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Guest Comments

We love to get feedback from our guests and are pleased to share some of the great comments we have received with you below.

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"Another wonderful stay, the place just gets better and better. Keep up the good work! Love The Brownies."

Paul, Diane, Laura, Lea and Mark - August 2013

"A truly amazing 2 weeks at Lac de Maison, the kids enjoyed every minute having freedom to do so many new things, tired boys at the end of each day. As for us as parents it has been the most relaxing and enjoyable 14 days, the location and the house are perfect equalled by Simon and Anna’s wonderful hospitality including some amazing meals. Thank you so so much, we will be back if you will have us!!!"

Paul, Rebecca, Luke, Adam and Emma - June 2013

"3 generations of Tilletti ranging from the age of 75 years to 3 months! Spent a lovely week enjoying Simon and Anna’s marvellous hospitality, including the cooking. Thank you."

June 2013

"A wonderful second year here with our friends, loved our cycle rides and chilling out here, Thank you Anna and Simon xx"

Lara, Rob, Gwennie, Mae and Leo - May 2013

"Thank you Anna & Simon for an amazing relaxing week. The children have entertained themselves endlessly and we didn’t hear the dreaded words ' I’m bored' once. The animals have played an important part in our holiday especially Honey the dog and the two ponies. We have even been inspired to get some chickens on our return home. The gite is absolutely wonderful and has every home comfort one could ask for and more! We Couldn’t ask for a more enjoyable family holiday and can't wait to come back!"

The Moules family (30/3 -8/4/2012)

"What a wonderful week, the children have loved all aspects of Lac de Maison, especially Honey, Filou and the swimming pool. There were lots of dressing up for the kids in the play barn. Anna & Simon were fantastic and organised loads for us and the food was superb, highly recommended. The gite had everything we needed, even bath toys! Thanks for everything, thoroughly enjoyable!"

The Bartholomew And Ching Family (25/5-1/6/2012)

"Thank you Anna & Simon, we have all had an amazing holiday for the second year running, food was great and just what we needed after a long drive. The boys have loved the bike rides, Honey and the games room. We will be back soon!"

Debbie, Chloe, Brad and Joe (1/6-8/6/2012)

"Fantastic place, everything you could need, fantastic for the kids and plenty to do nearby. Anna & Simon are great hosts and fantastic chefs! Sorry we didn’t have dinner cooked more often! Would Definitely return!"

The Morison family (14/7/2012)

"Our second year here and just as good as the first! Weather has been amazing, the house was so comfortable and the kids have just had a ball! Had a lovely day at Coulon rowing a boat. Superb meal at the golf club and a good few hours shopping in Poitiers. What we come here for is the peace, freedom for the children and the chilled out atmosphere that Anna & Simon have created in this magical little paradise called Lac de Maison."

The Sweeney family (13-27th August 2012)

"Callum & Isobel loved the freedom to just play all the time, to be outside and make new friends. They loved every second of their two weeks here and with them being so happy we were able to relax and read books! We are very sad to be leaving but we wish you every success for the future and with all your new plans which sound great. We will particularly miss Honey whom we have all become very attached too. Thank you again, you have created a wonderful place here!"

Paul, Lisa, Calum and Isobel (27/07-10/08/2012



"Thanks Anna and Simon for providing such a wonderful experience for all the family in rural France from granddad (74) down to Ami (2). Lovely gites, great facilities especially for the children, fantastic food courtesy of our congenial hosts and beautiful surroundings."

Joel, Nicola, Pam, Bill and Ami (2) - September 2013

"The best holiday we have had with the children. So relaxing – we even read books! We have stayed in several gites over the years and this has the best facilities and the best family friendly environment we have experienced. The children loved the egg collecting and the play barn and made some great friends. The swimming pool was much enjoyed by all. Anna’s food helped minimise cooking and Simon’s and Anna’s attention to detail made our stay feel extra special."

Caroline, Scott, Josh (4) and Marina (2) - July 2013

"Georgia has summed up out fortnight well as the ‘best holiday ever!’ Anna and Simon are the perfect hosts who could not make you feel more welcome or at home. AS others have commented there is something for everyone here, and we have found that we have all been able to have a relaxing time – not easily said with youngsters! We will most certainly be back!"

Rob, Alison, Georgia (4) and Toby (10 months) - June 2013

"We’ve loved out fortnight here – so relaxing and really feel like we’ve got away from it all! Saint Cyr and lunch at Chauvignay were highlights. Many thanks to Anna and Simon for being such brilliant hosts (and cooks!)"

