Some of the feedbacks left by my guests this year:
Dear Marion, thank you so much for our lovely stay. The girls were in heaven from the moment we arrived. The playground in the woods was perfect and “cooking” in the Wendy House was a favorite pastime. They also loved the bouncy animals and the playroom. We all enjoyed the pool and the inflatables were lots of fun – and it was helpful not to have to pack them. Julian and I really enjoyed the wine tasting event and even managed to visit a couple of lovely vineyards. I would recommend the rather eccentric car/tractor museum for toddlers. Thank you so much for all your help and information over the last two weeks. We hope to come back with friends.
Becky, Julian, Elvina & Georgia (2) La Luciole September
Dear Marion, thank you SO much for sharing this fantastic place with us. We have thoroughly enjoyed our week. The cottage, playroom, pool and woods are fabulous! We cannot fault all you have done and your hard work. You have thought of everything – we have loved it here and hope to return. The information folder was so useful. We have explored where we could go with our over active 14 month old boy but most of all enjoyed this place. Thank you SO much…..we’ll recommend coming to stay here to all our friends!
Juliet, Christian, Sam (14 months) & bump La Girolle September
Thanks Marion for a fabulous stay at La Dolce. La Sauterelle was spotlessly clean and had everything we could possibly need for our two boys. The pool, playground and playroom were big hits with Dylan. He loved it so much we could happily have stayed here all day every day. We did however venture out to Château Bonaguil which was great as well as Rocamadour which is quite a long drive but absolutely spectacular. We also went to the morning markets in Cazals, Puy l’Eveque and Prayssac. The market on Fridays in Prayssac was our favorite and is definitely worth a visit. Monpazier in the Dordogne is also beautiful and easy accessible with children. We barbecued quite a bit and took advantage of the delicious food at the markets but we also got to La Guinguette (great location on the river, area for the kids, great value) and Chez Jeanne……we loved this restaurant. Very busy on a Thursday for lunch, so recommend reservation. 14 Euros for a 5 course Menu du Jour of delicious home cooked food. Overall, we had a great stay and can’t wait to come back again! Thanks for everything. P.S. Definitely order a quiche for when you arrive….they are delicious!
Erica, Conor, Dylan (2 1/2) & Ross (7 months) La Sauterelle September
Dear Marion, thank you very much for our lovely stay here, we had a great time as did Evie and Jack. We enjoyed many evenings sitting outside doing some star gazing! Things we did: wine tasting with Luci, Château Bonaguil & lunch at Les Bons Enfants, really enjoyed Prayssac market, fishing at St-Martin-le-Redon……so much left to explore! Thanks again….as well for the lovely, thoughtful gifts!
Kate, Dylan, Sarah (grandma), Evie (6) & Jack (1) La Girolle & annex August
Dear Marion, thank you once again for making us feel so welcome. This was our second holiday at La Dolce and it was great to feel instantly at home in the comfortable surroundings of the gîte and the garden. The boys loved the pool and it was hard to tear ourselves away to do any sight-seeing, but it was well worth it when we did manage. The caves at Gourdon, although apparently the smallest in the area, were very impressive and only 30 min away from La Dolce. The Château de Beynac and the nearby Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac make a great day out. We hope to come back again.
Kiruna, Matt, Ollie (6), Harry (4) & Thomas (2) La Sauterelle August
Dear Marion, thanks for everything – we have had a fantastic time here. We really appreciated the attention to detail and thoughts you have put into the gîtes. It made us feel at home immediately. The wealth of information in the folder was also really useful and gave us loads of ideas for day trips and things to do. The girls absolutely loved the playroom, playground and the swimming pool. All are so well equipped that even they could not get bored here! And, of course, thank you for your very warm welcome, gifts and excellent advise/chats we have had. All the best,
Sabina, Tom, Sofia (6) & Karina (3) La Luciole August
Dear Marion, thank you very much for the fantastic week we had at Domaine de la Dolce and your hospitality. We loved the beautiful gîte and very nice garden and swimming pool. Our daughter enjoyed the play areas and her new friends. We had a wonderful time, thanks again and all the best.
Miranda, Patrick & Mirthe (5) La Luciole August
Marion, thank you so much for everything. We all enjoyed ourselves so much. La Dolce is the kind of place you want to keep to yourself to ensure you can always get a booking. Obviously that isn’t fair to anyone, least of all yourself. You have created something very special here. To the extent that even as we are packing and leaving, we are planning to return. Thank you.
Lisa, Kieran, Penelope (4) & Eleanor (2) La Luciole August
Dear Marion, thank you so much for creating this magical place! We had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Waking up every morning and see the boys playing in the beautiful garden was a perfect start to the day. The playground, the pool, the BBQ, the Tipi……we will miss it! The gîte is very, very well equipped, nicely decorated and we loved the attention to small details (flowers, candles, cushions). The presents rocked!!! We wish you all the best……and we will be back!
Kim, Sam, Simon (7), Jasper (5) & Mathias (2) La Girolle July
We stayed in La Sauterelle for a week in July this summer and had a wonderful time. As soon we walked in, I realised it was one of the loveliest and best equipped cottages I have stayed (and we have stayed in a lot!). The kitchen had absolutely everything you could need, including a drawer full of all the fiddly things that are so often not there in a holiday rental (foil, bin bags, mozzy candles, matches, plenty of dishwasher tabs – sounds trivial but makes a difference!) and the whole house had a beautiful “French country” style look (lovely bedrooms) and really nice, soft towels. Much appreciated luxury after our week camping. We loved the outside space for our nightly barbecues and early sunny breakfasts. The cottage opens up on to a glorious stretch of lawn for our little one to run on and she particularly enjoyed the playground (with playhouse) in the woods and the well-equipped playroom. There were loads of toys for all ages and we appreciated borrowing one of the trikes for the day. The cottages are well spaced out so you get your privacy but it is nice to have other families and children around. La Dolce is in a beautiful, very rural part of France. It is so quiet and peaceful! Thanks Marion for your very warm welcome and a great stay. Your thoughtful welcome gifts (including the lovely one for our daughter) were very much appreciated!
Jane, Adrian & Beatrice (3) La Sauterelle July
Dear Marion, what an elegant place this is! Also for older children a real treat. The swimming pool is fantastic and because of the heating and being salt-filtered, the children did not want to leave this spot. We thought we were prepared for all this as my brother-in-law and his family stayed with you last year, but it exceeded our expectations. We wish you all the best for Domaine de la Dolce.
Marieke, Tim, Lucas (9), Sophie (7) & Xanthe (3) La Sauterelle July
Dear Marion, thank you so much for a wonderful week’s holiday in your gîte and all it and the grounds offer. For us “kid friendly” was key and you delivered! The gîte was comfortable, spacious and well equipped. The pool is a real joy and all the facilities ensure little ones are having fun. And Katie was a star playing with Annie – she loved the experience! And Pauline and I enjoyed the wine tasting event, so thank you to you and Luci. We had a great time and I have not relaxed so much in a long time. Testament to your attention to help ensure all your guests can have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. We also loved the Lot region……a quiet rural, French atmosphere – wonderful. We shall spread the word!!!
Hamish, Pauline, Annie (6) & Ross (3) La Girolle July
Marion, what a wonderful holiday you helped us have. From the moment we arrived you put us at ease! Our daughter loved playing with Katie, swimming in your wonderful pool and making “fairy campfires” in the forest. The setting is perfect, the surroundings, accommodation and the pool top class, the guidebook is a fantastic resource. So relaxing…….you will see us again! Thank you once again.
