Le Repos des Hiboux

Owl's Rest, Family Friendly Gites in the Charente-Maritime info@gitesfrance17.co.uk

Guestbook L'Athena

L'Athena Guest Feedback over the last couple of years

Further feedback available in the guest book of each gite

27th October 2012 - 28 February 2013
Long term rental
Joe & Sharon Lumley, Bedford

13th -20th October 2012
To Paul, Nicky, Girls & Dogs
Thank you so much. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay despite the weather!! The gite was warm and cosy - just what we needed.
Superb hosts, there if needed but not instrusive in anyway.
Hope to see you again next year again.
Many thanks
Sue & Cornel Carpenter, Birmingham
ps. Cornel says we will definately be back if only for another cup of Nicky's tea!!

7th - 13th September 2012
Dear Allington family
Thank you for an enjoyable and relaxing stay, just what we needed!
Everything we needed in a beautiful location. We especially enjoyed the beaches at Chatelaillon Plage and Fouras and it's pretty town.
We also recommend La Rochelle, with great bars and restaurants and the Hennessy Cognac tour.
Many thanks
Sarah & Vittorio Lovece, London

18th August - 1st September 2012
Dear Nicky, Paul, Georgina & Claudia
Thank you for a wonderful two weeks, especially when the weather was so awful at home !
The atmosphere here is fantastic, the boys have loved playing with other children and particularly enjoyed swimming in the pool.

We went to la Garette to gire a boat rather than Coulon. It was much quieter for novice rowers!
The boys also liked the boat trip in Saintes, where we saw a heron, kingfisher and many other wildlife.

Oscar and zinzi have also added to our holiday. Oscars nose out the cat flap always made us go and say hello. The boys and are missing our own blue roan cocker now.
Many thanks, good luck with finishing your own house.
Nicole, Rich, Cai & Idris
(The Killen family, Cardiff)

21st July - 8th August 2012
To Nicky, Paul, Georgina & Claudia
Thanks for all your advice and hospitality, we have had a lovely holiday staying in your gite.
It's been great having our own garden for a relax and also enjoying the company of the other guests out front.
The boys have especially loved the pool, the warmest we've ever been in!!!
We have found the gite to be a good central location for:
La Rochelle & Aquarium
Le Vallee des Singes
Saintes
Rochefort
Puy du Fou
to name but a few ....
Many thanks again
Les, Lorraine, Sam & Will Boyd (Isle of Man)

14th - 21st July 2012
Dear Nicki, Paul, Georgina and Claudia
Thank you for the excellent advice & hospitality.
We have had a nice time to relax after all the chaos that was 4 days running around Disneyland Paris. Luckily the weather has been really good and better than we expected. We were going to chill by the pool but Amerlia and Pierce wanted to explore!
The Aquarium at La Rochelle was a very good choice and we enjoyed the 2hr tour. After the aquarium the walk around La Rochelle was brilliant, a fantastic place. Port Miniature was a great day out with the kids & grown ups playing captain on the lake. From here we drove to Port d'Envaux and then onto Royan for lunch at the beach front.
Another good day out was the trip to Coulon where we hired a boat and did the 2hr paddle - that was good and I was tired, however, had an excellent meal of snails and mussels in the town.
Last day was spent at the Chateau de Roche Courbon and the caves.
Next time we need 2 weeks to do all the sights.
Thanks
Alex, Rebekah, Amelia & Pierce Garroch from Norwich

1st April - 30th June 2012
Long Term Rental
The Flanagan family, Alyesbury

30th October 2011 - 31st March 2012
Long term rental
The Edlinger family from Canada

30th July - 13th August 2011
We have had a great holiday. We recommend the following excursions (with boys aged 5&6yrs old):

  • Ile de Ré - we got there about 10am & stopped at the 2nd beach if arriving clockwise onto the island. There was a toilet and a restaurant but no other facilities however - it was very quiet! We then moved to St Martin de Ré which was pretty but very expensive to eat a decent meal.
  • Ilé D'Oleron - we went out on a wet & windy day with the hope that once we got there it would cheer up - it did but not until 3pm! We did however have a great day. Ate at a fantastic restaurant in St Trojan les Bains called "Jardin de Romaines" near the tourist information office - lovely food, atmosphere a staff. Very reasonably priced. Went on a saturday morning and the traffic going on & off the island was horrendous. Definately go on a weekday!
  • St Savinien - mini boats for children to drive. Good fun but expensive - 20€ for 2 adults & 2 children for 15 mins!

