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2 Jul 2018 Emma C. said..."A fantastic gite with private pool & every modern convenience and buckets of old world charm" ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France ~ Date of Stay 19 Jun 2018

"We arrived on a hot, sunny summers evening to this charming gite in the quiet hamlet of Hanc and were instantly bowled over. It is simply beautiful! Every modern convenience is provided for in the house including a very thoughtful and practical welcome basket (the champagne was very much appreciated) to get us settled in. Whilst temperatures hit 33°, the fabulous private pool provided cool relief from the hot weather. The lovely Ruth Louise, the property owner, called by to clean the pool (it was immaculate) and provided us with great information & advice on sightseeing etc. We were a family of 5, (2 adults & 3 kids14,11,9) and we completely switched off. Most days we lounged by the pool, barbecuing in the patio area and chilling in the hammock. We were in heaven! On the days we ventured out, we hit up Futurascope (well worth a visit), the town of Cognac where we took a tour & tasting of Martell, but our highlight was Vallee des Singes, getting up close and personal with many breeds of monkeys. The area is quiet, but exactly what we wanted and needed. Chef Boutonne is an easy 5km drive to the local supermarket and we stocked up on food & vino there. Papa Jos italian restaurant in Chef Boutonne is excellent. We will definitely return!"


13 Nov 2017 Lyndsay S. said..."Gorgeous place for a relaxing break" ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France ~ Date of Stay 22 Sep 2017

"The house was beautiful and well-kept and everything was thought of. There was a lovely welcome pack when we arrived after the long journey along with plenty of information for things to do in the local area. Ruth came to clean the pool whilst we were there and was super helpful with information for Futuroscope and also with finding somewhere to replace our punctured tyre! Hopefully we will be back soon! Many Thanks Again for everything Ruth, and sorry for the delay in the review!


18 Jul 2017 Fiona F. said..."A gem!!" ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France ~ Date of Stay 4 Jul 2017

"We've not long returned from almost a fortnight in this lovely house. It's in a quiet village, with gorgeous grounds front and back (giving you sunshine at any time of the day) which aren't overlooked and a fabulous private pool that's a great size for swimming and playing with inflatables and balls. Our kids loved it...as did we. The house itself is lovely and the downstairs with the thick stone walls and pretty, blue shutters is a cool haven when it's hot outside. It's spacious and the facilities are great. It has everything you'd need. E.g. a good BBQ with BBQ tools, dishwasher, washing machine, books, 2 showers, outside tables front and back, a well equipped kitchen and a lovely patio etc. We were very last minute in making our arrangements and Ruth (owner) couldn't have been more helpful and as we arrived late on, the welcome basket of groceries was much appreciated....especially the fizz! We had several day trips including Cognac, Poitiers (fututoscope) and across to the coast at Ile de Re so although rural, as long as you don't mind a bit of a journey, there're lots of interesting things to do. Locally, the scenery is beautiful with vineyards and fields of sunflowers and pretty villages. The wildlife is abundant...saw my first Beech Marten climbing up the house wall and am still amazed at the Humming Bird Hawk Moth that visited the garden most evenings. Definitely recommend."


2 Jul 2017 Linda Q. said..."Everything we hoped for, and more..." ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France ~ Date of Stay 17 Jun 2017

