hot and sunny days. We really appreciated the spacious and well-equipped gite. Several books read and the BBQ in use nearly every day. Thank you for arranging the fishing trip, what Carp!! Can't wait for the 7-42 Monday morning . . . .

The Butler Gang, Bishop's Stortford


Quality of accommodation, facilities and cleanliness and the welcome of Graham & Helen need no additional comment. They are superb.

Drury family and friends, Sheffield


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"A fantastic gite – thanks so much for everything. Brilliant pool, toy store a real bonus and perfect hosts. Hope to see you again!"

The Cutting family, Belguim


"Thank you all"

Paul, Louisa & co


"Thank you for your wonderfully warm welcome and hospitality during our stay. We look forward to seeing you again maybe a longer stay next time."

Robert &Lianne West, Essex


"Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. Oradour-sur- Glane well worth a visit. Confolens, Le Dorat, Chabanais and Le Relais restaurant in Mortemart – fantastic!"

The Smales and Moore families, E Yorks


"Thank you so much for a really lovely holiday, couldn’t have had a better time. Le Repaire is beautiful and the views are amazing! Martinet is gorgeous and as soon as John saw T bags in the kitchen he knew it was going to be a good holiday. You have made us feel very welcome, thank you all. Love to stay again sometime."

Steph &John, Liverpool


"Thanks for providing an ideal environment for a most enjoyable 2 weeks. Just the right mix for visiting local towns &villages, allowing you ample time to enjoy the view and the pool."

The McGinn family, Hertfordshire

"We’ve all had such a lovely time here. The weather has been great and the house was just what was needed – Thank you."

Katy Bowyer, London


"Thanks for making our family so welcome – great time!"

The Deacon family, Exeter


"Fantastic place, beautiful scenery, lovely people. Kevin &Karen welcomed us with open arms and made our stay here one to remember. Also recommend La vallée des singes."

Paul &Lisa, Bishops Stortford


"A lovely place to spend a week. A wonderful welcome, couldn’t have asked for a better start to our hols. We wish you every success in the future and we will tell Ireland about you. Hope to see you again soon."

The Walshe family, Galway, Ireland


"A very relaxing week in picturesque, peaceful surroundings. Thank you very much for your hospitality. The Gite was very comfortable and pleasing – everything we needed – Lovely. Great pool......Jolly good week in the pool, spiffing time in the pool."

The Mitchell family, Worcester


"A great base for a lovely relaxing holiday. Lots to see and do locally, when we could drag ourselves away from the fantastic pool. Gite really comfortable and well equipped. Our children had a great time playing with your son. Best lightning show and storm we have ever encountered."

The Millband family, North Wales


"Was here last October and enjoyed it then. Karen & Kevin are lovely people and their son was a great companion for our granddaughter. Look forward to our next visit."

The McKennas, Skipton, North Yorkshire


"Once again a great welcome, very peaceful stay. Your son is a credit to his Mum & Dad. Thanks for a great holiday, see you again soon."

The McKenna family, Dorset


"Thank you Kevin, Karen & family for such a lovely week, we have had a lovely time. You have been wonderful hosts. Gites are amazing, very comfortable & homely, we will definitely return one day"

Lucy de Pfeiffer & Edward Hall, Cambridge


"Very beautiful place to visit, Kevin & Karen made us very welcome. Thank you for a lovely time and we hope to come back soon. Good luck in your new life in France."

The Alexander family


"Best Gite we have stayed in. Very relaxing and fantastic location, made very welcome by Karen & Kevin. Will recommend and would love to come again. Thanks.........Lovely peaceful place, plenty for the children to do. Kevin and Karen very friendly, can’t wait to return."

The McKenna family


"Thank you Kevin & Karen for a lovely, relaxing holiday, you have been the perfect hosts. Superb Gite and very well equipped. Having the pool made it just perfect. We wish you all the best for your new life in the Limousin."

The Hamilton's


A lovely secluded spot in picturesque countryside. The kids had a great time not to mention the parents and grand parents. Thanks for the kindness and hospitality.

