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Livre d’or

2017

Anne-Gaël et Bruno / août 2017
Excellent séjour au gîte « Chez Belliveau ». Au calme, dans un environnement sécurisé pour les enfants, nous avons bien profité de la piscine, toujours très bien entretenue, et de l’aire de jeu. Très chaleureux, Thierry et Isabelle Martin ont tout fait pour que le séjour se déroule dans les meilleurs conditions. Mention spéciale pour les livraisons à domicile de viennoiseries et pain frais le matin !

Emma / août 2017 / CATALPA
Thank you for another lovely stay at Chez Belliveau. We loved our cottage Catalpa with a private terrace and it was handy as it overlooked the park area so we could keep an eye on our children while they were playing. We really enjoyed the delicious meal which was organised. It was so nice to relax and the children could play with other new friends they had met during their holiday also staying at Chez Belliveau. I have a 3 year old and a 9 year old and they were both entertained with the park area, pool and games room.

Dave / august 2017 / CHERRY
We had a wonderful time at Chez Belliveau. A quiet location in the French countryside but with easy access to the local towns and villages. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed and had space outside to enjoy the sunshine. The large garden meant there was plenty of space for the kids to run around and play with their friends. The pool was a good size with ample sun loungers and seats.
The surrounding area was excellent for running and cycling with quiet roads and picturesque villages to explore. The beaches were sandy and clean and the Cote Savage was great for waves and body boarding. All round a fabulous and relaxing holiday.

Elodie / août 2017 / CHESTNUT
Le gîte chez Thierry est vraiment comme décrit, au calme, dans un cadre vraiment beau et pas loin de la mer. La piscine est grande et agréable. C’est un lieu adapté aux enfants avec beaucoup de jeux à disposition. Merci Thierry pour l’accueil.

Glyn and family, august 2017
Thank you so much for your kind hospitality and a fabulous stay during August for us and for our family when we visited you recently from UK and Australia.
We had a great time staying at Chez Belliveau and the cottages we stayed in “Yew Tree Cottage’ and ‘Catalpa Cottage’ were excellent and just what we wanted.
Noah our 6 month old grandson and newest member of our family really loved his first holiday in France and especially loved the baby-pool, swing and sandpit!!  It was
nice to meet other guests too at the bar evenings and informal dinner. We found Chez Belliveau ideally situated and only 20 minutes from the nearest beaches and towns of Royan & Saintes.
We have no hesitation in recommending Chez Belliveau to our family and friends and anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in France with great accommodation.

Tim and Bek, august 2017
Once again we returned to Chez Belliveau and once again we were welcomed by Thierry and Isabelle who are the perfect hosts, always on hand if needed. This is our 5th visit to Chez Belliveau which speaks for itself really, we return because of the relaxed atmosphere and surroundings with the amazing pool, games room, bar and well kept grounds Thierry and Isabelle have worked really hard to make their gites the perfect place to stay. A great location for exploring this beautiful area we love the beaches on the Cote Savage the best, a bit of a trek up and over the dunes but well worth the effort! Thank you once again Thierry and Isabelle for a wonderful holiday I’m sure we will return!

James, Steph, George and Florence, august 2017
We stayed in Yew Tree Cottage which was has a lovely old French farmhouse feel. The kitchen is a good size for self-catering and the lounge/diner is very big and airy. The children’s bedroom upstairs was ideal with 2 bunk beds and a single while the double beds were comfy with proper mattresses. The pool and the play area are ideal for young families and as per last year the children all enjoyed playing together. It is good the parents can relax with the children in a safe environment. Thanks Thierry and Isabelle for another good year at Chez Belliveau.

Bruno,aout 2017

Thierry et sa femme sont de très belles personnes qui n hesiteront pas a vous conseiller sur la région qu’ils connaissent très bien. Le gîte est agréable et possède des espaces verts magnifiques qui feront le bonheur de tous. Nous recommandons

Bruno Caby, juillet 2017

Excellent séjour, nous recherchions un endroit paisible pour nous reposer en famille et nous l’avons trouvé sur le site de Thierry et Isabelle. Le gîte est confortable, spacieux et bien équipé. La propriété est entièrement fleurie et bien entretenue. L’aire de la piscine partagée avec les autres gîtes est suffisamment grande pour que chacun y trouve l’endroit qui lui convient. La végétation offre des espaces ombragés très agréables au moment le plus chaud de la journée. Les enfants ont beaucoup apprécié la salle de jeux pour jouer au ping pong, la grande aire de jeux de plein pour les jeux de ballon ainsi que la piscine. Ils ont pu y rencontrer d’autres enfants pour jouer ensemble pour le plus grand bonheur des parents qui peuvent ainsi apprécier quelques moments de tranquillité. Bref je recommande ce site pour des séjours en famille ou entre amis. A proximité des commodités, sa localisation permet également de nombreuses visites de la région.  »

Lisa Ong, juillet 2017
We enjoyed 4 nights at the Chestnut gîte. A baby bed and high chair was provided without problems , the gite was small but well maintained with cute decoration. The grounds are large with big swimming pool and large play ground for children. The reception was friendly and efficient. We loved the fresh baguettes and croissants in the morning delivered in front of our door

Maud , CHESTNUT , juillet 2017

Superbe séjour au gîte  » chez Beliveau « , toutes les prestations sont réunies pour passer un agréable séjour en famille. Les enfants peuvent s’amuser dans un joli cadre sécurisé. Top !! Merci

DRUCE family, YEW TREE 8 au 15 juillet 2017
Thank you so much to Thierry and Isabelle for such a fantastic relaxing holiday. We have just come back from a week in Yew Tree Cottage and had a really lovely time. The cottage is very comfortable and extremely well equipped, we are a family of 5 and there was plenty of space for us all, the little touches like toilet paper, dishwasher tablets, hand towels, fairy liquid made our arrival so much more welcoming as we didn’t have to think about the immediate essentials, not to mention the chilled rose, water and galette waiting for us on arrival! The grounds of the property are beautiful and peaceful, the flowers and gardens so well maintained, our children loved the play area with its football, sandpit, play houses and climbing frames plus loads of toys to play with. The pool area is fantastic with sun or shade to sit or lie in, our children loved playing in both the children’s and big pools while my husband and I could relax and watch them, or join in! It was so nice to have a proper washing line too to dry all the towels at the end of the day. The property is very well located and easy to find, we picked up a Super U drive on our way in at Saujon which is highly recommended and only minutes away. Thierry delivered our bread and pastries in the morning which was a real treat too! Thank you again Thierry & Isabelle this was the most relaxing holiday we’ve had in years, I’m sure we’ll be back!

Fabien, Fanny, Meline et Louise, CAMELIA, juillet 2017
Nous avons passé de merveilleuses vacances dans ce petit havre de paix… comme d’habitude ! Nous apprécions toujours autant les lieux ainsi que les propriétaires. Nous avons rechargé les batteries pour pouvoir réattaquer notre quotidien. Merci pour tout, on vous souhaite évidemment le meilleur.