Louise, Glenn & Bonnie (4) La Luciole July
Marion, thank you for a great holiday. We stayed in La Sauterelle and were welcomed with lovely gifts. The gîte was spacious and very,very clean…..it had everything you could ask for. We went out most days: Château Castlenaud – stunning, well worth a visit; Rocamadour – quite a drive but worth every minute, it was amazing; Cahors market – great food; Château Bonaguil – definitely worth a visit as only 15 min away from La Dolce. We also enjoyed the wine tasting with Luci, had a great evening learning about wines and food pairing, it was lovely talking with the other parents staying here. The playroom was fantastic for a bit of “chill-out” time for the little ones at the end of a long day sight-seeing. Thank you again and hope to see you in the future. P.S. Don’t forget to pre-order the quiche for when you arrive – the best I have eaten!
Alison, Andrew, Harry (5), Olivia & Jasmine (16 months) La Sauterelle July
Marion, thank you for another fantastic trip. We love the gîte and the boys have had a ball in the pool and playground. Miles has been happily exploring the grounds and going for a “drive” on “his” bike. It was a pleasure to visit and to see you both again! Hope to see you again soon. P.S. Loved the wine tasting!
Leigh, James, Miles (3) & Flynn (6 months) La Luciole June
Thank you for such a wonderful holiday, creating many special family holiday memories. The stay here was very comfortable with so much to keep everyone happy! Kyle loved the pool and playroom and discovering new toys. You really thought of everything and we will be recommending you to many friends.
Sheena, Kester & Kyle (23 months) La Luciole June
After an epic drive from Calais, we literally had tears in our eyes as we arrived in our beautiful gîte. So well equipped with everything we could possibly need. Isabelle loved dressing up in the playroom and playing “farm” in the meadow with the other children; it gave us a chance to really relax without worrying about her. Florence enjoyed splashing in the pool and loved her welcome present! The wine tasting evening was a hit with us “big kids”, we really enjoyed learning about the local wines and drinking them! Excellent host, warm welcome, we couldn’t wish for more and can’t wait to come back.
Niki, Richard, Isabelle (3) & Florence (8 months) La Sauterelle June
We had a fantastic two week holiday at Domaine de la Dolce and all due to the care and attention to detail paid by Marion. From all we needed in the gîte for a toddler and baby, a lovely welcome present and the fantastic pool, playground and playroom we couldn’t have asked for more. We have enjoyed some lovely day trips and relaxing afternoons making the most out of the pool and playground. The folder is brilliant for helping us get to know the surrounding area – thank you!! P.S. A highlight for the parents was the wine tasting evening – great fun and nice to do something “adult” on holiday!
Nicola, Tom, Esmé (3.5) & Annabel (11 months) La Girolle June
Marion, as grandparents persuaded by the benefits of staying in an annexe next to children and grandchildren we were very impressed! The organisational effort behind this entreprise is quite commendable. Very impressed by the detailed information in the guide book – so useful to know where to go (croissants in particular), how to get there and how long it takes! Thanks!
Irene & Bill La Girolle June
Many thanks Marion, La Dolce is such a charming and relaxing holiday-spot and just what was needed. We were welcomed with toys for the children – a lovely little touch – and every time we needed anything, all we had to do was open enough drawers…….everything has been very well thought-out. On arrival, the massive lawn looked so inviting and then we discovered the play area, which the children could not get enough of, and that’s not to mention the pool which we only spotted on day 2! We particularly enjoyed Château Castelnaud, Rocamadour and Cahors market but we could stay a year and still miss things. Many, many thanks.
Rebecca, Gary, Oliver (2) & Sophie (1) La Luciole October
We stayed at La Dolce for a week with our 14 months old twins – not an easy age! La Dolce has been absolutely wonderful for them……and us. We could relax knowing that every one of their needs had been considered and catered for, and they really enjoyed all the brilliant toys on offer in the playroom. The standard of the gîte and the surrounding grounds is really outstanding and Marion was wonderfully helpful. I hope we can all return soon!
Kate, Damien, Anna & Daniel (14 months) La Luciole September
Dear Marion, thank you so much for a wonderful week……..we have been telling anyone who would listen what an amazing place you have! The thought, attention to detail, standard of accommodation and facilities really cannot be bettered. Our gÎte was so spacious and comfortable…….loved the big bed, double sinks, toys by the bath, TV programmed to CBeebies, well stocked kitchen, the thoughtful ingredients and the general cleanliness and good taste you clearly have. The girls loved it all……and have not stopped talking about is since we got home. The playroom, wooded playground and pool brilliantly cater for every age, need and imaginative desire……and we all agreed that it was the lowest level of parenting holiday we have ever had! We hardly saw the children such was their delight to be running around the meadow, dressing up and putting on plays, hiding in the woods or playing table football! It was wonderful to know they were safe and happy so we could sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet. We are already plotting when we can come back again……so will be in touch soon. In the meantime, thank you again for making us so welcome – you are doing the most incredible job at providing families with a wonderful place to relax and be happy – and that is very precious. With best wishes to you, Ray and Katie
Kate, Will, Matilda (5) & Poppy (3) La Girolle August
What a wonderful week! Every evening our five year old son announced he’d just had the best day of his life! The accommodation is comfortable and clean with everything you could possibly need. Every detail has been thought through in order to provide the most relaxing of holiday. Whilst here, my husband celebrated a “big” birthday. Marion made a birthday cake, organised a babysitter, taxi and restaurant. She could not have been any more helpful and went the extra mile in order to help me make a memorable day for him. The attention to detail and genuine consideration of the guests needs set La Dolce apart. I would love to come back and would highly recommend to anyone.
Kellea, Jonathan, Benjamin (5) & Joseph (2) La Luciole August
Another fantastic year – our fourth! What keeps on bringing us back is the ease with which you can slip into holiday mood instantly……and then stay relaxed. The gîtes are like home from home – fully stocked, comfortable and sparkling clean. Having just three together provides the perfect number of play mates for Thomas and Eleanor without having to worry about who they are with. The variety of pool, park, playroom and playing field means that our children have been happily entertained for days on end. There are so many nice places to explore in the area which we are enjoying in different ways each year. We have returned to Parc-en-ciel, Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac, Château de Bonaguil and visited new places like Château de Castelnaud. All excellent places for two young adventurers with boundless energy! The medieval festival in Monflanquin was excellent and also a very good place for lunch – as was Monpazier. It has been lovely to pop to the bakery in Montcabrier each morning for warm fresh bread and the brocante there was full of treasures. There are lots of places we wanted to return to but ran out of time. Thank you for another wonderful holiday with lots of happy memories.
Lois, Arun, Thomas (5) & Eleanor (3) La Sauterelle August
Thank you Marion, we had a great holiday again at La Dolce – thank you for everything. It was especially lovely to see Amelia have the confidence and freedom to run around and play without being under our constant supervision (obviously not something we can do in London!). We made some lovely friends and it was so nice to see you, Ray and Katie again. We really do plan to come back, so we will be in touch…….
Susie, James & Amelia (4) La Luciole August
What a great place! We have loved our stay over here. The gîtes are all very nice and so well equipped…….you really don’t have to bring anything yourself. We had a lot of plans to visit the area but ended up spending most of our time here: we just really enjoyed the terrace, pool and playroom too much! Definitely planning on coming back!
Ingeborg, Tom, Alex (2,5) & Thomas (6 months) La Sauterelle July
With 3 young kids (1,2,5 and 4) we booked our first family holiday. It was really hard to found out what, how and where. Finally we booked for 1 week La Luciole in Domaine de la Dolce. And that really was a good shot. Beautiful and a very well equipped gite with a lovely view on the big meadow. A save swimming pool with fences around. And a bite playroom with all different kind of toys and games for all ages. Also the playground in the wood was a lovely shady place for playing around. All this together and the lots of sightseeing spots and things to do in the neighborhood made our holiday a wonderful one. Thank you!
