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"Great for the children and perfect for us too…"
This is a ‘fantastic’ place and we had a great holiday with our 3 children. Highlights for us was having a lie-in in the mornings while the kids fetched breakfast from Steve, we also enjoyed having a drink at the bar as we could keep an eye on the children in the play barn. Steve & Helen recommended some great places to visit, all within 20 minutes, we especially enjoyed Bournat and Marquessac gardens (great for the kids to burn off their energy) and our eldest son was fascinated with the weapons and siege engines at Castlenaud. At Peyrecaty we opted to have the home cooked meals most evenings as the food was fabulous and it was nice not having to cook at all.
Overall it gets 5 stars from me as not only were the facilities top notch but the standard of cleanliness was exemplarily – a lesson for all the other places we have tried in France. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Peyrecaty to anybody looking for a wonderful family holiday.Read moreLess
"Best holiday ever.…"
Have just booked another 2 weeks at Domaine de Peyrecaty and can’t recommend it highly enough. This is going to be our second visit and the children are already hyper now we have told them we are going back. Our biggest problem was trying to re-book as they have lots of people going back each year. Also I think their website www.peyrecaty.com is Brill’ with all its info rather than the usual few glossy photos.I can’t understand the last review as I found they had an amazing amount of facilities which certainly helped with my three who are 7 years apart.Read moreLess
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"Accommodation over rated, doesn't work for families with mixed age ranges…"
We were so excited going here, but we were oh so unimpressed. We have stayed in far nicer places for less money. The main problem with peyrecaty is the layout, at the time of our visit our children were aged 10, 5 & 2. The pool area is totally enclosed and french law states that under 14's aren't allowed in on their own. Which in itself is fine, but the play barn is on the other side of the pool and is separated by trees, therefore when the 10 year old wants to be in the pool and the 2 year old wants to be in the play barn, it simply doesn't work. If you've got endless amounts of cash and you want to pay for babysitters to look after your children then you will probably enjoy this place. Personally the accommodation was too tired and just totally over priced. The bar food was lovely but again it's not cheap. They operate a tab system, so you can't pay as you go...and neither can you drink your own wine near their bar area. Another point to make is that our Gite was very sheltered...which meant we had no view! Had we been on our own with children close in age then maybe the facilities would have been okay - but not the accommodation. The other point to make is that you are not allowed to check in before 5pm on arrival day, and on departure day you have to be out by 10am. And last but not least when you arrive you have to give £200 cash for breakages, which you do not get back until one week after you have left. It was very Home Counties..!! Lots of people who return each year...I have no idea why. The website does a very good job of selling the place...and talks about egyptian cotton sheets etc... our bedding was polycotton, all looked like something from the early nineties and clashed with the curtains...The photos that they use on their website shows a lovely looking lounge area which looked typically French. When we got there some of the furniture had been removed/changed and it looked more mexican than anything. Overall...a little bit too pretentious for our liking! Needless to say...we will never return ;)
Response from owner [21/1/13]
Hi Ali, we are really sad to read your review. Both Helen & I dedicate a lot of our time trying to get things right for families and on our website our priority is to make sure we convey an accurate picture of Peyrecaty, from the photos to all the information given. I’ll try to answer quickly some of your points: bar tab – most guests prefer this but guests can pay in cash; home-cook meals are £8 (thank you for saying they were lovely); check-in/out times are necessary as the housekeepers need to ensure properties are thoroughly cleaned; Egyptian bedding is only available (and advertised) in La Loge Rose, all other properties have cotton; Mexican?- the property has red gingham curtains, chandelier, red sofas… . As you rightly said we do get lots of people who return each year and the week you were here 8 of the families rebooked (90%). I’m sorry that on this occasion we weren’t right for you but we wish you and your family all the best. Steve & HelenRead moreLess
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"We've stayed at lots of 'child-friendly' places and I would…"