Famille Martineu / week end de l’Ascension 2017
Nous avons loué tous les gîtes pour un weekend famille à l’Ascension. Tout était parfait, les gîtes sont très propres et conformes aux photos, la grande piscine chauffée, un terrain de jeux pour petits et grands dans un cadre champêtre, fleuri et verdoyant. Les propriétaires mettent tout en œuvre pour que votre séjour soit réussi. Rien à redire. Je recommande sans hésitation.

Céline JB / Week end de la Pentecôte 2017
Nous avions loué l’intégralité des gîtes pour notre week-end annuel entre amis, rien à redire!! Le gite est superbe, beaucoup d’espaces pour les enfants, des hôtes sympathiques, une piscine immense et chauffée. Petits et grands étaient ravis.

Nadège Marceteau / Week end de la Pentecôte 2017
Tous les ans nous nous réunissons entre amis avec les enfants le week-end de pentecôte et cette année c’était « chez belliveau ». Nous avions loué l’ensemble du site et nous n’avons pas regretté notre choix…. tout était parfait! Les gites spacieux propres bien équipés ; la piscine très grande et super agréable ; l’aire de jeux idéal pour les enfants ; les grands espaces et les jardins fleuris agrémentent vraiment le site et enfin le préau et la salle sont très appréciables pour se réunir pour manger tous ensemble. Le tout sur un terrain clos et sécurisé… nous espérons vivement revenir une prochaine fois

CHESTNUT du 12 au 15 mai 2017 / INGRID.
Excellent accueil, nous avons apprécié les équipements externes au gîte : table de tennis de table, terrain de pétanque et piscine. Nous avons apprécié notre séjour. Merci beaucoup.

CATALPA 6 au 8 mai / Céline
PARFAIT! Voilà une adresse a conserver précieusement. Un site fantastique ou tout est prévu pour passer un séjour merveilleux… si vous partez avec des enfants c est le lieu idéal : immense piscine et sa pataugeoire chauffée, de nombreux jeux de plein air, une salle avec billard babyfoot et ping pong… et le site est très sécurisé pour laisser jouer sereinement les plus petits! Quant aux hôtes …. ils sont parfaits! Un accueil au top , le gite est très bien équipé, et Thierry est disponible a tout moment pour vous rendre le séjour le plus agréable possible tout en restant d une discrétion totale…. Certainement le meilleur gite que nous ayons fait! Encore merci Thierry !

YEW TREE du 28 avril au 1er mai 2017 / Famille Lenoble
Nous avons une nouvelle fois passé un excellent week-end dans votre propriété, malgré une météo partagée. Nous apprécions vraiment, le confort, la qualité, la propreté et le charme de vos gîtes toujours aussi bien tenus avec leurs petits lots de nouveautés découvertes à chaque séjour.
Votre gentillesse et le soin que vous apportez à l’entretient dans le moindre détail de vos gîtes et du très joli parc qui les entoure, a encore séduit toute la famille qui s’y sent vraiment comme chez elle. Nous avons hâte d’y revenir dans deux ans pour un nouveau rassemblement.

CHESTNUT du 17 au 20 avril 2017 / Isabel
Merci pour cet agréable séjour , dans un endroit magnifique avec plusieurs activités à notre disposition. L’environnement est topissime et l’accueil fort agréable

CHESTNUT du 15 au 17 avril 2017 / Nassima
L’endroit était parfait pour un weekend en toute tranquillité. Le lieu correspond bien à la description. Thierry et sa femme ont été très accueillant et disponible. Un retour sera fait avec plaisir

2016

Keeble family / September 2016 / CHESTNUT

« Just to let you know we had a great holiday. Alex and Luca loved the play park, sand pit and the pool. The cottage Chestnut was ideal with its private terrace and the interior is spacious and relaxing. The children enjoyed the play room with table tennis, football table and the pool table. They loved exploring the woods nearby and seeing the chickens and sheep in the field next door.  Daddy also managed to have some time to go for a run in the woods as there are lots of quiet roads and tracks around the house, perfect for cycling or running. The beaches are just a short drive away less than 30 minutes. This cottage is ideal for a family with a baby or toddler as it is all flat. Alex is 22 months old and we found that it was ideal for us. There is only a little step inside the house. The area is perfect, nearby there are lots of fun and interesting places to visit such as the Ferme de Magna. ( Childrens farm with activities), Saintes (beautiful town) also has a little train to visit the town,  Paleosite, Caves and beaches at Meschers, the Aquarium at La Rochelle and much more. See you all again very soon!  »

Benoît et ses amis / Week end septembre 2016 / CATALPA

« Accueil très cool, Thierry est disponible et accessible. Le site est très jolie, propre et calme et la piscine est top. Sa situation permet de visiter plusieurs endroits de la côte Atlantique. Je recommande vivement ce gîte pour un séjour en couple ou entre amis.  »

Janet and Margaret / CAMELIA / September 2016

We had a brilliant holiday and loved our cottage and your help with any queries we had including my attempts to do my washing in the swimming pool I think you probably thought mad English! !!! I can and will highly recommend Chez Belliveau to my friends and family and say without doubt it has been my favourite French holiday. I have been coming to the region for 20 years and tried different places since our friend sold their home there and non have been as nice as Chez Belliveau. We will be back.

Look forward to seeing you again

Paula Carrington / août 2016 / CAMELIA

Thank you for our stay, we enjoyed our stay at your gites. We loved the peacefulness of the place, even though there were 6 holiday cottages, it always felt very quiet and from our garden and cottage we felt quite secluded and private. The house was lovely and comfortable and the pool area very serene and beautifully well kept.

The bar is a real bonus though we didn’t take enough advantage of it and sadly missed the meal as our children were being fussy.

If we came to the area again we would love to stay at chez belliveau.

Laura Ludovic et Maëva  / août 2016 / CAMPSIS

Très bon séjour dans ce gîte très confortable, propre et spacieux.

L’accueil des propriétaires est très chaleureux, ils sont de bons conseils pour les balades, visites…

Leur gentillesse, discrétion et courtoisie font que nous nous sentons tout de suite bien.

Nous avons apprécié le calme, les espaces extérieurs bien entretenus dont la piscine chauffée vraiment agréable. Le service boulangerie du matin est un vrai plus et rajoute à la qualité des services proposés.

C’est un lieu de vacances que nous n’oublierons pas… Sans conteste le meilleur gîte que nous avons fait. Merci

James, Stephanie, George and Florence (Mike and Jan) – August 2016 / CATALPA

We had 2 great weeks at Chez Belliveau. We stayed in Catalpa cottage, 2 very nice pools and plenty of grounds for the children to play in. A real bonus was the morning delivery of bread and pastries from the boulangerie. This summed up the helpfulness of Thierry and Isabelle, they were great hosts and the children really warmed to them. Having them on-site was very helpful and provided us with so much local knowledge from vinyards, beaches, local markets and booking us into La Table restaurant in Meursac.