Met 3 jonge kinderen was voor ons het moment aangebroken een eerste familievakantie te boeken. Vooraf was het heel wat wikken en wegen over wat, hoe, waar. Uiteindelijk reserveerden wij voor 1 week la luciole in domaine de la dolce. Het bleek een voltreffer te zijn. Prachtig ingerichte en volledig uitgeruste huisjes met een geweldig zich op de gemeenschappelijke tuin, veilig afgesloten zwembad en een ruime speelkamer met een enorm aanbod aan spelletjes/speelgoed voor alle leeftijden. Ook de speeltuin in het speelbos zorgde voor een schaduwrijke speelplek. Dit ruime aanbod aan speelgelegenheden voor de kids en de talrijke bezienswaardigheden en to do’s in de buurt zorgden dat ook wij, de ouders, een geslaagde vakantie beleefden. Bedankt!
Calita, Jurgen, Fran (4), Stig (2) & Hazel (1) La Luciole July
The words “toddler” and “relaxing” do not really go together, but they do at Domaine de la Dolce! Due to it’s great location, fantastic lay-out and very well thought-out facilities and equipment we had a lovely holiday that the whole family enjoyed. We would love to visit again – but for longer next time! The guide book Marion provides is brilliant. We particularly enjoyed visiting Rocamadour, Château Chambert – stunning and welcoming vineyard, Château Bonaguil – great for a journey back in time. Driving to these places is fun in itself, as the whole countryside is beautiful – we loved stumbling across a field full of sunflowers with a fairytale château located in the middle. Thank you Marion for a wonderful family holiday.
Bethan, Luke & Osian (22 months) La Luciole July
Dear Marion, we had a great time at La Dolce! The kids loved to take the toys to the house or play in the playroom. They had lots of fun in the playground and we have spent a lot of time in the pool. Thank you also very much for the welcome presents…….they were great.
Charlotte, Jan, Martÿn (5) & Lisanne (3) La Girolle July
We stayed at La Girolle at Domaine de la Dolce in June / July this year and had a lovely holiday. The gite was lovely, well maintained and a real home from home. We had hours of fun cooking in the ‘Windy’ aka Wendy House, playing on the swings, in the play room and in the pool. The pool was great on a hot day and the salt filter system was lovely, much less salty than a traditional saline pool and much kinder on the skin and eyes than chemicals. There is a good range of toys for all ages and our little boy played will the other children in the adjoining gites, he still talks about one little boy in particular, who was there for the same two weeks, even now. Even though he was a little older they got on very well. The individual gites afford privacy in the outside terraces yet there is plenty of opportunity to have a quiet drink with fellow holiday makers and for the children to play if that is what you want. We had some lovely evenings / afternoon drinking wine and chatting. There is plenty do to in the local area, we particularly enjoyed the caves (a bit of a drive but worth it), the castle, especially with the medieval festival taking place whilst we were there, we also went on boat trips, to markets and to a number of lovely villages. All in all we had a great holiday and were able to relax as our little one had so much to do and felt at home so he was happy. We had great weather if anything a little too hot but can’t complain about that really as there was a heatwave! Thanks again for having us – we may well return!
Camille, Matthew & Barnaby (2) La Girolle June/July
Dear Marion, thank you for welcoming us in your beautiful set up. You know already how much we appreciated the calm and peace of the Domaine especially for those of us who lead a pretty hectic and stressful life. Having our meals looking down on the gentle slope of the lawn was a true pleasure and thank you for providing us also with all the goodies. Being on holiday with a 22 months old little one can be frustrating but I only had to suggest the playroom to be certain to get a little bit of peace and quiet. I cannot think that any child would not want to be there for hours… and there was also the little house in the wood, the swings, the sandpit…. and the swimming pool. Seb floated there for the first time on his own. As to the area itself, I don’t want to be biased! The architecture, the medieval reminders of a rich historical past in Figeac, Montpazier, Lherm,…….I’ll pass on Rocamadour! and all the markets goodies, this is France for you at its best! and you can still see it all as well as giving your little one a memorable time.I must not forget to comment on the accommodation: smart, classy and very good quality. Did I enjoy my week? Of course, yes and the fact we went out of the high season made it even better.
Hélène (grand-mére) La Sauterelle June
Just returned from a fantastic two weeks holiday at Domaine de la Dolce! What a wonderful place! Feel so relaxed after good weather, good food, peace, swimming and a happy family……you can’t ask for more. Top tip for future visitors…..go to the Thursday evening market in Loubejac for your supper. Generations of families from the local community sitting down to enjoy good food and wine in a stunning setting – absolute magic.I will be recommending La Dolce to all our friends. Our four year old one had a ball and the other families with younger ones said you made it just so easy for them as well. We’ll be back, Marion, we’ll be back!!!
Ursula, Andrew & Archer (4) La Sauterelle June
Thank you, Marion! This is our second time here. The first was great, the second has been fantastic! We have a three year old son who has enjoyed every minute of our stay. Château Bonaguil is great; lots of climbing adventures for little ones and a good historical place for parents as well. We did a local market every day, beginning with Cazals on Sunday and ending our week in Prayssac. All have great local produce! Cahors is always a highlight with lots to see and do. We enjoyed the Museé Henri Martin and there is also a little road train around town. A wonderful stay here in the Lot. Looking forward to next year. Thank you for all your hard work Marion, for making our little French gîte just as cosy as home.
Sarah, Andrew & Atticus (3) La Luciole June
Dear Marion, Ray and Katie, what a warm welcome after a long drive. And a nice fresh quiche in the fridge. You have created a wonderful place for a one week family time. With nice whether we enjoyed the big lovely meadow, the playground in the wood and the little bikes. When the weather was less nice the playroom was a big hit! The gite is big enough to also have a great time together inside. The gite is very well equipped. Lovely beds, sharp knives, nice (really) warm shower, oven and microwave. Everything is super clean and nothing broken. The website says you can really pack light, even with that information we took to many things with us. Next time we only bring clothes. And there is going to be a next time for sure! We read the brochure and made some lovely day trips, but there is so much more to see and do around we haven’t done. We are coming back. Hope to see you soon. Love,
Beste Marion, Ray en Katie, wat een warm welkom na een lange rit!! En een heerlijke verse quiche in de koelkast. Jullie hebben de perfecte plek gecreëerd voor (een week) familytime. Bij mooi weer genoten we van de prachtige tuin, de speeltuin in het bos en de fietsjes . Bij minder weer was de speelkamer een grote hit. De gite is ruim genoeg om ook binnen fijn tijd met elkaar door te kunnen brengen. Het huisje is van alle gemakken voorzien. Heerlijke bedden, scherpe messen, fijne douche, echt warm water en een oven en magnetron. Alles super schoon en niks stuk. Op de website staat al dat je eigenlijk niets mee hoeft te nemen, toch hadden we veel te veel bij ons. De volgende keer nemen we echt alleen kleding mee. En een volgende keer komt er zeker. We hebben de tips uit de informatiemap ter harte genomen en leuke uitstapjes in de nabije omgeving gemaakt. Maar er is nog zoveel waar we nog niet aan toegekomen zijn. Het smaakt naar meer. Net als deze hele vakantie. Hopelijk tot snel. Liefs,
Susanne, Alain & Rive (2) La Luciole May
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, even though it feels as f we arrived only yesterday, our 2-week stay at La Dolce has already come to an end. Our daughter enjoyed it so much here…….running under the apple tree and swimming in the pool. We enjoyed the calm and quite surroundings at your Domaine and were even lucky enough to spot a couple of deer! We used the information folder a lot and found it to be very useful. Thank you so much for the warm welcome here, we hope to see you again. Many thanks.
