Guestbook

  • It's difficult to explain how beautiful this place is without being there! The views are stunning. The Gite is tastefully decorated, cosy, clean and comfortable with everything we could possibly need. The pool was just heaven. Thank you for all of the information and recommendations that you put together for your visitors. We wouldn't have found half of them if it wasn't for you. We had the nicest time and really enjoyed our holiday and Fran and Phil were the perfect hosts. Thank you so much!

    — Angela Conway, 22 Aug 2017
  • We spent 2 incredible weeks at this wonderful gite which is a peaceful haven for couples situated in the beautiful Charente countryside.The gite itself is finished to an extremely high standard and is maintained spotlessly .The owners, Phil and Fran , have a keen and thoughtful eye for detail with features such as a Nespresso coffee machine , raindance power shower ,induction hob and a microwave combination oven.The outdoor areas are amazing with plenty of well thought out seating and dining options along with a beautiful pool which Phil takes great pride in keeping pristine.The views from the gite,pool and outside areas are absolutely spectacular in fact breathtaking.We never tired of looking over the treetops and watching the soaring buzzards.The area has an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers as well as field upon field of millions of sunflowers.Phil and Fran along with Basher the cat and Growler the dog are perfect hosts .Communication prior to our visit was perfect with offers of directions and advice about the local area and events during our stay.A lovely touch was the offer to purchase our basic shopping to ensure that we had food in the gite at the start of our stay along with a lovely bottle of wine and fantastic home made cherry jam .The local area is well served with plenty of excellent dining options and there are large supermarkets within a 20 minute drive, there is a well stocked local Spar shop within a 5 minute drive and a choice of 2 local boulangerie selling excellent croissants , baguettes and patisserie.The local towns have regular weekly markets and Fran has compiled a very helpful information folder which includes market days, restaurants , events and things to do .All in all this was the perfect location for a relaxing, stress free holiday with hosts who are thoughtful and for whom nothing is too much trouble .We are already booked in to stay next year which says more than we can say in any review !

    — Susan Hambley, 29 Jul 2017
  • We have just returned from a week at this wonderful Gîte.
    Fran and Phil are perfect hosts keeping us informed well before arrival and ensuring our stay was seamless throughout whilst still respecting our privacy.
    The entire offering is perfect inside and out, finished to a very high standard and maintained spotlessly. Phil is obsessive with perfection and it is noticed and fully appreciated.
    The local village is sweet with a boulangerie and well stocked supermarket for essentials during your stay.
    Lots of other places to visit nearby or do as we did, and spend 90% of your time enjoying the tranquility of the Gîte, pool and priceless view.
    It is very quiet here and perfect to get away from it all.
    We wanted to rebook for next year but due to popular demand are having to juggle dates..... testament to the quality and service provided by Fran and Phil.
    Well done guys and we look forward to seeing you again soon
    Marcus & Andy

    — Marcus & Andy, 22 Jul 2017
  • Perfection!! A perfect hideaway – a Dream holiday!! We have just returned from a wonderful 11-night stay at Les Cimes Des Arbres. The most spectacular location which is made even better by fantastic hosts – Phil and Fran and of course our holiday dog and cat Growler and Basher. They were all so friendly and accommodating, felt like we had been friends for many years. (Think Kevin has adopted Phil as a big brother) On arrival, we were greeted by Fran and shown around and we couldn’t take our eyes off the view, the thoughtful pain au chocolat and bottle of red (which didn’t stay full for long) left on the breakfast table was greatly appreciated. They both respected our privacy but their company was something to be embraced with the knowledge of places to visit and recommended restaurants to dine at. St Severin has all the shops that you need and being only a 5 min car ride away what more could you ask for!! We stayed in the Gite that has been lovingly restored to an exceptional high standard. The standard of the accommodation is superb and perfect for a romantic getaway. The pool is fantastic and all set in beautiful surroundings. We have fallen head over heels in love with the place and recommend it to anyone who wants the best that France has to offer for a restful holiday in beautiful surroundings. We really are sulking to be back at home after staying in such a gorgeous place. We have also realised that we need to extend our French vocabulary as we cannot think of enough words to describe how great Les Cimes Des Arbres is. The memories of this wonderful holiday will remain forever. Even more so we are planning to return next year!!

    — Tracey Hurrell, 03 Jul 2017
  • We stayed for 5 nights here and had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. Fran and Phil were marvellous hosts and we found everything we needed in the beautiful gite. The outdoor facilities surpassed our expectations,as did the high standard throughout the accommodation.The location is very good for visiting Auberre and Brantome, but you will need a car for getting around. There was secure storage for our bikes and we really enjoyed exploring the local area this way. I couldn't recommend this lovely gite holiday experience highly enough and would give a 6 star rating if I could. Superb!

    — Sarah Candy, 04 May 2017

  • Les Cimes Des Arbres is an amazing gîte with stunning views. A very serene place. The property is to a high spec and is absolutely immaculate. The name of the gîte is perfect... "The treetops", it's situated just above the trees to give you beautiful, panoramic views. There are restaurants and cafes in Saint Severin, I would highly recommend the Upcycling cafe for food, or just a coffee. There is also a Spar nearby for food essentials.
    Neighbouring Aubeterre is where we ate a few times, a lovely, historic town with plenty to do - walking, eating and drinking! We had a wonderful time here, and would recommend it to any couples who are looking for a relaxing break in a beautiful, tranquil setting. The owners Phil & Fran are very welcoming and perfect hosts. They are a lovely couple that catered to our every need.

    — Melissa Tidy, 18 Apr 2017
  • We had a great break at this lovely place in the sun. The views were beautiful and the peace and quiet was just what we needed. Our hosts were brilliant and have thought of everything to make our stay home away from home. We will definitely return again this year. Thank you so much Phil and Fran!

    — Lynne Phillips, 06 Feb 2017
  • Lovely comfortable gite, well equipped and beautifully furnished. The outside space is very extensive with stunning views and a swimming pool too, what more could anyone want? The surrounding area is full of great places to visit, plenty of good restaurants and wonderful scenery. All in all, I can thoroughly recommend this as a great place to stay

    — Mary Fisher, 27 Oct 2016
  • We've stayed here twice and both times have been exceptional. The gite is lovely, elegantly furnished, well equipped and very clean. A very comfy large bed, a powerful shower and lots of space in the kitchen/diner/living area. We especially loved the outside space, it's very private with plenty of seating, a fabulous swimming pool and great views from the terrace. A perfect place to dine al fresco and sample the local wine. There's lots to do nearby - villages, towns, markets, rivers, vineyards and great restaurants. We will be booking again very soon for our next visit to France.

    — Karen & Simon Glidden, 16 Aug 2016