The bar on site is great for bringing everyone together and the weekly meal on a wednesday night was really nice and was great to mix with the other families. With young children it was akin to a night our with local french cooking.We would recommend Chez Belliveau. Thanks again Thierry and Isabelle.

Julia, Paul, Benjy & Emi / august 2016 / CAMPSIS

Huge thanks for another lovely week at Chez Belliveau. As always, the cottage was beautifully clean, well maintained and equipped with everything we needed. The pool was looking great with the new liner and the beautiful planting around it too.

Your gites are brilliantly situated – we love the picturesque rural setting and that you are only a couple of minutes from the fast road. We even found the trip to the Cote Sauvage to be very easy. Most of all, it is just a lovely happy place to relax – thanks for looking after us so well

Famille GERARD / août 2016 

Nous avons passé une excellente semaine dans le gite « Campsis ».
Le site est remarquable (magnifique grande piscine et sympathiques transats à chapeaux intégrés !), le gite extrêmement bien équipé, les lits très confortables …. et les propriétaires très accueillants, générant une ambiance bien conviviale. Mais ce n’est pas qu’un gite et une piscine qui sont mis à disposition, c’est aussi de quoi jouer au ping pong, à la pétanque, de quoi lire tranquillement sur les transats (en français ou en anglais, selon les gouts !), et plein de petits conseils avisés sur les sorties locales possibles. Un grand merci à Thierry et Isabelle en particulier pour la bonne adresse de restaurant et de producteur de pineau, sur lesquelles nous ne serions pas tombés tous seuls.
Nous gardons cette très bonne adresse pour des futures vacances, dès que nous retournerons dans ce coin !

MARIA, SHAUN, CAMERON & OLIVER BELL – AUGUST 2016

We had an absolutely marvelous time at Chez Belliveau. Our cottage was just lovely, and you had thought of everything, even down to salt & pepper! We and our boys really enjoyed the pool, which you keep spotlessly clean.
The meal you & Isabelle prepared for all of the guests was wonderful! It’s such a good idea to get everyone together for the evening.
We will be recommending you to our friends, and we hope to visit you again in the future.
Many thanks for your hospitality,

GRAHAM, SARAH, LAUREN AND CHLOE SHIPMAN – AUGUST 2016

Our stay at Chez Beliveau was all that we expected as it was our second visit. The accommodation and facilities are spotlessly cleaned and maintained to the most highest of standards.
There are no problems that will hinder your stay here because you only have to mention them and Thierry will get it sorted, this includes booking attractions with language difficulties.
Recommendation in itself is that we have already had 2 visits here and we will again be considering it as one of our holiday destinations for 2017.

PHILIPPA SNELLGROVE – JULY 2016

Yes, we really enjoyed our week with you at Belliveau and loved the outdoors living at Campsis with our charming veranda and outlook over the sunflower fields. Your pool is the best we have ever experienced at a holiday gite, so many thanks! We really appreciated how clean the pool was and what a great temperature the water always was. We also had fun exploring the Charente Maritime area and would recommend a visit to Saintes to see the Roman amphitheatre, and the beaches at Meschers (Plage des Vergnes and Plage des Nonnes) as well as experiencing the stunning beaches and waves on the Cote Sauvage.

DUNCAN / JULY 2016

Although we only stayed 2 nights, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Wonderfully peaceful, obvious attention to detail in the cottage and lots of space for the boys to run around, play games and swim in the huge pool.
Thanks and looking forward to wine tasting in your bar next year.

BRIGITTE ET PHILIPPE – JUILLET 2016

Nous gardons un très bon souvenir de notre séjour d’une semaine dans votre domaine accueillant et bien tenu. Nous avons spécialement apprécié le calme, la courtoisie de tous les hôtes, le service boulangerie pour le petit déjeuner, la piscine et son bel environnement fleuri ainsi que votre gentillesse et vos conseils avisés pour découvrir la région qui offre des attraits variés : découverte des patrimoines naturel, historique, gastronomique et architectural, plages qui ne sont pas surpeuplées début juillet, promenades en mer ou soirées musicales à Saintes…

NICOLAS – JUILLET 2016

Nous avons réservé un week end prolongé à la dernière minute avec des enfants en bas âge. L’accueil a été très chaleureux et les propriétaires très disponibles. Nous n’avons manqué de rien, tout est très bien pensé tant dans le gite (barrières de lit pour enfant, chaises hautes…) que dans les espaces extérieurs (barbecue, piscine chauffée ombragée, espace de jeux pour les enfants…). Nous recommandons très vivement ce gite qui a été pour nous un vrai havre de paix. Nous espérons pouvoir y retourner très bientôt. Merci à tous les 2!

OLIVIER, JULIE, LOU & ZOÉ – JUILLET 2016

A notre plus grande joie, nous sommes revenus pour la deuxieme année consécutive “chez Belliveau”! Nous venions d’avoir notre deuxieme enfant et nous savions déjà que c’était la destination parfaite pour passer des vacances en famille. Nous n’avons pas été déçu et c’était même encore mieux que dans nos souvenirs. Le gite que nous avons loué était impeccable avec toutes les fournitures bébé mis gracieusement à disposition, Thierry & Isabelle étaient là pour nous accueuillir et répondre à nos questions, notre plus grande fille a grandement profité des balançoires, piscines et autres jeux pour enfants, et quant à nous, les parents, nous avons fait de très belles rencontres avec les autres vacanciers du site. Bref nous avons vraiment pu profiter pleinement du splendide site de Thierry & Isabelle et nous espérons sincèrement pouvoir revenir l’année prochaine! Un grand merci.

PIERRE – JUIN 2016

Nous avons passé un magnifique week-end entre amis grâce à la prestation qu’offre le gîte de Thierry. Parfait pour se retrouver en toute intimité. Thierry sait recevoir en toute discrétion! Merci beaucoup.

JULIETTE – JUIN 2016

Nous avons passé un très bon séjour dans ce gîte. Il y a de.nombreux équipements pour passer un agréable séjour en famille.ou en.amis. Propriétaires disponibles et sympathiques. Je recommande

RÉUNION DE FAMILLE MAI 2016

Nous avons réservé tous les gites pour le weekend de l’Ascension 2016 pour une réunion de famille (32 personnes) et avons passé un excellent séjour. Les propriétaires ont mis tout en oeuvre, avec beaucoup de gentillesse et de discrétion, pour que notre séjour se déroule dans les meilleures conditions. Tous les gîtes sont spacieux, propres et soignés, conformes aux photos du site. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié la piscine chauffée début mai… (ce qui n’est pas toujours le cas dans les autres locations), l’aire de jeu a ravi petits, le tout situé dans un cadre champêtre très agréable et très bien entretenu. Nous recommandons vivement les Gîtes Belliveau et sommes prêts à revenir l’an prochain.