Annemieke, Nilton & Féline (2,5) La Girolle September
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, from the first moment we arrived you welcomed us not only to the beautiful gÎte but also to your family, friends and home at Domaine de la Dolce. With our newly walking 18 month old, we were hoping to find somewhere she could roam, play, explore and grow in a safe environment and La Dolce ticked all the boxes – we really could not fault anything. La Luciole was a haven of peace and tranquility, set in gorgeous countryside………we won’t forget the starlit sky and sound of the owls as the stress of everyday life seemed a distant memory. We felt very lucky to have experienced your little corner of paradise and we hope to make the trip back again soon. We will keep this our own little “secret place” (apart from telling all our friends and family!).
Annabel, Markus & Eliza (18 months) La Luciole September
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, we have had the most fantastic week here in your lovely gÎte – which is equipped with everything you could wish for. Thomas and Finlay have enjoyed playing with the children from the other families stayimg here. All the places we visited in your guide book have been great and we had a lovely meal at Le Pigeonnier at Puy l’Eveque, down by the river. Many thanks.
Clare, Alistair, Thomas (7) & Finlay (5) La Luciole August
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie………thank you! We had a great two weeks staying here. Our gîte La Luciole had plenty of space and everything we needed. The children loved the pool, playroom amd playground. We all enjoyed playing games together outside, teaching Noa and Asher more traditional games. Another highlight was that the children loved having other little ones to play with – lots of fun for everyone! The info folder has been great and we made very good use of it – so many fun and interesting things to do. A lovely part of France to explore. Love,
Ian, Julie, Noa-Grace (5), Asher (3) & Mica (5 months) La Luciole August
Thank you for a lovely holiday – we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! La Girolle and the Annexe are extremely comfortable, beautifully presented and well-equipped. Benjamin has loved the playground in the “the deep dark woods” and the playroom which is incredibly well-equipped for a range of ages. We have thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful garden and terrace, day trips out to Cahors, Bergerac, a boat trip from Puy l’Evêque and our favourite outings for children and adults were the Suspended Gardens and Château Bonaguil. All in all a great two weeks – we are not sure were the time has gone. Many thanks.
Helen, Patrick, Benjamin (2 1/2) & grandparents La Girolle August
We had a wonderful two weeks staying in La Sauterelle in August. The gîte was everything we hoped for, it was spacious, clean and well-equipped, with lots of attention to detail that helped us simply to get on with relaxing and enjoying the holiday. Our two boys loved all the space in the grounds, the playroom and especially the swimming pool. In fact the only hard work of the holiday was to persuade them to go out for the day! We would certainly recommend Domaine de la Dolce to anyone with a young family. Thank you Marion, Ray and Katie.
Claire, Simon, Jamie (7) & Harry (5) La Sauterelle August
To Marion, Ray & Katie, what a lovely week we have all had at La Dolce. La Girolle gîte catered for all our needs, was really comfortable and well equipped. The facilities on site were exeptional; the swimming pool, play room and table tennis were all utilised regularly. We have enjoyed the quietness, tranquility and beauty of the La Dolce grounds…………it really is a piece of “paradise” in the Lot. We would definitely love to return some day! Lots of love, John & the girls xx P.S. Milly and Isabella loved their gifts on arrival too – a lovely gesture.
John, Milly (9) & Isabella (7) La Girolle July
We had a fantastic 2 weeks at Domaine de la Dolce. We felt very welcome, it is just a perfect set up for kids, there are loads of interesting trips to head out on, and it saved us so much hassle as parents of an 18 month old boy. We were able to travel without the usual pile of extra baby kit, and the garden, forest and pool are ideal. Having a massive supermarket within a short drive is a bonus too! By the end of the trip Miles had grown in confidence so much in the outdoors – he was wandering off through the forest to the playground and play room, and if it was up to him mummy and daddy would just leave him to it! We will definitely be coming back soon!
Leigh, James & Miles (18 months) La Luciole July
To Marion, Ray and Katie, our two weeks at La Dolce have been pretty much perfect. The gite La Girolle is very comfortable and ridiculously well equipped. The bathrooms are especially luxurious! With such great facilities on site (a gorgeous pool, shaded playground, our own sandpit and a wonderful playroom) we split our days between relaxing at home and exploring the local area. This part of France has been a revelation to us and we found Marion’s detailed and up to date guide (and tips) to be very useful in discovering the area and beyond. Particularly useful were the estimated car journey times which we found to be very accurate. Highlights included Château Bonaguil with lunch afterwards at Les Bons Enfants, the Medieval Festival at Gavaudun, a day at Parc-en-Ciel. We also thoroughly enjoyed sampling the local produce from the delicious contents of our welcome baskets, wine tasting at Château de Chambert, evening markets at Montcabrier and Loubejac (highly recommended) to trying our hand on local specialities at home while enjoying the peace and quiet. For our first family holiday in France, Domaine de la Dolce ticked all the boxes and we would highly recommend it to friends and family. See you next year!
Cara, Guy, Harry (3), Fraser (2) & Daphne & Malcolm (grandparents) La Sauterelle July
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, we very much enjoyed our holiday at La Dolce. It is a paradise for children with the pool, the playground (our Simon loved the wooden playhouse with the kitchen) and the indoor playroom with all those toys. La Dolce makes the difference because of the “childfriendly-ness” and the many little extras you take care of like the quiche, a small welcome present for Simon and the possibility of grocery shopping in advance.Those little extras made us feel more than welcome and make La Dolce a place to return to.
Ann, Gregory & Simon (3) La Luciole July
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thank you so much for an amazing week at La Dolce! Besides the garden, playground, playroom and general surroundings being spectacular; the gite was immaculate! Not a speck of dust anywhere. And so beautifully furnished, so comfortable and cosy. Thank you! The other very wonderful part of the holiday was your very well put-together information folder. We took it everywhere and followed your advise on where to eat and what to do with a two year old. Invaluable! We will see you next year – and at least for two weeks!
Romina, Nick & Charly (2) La Luciole July
To Marion, Ray & Katie,…….we are really sorry to come to the end of another fabulous holiday at La Dolce! This is our fourth time to visit and we go home again with lots of happy memories. Clodagh had an absolute ball with Katie, running between the meadow, the playground and the playroom; it really is the perfect place for kids. Every time we come here we find new things to do; this time we enjoyed the “Jardins de Marqueyssac”, dining out at “Hostellerie le Vert” and it was really worth visiting the medieval festival in Rocamadour. So thank you Marion, Ray & Katie for making us feel so welcome at La Dolce! We are go home relaxed and happy and have already booked again to come back next year!
Lorraine, Mike & Clodagh (6) La Girolle July
From the moment we arrived (after a long day travelling) we immediately relaxed, thanks to the warm reception and the fabulous welcome picnic! So many things to do, actually we were more than happy to relax at La Dolce. Relaxing with three kids is not so easy but Marion and Ray did so much to make it possible – the welcome / info pack providing so many options for trips out. Château Bonaguil, Penne d’Agenais and Monflanquin were well worth a visit. We cannot wait to come back and next time for two weeks! Thank you for everything.
Claire, Nick, Jack (15 months), Lizzie, Tim, Freddie (3 years) & James (10 months) La Sauterelle June
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thank you very much for the nice two weeks we stayed at La Girolle. Never seen such a well equipped place for little children and for the parents too! Compliments! We enjoyed the quietness, the nature and the area. And of course the weather ……………..et la vie française. A perfect place to stay with (very) little kids. We keep in touch and hope to see you in the future; of course we will recommend La Dolce to our friends.
