Comments from new friends
We live in a charming nineteenth century charentaise farmhouse and we extend a warm welcome to everyone! Come and visit 'la belle France' and make memories....
'Just back from a blissful week at Gites de Brives. Can't wait to go back for two weeks next year.
We couldn't have picked a better place for our first foray into self catering in France. La Grange was perfect for us and our two children (10 & 15). We were warmly welcomed by the owners, Phil and Glyn, who were friendly and available without being intrusive. The beautifully maintained pool and sun terrace were the main focus of our, all too short, week but we also made good use of the other facilities such as the table tennis, badminton and boules.
After a busy day lounging by the pool nothing could be more perfect than enjoying a barbecue on our private patio and settling down to watch the stars rise over the vines and sunflowers which surrounded us. The location is perfect, rural and peaceful but with fast easy access to some beautiful towns including Cognac and Saintes. So perfect that we booked for our next stay, two weeks this time, before we left and we really can't wait.
Claire, Anthony & Family - Kent UK 2013
'Wonderful spotless gites with pool in lovely part of France. We stayed in Le Figuier. Owners Phil & Glyn are very friendly and helpful. Had a great two weeks, splitting it between a day by the pool and a day visiting Cognac, Royan, La Rochelle, Pons, Saintes etc. Great roads, supermarkets and weather..... Highly recommended.'
Simon, Julie & Family - Durham UK 2013
'We visited Gites de Brives for a week before travelling further north for the 2nd week of a our fortnights holiday. Phil and Glyn were exceptionally friendly and helpful, but never intrusive. They were a bit like the storekeeper in the Mr Ben programmes - just when you needed them they magically appeared!
The accomodation (Le Marronnier) was spotless and seemed much larger than in the photos we had seen - a welcome surprise. Everything in the gite worked perfectly, not least the incredibly thick walls which kept the bedrooms really cool in the evening (we took a couple of electric fans, but didn't need them). Glyn very helpfully suggested which shutters to keep closed at what times so that the Gite always stayed comfortable.
The pool was perfect, as were all the other shared facilities and the surrounding areas were a joy to explore (with helpful suggestions from our hosts).'
Andy, Karen & Family - Leighton Buzzard, UK 2013
'We stayed in Le Studio at Gites de Brives for 4 weeks. The accommodation was as advertised or better. The owners were always available, without in any sense being in the way. They look after the site carefully every day and made sure that everything was as it should be for all their guests. Brives is a good setting within reasonable reach of the coast and close to a number of sites along the Charente. We hope to be able to return.'
Jim & Parvin - Tonbridge Wells UK 2013
'We stayed here for a fortnight in August in the largest of the gites, La Grange. The gite had everything we could possibly need, and a few extras. The setting was beautiful, and the children really enjoyed having such a large area to play cricket, football, boules, badminton, table tennis.... Phil and Glyn were very helpful, and assisted us in locating a nearby tennis court. The property is located close to Saintes and Cognac, both of which are worth visiting, and we would recommend the boat trip on the River Charente on La Dame Jeanne in Cognac (although booking is recommended). We had a lovely holiday, and would recommend the property to other families.'
Eric, Emma & Family - Warrington UK 2013
'We have just returned from two weeks staying in Le Marronnier set in the beautiful French countryside. The gite was very spacious, the photos don't do it justice, clean, well equiped and very comfortable. There was a lovely pool and plenty to do if you decided not to go out exploring. Phil and Glyn were very warm and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely recommend Gites de Brives. Thanks for a lovely holiday Phil and Glyn.'
Rachel, Simon & Family - Yorkshire, UK 2013
'Thanks for a fabulous holiday. We will be recommending your lovely property (Le Figuier)!!'
Debbie, Andrew & Family - Wakefield UK 2013
'Your gite was beautifully equipped and the swimming pool and bicyles were an added bonus. It is an ideal place to destress and chill out and despite being tucked away in the countryside was within easy reach of the coast and beautiful towns like Saintes and Cognac, with excellent restaurants nearby. You were always friendly and available when needed. Two teenage girls and two adults would all recommend your place to people of all ages.'
Malcolm, Christine & Family - Musselburgh 2012
'We had a very good run back to Cherbourg with plenty of time to stuff lots of wine into the boot! We had a lovely week at Brives especially as the weather was so good. Le Studio was perfect for us and it’s obvious that you go out of your way to see that your guests enjoy their holiday. Many thanks.'
Barbara & Jim - Chichester, UK 2013
'My wife and I stayed in Le Marronnier at Gites de Brives in May 2012. We had originally intended to stay for one week but ended up staying for two. The accommodation was superb, spacious, light, airy, with all mod cons, including swimming pool, English language t.v. channels, DVD player etc. and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside; but even better than the accommodation was the welcome and hospitality we got from our hosts Phil and Glyn who on more than one occasion went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our stay was all it could be. We felt as welcome as long lost friends returning. It was a wonderful experience. Carlsberg don't do "hosts" but if they did.........
We had expected this to be a beautiful part of France and we were not disappointed, 10 minutes from the charming small city of Cognac with the beautiful Charente river and surrounded by picturesque villages of every shape and size, the Gite had everything we could have hoped for.'
Ed & Izabel - Ireland 2012
'We were looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday in a gite (Le Marronnier) with good facilities and a nice swimming pool. We certainly found this at Gites de Brives. Phil and Glyn were friendly and very helpful hosts who work hard to keep the place looking tidy and the pool clean and welcoming.
It was harvest time and our 2 year old loved watching the tractors and combine harvesters on the local roads. The gite itself, however, is quiet and relaxing! The area is very rural but only 10 minutes drive from Cognac, with large supermarkets and cognac tasting if you fancy it. All in all I would heartily recommend Gites de Brives and Phil and Glyn as hosts.'
Will, Lottie & Family - Westbury on Trym, UK 2011
'We all had a wonderful stay in La Grange and will certainly recommend them to anyone who asks. It was really nice and a great comfort to have you both on site knowing that if anything went wrong you would be there to sort it out. And of course, just having you there to ask about local restaurants and things to do etc. was a real help. The gites themselves were top notch too and really well specced....'
Paul, Ally, Roscoe, Linus & Charlotte - UK 2011
'We found the gites at Brives an absolute haven of calm and tranquility. This was a wonderful contrast to our busy life at home and our two weeks were a wonderful break. Phil and Glyn, you were excellent hosts who were always available when required. The facilities in the gites were well beyond our expectations and had everything you could need for a family holiday. The pool and 'games' you provided also gave the children lots to do.'
Julian, Caroline & Family - Herts., UK 2010
'We really enjoyed our stay at your place, the kids had a lot of fun both in the gite (Le Marronnier) and in the attractions nearby. For us adults, it was a good opportunity to relax! Without doubt, we might try to come again before the kids are too 'young' to find this kind of vacation not exciting enough for them!'
Alejandro, Kirsti & Family - Oslo, Norway 2010