2015

WYGAS FAMILY- SEPTEMBER 2015

Our party was a young family of 5 plus grandparents, staying at Camelia and Chestnut. Thierry was prompt and informative in his correspondence prior to booking and I’m very glad we did. The photos of the gites don’t do them justice. Spacious enough, spotlessly clean and well equipped with an unexpected level of privacy. The grounds are beautifully maintained with facilities and activities suitable for all age groups. My 6 year old mastered the monkey bars and my 3 year old graduated from the baby pool to the big pool. My husband and I enjoyed a few runs around the local roads but Meursac isn’t walking distance and there isn’t much there. We got in the car to visit Saintes, La Palmyre, Mornac sur Seudre and Talmont sur Gironde, all picturesque and well within 30 minutes drive. A relaxing, fun week and good value for money.

SOPHIE ET MARTIN – AUGUST 2015

Thierry et Isabelle ont un acceuil chaleureux et pratique. Nous avons passe un sejour tres agreable dans le gite Camelia avec nos 3 enfants, dont un bebe. Thierry et Isabelle nous ont prete tout ce qu’il faillait pour notre bebe, et nos deux filles se sont beaucoup amuse dans la piscine et avec les jeux offerts dans le joli jardin. Le gite est tres bien equipe et decore avec sensibilite. La petite livraison du boulanger tous les matins etait tres sympa aussi. Nous n’hesiterons pas a recommender le gite pour nos amis ni a revenir en visite nous meme une autre fois.

KATHRYN & PHILIP PERKINS -AUGUST 2015

Chez Belliveau is the ideal spot for families with children. Thierry and Isabelle have thought of everything and were very helpful. We stayed in Catalpa which sleeps eight comfortably with a bathroom and shower upstairs and a shower room and separate toilet downstairs. The cottages are well equipped with crockery and cutlery and cooking bits and pieces.
Our grandchildren loved the safe freedom they had to play in the “park” with the swings and other equipment and especially enjoyed the pool. Thierry maintains everything very well and the gardens are beautiful. It is a lovely place to stay.
The beaches are about a thirty minute pretty drive away. We were blessed with lovely weather and the family spent three days on sandy, safe beaches.
There are things to do locally and Thierry has many information leaflets to help with your choice.
Chez Belliveau is a good base if you don’t mind driving to get to where you want to go. The nearest supermarket was about ten to fifteen minutes away in the car, (Super U) but Thierry takes orders for bread and croissants each night so they are delivered fresh each morning to your door!
We drove there, but it is a LONG journey. I would seriously consider flying to a local airport and hiring a car locally next time.

THE CHANDLER FAMILY – JULY 2015

Just had a superb week at Chez Belliveau. Very nice cottage, excellent pool and plenty of grounds for the children to play in. Morning delivery of bread, croissants and pain au raisin too! Plus table tennis, table football and pool table to keep kids amused.
A huge bonus was the bar on site manned by the ever helpful owners Thierry and Isobel. Plus they did a meal for all on site one evening which was really nice and great to mix with the other families.
Restaurant la Table is a must visit whilst there, Thierry will book for you.
Highly recommended and thank you very much Thierry and Isobel.
We hope to return!

JEANETTE, NEIL, AND WILLIAM – AUGUST 2015

Thank you both for your warm and generous hospitality. Our weeks stay at Chez Belliveau was thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing. We loved the gite and complex which were so clean and well equipped and the great facilities for families including the beautiful pool and green areas – not forgetting the table tennis, pool table and table football which our son loved! It was a pleasure to meet you and enjoy this beautiful part of France. A week was really not enough – and so we hope to return some time for a longer stay!
Many thanks and best wishes.

OLIVIER, JULIE ET LOU / JUILLET 2015

Une adresse coup de coeur que ce soit pour des vacances en famille ou entre amis!!
Nous avons passé 2 semaines fantastiques avec notre petite fille d’1 an et demi qui s’est amusée autant que nous nous sommes reposés
Les gites (nous en avons testé 2) sont spacieux, propres et fonctionnels. L’intimité de chacun des gites du site est parfaitement respectée et les espaces communs extérieurs que sont le jardin et les piscines sont tout simplement splendides! Un véritable havre de paix parfaitement entretenu.
Les installations enfants mises à disposition sont adaptés à des enfants de tout âge et notre petite fille les a adoré.
Thierry et Isabelle sont des hôtes charmants, très accueillants, disponibles et de bons conseils. Ils sont également très discrets mais vous les trouverez facilement car ils entretiennent leur magnifique site en permanence!
Bref, nous ne pouvons que vous recommander les gites de Thierry & Isabelle qui ont dépassé, et de loin, toutes nos espérances!

GRAHAM, SARAH, LAUREN AND CHLOE SHIPMAN / JULY 2015

Chez Belliveau was all that we were hoping for, a comfortable place to stay. Our Gite was full of the equipment needed for a self catering holiday, and plenty of it to allow a “Washing up” free holiday.
Thierry and Isabelle were helpful in every way, nothing too much trouble including the delivery fresh Bakery items onto the doorstep each morning, Bliss.
The swimming pool area, was maintained to a high standard, cleaned every day, plenty of relaxing loungers and quite honestly our teenage children loved it, so much so that no sooner did we go out than they were ready to get back for the pool.
In all it is a lovely place to stay, lots close by to do and always this welcoming place to come back to each evening, pure relaxation.
Thanks again, .

SIAN AND FAMILY / JUNE 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our family holiday at Chez Belliveau. The location was ideal for exploring both coast and countryside and the facilities on site kept our two and a half year old well entertained at all times.Thank you for your warm welcome.
Best wishes

CAROLYN AND RICHARD / MAY 2015

We just wanted to thank you for making our stay at Chex Belliveau so enjoyable. We thought the Chestnut gite was lovely and the gardens and pool are truly beautiful. We felt very much at home throughout our stay. We have already started recommending you to our friends!

Have a wonderful summer.

LA FAMILLE LENOBLE / MAI 2015

Après deux séjours chez Belliveau, nous ne pouvons que conseiller fortement ce gîte, tant pour la qualité de ses prestations que celle de l’accueil et pour la gentillesse et la disponibilité des propriétaires.

Un joli cadre champêtre très agréable et super bien entretenu, abrite 6 vastes gîtes confortables et bien équipés qui bénéficient d’une grande piscine chauffée. Le tout constitue un cadre sécurisant pour les enfants qui seront ravis par l’espace de liberté, les jeux, les moutons et bien sur la piscine.

La proximité de la cote, de Royan, de Talmon, du zoo de la Palmyre, permet de belles balades en famille.
Pour ceux qui comme nous sont nombreux, la grande salle de jeux qui peu servir de salle de fête, la possibilité de louer plusieurs gîtes autour d’un logis plus vaste servant de point de ralliement, sont des éléments appréciables et déterminant pour réussir un bon séjour, à des prix qui restent raisonnables.

Un grand bravo pour votre réalisation et merci encore pour ces séjours qui ont enchanté petits et grands tous prêts à revenir chez vous.