Berend, Maggie, Hidde (3) & Ties (1) La Girolle June
We have had a fabulous week here – wish we were here longer. Amazing weather meant we were able to eat every meal outside, get full use of the beautiful pool and just live outdoors really enjoying the beautiful location. You have equipped the gite so well – every small thing is thought of. Even down to things like olive oil, salt and pepper, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid – not the norm in most self catering accommodations. The markets were a highlight – even the children loved the visits to buy our food for lunch and dinner. Playroom and toys kept both children well entertained – but the real highlight was the use of the swimming pool. We have generally eaten and drunk too much but return home rested, a few pounds heavier and keen to come back soon! Thank you.
Jeremy, Henrietta, Thomas (3 1/2), Daisy (13 months), Brian & Jenny (grandparents) La Sauterelle June
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thank you for a wonderful week at Domaine de la Dolce. Our boys had an amazing time. The gîtes are really geared up to cater for young children, which has made our week here much more relaxing than it otherwise would have been. The playground is absolutely magical and both our boys loved playing in it. Also the playroom had just everything they would want to play with. We really did not need to worry about bringing any baby gear – you have thought of everything. I cannot recommend this place highly enough! Thanks again.
Charlotte, Gethin, Rowan (22 months) & Jamie (7 months) La Luciole June
We have had a lovely week here – a visit to Château de Bonaguil followed by lunch at Le Cellier and also a trip to see the cave art at les Grottes de Perle Meche. Also lots of time spent playing in the lovely grounds. Thank you for a lovely week.
Helen, Rob, Mary, Tony, James (3) & Adam (2) La Sauterelle May
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thank you for a fabulous week. We have all had a great time and have enjoyed the mild and sunny October weather; the autumn colours have really added to the scenery. A great time of year to visit! It was truly wonderful to stay somewhere that is so perfectly equipped for small children and babies. Marion, you have thought of everything! The playground was an enormous hit with our three year old one, so much that he was rushing to get himself dressed in the morning. This never happens at home! It was great to visit the Lot region of France and we look forward to coming back soon. Thanks again.
Anna, Matt, Oliver (3) & Benjamin (10 months) La Luciole October
We have found this holiday haven on a child friendly holiday website and have been thrilled with our find! The gîte is very comfortable and the facilities are wonderful, particularly the children’s playroom and play ground. With a scorching first week we have spent most days in the salt water pool which our two year old son has loved. Great to have other children near by too for him to socialize with. We were unsure how to cope with the long drive from the UK but in fact found it much more relaxing than our 2 1/2 hour flight to Mallorca last year. We hope to come back next year!
Hanna, Adrian & Alexander (2) La Girolle Sept/Oct
Our second visit to la Dolce – and the first time we have ever returned to a holiday destination; which says a lot about how much we enjoy being here. Beautiful countryside, with more things to visit than we have been able to do in our two weeks, plus well-equipped, lovely gites. Everything we needed has been provided, making it very easy to settle in and thoroughly enjoy our stay. As before, we leave with many happy memories and plenty of good things to say about La Dolce and our lovely hosts.
Sophie, Scott, Irene. Peter, Freddie (3 1/2) & Felix (1 1/2) La Sauterelle September
Terrific gite in a terrific setting. Everything we could want. Many thanks.
Matthew, Elizabeth, Sally, David, Henry (2 1/2) & Florence (18 months) La Girolle September
Another amazing two weeks holiday is over and it has been even better than last year! Thomas enjoys it so much here that it is hard to go out for a day trip and he refers to it as his “holiday home” – I guess we have to return again! The new bathrooms are pure luxury – a reminder that luxury does not have to be sacrificed when you go on a family holiday. The gite is spacious and ideal for four adults and two little ones. Having the playroom is invaluable. Now we have two toddlers, being able to watch them hurtle down the field after balls and hula-hoops has been great fun. We have visited many old favorites as well as done new ones and the area still feels as if there is plenty to explore as the children get older. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Lois, Arun, Thomas (3) & Eleanor (1) La Sauterelle September
Domaine de la Dolce is a beautiful place. It has been ideal for us as grandparents of two creative youngsters. The grounds, the field and the playroom have been such a pleasure to use with little people, making it a very happy stay. The gite itself is very comfortable and spacious with everything we needed. A lovely stay, thank you.
Do & John La Sauterelle September
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thank you for another wonderful stay with you. Oliver had even more fun than last time – charging around the garden and playing in the pool. It was lovely to share it with the grandparents as well this year. We had many enjoyable evenings on the patio drinking wine and watching the sun go down. We spent half of our days staying at the gîte and enjoying the facilities here, but on the other days we had a great time at Château Bonaguil, visiting Monpazier and all the local markets. We had a lovely meal at La Brasserie in Fumel which we highly recommend for a night out without the kids! Thanks again and we look forward very much to visiting again.
Victoria, Robert, John, Adelaide, Oliver (2,5) & Annabelle (4 months) La Girolle September
Our third stay was as good as ever and we have yet more happy memories to add to our collection from La Dolce. Thank you Marion, Ray and Katie in particular for your Sunday party, it was a fantastic afternoon and for a lovely holiday, that as usual, was over far too quickly.
Lara, Carl, Thea (6) & Alexa (3) La Girolle August
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful gite; we had a fantastic two weeks with you. The gite was well stocked and clean – and everything we could have wanted for Amelia too.The playroom and playground were beyond expectations. We found the toddler equipment especially helpful – thank you. We really enjoyed the farmers markets in Loubejac and also recommend La Ginguette – a 5 course meal with wine for 13 euros (unbelievable value), with a great little playground and view of the river Lot. Other day trips we really enjoyed were Forêt des Singes (though Rocamadour itself we found too touristy), Castle Bonaguil (and Les Bons Enfants for an ice cream as you recommended – we did this twice!) and Monpazier. Amelia has enjoyed watching the videos of her dancing with Katie and the girls at Loubejac (and telling a very patient Ray to ‘watch me!’) since we got home. Thank you again for inviting us to your lovely party. It was a shame the weather did not hold out for you, but your hospitality and meeting some of your friends made for a lovely afternoon.
Susan, James & Amelia (2,5) La Luciole August
Thank you for a wonderful stay at La Dolce! We have had an extremely relaxing time; which is a challenge for us with a five year old and 23 month old twins. The cottage had everything we needed, but the thing that we have enjoyed the most are the grounds – playground, pool and the meadow. We have spent many evenings watching our children race down the hill. We have enjoyed trips to Monflanquin and the petting farm near Prayssac – easy for toddlers to walk around and feed the animals, the castle at Gavaudun was fab, very small but has an English audio guide which made it more enjoyable. Thank you Marion, Ray and Katie; we are certain that La Dolce will provide many families with happy holidays for many years to come. We certainly leave with many happy memories.
Claire, Chris, Nathan (5), Theo & Xander (23 months) La Sauterelle August
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, what a fantastic two weeks! The gîte was lovely and the girls loved the playroom, playground and pool. We quickly got into the routine of trips out in the morning and afternoons spent here as there was so much to keep the girls amused. However when we did venture out we found your recommendations really helpful. Our particular highlights were: canoeing on the Lot; lunch at “La Terrasse Rivière” in Puy l’Êvêque (proper chicken nuggets with real chicken!); visits to Monpazier, Monflanquin and Château de Bonaguil; markets at Prayssac and the evening market at Loubejac – brilliant atmosphere; dinner at “La Ginguette” – lovely setting by the river with playground so you can sit and drink wine whilst the kids play! Thank you for a fantastic holiday!
