We came on holiday to The Courtyard at the beginning of August as return visitors this year. Everyone has their reasons as you will see from the reviews, but for us it was the feeling of being somewhere warm, welcoming and beautiful, with amazing people!
We drove through the night via the tunnel (there are other quicker ways such as flying or the new quick TGV service, but our young family comes with a carful of luggage) and spent the day in Poitier before the final drive to St Catherine. Within minutes of the car doors opening, our son and daughter had made friends with the other families' children and headed off to play!
The gites are clean and very well appointed with every piece of equipment you could ever need (stairgates, cots, childrens toys, well equipped kitchens, dishwashers, even Tassimo machines!) The arrival dinner is extremely welcoming after the long drive and gives a taste of what's to come.
Our kids LOVE the two dogs Suzy and Lyla, and had a great time feeding and watching the chickens roam through the yard. The swimming pool and play area were a big hit, and it was hard to keep the kids away from them!
In terms of activities, chocolate making is a must, as is the horse riding and crafts. 90 mins drive will get you to the seaside and the amazing zoo situated on the coast. Although a reasonable drive, we thoroughly recommend it. Angouleme and Cognac are close, and pretty towns to visit and look round.
Of course, the holiday wouldn't be complete without sampling Steph's amazing cooking. My wife is dairy and gluten free, and Steph didn't disappoint, going out of her way to make sure we were catered for! The children get their food first, then head off to do a number of activities after dinner.
We've spoken about the children, but equally important for any family is how Steph and Charlie look after the adults. They have a way of making sure the children are occupied so the adults can get on with the important task of relaxing with some good food, drink and a bit of socialising! On a family holiday the adults are just as important as the kids. We spent most evenings of our week on the terrace chatting to Charlie, Steph and the other families long after the children had gone to bed, and for us this made our week. To sit on the terrace watching the sun go down and chatting about non child related subjects was bliss!
Our week was capped off when adults and children all jumped in the pool at once (search for the photo on this page). The children even got certificates to say what they enjoyed best during their week- a really nice touch.
Sorry for the long review, but its hard to do the Courtyard justice any other way. You have to experience it to believe it- We promise you won't be disappointed!
We stayed for a week, fantastic escape into real France! The cottage was full of character, done out tastefully and the kids love their room with the big sofa, toys and DVD player for chill out time. The hosted evenings were AMAZING! So relaxing and Stephanie's food was fantastic! She recommended lots of fun activities which we all really enjoyed! Could have stayed longer!
We stayed in Maison Caché for the most part of April-July 2017 and had an absolutely splendid time! Everything was beyond what we imagined it would be when we booked. Stephanie, Charlie and Finn were excellent, warm, helpful hosts providing us with endless toys and activity suggestions for our kids, some of the most delicious food and wine anyone could ask for, and a really relaxing, fun home away from home experience! The location was a great place for sightseeing and exploring the rest of the Charente, including Cognac, Jarnac, Angoulême, and lovely beaches on the Atlantic coast. The Courtyard was a relaxing retreat with everything you needed, including heated pool and all the home comforts on your return from a day out! Beds were super comfy and cleanliness gets top marks!
We would whole-heartedly recommend The Courtyard of Sainte Catherine to anyone, and we hope to return again, next time bringing our friends with us! ;)
We had a truly wonderful week at the Courtyard. With 2 small children to look after it was brilliant to stay somewhere so well equipped to handle them. It made the whole experience so much easier and more enjoyable. Our hosts Steph and Charlie were incredible. On arriving (despite being a little early) we had a glass of rose placed in our hands and a colouring book placed in our daughter's. They were so helpful and despite a couple of days of average weather there was loads for the little ones to do to keep them occupied. Our daughters loved the arts and crafts and the pool and play areas were fantastic. Also we were blown away by Steph's food - it is high end restaurant quality - utterly delicious, beautifully presented and delivered to your door. In summary we can't recommend this place highly enough - we look forward to returning!
We stayed in Cache(2016) amazing owners, they go out of their way through and through to make your holiday the best holiday possible.
Our accommodation was perfect for us, so clean and tidy, Steph changed our towels for us which was a lovely surprise to get fresh ones. She popped in now and then to check all was ok and did we need anything. Taking any requests for food for the nights we are with her and Charlie.
Our baby had a lovely cot, all the linen needed and even a brand new changing mat.
We had the welcome food on arrival which was delicious and such a treat after our journey. Left us wanting more of Stephanie's fab cooking!!
We ate with Steph and Charlie on the days that Steph cooks for her guests. The food was outstanding, fresh, full of flavour and any requirements met.
The company of the other guests, Steph and Charlie meant the adults could chit chat and the children play together around us.
Steph also cooked for the children and again she would meet all their requirements with ease! She's amazing in every way.
The views surrounding the Courtyard are stunning and peaceful.
We did the choc.makinf and pony riding the children really enjoyed them.
It was really helpful to be able to talk to Steph about where to go, where to eat etc knowing she'd have you in the best hands possible.
I really can't wait to be able to revisit and our boys can't either.