DUNCAN AND MICHELE / MAY 2015

Thank you Thierry and Isabel for another fabulous relaxing and peaceful family holiday. We all loved your large heated pool and the very spacious accommodation. Looking forward to another visit soon!

2014

JOHN AND JUDY HAWKER / SEPTEMBER 2014

My husband and I have stayed at Chez Belliveau four (?) times now and on each occasion we couldn’t have wished for a more comfortable holiday. Isabel and Thierry certainly work hard to create beautiful, clean and comfortable surroundings for their guests. There is something to interest everyone in the area, whether you enjoy the beaches, local markets or historical chateaux and towns.

We must give credit to Thierry and Isabel for bringing the visitors together with their weekly meals in the “bar” (in season) or little “impromptu” “get-togethers” for caramel cake or pancakes out of season. A lovely idea !

RAY AND SALLY COLLIS / SEPTEMBER 2014

We had a really good holiday at Chez Belliveau, loved Chestnut cottage, very comfortable with everything included you could want for….the pool was great and your welcome very warm…located in lovely countryside and near to beaches… we enjoyed good weather in our September visit….hopefully we will return next year.

SARAH AND NATHAN / SEPTEMBER 2014

Our two weeks staying in the Yew tree made for an excellent and relaxing holiday. We especially loved the fresh bread delivered each day, the lovely pools area and the local wines available. We choose not to venture too far with our young daughter and Thierry provided an additional map and advice on walking routes to the nearby village. The nearest town has 3 supermarkets and the Yew tree has a well equipped kitchen for preparing meals. In the main season period, Thierry runs a small bar, with an old cognac distillery in it. During our stay Thierry and Isabelle offered us welcoming pancakes one evening and a wonderful meal on another evening – all served well within range of the baby monitor. Wonderful weather and an wonderful location – perfect.

JOHN AND CAROLE CLULOW / SEPTEMBER 2014

Chestnut Cottage was very comfortable with all the facilities that we required. Chez Belliveau is ideally situated for exploring the nearby costal and inland areas.We would highly recommend this gite, the owners were very welcoming and helpful with places to visit.

CHRISTIAN ET MICHELLE / SEPTEMBRE 2014

Merci pour votre accueil chaleureux lors de notre séjour dans le gîte (camélia).
Nous avons passé une super semaine en famille, dans un cadre agréable et charmant, avec ses bons moments de détente à la piscine après les journées de ballades, sans oublier, en prime, la copieuse soirée crepes…
Bref : un très bon souvenir de ce séjour en toute convivialité

ALISON, SIMON AND TWINS (6 MONTHS) / SEPTEMBER 2014

We arrived home on Friday after a long journey, but feeling so much better for our holiday and wanted to thank you for making it so enjoyable. The warm welcome that you and Isabelle gave, along with the lovely gardens, pool and cottages made for an excellent holiday for us all – and allayed any concerns that we had about our first family holiday! Thank you.

THÉRÈSE ET BERNARD COLOMBERO / SEPTEMBRE 2014

Nous vous remercions pour votre accueil. Les gîtes sont bien agencés et leur jardin à l’anglaise sont très bien entretenus. Il faisait bon se détendre autour de la piscine chauffée.
Cela nous a permis de passer en famille une semaine très agréable.

ODETTE & JEAN-FRANÇOIS,LE GUILVINEC / SEPTEMBRE 2014

En découvrant le site des gîtes ” Chez Belliveau” , en Charente-Maritime, nous avons été séduits par la beauté de cette propriété, la disposition des gîtes et leur confort.
Nous remercions vivement nos hôtes,Isabelle & Thierry, de leur bienveillante attention pour profiter au maximum des attrais de la région, sans oublier bien sûr le cadre paradisiaque de la belle piscine chauffée.
Nous avons grandement apprécié leurs initiatives pour créer de jolis moments de partage, regroupant les estivants autour d’un festin de crêpes & cidre ou d’un délicieux repas sous la tonnelle.
Encore merci de ces sympathiques souvenirs à conserver précieusement!

ANNIE ET PIERRE ASENCI / SEPTEMBRE 2014

Juste un petit mot pour vous remercier de votre accueil et de votre disponibilité lors de notre semaine passée dans l’un de vos gîtes.
Nous avons passé une très bonne semaine, dans un gîte confortable, propre, très fonctionnel et bien équipé, tout cela situé en campagne dans un cadre très agréable. Malgré tout, on est très proche du bord de mer et nous avons pu visiter pas mal de choses sans dépasser une heure de route maximum.
En plus, nous avons eu un temps superbe durant toute cette semaine et nous avons pu profiter de la piscine tous les jours.
Nous n’avions pas nos petits enfants mais le terrain est suffisamment grands pour que les enfants jouent en toute sécurité puisque le site est clos (la piscine aussi est close avec une porte de sécurité, donc les enfants n’y ont pas accès tout seul) ; tout est fait aussi pour les enfants puisqu’il y a plein de jeux pour eux et qu’ils peuvent aller et venir du gîte aux jeux en toute liberté.
Encore merci de votre accueil et à une prochaine fois.
Longue vie à vos gîtes

BEK, TIM, EMILY, LOUISE AND PIPPA / AUGUST 2014

Once again we would like to thank you very much for a most relaxing and enjoyable stay at Chez Belliveau. Your welcome was as usual truly lovely and it was so good to see you both again. I have no hesitation in recommending your lovely Gites at Chez Belliveau to anyone. You have made so many improvements since you took over from the previous owners, we’ve seen a lot of positive changes over the years that we have been coming to stay. Our stay with you is made so much easier for us as you speak very good English and asking for help and local advise couldn’t be simpler! Chez Belliveau which has its own pool and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is very close to local beaches and other attractions and amenities, so it’s ideal for all generations from very young upwards. During the day you have full use of the pool, surrounding grounds and all other amenities, there is an indoor games room with various activities for you to enjoy with table tennis, table football, darts and a pool table etc. Also to have the option of either relaxing in your own Gite and surrounding grounds or join other guests in the bar in the evenings is great. Thierry and Isabelle are always on hand if you need anything extra, they even deliver fresh croissants and baguettes in the morning to you door supplied by a local baker!. A truly ideal location for a fantastic holiday.

KAREN, NICK AND CHILDREN / AUGUST 2014

Thank you to Thierry and Isabelle for another wonderful holiday. We love being in a rural location but still an easy drive from the beaches and Chez Belliveau itself offers everything we could possibly want in a holiday – lovely pool, comfortable gite, happy kids and good company. A home from home (but with much better pains au chocolat!). A l’ete prochain.