The Henson family, Tring A great place, interesting things to see and do.

The Kidd's, Glasgow


Unusually high standards and a magical spot combined to make a perfect week. Preferred to BBQ and eat here rather than out. Five of us with different interests all had a great time. Might make holidaying in France a bit harder to plan. How can they compare?!.

The Haacke family, Tunbridge Wells


Another return visit, wonderful location with every need catered for. Eating out at the Auberge is a joy! Back next year we hope!

Val and Les Morgan, Newport


Very nice house, we enjoyed our stay very much. Really a very relaxing holiday, back some other year maybe!

The Plas family, Holland


A lovely well thought-out location. Great to have all the mod cons. Videos very helpful when weather went pear-shaped. Great base to visit friends and Futuroscope. The first place we have ever wanted to come back to!

The Smith's, Surrey


Fun day out at Futuroscope. Fascinating day out to Oradur-sur-Glane. Picturesque day out at Brontome. Thanks for a great fortnight.

The Naughton's, London


Words cannot express the high standard that Helen & Graham have achieved, Really Super!

Colin James, South Wales


An excellent holiday, lovely pool and accommodation. Weather was outstanding, thank you for the welcome pack and all your help during our stay.

The Leach family, Sheffield


Beautiful pool, lovely gite, welcoming hosts and we recommend 'Le Relais' in Mortemart for a meal.

The Avent family, Bath


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"After two lovely weeks in Gartempe, we would like to say thanks to Kevin & Karen for being such wonderful hosts. The gite is great, much bigger than home and the pool is perfect. The surrounding sights have been an added bonus, the recommendations have been spot on, particularly the town of Confolens and Lac St Pardoux."

The Simons & Lafosse family, London & Peru


"Thank you Kevin & Karen, We had a lovely time."

The Sudlow family, Newcastle - upon -Tyne


"We had a fantastic time and the countryside is so beautiful. The area is very pretty and the houses are very nice. Thanks for a great two weeks. Thank you, I had a great time, the place is amazing and the people were very nice. I loved the pool. Fantastic views in the evening, lots of space for all the children and adults to run around as well as a swimming pool too – brilliant!"

The McGinn Families, UK


"What a lovely location with excellent facilities, we all had a fabulous time. I now have a water baby, lots of lovely villages to visit too. "

Morag & Peter McGinn


"Lovely spacious accommodation, such a peaceful setting with beautiful views. The evening wildlife was entertaining too. Saw shooting stars which were impressive. The surrounding countryside was lovely and easy to get around. Our thanks to Kevin, Karen & family."

Jenny & John Whiting, Surrey


"Thank you for a fantastic holiday. It’s been so relaxing for us and there has been plenty to keep the children entertained. Anyone with children should definitely take a trip to the monkey sanctuary at Romagne, and if you like fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere, Le Relais is lovely. Karen, Kevin & family have made us feel so welcome and have been incredibly helpful. Thanks again for a great holiday."

Peter & Katie Hunt, Bucks


"Fantastic family holiday house- wonderful view – even better than website images. Everything catered for regardless of ages. Thank you Karen & Kevin for being so considerate & helpful, much appreciated by all of us. This is without doubt, the best French house we have all stayed in. "Le Pont de la Pierre" in Bellac right down by the river is an excellent eating place in a superb setting. Very many thanks on behalf of us all."

The Pearson & Saxton families, County Durham


"A wonderful, comfortable, laid back week with a view second to none. Thank you also, Karen & Kevin for keeping me company in the organ loft. I hope to be back one day."

C.Standing, London


"Everything here was perfect and we only wish we had been able to enjoy the comfortable house and the beautiful landscape for longer. You should be rightly proud of this superb holiday location, Kevin & Karen, Thank you."

The Carter family, London


"You have thought of every detail, really beautiful and comfortable. What an excellent landscape and so clean!! We are coming back, probably new year!"