Karen, Niels, Ella (5) & Holly (3) La Luciole August
We have had two very relaxing weeks here. Our three children have loved the playroom, playground and of course the lovely warm swimming pool! La Dolce is very safe and the children have all enjoyed the freedom it has given them. They have made new friends and will take home many happy memories of their holiday here. The highlights of our stay are: the Friday market in Prayssac, Château Bonaguil, the candle-lit Jardins de Marqueyssac, Parc-en-ciel and Sarlat. We spent a fair amount of time star-gazing and were lucky enough to see some shooting stars! Thank you Marion, Ray and Katie for all your help and advise – the file was great for directions, times and restaurant reviews.
John, Lisa, William (8), Olivia (5) & Joseph (2) La Sauterelle August
Last year was fantastic! This year it was fantastic again. So, we keep it short. We really recommend La Dolce to everybody. We love La Dolce!
Berteke, Eric, Leneke (6) & Rijk (3) La Sauterelle July
Also for grandparents this is a really nice place to stay. Not only because of the special reason we were here for (to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with all our children and grandchildren), but also for the comfortable and nice gîtes, the beautiful landscape, the villages and the Cahors wines.
Arie & Greetje La Sauterelle, La Girolle & La Luciole July
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thanks again for a great holiday. We enjoyed it very much and really liked it to do things together. We will definitely miss you all. See you next year!
Paulien, Jan, Jesse (8) & Sarah (2) La Luciole July
We have had another wonderful holiday here at La Dolce. This is our third time to holiday here with our daughter and we can honestly say it has been the best yet! Thank you Marion, Ray & Katie for your very warm welcome. You have done a wonderful job in putting your own stamp on La Dolce, we loved the new bathroom facilities and the revamped games room was a big hit with Clodagh. La Dolce really has it all, a beautiful setting, comfortable and very well equipped gîtes with plenty to keep the kids busy; playground, swimming pool, games room, loads of toys, Wendy House in the woods (a real hit!) and acres of space to simply run around! We have tried different things each time we have visited La Dolce. This time we enjoyed the evening markets at Sauveterre, Loubejac and Montcabrier, visited the leisure lake at Montaigue-de-Quercy (beautiful white sand; perfect for little one’s). We re-visited some old favorite restaurants like “La Recreation” and tried some new ones (“Ferme de la Serpt” for Sunday lunch and “Chez Jeanne”, both real authentic experiences). La Dolce is really a unique and magical place for both parents and children, quite simply “everything has been thought of so you do not have to!” We hope to see you again next year.
Mike, Lorraine, Mary & Clodagh (5) La Sauterelle July
This location is perfect for families with young children. All equipment was provided and the games room is very well stocked. We flew over from England and only needed to bring clothes and personal items – no need to pack a car full of baby equipment which is a nice change. Marion and Ray are very accommodating and responded very quickly to any additional needs we had. The pool is great! Very peaceful setting which feels safe for kids. All in all we would describe this a stress-free holiday destination for those with very young children in a beautiful part of France.
Lisa, Hefin & Euan (1) La Girolle June
Thank you for such a wonderful holiday, the place has everything needed for a family. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. With so much to entertain them there has never been a dull moment. It has meant that my husband and I also felt we had a holiday. Lovely area and lovely gîtes – the boys do not want to leave and neither do we!
Faye, Scott, Reece (3), Mason (1) & baby (3 months) La Sauterelle June
An excellent holiday with facilities to suit all. We will recommend you to all of our friends. The children loved the playroom, playground and pool.
Adam, Gemma, Elyssia (4) & Lucca (2) La Sauterelle June
We have all had such a lovely holiday. It was really useful to have such a great information folder and we enjoyed visiting the local markets that were recommended to try the delicious local products (cheese, girolles, wine, tourtiere etc). Everything has been thought of in the gîte and that really was appreciated – from bath toys for the children, play mat, children DVD’s, baby monitors etc. What really made this place stand out from every other cottage we have stayed at, is how immaculately clean the gîte and all the facilities were. Noah absolutely loved the slide and Ivy enjoyed the sandpit as her favorite. The indoor playroom is very well equipped for boys and girls and both had great fun checking out the lovely toys. Thank you for everything! Would definitely recommend!
Verity, Mark, Noah (3 1/2) & Ivy (15 months) La Girolle June
My husband and I spent 2 fantastic weeks here with our 2 young kids. It’s an upmarket home from home with Marion and her husband attending to every detail. It is such a beautiful place and their hospitality second to none. Kids had a ball – they loved the pool, the outdoor play area and the play barn which was a god send on the wetter days. And we were able to relax knowing the kids were safe and having fun. Very, very worth a visit !!
Fiona, Richard, Nel (4 1/2) & Daniel (3) La Sauterelle June
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, we have had a lovely relaxing two week holiday here, visiting medieval villages, castles and the markets. We would particularly recommand Château Bonaguil, Sarlat, Monpazier and the Musee Agricole et Automobile. The games room was always popular with Lily and Rory, as was the pool. It was great to see all the children playing together in the grounds and the gîtes and we all had a great time. Thank you for a lovely, child friendly holiday.
Karen, Ron, Lily (3) & Rory (1) La Sauterelle June
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, this was our second stay at La Dolce and it was even better than last year! The new bathrooms are stunning – definitely 5 stars and the improved play room is also excellent. Toby loved running free and playing with the other children. We visited lots of places old and new. All fabulous. I really hope we will return next year with a fit and healthy Nick too! Thanks again.
Rachel, Brenda, David & Toby (2 yrs 9 months) La Girolle June 2013
We had a lovely stay – everything was thought of – even a sand pit and a paddling pool for the little one. The practical things like changing mat, baby monitor etc really helped ease the luggage allowance for the flight. The sights and restaurants information folder saved hours of reading guide books and Marion very thoughtfully provided our first night and morning food so would not go hungry as our flight got in quite late. All in all a very relaxing holiday and we would definitely come again.
Paula, Ben & Harris (16 months) La Girolle June
Dear Marion, thank you so much…… we had a lovely stay and you were so welcoming. It really is an amazing place for children. We will certainly return next year with family.
Emily, Mike, Toby (2 1/2) & Fred (9 months) La Girolle June
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, what a brilliant set-up you have here! Home-from-home. Everything a family needs is catered for. We have spent an excellent week visiting the sites in the morning, relaxing, swimming and playing in the afternoon. Highly recommend a visit to the stunning village of Rocamadour. Thank you for making our week so relaxed and for thinking of everything parents and children could need for a great holiday. We will definitely be back.
Kate, James & Francesca (22 months) La Luciole June
A lovely holiday in a beautiful place with charming hosts. Found that we spent a good deal of the time eating in the Wendy House. Sarah will miss her holiday home, just as we all will. Thank you so much Marion – we had the very best of holidays.
Anne, Crispin & Sarah (21 months) La Sauterelle May
Wat een heerlijk huisje in een prachtige omgeving! En wat een rust.. je hoort alleen de geluiden van de natuur.. de vogels, de krekels… en het geluid van je vrolijk spelende kinderen. Voor onze jongens was het een waar paradijs. Ze konden heerlijk rondrennen in de enorme tuin en spelen in de speelkamer die werkelijk voor ieder wat wils heeft. Het huisje is van alle gemakken voorzien! Er is aan alles gedacht, ook voor de allerkleinsten. Bij de boeking kan je aangeven wat je voor je baby nodig hebt; babybedje, badje, aankleedkussen, kinderstoel… super handig en alles inbegrepen in de prijs! Verder slapen de bedden en kussens heerlijk en zijn de handdoeken heerlijk zacht! We hebben een heerlijke tijd gehad. In de omgeving is van alles te doen, in het huisje ligt een informatiemap met tips en aanbevelingen, erg handig. Een echte aanrader is om een van de Medieval Festivals bij te wonen, vonden de kinderen ook erg leuk! De eigenaren zijn erg vriendelijk en gastvrij. Bij aankomst stond er een welkomstmandje met lokale lekkernijen klaar en Marion had aangeboden de eerste boodschappen te doen zodat we niet gelijk naar de supermarkt hoefden te rennen! Kortom, een zeer kindvriendelijke accommodatie met een beetje luxe voor de ouders! Ik kan het zeker aanraden voor gezinnen met jonge kinderen. Wij komen zeker nog een keer terug!