KATE, KEVIN, FINLEY AND ISLA SUPPLE AND GRANDPARENTS, MIKE AND SUE BOWYER – AUGUST 2014

As a family we had booked to spend three weeks In Yew Tree but an unexpected wedding invitation meant we all had to change our plans. Thierry helped us sort things out and Kate & family spent a week in Camellia cottage followed by us all together inYew Tree. Unfortunately Thierry couldn’t do anything about the rain in the first week but the children still made the most of the safe play area and found plenty to do with the friends they made. We were more fortunate with the weather for the second week and found plenty to do in the area, as well as making use of the excellent pool area. We already knew the area from past holidays but much had changed since we had last been to the Charente Maritime so we were all glad of Thierry’s local knowledge. The bread delivery each morning was very welcome and the weekly ‘get together’ for an excellent meal cooked by Isabelle was a fun way of meeting up with everyone else staying at Chez Belliveau. The toys available for the younger visitors, together with the games room make it a good all round destination for a relaxing family holiday, whatever the ages. The cottages are all well equipped and Thierry is there immediately to deal with any problems that might arise. The Charente Maritime area has a wide variety of things to do and the weather is (normally!) warm and sunny for most of the year. You will find the welcome at Chez Belliveau well worth the journey.

FAMILLE GIBAUT, AUGUST 2014

Thank you Thierry and Isabelle for a wonderful holiday at Chez Belliveau. Our girls loved the pool and play areas (as did we!) and can’t wait to come back again. There is certainly lots to do in the surrounding area and we especially enjoyed visiting Talmont and the nearby chateau. We had a lovey evening meal, hosted by yourselves, with the other guests and their families. There are many places still on our list to see and we are looking forward to a return visit.

KEVIN/SUE/JOEL/EVE GUNNER – AUGUST 2014

We have just returned from a week’s stay at Chez Belliveau with our two children aged 14 and 10. We booked flights to Bordeaux and then hired a car. We were greeted warmly after our travels (1-1.5 hours by car from Bordeaux) by our hosts with a very-welcome drink from the bar and then a tour of the owners’ fantastic site. Our cottage (Camelia) was perfectly comfortable and well-equipped. The grounds themselves are meticulously maintained by Thierry and Isabelle and their hard work and pride in providing a safe and pleasant environment is obvious to see and appreciate. There is plenty of room for children to run around, a play area, ball games and sports such as table tennis for older children are available under cover. The highlight has to be the swimming pool which was a very peaceful, pretty and safe area. The morning arrival of freshly-baked bread and croissants on our doorstep was a huge hit with our kids. Venturing further afield, the local region is very beautiful with a variety of pretty villages and beaches to visit during your stay such as Talmont-sur-Gironde and Meschers. Our hosts remained in the background but were always available to recommend places to visit and provide directions/maps to ensure you get the best from your stay. On the Thursday evening, Isabelle cooked a delicious dinner which everyone staying attended and was thoroughly enjoyable, particularly as our group was a very sociable one, with all the children and adults enjoying each other’s company throughout our stay! I hope we can keep in touch. All in all, a very hospitable, relaxing and enjoyable stay and one that we shall remember for many years to come, perhaps the best gite holiday in France we have experienced (we really didn’t want to go home!).

CLAIRE, PAUL, AMELIE, TOBY AND FLORENCE FROM READING, UK / AUGUST 2014

We really enjoyed our stay in your beautiful region, especially the gorgeous beaches so close by. The gite had everything we needed and the pool and play areas were fabulous for our family – especially when our car broke down! We were overwhelmed with our amazing hosts – Thierry and Isabelle – so kind and helpful, they did everything possible to make our stay a happy one (including doing some food shopping when we had no transport). I sincerely hope we can return one day to see more of the area.
Thank you.

LISA AND PAUL GRAVES / AUGUST 2014

Thank you, Thierry and Isabelle, for providing a wonderfully relaxing holiday at Chez Belliveau, of which the highlight was the beautifully kept swimming pool. We certainly got our money’s worth from it, with our 13 year old daughter waiting at the pool area gate at 10am! It was a job to persuade our three children to visit the surrounding area (which is beautiful), as they wanted to stay in the pool all day!
We were also lucky that the other five families had children with a range of ages and they all got on so well. The dinner Isabelle cooked for us all on the Thursday was a great success; everyone enjoyed it.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Chez Belliveau to others.

FAMILLE VIVIER, JUILLET 2014

Nous avons de nouveau beaucoup apprécié ( après un 1er séjour en avril) notre semaine de juillet, dans un gîte spacieux et reposant.

Tout est très bien entretenu et fleuri et la piscine, très plaisante également, a permis à toute notre famille d’en profiter pleinement.

La situation de ces gîtes est idéale et l’accueil d’Isabelle et Thierry, nous incite à y revenir.

THE GIBSON FAMILY, ENGLAND, JULY 2014.

Dear Isabelle and Thierry,
We wanted to say how much we enjoyed our stay in Cherry a few weeks ago. You made us feel so welcome and were always available whenever we needed to ask a question, yet at the same time you were unobtrusive hosts, leaving us to enjoy a peaceful garden and pool area. Our two boys (11 and 9 years) really appreciated the open space to kick their football around in and the pool was plenty big enough for everyone who wanted to swim.
Our cottage, Cherry, had everything we needed and was clean, spacious and private. Having our breakfast bread and pastries delivered was a special treat, which was hard to resist, and your communal meal on the Thursday evening was a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with the other holidaymakers.
Although we could have spent the whole time relaxing at Chez Belliveau, we did explore the local countryside, which is beautiful. We would recommend a trip to the coast, the Ile d’Oleron (hire some bikes and find a beach, or go to the water park), the Zoo at La Palmyre, Rochefort (to see L’Hermione in its dock and the rope factory) as well as a visit to one of the local vineyards to stock up on some tasty and great value local wines and cognac. The local restaurant in Meursac (La Table) is also well worth a visit if you like good French food in a lovely location.
We would recommend a stay at Chez Belliveau without hesitation.

THE HENDRY FAMILY / JULY 2014

We had a lovely time at Chez Belliveau. It was perfect for young families. The pool was fantastic and the large garden/play area was a favorite for our kids . Both Stuart and I found the holiday peaceful and relaxing and enjoyed our day trips to the local towns and beaches.

HÉLÈNE, NICOLE, ISABELLE, JULIE ET LES 3 PETITES FILLES

Nous revoilà dans ce très beau gîte, dans un cadre verdoyant agencé avec beaucoup de goût et de soins.
Les jardins fort agréables sont très très bien entretenus..
Enfants et adultes s’amusent comme des fous dans la piscine qui a toujours une T° idéale.
L’idée du jardin d’enfants est vraiment bien pensée car elle permet aux parents un grand moment de répit, de plus les enfants adorent cet endroit et s’y amusent comme des fous. (Beaucoup de relations s’y créent)
Ce jardin d’enfants est un point fort dans ce gîte et fait sans le vouloir une forte publicité auprès des familles.
Cette année ce sont les enfants qui nous ont crié :
-“On veut aller chez Belliveau, on veut aller chez Belliveau”.. !
L’accueil est très chaleureux, Thierry et Isabelle sont toujours disponibles et souriants.
Bravo pour tout l’ensemble, la configuration des gîtes, les équipements, l’environnement..(A signaler que les draps fournis, le pain frais le matin, et le ménage inclus dans le prix sont des détails très appréciés)
En conclusion, comme nous y sommes trop bien il faut y rester plus longtemps…

PAUL & HEATHER ( 21ST JUNE TO 5TH JULY)

We had a fabulous holiday this year at Chez Belliveau. Our apartment was clean, comfortable and had everything we required. We find it relaxing and quite, and close to many beautiful beaches and wonderful countryside. The large heated pool for our use, when ever we needed it, was lovely.
Being retired we were able to holiday in late June early July, when there were fewer people about, giving us really good service in all restaurants and bars.
We will return again, in two years time.