"What attracted us was the pool, which didn't disappoint; it's big (12.5m for lengths) and it's completely private, in the back garden, which also has terrace for eating, and lovely big tree shaded corner for when it just got too hot. Although maybe worth mentioning that it was very cool inside the house itself on hot days. We wondered if the farmhouse would be too big for just the two of us, but it worked out perfectly; we had a lovely bedroom on the ground floor, along with bath, shower and toilets. If you did have a large family there were three more bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. There was a very generous welcome basket, including a gorgeous jam made by the owner, and several stunning breakfasts! The house is well stocked with all the pans etc. you need to cook just about anything. The owner comes round to clean the pool a couple of times a week, and was just lovely and helpful without being intrusive at all. The farmhouse stay was everything we hoped it would be and more. The big surprise was the village. The farmhouse is on the edge a beautiful and peaceful village - but also immediately accessible to some lovely walks and runs. There aren't any major hills, mainly flat with gentle slopes - and next to no traffic. You can watch incredible skies and melting sunsets as you walk alongside shimmering wheat fields, and thousands of giant sunflowers, flowing across gently sloping fields. It's really worth taking the time to walk through the village, and along the lanes and tracks in any direction. I think children would love it too. Unfortunately we didn't book in time, and missed the Friday night dinner at the local Auberge, so make sure you book early. Next time. However, we did discover a wonderful restaurant in nearby Pioussay, Aux Choeurs De Bacchus. Again, you need to ring and book ahead, as they only have 3-4 tables, but the food and wine are divine (retired sommelier and chef). It's very good price, and extremely good food. You can also buy some very fine wines at reasonable prices. To sum up, I think the owner has carefully selected some small piece of heaven, and is maintaining on all our behalf. Thank you so much for your efforts Ruth, they are truly appreciated. We are planning to return.


30 Aug 2016 Richard V. said.. "A perfect place to relax and recuperate" ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France  Date of Stay 6 Aug 2016

"As a family we have quite specific needs and requirements from a holiday. One of our children is disabled, having both Downs Syndrome and Autism. We, therefore, need somewhere which gives Thomas space to be noisy yet seclusion and safety too. For the rest of us we need somewhere where we can relax whilst still being able to keep an eye on Thomas! In every conceivable way this was the perfect place for us. The house is lovely - full of character and charm yet practical and well equipped too. We visited during a heat wave and the house, being an old 19 century farmhouse with thick walls, offered cool respite from the heat of the day when needed and prevented sleepless nights too! There is plenty of room for a large family and the living room was well stocked with books and DVDs. The kitchen is large, airy and well equipped. The chief attraction for us in booking this holiday was the swimming pool. It's 12 metres x 6 and maintained impeccably by Ruth, the owner. This was the first holiday for some years when I've come home weighing no more than when I left because I was able to do some healthy exercise in it! It was wonderful for the children too - and safe. And, crucially, we had the exclusive use of it. We ate outside every evening either at the back or front of the house and barbecued most evenings (it's the only place I've stayed in which has 3 barbecues!!). We didn't venture out much but found everything we needed in Chef Boutonne a few kms away -including a nice restaurant for lunch. Ruth is a very friendly host and the house was prepared and cleaned to an extremely high standard. It's clearly really important to her that her guests have the best time - which we did. We've already provisionally booked for next year."


21 Aug 2015 Amy X E. said..."Fantastic relaxing holiday excellent accommodation..." ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France Date of Stay 1 Aug 2015

"The pool was amazing, lovely gardens and the house was nice and cool with plenty of space. The owner was very friendly and came twice weekly to clean the pool. We were so impressed that we have already booked again for next year. The whole property including the pool was not overlooked at all. The weather was amazing and all amenities and shops were close by."


17 Sep 2014 Suzanne said..."Lovely place to stay" ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France  Date of Stay 16 Aug 2014

"We had a very relaxing fortnight at this spacious old farmhouse in a quiet little hamlet. The place was immaculate, the kitchen well equipped and the pool was amazing. The owner was helpful but discreet and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either this property, or the one nearby that is also available to rent from the same owner.


16 Aug 2013 Mick said... "My favourite place" ☆☆☆☆☆
Hanc, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 79110, France  Date of Stay  8 Jun 2013

"Our stay in Hanc was excellent, the property had everything we could ask for, it was very clean, and the pool was superb, and it was also very clean when we arrived, and also cleaned during our stay. The large garden was very well maintained, and we had a very enjoyable hour chatting with the friendly gardener. It was a very quiet village, and the surrounding countryside was ideal for cycling, and there was lots of wildlife, including deer, and the wonderful sight of swallows skimming the pool to drink, even as we were in the pool. There is a small town about ten minutes by car with two supermarkets, petrol stations, and cafes. The larger town of Civray is about twenty minutes by car with all the shops you could want. To sum up, this property is ideally situated for a relaxing holiday, but within easy reach of lots of interesting attractions. PS, I am going there again in September."

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