We enjoyed a fantastic week at Sol Du Mazel, with two families (3 children aged 3-8) staying in Hope Cottage and Rose Barn. The communication with Andy & Katie before was excellent as we tentatively booked and hoped that we would be able to travel, and the property itself did not disappoint after such a long wait for a holiday - the grounds are huge with so much to entertain the kids and the pool was a welcome relief on warmer days. Inside & outside lots of space to relax and eat, and all the facilities one would need. In the surrounding area so many stunning villages to explore and opportunities for wild swimming - we will certainly be back.
Grandparents enjoyed themselves, parents relaxed, children had fun and lots of exercise. A lovely mix of rural walks, markets, castles, rivers, picnics and restaurants.
We have just come back from a week’s stay in Rose Barn with our 5 and 3 year olds. It was just brilliant, I couldn’t recommend it more!
The gite itself is lovely, extremely well equipped with every child need thought of! Plastics cups, bowls, toys, books, potties, bouncy chair etc etc!
The weather was consistently in the late 20s. There are a number of fans in the property which helped with the heat but personally I think if it was any hotter sleeping could be a bit uncomfortable.
The only slight negative was the WiFi. It worked ok for the first couple of days but after that it just didn’t work at all and reception in the area was weak. This might not bother some people but thought it was worth mentioning.
The pool is great with a couple of steps the little ones can splash around on and then the main part of it is not too deep our 5 year could just about touch the bottom with his toes. The temperature of the pool was perfect.
The grounds are huge with so much for children to do. Swings, sandpit, trampoline, football goal. It really was amazing. (Just watch out for wasps around the blue slide as they seemed to take a fancy to that bit of equipment).
The walk to the village is a lovely 10 min downhill wander. A little longer on the way back because it’s quite steep! Saint Pompon is very pretty. The Saturday night food market was lots of fun. Would definitely recommend the almond and chocolate croissants from the bakery!
There is a useful information book in the gites. We went to a number of the restaurants and would recommend the following:
- aux aires de fanny
- le cantine de fabrice
- le saint martial
The pool and grounds are shared with Hope Cottage which is the next door gite. We were extremely lucky because we got on so well with the other family staying at the same time as us and we even hope to meet up back in England. So if you’re lucky like us, as well as having a super holiday, you might also make some new friends!
Rose Barn is every bit as good as everyone says. As we approached for the first time, our 9-year old said ‘what’s that park?’ And indeed, the grounds look like nothing so much as a grassy children’s park, scattered with climbing frames and slides, and with a beautiful large pool. It was the pool that proved the real highlight for our children (9 and 11): it’s clean, modern, very well maintained, and warmer than other outdoor pools we’ve used. And because we were sharing it with only one other family, we often had it entirely to ourselves. The barn itself was brilliant. It’s very spacious, with loads of room for relaxing and dining, and the best equipped kitchen I think I’ve ever encountered. For smaller children there are plenty of toys, books and other equipment such as high chairs and stair gates. The location is also perfect: easy walking distance to the pretty village of St Pompont (with baker, butcher, pharmacy and small supermarket) but separated enough to be completely quiet. The crickets take over at dusk - quite a sound! It’s a short drive to some of the Dordogne’s most famous sights. Our neighbouring family were delightful and we enjoyed sharing a barbecue together one night. In short, we thoroughly recommend Rose Barn for a very comfortable and relaxing stay.
This was our third year in this gite which is in a perfect spot and is a lovely barn with everything we could ask for.