THE JO PARKER FAMILY, JUNE 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Chez Belliveau, very beautiful place and so peaceful. Chestnut Cottage was perfect for us, comfortable with everything you need, and you were both so welcoming and helpful throughout our stay.

Will definitely recommend to family and friends and hope to return ourselves one day

LAUREN, MATTHEW AND CHILDREN (JUNE 2014)

We had a wonderful family holiday at Chez Belliveau in June 2014. The property, garden, playground and pool were all perfect for our toddler and baby. Thierry and Isabelle were really lovely hosts and made us feel very welcome. The property is really well placed to visit Royan and all the surrounding beaches and there is easy access to supermarkets and local villages. We would like to return and think it would be a great place to visit with Grandparents or another family, as they could stay in a neighbouring property and share facilities.

LES BAUDETS (GROUPE D’AMIS NANTAIS) (WEEK END DE LA PENTECÔTE)

3 jours passés chez “Les Belliveau” très agréables !
Les plus : la piscine chauffée et sa pataugeoire, le jardin paysagé très bien entretenu, la terrasse/préau avec une grande capacité d’accueil, la salle de jeux (billard, tennis de table, babyfoot…), le calme et le charme du site, l’indépendance de chaque gite.
Les propriétaires sont très accueillants, disponibles, et soucieux de votre bien être lors de votre séjour.
Nous pensons peut être revenir l’année prochaine !

FAMILLES GOUSSET-TESSIER (MAI 2014)

Très joli cadre, idéal pour passer de très bons moments pour un we ou plus, en groupe ou en famille.
L’accueil et la gentillesse de Mr et Mme Martin font qu’en partant en a qu’une idée en tête : revenir!!!! D’ailleurs nous comptons bien revenir mais toute la famille au complet!!!
Merci pour tout, adresse à recommander, très bon rapport qualité/prix.

FAMILLES URIEN/NICOLAS/SERVE-CATELIN – PONT DU 8 MAI 2014

Passer quelques jours au calme, dans des gites agreables, tres bien equipés, dans un cadre verdoyant et tres bien entretenu : ideal pour un regroupement familial ou une rencontre entre amis. Ce que nous avons vecu tous les onze, en famille, alternant ballade vers la mer, visite au zoo ou decouverte de la region …sans oublier la piscine chauffee, meme quand il ne fait pas trop beau ! Merci a l’accueil chaleureux de Mr et Mme Martin, toujours disponibles !Adresse a diffuser !

FAMILLE BLANCKAERT, AVRIL 2014

Nous avons découvert “Chez Belliveau en avril.Nous étions réunis à 15 et avons tous été pleinement satisfaits. Très bon accueil, gîte convivial et spacieux, des espaces de jeux comme on aime. Nous avons profité de la mer proche tout en nous ressourçant à la campagne. A voir et à revoir …

2013

JULIA,PAUL AND EDIE MAY BENSLEY / AUGUST 2013

We have just returned from two weeks’ holiday in France staying at Chez Belliveau. Our cottage ‘Chestnut’ was very comfortable and well equipped with a pretty and private patio.The onsite owners, Thierry and Isabelle, were very welcoming and never too far away if we needed any help or advice. They are dedicated in maintaining the high standard of the gites, facilities and grounds. They also cooked and served a splendid French four-course dinner on the Thursday evening, at a reasonable price for any guests that wished to dine. This we did on both occasions as it was a very social and relaxed evening.The absolute highlight for me was the swimming pool, very private and surrounded by beautiful lawns and flowering shrubs. Most days the pool was completely empty as other guests headed for the nearby beaches.I would highly recommend Chez Belliveau for anyone who wishes to have a quiet and relaxing escape-type holiday in a warm and welcoming part of France.

LINDA , MARTIN & ALEX (15) – AUGUST 2013

A big thank to you both (Thierry and Isabelle) for the warm hospitality during our stay at CHEZ BELLIVEAU . We had a wonderfully relaxing week with you . The gite was very well equipped and clean . The site itself with pool , playroom and bar gave us plenty to do and the bread deliveries each morning were lovely. Our favorite night was the evening catered by you in the bar with the wonderful food and company. We had a lovely trip to La Rochelle which has a very good aquarium followed by lunch at the marina. Thanks again for making our stay very memorable .

MC DONALD’S FAMILY FROM IRELAND / AUGUST 2013

We were extremely pleased with our holiday at Chez Belliveau. It was a wonderful safe site for the children, a fabulous experience for adults also with your lovely parties hosted by Isabelle who is a great cook! A beautiful swimming pool and a lovely area for beaches and touring made our holiday both memorable and excellent.

ROLAND, DEBBIE AND FAMILY / AUGUST 2013

We enjoyed our week with you very much, particularly appreciating the excellent swimming pool, the croissants delivered fresh every morning and the friendly evening bar. There were certainly lots of interesting places to visit and good beaches nearby, so we could easily have stayed for two weeks! Our favourite destinations were La Rochelle (lovely old port and town), La Palmyre zoo and the beach at St Georges de Didonne.

DIXON FAMILY / AUGUST 2013

Thank you very much for a really lovely holiday. we all really enjoyed ourselves. it would be great to come back again. the girls thoroughly enjoyed the pool and there were so many great places to visit. we also really enjoyed the dinner isabelle cooked. thank you again. Candy

FAMILLE BOUILLET / AOUT 2013

Nous avons séjourné dans les gîtes Chestnut et Campsis de Chez Belliveau lors de l’été 2013 avec nos 2 enfants en bas âge et nous en gardons un très bon souvenir.Les gîtes sont très bien équipés, très agréables et fonctionnels. Thierry et Isabelle nous ont mis également à disposition l’équipement bébé dont nous avions besoin.Le site est très bien entretenu. La piscine est très agréable et suffisamment grande pour en profiter pleinement même lorsque tous les vacanciers s’y retrouvent (ce qui est finalement assez rare).Les propriétaires sont sur place en cas de problème. Ils sont charmants et très discrets.Chaque gîte a sa terrasse privative et la présence d’autres gîtes à proximité n’est pas gênante. Au contraire, les enfants peuvent jouer ensemble. De nombreux équipements leur sont d’ailleurs dédiés dans le grand jardin. L’endroit est calme et reposant (voiture indispensable) et idéal pour sillonner un peu la région.