Susanne, Henry, Thijs (4) & Steffan (19 months) La Luciole May
A brilliant gîte in a beautiful location – there really is everything you could possibly need here. The children loved the playroom, the outside space and most especially the wooded playground – we could hardly get them out of the kitchen (in the playhouse). Three budding Gordon Ramsays! Places we visited were Château Bonaguil, Prayssac market – fantastic and really interesting, Prehistoric Museum and lots of beautiful villages in the area. Thank you very much Marion, Ray & Katie for your hospitality, warm welcome and most of all your lovely gîte! P.S. We hope the next gîte lives up to your high standards!
Ivan, Bryony, Hugh (5), Ralph (3) & Sylvie (1) La Sauterelle May
Wow! What a place. Perfectly set up for a relaxing family holiday. The boys loved it all……….the pool, the pretend café in the playhouse in the woods, the playroom gave so much entertainment and provided us with a family battling to win table football. The gîte was comfortable with everything we needed. We will be back.
Nichola, Marc, Dillon (6) & Nate (2) La Luciole May
Dear Marion – We all had a fantastic time and relaxing week. You have an amazing property in beautiful surroundings. Good luck for the future.
Kerrie, Justin, Jude (3) & Katherine, Chris, Sophia (15 months) La Sauterelle May
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie – Domaine de la Dolce is a perfect, peaceful family retreat in an amazing setting and has been just right for our first family holiday. It truly is baby and toddler friendly and has everything you need. The beautiful rural setting provided a free environment for our children, especially the playground under the trees. Lots to do within 20 minutes of La Dolce. Puy l’Évèque and Prayssac are beautiful and we loved the walk to Montcabrier. The information folder is just what you need. We could have stayed for two weeks and would love to in the future and try summertime to experience the summer markets, medieval festivals and leisure lake. Thank you Marion, Ray and Katie for your welcome and kindness and making La Dolce just perfect for our family. P.S. Loved the bathroom and the shower.
Karen, Michael, Summer (5) and Noah (2) La Luciole September
To Marion, Ray and Katie – we have had a wonderful stay at La Dolce with our family and friends. You have thought of everything! We particularly enjoyed swimming in the pool – the salt water and the temperature were perfect for our son Reuben. The house in the woods has been a great souce of enjoyment for Reuben. The accommodation was wonderfully equipped. Thank you for creating a wonderful place to relax. See you again hopefully.
Chris, Dawn and Reuben (2 1/2) La Sauterelle September
Dear Marion, Ray and Katie, thank you for a wonderful stay at this lovely place. It was a perfect getaway with our little girl Chloe – she loved the play room, the swings, woodland playground and the safe, warm pool. These were perfect diversions for her and therefore for us too. You were fantastic hosts and we very much appreciated your input and kindness when planning trips. What a wonderful set-up you have here – we wish you all the best with it and hope to see you soon for another visit! Love,
Oliver, Laura and Chloe (9 month) La Sauterelle September
Our stay has been everything we hoped it would be – toys, outdoor space and pool in beautiful surroundings and lovely gÎte. We have very much enjoyed our stay and would recommend La Dolce to anyone with young children and look forward to coming again. Many of our personal highlights have been mentioned previously – Les Jardins de Marquessac, Monpazier, Cahors market and old town, Château de Bonaguil,……so we would add that we loved pottering around Puy L’Évèque – the shops are good for daily staples, the people friendly, the pharmacy beautiful (for a bit of “female retail therapy”) and if you walk down from the central square to the old quarter there is a brilliant place called “Le Salon Gourmand” – it has fresh crêpes, a dozen types of specialist teas and hot chocolate made from real chocolate. Yum!
Sophie, Scott, Frederick (2 1/2) and Felix (9 month) La Girolle September
Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. The gÎte and surroundings exceeded our expectations and our every requirement for a 20 month old toddler was catered for. Oliver has been more excited all week than we have ever seen him. He has charged around outside from morning until night every day. We have had a few nice day trips. Oliver loved exploring Château de Bonaguil. Our favorite day out was in Monpazier. We explored all the little shops and found a lovely toy shop full of wooden toys – perfect for gifts for cousins and friends. We have had a wonderful week and hope to be back next year.
Victoria, Rob and Oliver (20 month) La Luciole September
We knew that coming away with a 3 month old and a just 2 year old was always going to be hard work at times but with the amazing facilities here we have all had an amazing holiday and Mum & Dad have even managed to find some time to relax. Whilst we have enjoyed visiting the local sites – Les Jardins de Marqueyssac being so popular we went twice – our favorite times have been the days spent at the gîte, building sand castles and swimming. Thomas has slept in a “big boys” bed for the first time and became much more confident in the pool. Eleanor has had a wonderful time on the play mat. Thank you to Marion and Ray for making our holiday so easy and being very accommodating – we have many happy memories and look forward to seeing you all next year!
Lois, Arun, Thomas (2) and Eleanor (3 months) La Luciole August/September
Dear Marion, Ray and Katie, thank you so much for a wonderful holiday here at La Dolce – we have had such a relaxing two weeks. The children have been busy all day long and loved the castles, Parc-en-Ciel and the beach at Montaigue-de-Quercy. They have loved playing in the meadows after dinner with their new friends and Katie has made them feel so welcome. We have loved the opportunity to sit and relax, knowing they are having fun in such a safe and child friendly environment. You seem to have taken on running gites like ducks to water. Your plans for the next season sound great and we wish you all the best. Thank you so much for a great holiday.
Helen, Simon, Romilly (7), Penn (5), Cecilia (3), Jago (1 1/2), grand parents and Au-Pair La Sauterelle August
Dear Marion, Ray & Katie, thank you for a superb holiday. The location is idyllic, the weather has been fantastic and George has loved the pool, play areas and company! Your recommendations have been very useful – Parc-en-Ciel being a particular highlight. A week has not really been enough to explore this beautiful part of France and we are all reluctant to leave. Thank you once again for such a relaxing stay and best wishes for your future at La Dolce.
Claire, Robin and George (6) La Luciole August
Lieve Marion, Ray en Katie. Hartelijk dank voor de geweldige vakantie op jullie landgoed “La Dolce”. Het appartement is echt perfect en het ontbrak ons de hele vakantie aan niets. Dit geldt ook voor alle faciliteiten buiten het appartement. Het zwembad, de speelkamer, grasveld en het speeltuintje in het bos, ECHT SUPER!!!! Ook is de Lot een prachtige streek met een hoop dingen te zien en te doen binnen een half uur rijden. We hebben echt van elke minuut van onze vakantie optimaal genoten. Tot volgend jaar!! We kijken er nu al naar uit.
Paulien, Jan, Jesse (5) and Sarah (2) La Luciole August
What a fantastic place – our week has flown by and we are sad to leave. This is true perfect holiday for families with kids – our 12 month old and 4 year old have had a ball. We really do hope to return some day. The playroom and the playground were ideal for Jeremy; the pool fantastically warm. We have such happy memories of visiting different towns, villages and castles in the morning and whiling away our afternoons and evenings here. Thank you so much!