La Famille Franco-anglaise, Paris, Normandie, St. Bonnet


"Good host, good facilities, enjoyed our stay. Thanks very much to Kevin & Karen. Recommend "Pont de la Pierre" next to the river, fabulous food, highly recommend......Thanks had a great time. Thanks for all the toys, sports and board games."

The McDonough & Boden families, Liverpool


"A beautiful place to see the New Year in, fantastic house and surrounding countryside, had a truly wonderful time. Hope to visit again!........We had a wonderful time in a wonderful place, great house in lovely surroundings.........Fantastic setting, beautiful scenery and a lovely situation, looking forward to staying again..........Carlsberg don’t do trips to Bellac in France, but if they did this would be it. A big thank you to Kevin & Karen and family for making this a special Xmas & New Year........First time in 21 years spending Xmas and New Year without our children and grand children, but must say it was worth it, a very big thank you to Kevin & Karen for help making it so special. You will make a great success of this Gite, Thanks again."

Anita, Paul, Freddie, Mick & Jason, Coventry


"Thank you so much we had a lovely time. I love this Gite and wish it were my home. You have been very kind and welcoming, Kevin & Karen, Thank you for all the extras you did for us. All the facilities were great, especially the Table Tennis and swimming pool. We wish you all the best here and hope we can return soon"

The Clarke family


"Wonderful house, wonderful views, wonderful holiday."

Grover Family, Edinburgh & the Moens Family, Antwerp


"Superb! House fantastic and so well equipped - to keep 5 children aged between 5 & 14 happy it must be good! The pool was great and the biggest task was tearing our children away from it. The area must be one of the most unspoiled and is a perfect place to get away and relax. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you and would like to thank you for your welcome and hospitality over the last 2 weeks."

The Evan's, Wales


"Well we've already booked for next August!! Accommodation stunning, View stunning, Entertainment for kids stunning. Helen and Graham are wonderful hosts. Area completely unspoiled, yet, locals so friendly. See you next year!"

The Surtees and Charter families Cambridgeshire


"Fantastic location, brilliant facilities. The pool was a bonus given the fantastic weather, thank you for a lovely holiday"

The Edward's, Powys


"Accommodation has been second to none, so well equipped, you've thought of every thing. The nicest place we have stayed in 12 years of coming to French holidays. We would certainly recommend Le Repaire. Piscine excellent, Vue spectaculaire, je vous remercie! "

The Ring family, Sheffield


"This must be one of the most pleasant holidays we have spent together as a complete family. Congratulations to the Morgan's for creating a superb facility in a marvellous location. I'm sure others reading this will share our enthusiasm as they too enjoy the Limousin."

The Simmons, South Wales


"Came with great expectations (having seen the excellent website!) and even these were exceeded. We much appreciated the home comforts but the children preferred the pool!! Many Thanks."

The Gemmell family, Peterborough


"From the moment we stepped in we felt at home, and relaxed straight away. Great view, great pool, great accommodation which made it a perfect holiday. We will go home and spread the word about this wonderful place. "

The De Maertelacre Family Belgium


"Welcoming beer….fantastic! Excellent accommodation, home from home. The views are out of this world. We go home relaxed and chilled, thanks to our wonderful hosts. "

Jo & Stu Entwistle and the Gregory family


"Just to say thank you for providing us with such wonderful surroundings on our holiday at Le Repaire. The care and effort you have put into Gartempe is obvious everywhere, you deserve the best of luck in the future. We'll spread the word about your place. "

Sally & John Flowers, Colchester


"Excellent holiday - Thank you. Fantastic pool and facilities. The games room came into its own on the cooler days. Lovely accommodation with outstanding variety of kitchen equipment - thanks! The rooms are all very comfortable and the en-suite bathroom a real treat. The boys loved playing video games."

Meade family & Fleming family, Berkshire


"We can now return to Wales feeling totally relaxed. Accommodation is second to none. A beautiful area of France, the locals are so friendly. Thank you for letting us share you home."

The Challionrs

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