Tom, Sarah, Mari and Elsa - May 2013

"Fantastic holiday, feels like a real break, even with two children. Anna & Simon have thought of everything & there’s plenty to amuse/exhaust the children. If you do want to leave the site, La Rochelle is well worth a visit. Park in Les Minimes (free) with a sandy beach, then take a small boat to La Rochelle for a seafood lunch or shop at Le Vieux Port. Huge thanks to Anna & Simon and the home cooking is delicious!"

Laura, Jerome, Alfred & Matilda. Kent. (26/5-2/6/2012)

"Our top 5’s in Lac de Maison:
5. Poitiers 4.Neuville de Poitou Sunday morning market 3. Saint Cyr beach day 2.Cycle rides 1. Anna and Simon’s home cooked food! Amazing, we really enjoyed it!"

Steve, Sasha, Sam, Pheobe and Issy. London. (2/06-9/06/2012)

"Wonderful stay, the girls loved the play barn and all the facilities provided. Anna & Simon have been excellent hosts, recommend Anna’s cooking. We went to Green Venice which was worth the trip. We loved La Rochelle and the aquarium is better than London’s! We had a lovely cycle ride to the golf club with a nice dinner. Recommend wine tasting at Le Cave followed by a trip to Auchen supermarket. I don’t think the girls wanted to go home and will miss the play barn and the playground. It’s so peaceful and quiet here. It’s lovely. The beautician was great with a very nice pedicure!"

Richard, Amanda, Ava & Eleanor. London. (16/06-30/06/2012)

"A lovely week, only downside was it wasn’t long enough! Fantastic facilities for the children – they had such fun running around! They loved the play barn and couldn’t wait to go there every morning! We didn't venture too far away but would recommend a cycle to Les Forges Golf Club for lunch, very child friendly. We made use of Anna’s wonderful cooking –definitely a treat not having to cook every evening! So peaceful here, the only noise we heard came from the crocking frogs in the pond!"

Richard and Sarah Lushington. Hampshire. (30/6-07/07/2012)

"We’ve had a lovely week of gorgeous weather and fantastic relaxation. With huge thanks to Anna & Simon for a fantastic stay, hospitality and food. Definitely recommend the evening meals plus the treatments. The children loved the freedom of the play barn, den building, football, badminton and swimming. All the children of the other families staying here have been good friends- a particular highlight being the children’s rock concert, complete with tickets, in the playroom. Richard has also enjoyed the golf club and had some lessons with the excellent golf pro Stuart. Thank you for such an excellent stay."

Richard, Kass, Alexander, Imogen & James Ford. (14/07-21/07/2012)

"A great week, just wish it could have been longer! Anna & Simon – your 100% dedication to Lac de Maison has meant we have had the best holiday ever! Cooking/food/BBQ great! Facilities also great! Look forward to seeing you both again."

Paul, Dianne, Laura, Leah and Mark. Dublin

"We have had a wonderful two weeks in Rose cottage at Lac de Maison. We have never been so relaxed since having the girls. Anna & Simon are excellent hosts and have thought of everything. They can’t do enough for you and don’t seem to mind been followed by the kids. The meals are to be recommended and the group BBQ’s have been fantastic. We did a couple of trips, monkey valley was good, but take a picnic, the birds of prey at Chavigny was excellent and green Venice is beautiful. We hope to return in the next couple of years for another magical holiday."

Lorraine, Gareth, Imogen and Evie Price. (28/7-11/08/2012)

"Had a wonderful holiday in a fantastic rural setting’ Anna & Simon are perfect hosts always available to answer our questions. Thoroughly recommend the food options. The BBQ is brilliant value and the meals are to die for. They have thought of many things to keep children ‘old and young’ entertained and continue to strive to make our holidays relaxing and enjoyable. Visit la Rochelle, the aquarium and the old port are beautiful and worth the effort. "

Robert, Rachel & Lewis Whitelaw. (05/09-22/09/2012)

"A perfect place for a relaxing family break, even with an active 2year old in tow! Wonderful set up, you really have thought of everything. The meals you provide were fantastic too. We hope to be back soon!"