Vanessa, Crispin, Jeremy (4) and Harriet (1), Australia La Sauterelle August
We have just enjoyed our second visit to Domaine de la Dolce. This year we stayed for two weeks instead of one and it still was not long enough. it is a great place for a family holiday and we cannot fault the facilities. We enjoyed the medieval festival in Monpazier and a trip to “Le Forêt des Singes” in Rocamadour (as recommended in the guest book) and we would also recommend a family amusement park called “Parc Walibi” (on the southern outskirt of Agen) which has plenty of rides and fun for all ages. Marion, Ray and Katie – thank you for a lovely holiday, we do not want to leave and hope to come back again next year.
Lara, Carl, Thea (5) and Alexa (2) La Girolle July/August
A wonderful place in a wonderful setting. Loved the swimming pool – great to see the grand-children in such a free and safe setting. Thank you.
Linda and Adrian La Girolle July/August
We had a lovely stay! La Dolce gave our family just the right holiday balance we were looking for. We had our privacy while our children enjoyed playing with all the kids. Our children loved the freedom we were able to give them at La Dolce. Our son has grown during our stay, he discovered so many new aspects of live. Our daughter proved to be a water princess and loved to dive in this special salt-water pool. Also the two weeks were not enough time for her to read all the books available. The area is lovely quiet and seems not to have been discovered by tourists as much as other regions like Dordogne. We learned that Cahors wines are well worth discovering. And the babysitter Carol has lovingly taken care of our kids so we could spend some time together as well! Last but not least, we loved it so much we will for sure return next year and are looking forward to see you Marion, Ray and Katie next year!
Berteke, Eric, Lenneke (5) and Rijk (2) La Sauterelle July
Het was een heerlijke vakantie! Een warm welkom op deze prachtige locatie. Het huisje is mooi en gerieflijk, de tuin schitterend, de speeltuin- en huisje uniek en erg ontspannend voor de ouders. Ik denk dat we deze 2 weken meer tijd in het zwembad hebben doorgebracht dan de laatste 2 jaar! En jullie hebben zelfs voor het juiste weer gezorgd! Samenvattend: het was super! Volgens onze dochter van 6: “dit waren de 2 leukste weken van mijn leven”. En nog een laatste compliment: we denken er aan om volgende jaar terug te komen! Nogmaals hartelijk dank en veel succes.
Annemarie, Alexander, Josephine (6) and Olivier (4) La Luciole July
Thank you! We have enjoyed a great vacation at La Dolce. The garden is beautiful, with many trees giving nice shade and coolness on warm afternoons. The kitchen was better equipped than at home and thus a joy to use. We wish you good luck in this beautiful place and hope to come back to see the result of all your improvement plans. Enjoy this special place!
Maaike, Michiel, Jasper (9) and Suzan (6) La Girolle July
Beste Marion, Ray en Katie. Dit was onze tweede vakantie op La Dolce. Weerom hadden we een fantastische vakantie. Maud en Brent vonden hun weg snel weer terug. Het zwembad werd veelvuldig gebruikt, zelfs op bewolkte dagen. Dit dankzij het aangename verwarmde schone water. De gîte had een metamorfose ondergaan: een prachtige, comfortabele badkamer, met veel knuffelachtige en zachte handdoeken. We voelden ons zoals thuis en weer erg welkom. We waarderen de warme en vriendelijke zorgzaamheid van zowel jou Marion als van Ray. We merkten alle grote èn kleine verbeteringen die jullie reeds aangebracht hadden zeker op. Kwaltiteitsvolle vakantietijd is op La Dolce niet alleen een belofte! Marion, Ray en Katie, we wensen jullie heel veel gelukkige jaren op La Dolce. Geniet ervan, samen met al jullie gasten die nog zullen komen! Wij komen zeker nog eens terug op La Dolce.
Nadine, Luc, Brent (9) and Maud (5) La Luciole July
We have had two superb weeks at Domaine de la Dolce. La Sauterelle is a lovely cottage,…..spacious, extremely well equipped and last but not least tastefully decorated. This and the warm welcome upon our arrival made us instantly feel at home. The facilities are fantastic. The games room with its wealth of toys had a magical appeal on our children. Furthermore Madeleine very much loved the swing and the kitchen in the wooden play house. Xavier spent a lot of time in the pool; during the second week of our stay the temperature of the water was so nice that he even continued swimming when the rain was falling from the sky. During the evening they both had a great time with Katie……..playing football or table tennis or having fun on the swings and slide. We had a really great and relaxing holiday. We will never forget sitting on our terrace, looking out over the field and enjoying the laid back atmosphere and the peaceful sound of crickets, birds and children having fun. Marion and Ray, thank you for your hospitality and the nice conversations we had while Katie, Xavier and Madeleine were playing together. A huge compliment for your enthusiasm to make this beautiful place even more perfect. Thanks for the unforgettable experience!
Louise, André, Xavier (7) and Madeleine (2) La Sauterelle June
We visited Domaine de la Dolce for the fourth time this year with our three year old daughter Juliette. For us it is the perfect place to relax, we call it even “paradise”. We enjoyed the comfort of our gite La Girolle (everything for young kids is there!), the beautiful view and the facilities like an enormous playroom, a play garden and a nice swimming pool. We met the new owners with their daughter and appreciated their hospitality which made us really enjoy their place. Dear Marion, Ray and Katie,…..we wish you all the best with Domaine de la Dolce.
Charlotte, Jasper and Juliette (3) La Girolle June
We had an amazing first family holiday. Ben had more fun in the playroom, on the baby swing and in the pool than we thought a 10 months old was capable of having. Happy baby, happy and relaxed parents. Everything has been thought of which meant we were able to relax and enjoy the holiday as soon as we arrived. We loved every minute of our holiday and hope to be back soon.
David, Annamaire and Ben (10 months) La Luciole June
We have not left yet but are already planning to return! Our two year old daughter loved every minute and so did we. Lovely safe place, sad to leave. Wish we had booked for two weeks instead of one. Thank you.
Clare, Tony and Talluah (2) La Sauterelle June
Wow! What an amazing place! We can be hard to please and were skeptical about whether Marion and Ray could really have thought of everything…..but they have. Such great facilities in lovely cottages, it’s been the perfect place to come to with our 13 months old son. He has enjoyed his week immensely – no greater pleasure than to go from sand, to paddling pool, to swings – then do it all over again. He slept well, he ate well and has been really happy. Marion has been fab – nothing has been too much trouble. We hope to be back …….very soon.
Jenny, Alex and Jake (13 months) La Girolle June
A fantastic place and a fantastic holiday. Everything has been thought of and provided. We loved it here and will return. Many, many thanks.
Rachel, Nick and Toby (2) La Girolle June
Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. Our boys (3 and 5 years) want to stay here forever! They have adored playing with virtually everything in the games room and have loved charging round the garden and playground. My youngest, who has always been a bit nervous about swimming, has become a total fish and refused to leave the pool despite turning slightly blue. The gîte is beautifully presented and extremely well equipped – thank you for thinking of everything you need to cater for a family and a fussy eater! The guidebook is an invaluable source of local information and has been well used during our stay. Thank you again for making us feel so welcome and relaxed at La Dolce.
Emma, Ben, Jasper (5) and Alexander (3) La Luciole June
When we arrived we saw that all the comments on the internet were true. The accommodation is lovely with all the comfort you expect from a summer home and the garden, swimming pool and playroom are fantastic for the kids. We had a fantastic two weeks holiday during which we spent half the time visiting the sights and the other half here with our two children (17 months and 2,5 years). The owners of La Dolce are very friendly and do their best to make your stay as nice as possible. All in all great value. We definitely will consider La Dolce for another holiday.
Mark, Anke, Miller (2,5) and Cait (17 month) La Luciole June