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“A really rural relaxing retreat!”

Review of La Pilette

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33 reviews
South facing Patio
Quiet tranquil garden
sofa bed
Wild Orchids in the garden
The lane in front of the gite
The local wild life
A visiting red squirrel
Antique shops in Bernay
Bernay,  market town
Rouen Cathedral
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Broglie, Eure, Haute-Normandie, Normandy

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KenSheff
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A really rural relaxing retreat!”
Reviewed 5 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Me, my wife and our 2 children (ages 4 and 8) spent a lovely week at La Pilette (18-25th July 2015). It sounded ideal on tripadvisor and my only concern was the lack of recent reviews. We decided to give it a go anyway and we were not disappointed ... Neil and Sally had personalised the large children's play cabin by placing a sign on its door and there were so many playthings inside that the kids declared it the best holiday ever, soon after arriving! The cottage is next to N & S's house - this was perfect as we had access to immediate assistance if required as well as ample privacy as the gite is set in its own garden with a central lawn and mature plants and trees around. The kitchen was stocked with a few items on our arrival (thanks!) and the nearest large supermarket was under a 10 minute drive away in the fairly large settlement of Orbec. Extensive arable fields surrounded us and there was a real tranquility about our stay - it felt a little like travelling back in time. The cottage is stocked with pretty much everything you could want - English TV, power shower, fridge freezer etc,. Neil even brought us over a coffee maker.
We visited the animal sanctuary at Dame Blanche as well as the zoo (Cerza). Both felt like quite intimate experiences with the creatures welfare being top priority. We also visited Honfleur (about 1h15mins in the car) although just walking around the local towns (Broglie, Orbec and Bernay) and having lunch was probably the highlight for all of us. All had river walks and parks to explore.
We also spent a few hours in Rouen on our way home - its historic parts, river walks and the Joan of Arc connection were all interesting.
So, having had such a brilliant holiday I thought the least I could so was to write a review - this is the first I've ever written for a holiday but I thought it would make it easier for future holidaymakers to choose La Pilette.

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Liked best: Ability to immerse yourself into rural France
Liked least: Very little
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Andy P
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very nice few days”
Reviewed 26 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay here, it is a beautiful Gite in a lovely area of Normandy. The Gite was comfy and had everything we needed and the garden was stunning, the dog absolutely loved running around and playing with his ball. There's a small village, Orbec, about a 10 minute drive away. We drove to Omaha Beach, Caen and Rouen from the Gite so its a good base if you want to travel around, all of these places were easy to get to.

Only thing that stopped me giving this 5* was that we killed about 10 spiders the day we got there and got rid of cobwebs that were in every corner. Wasn't a big problem but a bit annoying!

Thank you Sally and Neil for a lovely stay, I wouldn't hesitate in coming back

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
29 May 2015
We encourage our guests to mention things of concern asap so we can respond appropriately and make their stay enjoyable and stress free. Had we known of the issue mentioned during their stay we would have dealt with it at the time. We fully accept that such issues are our responsibility to deal with and not our guests.
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Katie B
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Relaxing and tranquil stay”
Reviewed 21 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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I have just returned from a relaxing short break in la pilette gite and it was everything I expected from a countryside retreat. We took our dog with us who loved playing in the large garden and going for long walks in the nearby countryside. Sally and Neil the owners were very polite and helpful, greeting us and informing us of great places to eat, as well as providing some complementary local produce for when we arrived. I would not hesitate to stay in the gite again if we were travelling to this area in the future.

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stan37233...
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic base for Golf Holiday”
Reviewed 1 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Stayed in this fantastic well equipped and homely gite as a base for a Golf holiday.
The location was a perfect base for not only the superb local golf courses but also close to some fascinating historical sites.
Close to Bernay for shopping and essentials.
Couple who own the gite are above friendly and made us all feel very welcome. They also suggested some interesting locations to visit.
I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone a stay in this relaxing beautiful little corner of France.

Will be returning for more golf adventures and take in the local sites again and again.

Richard Stansfield

Travelling group: Friends
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Antony T
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Brilliant break!!!”
Reviewed 14 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

A lovely break with my family. Sally & Neil are extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. They recommended local walks, some bespoke by Neil! They also recommended a fantastic nearby restaurant - Moulin De La Marigotiere. We had a top quality lunch.
The gite is comfortable and clean. We had two(2) teenagers with us and the space was never an issue. In the evenings we used the well maintained garden to have meals outside.
I'm sure they even had a word with the weather as the sun shone for whole the time we were there!!!

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Liked best: Garden.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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