    • Marais Poitevin - an area of canals. We drove to Coulon & hired bikes bikes for half a day (40€ for 2 adults & 2 children) then cycled to Arcais for lunch in a pizzeria by the water. We had fun but it was quite a long way for our fit children (about 6 miles each way). You can also hire boats with or without a guide. Bikes in Coulon can be hired from the cafe in the centre.
      • St Jean D'Angely - good supermarkets & good park in the west of the town.
      • La Rochelle - Went to Aquarium which is fantastic but a mixed response from the children. Allow 2-3hrs. Can only get food in cafe when you leave so take snacks in with you! The city is beautiful although we didn't get to explore very much due to rain & moody children.
      • La Grande Côte, Royan - traffic was terrible round Royan. We'd been recommended Bonne Anse beach but took a wrong turning! La Grand Côte was very busy but had lots of facilities on hand so a successful day!

        • Chateau Dampierre - This is in Dampierre sur Boutonne, only a 5 min drive. Definately worth a visit on a fine day (cost 15€ for 2 adults & 1 child - under 5's are free). The main attraction are the gardens - perfect for our age children. Maze, merlin garden, chess set, picnic area with small play area for under 8's. The chateau does not have a huge amount in it (15-30 mins worth). You can buy drinks. We stayed about 2 1/2hrs.
          Having said all of the above the boys favourite days were spent in the pool or at the park!! We wish anybody reading this a fabulous holiday & hope you found this useful.
          The Bruzas family (St Albans)

          16th - 30th July 2011
          Despite mixed weather at the start, the welcome, the gite and the surroundings were lovely. Gite lovely and the special touches provided - immeasurable, such as a step for the bathroom for our little girl which gave her independance and us freedom! The fact the whole area is enclosed and safe is a massive plus and although we didn't know the other families, everyone enjoyed mixing together and it worked very well.
          Days out:-

          • Fouras - boat trip round Fort Boyard (depart Pointe La Fumée) then onto the beach (park at Fort Vauban). Safe beach with lido, shops and restaurants.
          • Marennes - Cité de la Huitres, hire bikes to cycle around the area. Things to do and watch, cafes & restuarants en route. Don't worry if you don't like oysters it's still fun!!
          • Isle D'Oleron - great waves for 'boogy boarding'. Don't get put off when you see the length of car parking at Grand Village Plage, there's space on the beach & well worth it.
          • Zoodysée at Chizé - great fun!
          • Chateau Dampierre - picnic & enjoy!
          • St Savinien - picnics & boats after 2pm, play area
          • Or just enjoy the pool here!!

            • Thank you
              The Eatley Family (Bury St Edmunds)

              4th June - 9th July 2011
              (Between L'Athena and The Wheatfields)
              The Allington family have provided us with a special holiday: all 14 of us in dribs and drabs!! The facilities are much more than adequate and provide a base for exploration of the Charente Maritime. Their friendship and local knowledge made for a very happy family gathering & trips out.
              We recommend:

              • Zoodyssey, Chizé
              • Restaurant Petit Bouton at St Jean
              • Pizzeria at Loulay
              • Auberge des Voyagers at Beauvoir sur Niort
              • Cafe Hardie at Mauzé sur le Mignon
              • Les Colombiers at Aulnay
              • Colmadis at La Rochelle
              • The PMU restaurant at Beauvoir sur Niort

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                  Don't miss the local churches.
                  Our grateful thanks
                  The Wintrip Clan (Prue & Bill), Dorset

                  28th May - 4th June 2011
                  by email
                  We had a great holiday at Le Repos des Hiboux. The gite was comfortable and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed (which is not always the case). The weather was great most of the time so we made full use of the pool which was a perfect temperature. We loved the beaches at Bonne Anse and I'le D'Oleron, the boats at Port Miniature and the market and park at St Jean D'Angely. A week is never long enough to do everything we hoped to do but we wouldn't hesitate to book the gite again if/when we can make a return trip. Many thanks,
                  Jeremy, Emma, Thomas & Luke
                  (The Searle family, Norwich)

                  16th - 23rd April 2011
                  Hello, We had such a nice holiday, it was really fantastic!
                  Thanks a lot.
                  Best wishes
                  Pascal, Sara, Mauro and Bas Van Laeke (Gent, Belgium)
                  ps. You're living the dream ....

                  21st August - 3rd September 2010
                  Thank you so much for sharing your home with us - we've had a fantastic, relaxing time - and the children have really enjoyed themselves. Weather has been great, entertainment brilliant and the pool superb. Endless evening cricket, frisbee and snail house building - what can we say!
                  All the very best
                  Dave, Claire, Thomas & Ellie (Shrewsbury)

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