Jenny, David and Sophie - September 2013

"Another fabulous week at Lac de Maison – you must be doing something right Simon and Anna, as this is now our third year and we’ve already booked the 4th! However, since we never do a great deal other than lie by the pool and eat lovely food, we never have much to write in this book! Thanks again and see you in 2014!! Xx"

The Webster family - September 2013

"We have all thoroughly enjoyed our 3rd holiday at Lac de Maison. We haven’t ventured far apart from a trip to the beach at St Palias-sur-mer but have spent our time enjoying the garden and the pool. Libby and Fraser have had a fantastic time with their holiday friends – the highlight being the first Lac de Maison Olympics and also a pyjama party. Anna and Simon’s cooking is superb. We are heading home feeling very relaxed, my 3rd book almost finished and looking forward to coming back next year. Thank you Anna and Simon – we all love it here xxxx"

Jo, David, Libby and Fraser - July 2013

"What a great find. We never believed we’d be able to ‘relax’ on holiday with two young children, but we did. We even managed to read a book for the first time in 3 years! The girls loved it here, the play barn, the outdoor area and of course the pool. The meals were also amazing and such a treat not to have to cook. We’ll certainly be back – thank you."

Claire Richard, Kessie (2) Layla (10 months) - July 2013

"Thank you Simon and Anna for a wonderful week - such a beautiful location, stunning food and a very warm welcome. Your gites cater perfectly for children and you made our first holiday with our 7 month old twins as stress-free as possible! We will definitely return when the twins are older to take advantage of the play barn and all the animals. We especially enjoyed your beautiful clean swimming pool and the fantastic 3 course meal you cooked for our last night."

Brian, Roisin, Emily & Elise  14/05/2012

"We've enjoyed a lovely stay at the cottage with our friends being next door on Rose cottage. Anwen has not stopped for a week - trampoline, slide, swing, play barn, football and of course the pool! The facilities are great for the little ones. We have enjoyed some great weather and also a very warm welcome from Simon and Anna plus a couple of lovely family meals together with our friends. We took a day trip to La Rochelle and can recommend parking by the port and beach and taking the little ferry bus into the old port and town centre. All in all a great holiday and look forward to coming back next year."

Sarah, Derek, Anwen & Bethan 02/06/2012

"What a lovely week, very relaxing in wonderful surroundings with lots and lots for Tom to do. Not having to cook on our last night was a super treat and a great way to round the week. Particularly recommend the cycle to Les forges golf club for lunch, they were very welcoming and great food ...... and best of all it seemed to be almost all downhill on the way home."

The Floyd family 16/06/2012

"Thank you so much Anna and Simon for two lovely weeks. The food has been to die for, and thank you for cooking different meals so Adam got some meat for a change. The information you provided, the toys, hospitality, Honey, the ponies (especially Filou who gave Eloisa a ride). It has been fab, we will be strongly recommending you and no doubt we'll be back again."

Adam, Lynn & Eloisa 12/07/2012

"We have had a fantastic fortnight here at Lac de maison - our second holiday here. The children have had so much fun playing in the garden, pool and barn - we have hardly seen them apart from 'feeding time!!' Anna and Simon are super host and have really spent time thinking of everything a family might need. We have not ventured that far this year apart from saint Palais sur mer - a long drive, but the beaches are lovely. Anna and Simon’s cooking is excellent and a real treat especially the chocolate brownies and the Baileys and maltesers cheesecake. Thank you for a wonderful holiday; we are all heading home very relaxed with wonderful memories."

Jo, David, Libby & Fraser  21/07/2012

"Our 3rd year staying at lac de Maison and as relaxing and fun as ever. We loved our trips to Puy du Fou and especially Green Venice, the boat trip with English speaking Joel is highly recommended. Dinner at the golf club was delicious. But most of all we have enjoyed playing in the garden and the pool with the kids. The new games room has been great for Liam. Thank you once again Anna and Simon for a wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing you again next year!"

Tony. Kathryn, Liam, Rosie & Maggie Smith 11/08/2012

"Thanks for another lovely stay Anna and Simon, it was even better this year! We love the market at Neuville de Poitou on Sundays and this year we discovered the wine cave there which was fantastic and well worth a visit if you want to stock up on award winning cheap wine to take home. Thank you for helping us celebrate Alex's birthday in style again! See you next year!!"

Lucy, Alex, Harriet & Emily Webster 24/08/2012

"Had a wonderful fortnight here at Lac de Maison. Anna and Simon are fantastic hosts and amazing cooks. Fish pie to die for, as were all the meals we had, cannot recommend enough :) Took the stress out of taking a 23 month old to a restaurant, so no need to leave home - perfect! Absolutely loved the cottage and grounds, so good for Will, he loved the animals especially Honey - pony ride a lovely idea too. Great cycling round and about so made good use of the bikes. Pool was lovely, garden and play barn so good for toddlers. Mum and Dad actually got some downtime ourselves!! Very relaxing couldn’t ask for more really :) Memories to cherish."

Steve, Carrie & Will Barnett 08/08/2012



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