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Here are a very few selections taken from our Visitor's Book, unedited and unexpurgated! (Well, maybe we have edited them a bit, but just to keep them brief - some guests really like writing!)
Second visit to "la Belle Maison" - As welcoming and relaxed as I remember!
Beautiful place, very welcoming and helpful. Thankyou!
Great place to stay - fantastic motorcycle riding.
Thankyou Jan & Bill for being such great hosts, for sharley your lovely home (& pool!) with us and making us so welcome. We have enjoyed our holiday and loved this area. Your tips on where to go and what to do helped us to make the most of our week - we wish we has a second week's holiday to see and do all the things we had to leave out. Hope to see you all again in the future.
We'll always remember this holiday. I'm sure we will meet up again in the future. It was an outstanding "eat & drink & rest" holiday. We surely recommend the environm,ent, the peace etc… Thanks again!
Found "Maison de la Famille" on the 'net and fell in love with the picturesque photo, we were not disappointed when we arrived - it lived up to all our expectations. Jan & Bill are perfect hosts and who could not love Judy & Charlie? The village of Saint-Priest-les-Fougerès is perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding areas. The weather was superb and we are sorry to be leaving. Thanks again for making our holiday one to remember!
Back again for an escape from reality – and it's just as good as we remembered from last year. A great base for exploring – and great hosts – not to mention the humans!
To our friends, thanks for all your hospitality from Mutenrohi. Perhaps see you in Galicia?
What a great time, Jan & Bill are great hosts and Judy & Charlie got on very well with our dog Simba. The local area is superb for sight-seeing and the local restaurants provide excellent cuisine. We love the area so much we are buying a holiday home here!
Our first visit to the Dordogne. Jan & Bill are excellent hosts, both very helpful with hints for sight-seeing and helping with restaurant bookings and so on. We enjoyed our stay very much.
A good place from which to explore the lovely area and see the sights. Some very good walks locally. Once the weather settled it was glorious! Excellent local restaurants in which to enjoy leisurely lunches and a carafe if wine. We will certainly be back in the near future. Many thanks.
It does just what it says on the tin! We have had a brilliant rest - just what was required. And pets included! Thanks to Judy & Charlie for being such wonderful hosts (and of course, their human partners, Jan & Bill!) We really don't want to go home...
Having decided on a complete change of holiday for 2008, we typed 'French Gite Holidays' into Google and the first site that came up was 'Maison de la Famille'. We liked what we saw and within ten minutes had booked 'Coachman's Cotage' for two whole weeks. Jan, Bill, Charlie and of course, Judy made us so welcome - nothing was too much bother for our hosts and their local knowledge and advice was invaluable. We do however have one complaint - we have to go home! Thank so much, all of you, for such a fantastic holiday.
Well, here we are again. Back for more of the "Jan & Bill" effect. And once again, we have had a wonderful time - even more relaxing than last year - so much so that we had trouble getting up in the morning! We love the pool, the garden, the games room, the frog in the pond, Judy and Charlie.. in fact, everything really. Thank you for everything, here's hoping we'll see you again soon.
"Maison de la Famille" provided us with perfect place for a much-needed respite from the usual pace of life. We were made to feel at home immediately and we were never short of advice and suggestions and how we could spend our time here. Thank you for sharing a little slice of your fabulous lifestyle with us - we will be back!
A great place to base ourselves to explore this wonderful place. Jan and Bill are wonderful hosts whose local knowledge proved invaluable - it takes over from where the Rough Guide gives up. We have had a fantastic time!
We had a wonderful holiday with some "top tips" from Jan & Bill. Fantastic location & great facilities with a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Many thanks and hope to see you again in the future.
Well, here we are again and once more we have had another wonderful holiday here in Coachman's Cottage. Re-visited some of our old haunts, Castelnaud, Sarlat, Brântome all of which we thoroughly enjoyed - again! All the animals made us feel as welcome this year as last year as did, of course, Jan & Bill. Hopefully we can fit all our purchases in the car.
A super place to spend our holiday. We loved the surroundings and pool - perfect for the girls, Bethany & Emily will really miss the dogs. We hope to return again.
A lovely holiday spent in beautiful realxing surroundings with an excellent host and hostess. Good local places to eat and lovely countryside.
A spontaneous decision to get away for a few days led us here. It was the perfect place - the children exhausted themselves playing with the animals allowing plenty of reading in the sun for Mum & Dad. Precious! Duck confit will never be the same again.
We enjoyed our week here very much. We had superb weather 30°C+ each day, so the pool was just lovely to cool down in during the heat of the day. Jan & Bill very kindly let us bring our Parson Russell Terrier, also called Charlie, with us: he had a great time cavorting about the garden with Charlie & Judy. So thank you, Jan & Bill for helping our week be so enjoyable and giving us recommendations for our days out.
We had a very nice stay at "Maison de la Famiulle". We were made to feel very welcome, with its cosy atmosphere, beautiful gardens and gîte. Our hosts were excellent and their pets made our children very happy indeed. Highly recommended for a stay in the Dordogne.
Thanks Jan & Bill for your hospitality, suggestions and help. Maison de la Famille is ideally situated in the village but with all the country atmosphere.
We have enjoyed a most excellent holiday here. The gîtes are lovely - we stayed in "Coachman's Cottage" and were welcomed after a long, hot drive by a cool dip in the pool. The local countryside is trés bon. The market at Brântome on Fridays is a must, as is Beynac. As for our hosts, well, what can we say? Charlie, Judy, Shadow, Jan and Bill all did their best and made us feel more than welcome.
A lovely part of France - good food, wine & cheese. The gîte is part of a lovely old complex and in a lovely setting/village.
The weather was good, and thank you Bill & Jan for the BBQ - the confit de canard is something we'll try at home!