We've stayed at lots of 'child-friendly' places and I would say this rates as the best one. They had an amazingly long list of baby items which was great as we didn't have to take much ourselves. Our children are 4 yrs and 6 months and we wanted somewhere that suited both of them as well as us and they were overwhelmed with the number of toys to play with.. We opted for the home cooked meals for both children and what a great move. The meals were cooked by Helen and all the children ate together on the bar terrace - this became a highlight for the children everyday. We liked the proper bar and terrace area as we could be sociable and the children all played together in the toy barn next door, so we could keep an eye on them - this was a great arrangement. The villa we stayed in was wonderful, it had a modern kitchen, I think is was new and everything was immaculate and really clean, it even had Egyptian cotton bedding which I thought was a nice touch. I can see why they are in great demand and have lots of repeat business. As we travel a lot you get to know what is good and bad out there and this is a real little treasure and we'll definitely be going back so I guess that says it all.Read moreLess
"Just returned from our second holiday at Peyrecaty and again…"
Just returned from our second holiday at Peyrecaty and again I have to say what a fabulous place is it. It's so relaxing and our five year old was in seventh heaven as she had lots of friends to play with and we had lots of great times socialising at the bar in the evenings. On the Sunday Helen made homemade cakes for everyone, that was a really nice treat. What we like about Peyrecaty is that you can be secluded on your own at your villa or if you want to be socialable and have all the children mix together then we could wander up to the games barn and the bar. The surrounding area is beautiful with lots to see and do within a 20 minute drive, although I must admit we didn't venture out that much this year as we all wanted to do was relax by the pool! It feels like being part of one big family where we're not treated as paying guests but as house guests and we're looking forward to returning next year with our new baby. We have been to other places but this one ticks all the boxes for us as a family, so I can't recommend Peyrecaty highly enoughRead moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"Great place for kids of all ages. As there are…"
Great place for kids of all ages. As there are 9 gites in total there are bound to be other children for yours to pal up with. Ours loved the freedom to roam about the place, most evenings we couldn't persuade them to bed until 10 or 11 pm. The children made their own entertainment playing football, badminton, tennis and table tennis or when wet in the playbarn. The road mentioned in another review is only used by guests who all drive slowly as they are well aware there are youngsters about. The BBQ night and day trip canoeing on the Dordogne give a chance to socialise with other guests and there is a bar area where families stopped to chat. The ability to order food is great too. If you go make sure to visit Montpazier about 20 mins away, a beautiful old town with great shops and lovely restaurants in the main square.
Some of the kitchens and bathrooms could do with a refurb (grey formica or plastic cabinets) but everything is very clean and most time is spent outdoors. We didn't expect soap and bin bags as none of the other gites we've stayed in provided them.Read moreLess
"We stayed in one of these properties in Sept 09…"
We stayed in one of these properties in Sept 09 and had a nice holiday although weren't blown away by the place. The estate is beautiful and in a handy location for lots of trips to market towns and chateaux, but the properties are in need of a refurb with some dodgy decor (vases of plastic flowers for example.)
That said the hosts are great; welcoming but not to intrusive and the pool is lovely. However given that it sells itself on it's baby-friendliness we thought it could be more safety concious. For example on the website it says that our property has a walled garden - which it does but there are three ungated exits, two go onto the road another down stone steps to anther road, and there were two places on the patio with unfenced drops over a stone wall of a metre or so in height. Additionally the main childrens play area isnt gated and opens up onto the road (granted it's not very busy).
Other minor irritations included stained towels,the house not really being properly set up with soap in the bathrooms, bin liners or diswasher stuff- which when youre spending over.
Response from owner - 21/1/13
Thank you for your review and it’s good to read you had a nice holiday here. We took onboard your comments about gates and have since put in new gates. We’re sorry your cottage ran out of dishwasher tablets, bin bags etc these should have been replaced by the housekeeping team. Re décor we continually upgrade the properties and always publish the latest pictures on our website. With regard to roads, we would like to say we have a track across the top of our field leading to our house and a small lane for guests to use to get to their house (see pictures Lane into Estate) We enjoyed having you stay with us and hope the family is well. Steve & HelenRead moreLess
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"Domaine de Peyrecaty is in the Dordogne and up to…"
Domaine de Peyrecaty is in the Dordogne and up to 9 families can stay in individual properties all on a large private estate. Helen and Steve make their guests very welcome and it is a fantastic place for children as there is a large play barn, a heated outside pool and a tennis court. Grown ups can do the self catering if they wish to but there is also the option of home cooked meals too. Our friends said that they had never seen a family with a toddler coming back from holiday looking so relaxed! Thoroughly recommended!Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.