TINA, ALASTAIR, MATTHEW AND ARCHIE / JULY 2013

Thank you very much for making us feel so welcome at Chez Belliveau, we all had an absolutely fantastic holiday and would not hesitate to recommend you. “From the moment we arrived at Chez Belliveau we were offered a very warm welcome including a very refreshing drink from Thierry’s bar!! The Gite was clean, typically French and basic, yet we wanted for nothing. We had stopped en-route to buy food for the bar-b-q but realised we had forgotten both charcoal and matches, but not to worry because Thierry was happy to provide us with both! The swimming pools were always clean and the surrounding gardens were beautifully looked after. Even though we have older children, it was a very safe environment for young families, including a large play area for small children and a good sized grassed area and football nets for older children. We made regular use of the pool table and table tennis and so our two teenage boys were easily entertained. The Gites are in a fabulous location, enabling easy driving to La Rochelle, Royan, Saintes etc. One of the simplest pleasures was having fresh croissants and bread delivered to our door each morning! I would not hesitate to recommend Chez Belliveau and look forward to a return visit”

JOHN, MAREE, JACK, JUDY, NICOLA & PETER BRENNAN FROM IRELAND / JULY 2013

Chez Belliveau is discreetly tucked away in the most beautiful corner of France. It’s in a lovely rural setting surrounded by an endless expanse of vineyards, sunflowers, crops , etc. What’s also a bonus is it’s only a 10 min spin to the town of Saujon for the groceries in the local Supermarket. Royan on the coast is 20 min away and you have a choice of beaches, shops restaurants , etc. We flew Ryanair from to La Rochelle airport which is only 50 min to Chez BelliveauOur cottage (Yew Tree) was excellent and had all that we needed and indeed more. It was very clean, comfortable and spacious for the six of us. Chez Belliveau is very well maintained and landscaped — full of old world French charm. The swimming pool is exceptional a big hit with all the family and there are plenty of sun beds and parasols to help you doze off in between dips ! We also have to mention the treat each morning of opening the shutters and collecting a basket of freshly baked bread & croissants on the doorstep! The group dinner for all the guests of the 6 cottages was a very sociable evening that was enjoyed by all with excellent catering and service from our hosts. Our four children loved Chez Belliveau, the swimming pool, the games room, the outdoor space for playing and much more. We loved sitting on the terrace in the evening with our books and glasses in hand while the kids played away outside happily with their good friends from a UK family.Thierry and Isabelle are wonderful hosts and it is evident that they take great pride in Chez Belliveau and looking after their guests. Nothing was too small right from the moment we arrived until we left — thank you! To sum up we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks in Chez Belliveau and would love to return some day and highly recommend this destination to people as a holiday choice.

ROWE’S FAMILY / JUNE 2013

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at Chez Belliveau. We have two small children (1 and 3 yrs) who felt at home straight away and really enjoyed the gite (Catalpa) and the whole site which felt very safe. The playground worked really well for them and the pool was absolutely perfect for small children with the best toddler pool we have seen and the main pool which was great for ‘real’ swimming, a good temperature and very well maintained. The overall location was ideal for us as it was peaceful but had easy access to the main roads and a short drive to some great beaches. We took bikes with us and really enjoyed cycling around the local lanes. Thierry and his wife are great hosts and made every effort to make our stay as good as possible including advising on trips, lending maps, hosting a drinks evening and happy to help with any questions or requests.

ANGÉLIQUE, JEAN-PHILIPPE ET LA PETITE MATHILDE OGER / JUIN 2013

C’est avec satisfaction et plaisir que nous avons séjourné dans le gite “Chesnut” avec notre fille de 18 mois. Les propriétaires sont charmants et présents pour toute question ou information sans être envahissants: Prêt de matériel de plage, la livraison du pain directement au gite le matin… Le domaine est bien entretenu, la piscine est très agréable et les jouets de jardin ont comblé notre fille de 18 mois. Situé à 1 km de la voie rapide qui relie Saintes et Royan, la localisation du gîte est idéale pour visiter cette jolie région: Ile de Ré, Ile d’Oléron, La Palmyre, La Rochelle, le superbe petit village de Talmont sur Gironde….Merci à Isabelle et Thierry pour leur accueil. Comptez sur nous pour recommander votre adresse dès que possible.

PHIL, HANNAH AND THE BOYS! JUNE 2013

We had such a wonderful holiday and you were so kind and thoughtful. Thank you for making it so great! I don’t think holidaying with 5 little ones is ever going to be easy but you made it much easier – particularly on the rainy days!!! We loved the beach you recommended and Talmont and spending time by the pool was brilliant especially with the toddler pool. The family bike rides round the local villages were really special too. We would love to come back. Hope to see you again.With our love,

LESLEY AND MICHAEL / JULY 2013

We have just returned from a week Chez Belliveau and wish we could have stayed longer: the gite is charming, spacious and very well-equipped. Thierry and Isabelle are extremely hospitable and friendly and we really appreciated all the little extra touches which made the holiday so special. The swimming pool is magnificent – very big and beautifully maintained. A lovely, peaceful holiday destination which is ideal for all ages.

RUTH WILKES, 52./ JULY 2013

I am a very regular visitor to France and have sampled numerous gites in various regions but truly recommend Chez Belliveau. The accommodation is clean and well-equipped and each gite has its own private corner whilst being within a few steps of the lovely pool area and the convivial bar and games areas. The photos do no not really do justice to the beautiful gardens and pretty flower beds which surround the properties. What really made the holiday, though, was the warm and friendly welcome of the hosts Isabelle and Thierry who really seem to enjoy what they do and go out of their way to make you feel at home. They are happy to spend time chatting in the bar over a glass of local wine or Pineau des Charentes making visitors feel really at home and yet experiencing a bit of French life. Fresh croissants or pastries arrive each morning to order and Isabelle delighted us one evening with a home-cooked meal with about 16 of us chatting over the four courses served by our two hosts. For me this was the best of similar holidays I have had over the years and I thoroughly recommend Chez Belliveau.

HÉLÈNE DAUTREMENT / JUILLET 2013

Merci pour votre accueil chaleureux. Beaucoup de simplicité et de gentillesse de votre part durant ce séjour. Bravo pour ce cadre magnifique, pour l’aire de jeux des enfants qui fut très appréciée. Bravo pour la pataugeoire, pour cette grande piscine (à bonne T°), bravo pour la déco autour du bassin, les fleurs, les palmiers, le choix des transats, des parasols et ce système d’accès sécurisé vraiment bien pensé. Les gîtes sont bien disposés car assez bien isolés les uns des autres, ils sont fonctionnels et confortables. Tout cet ensemble, perdu dans la campagne, loin de la foule et des plages noires de monde, permet de renouer avec le calme de la nature toujours agrémenté des chants d’oiseaux. Merci encore pour votre gentillesse et toute cette disponibilité.

HEATHER AND PAUL (CAMBRIDGE)-JUNE 2013

The owners of these properties can speak English and are very helpful and friendly.
Would highly recommend these establishments for children and adults alike.
Will return in the near future.You will need a car but a beautiful peaceful area with a lovely pool.

GAVIGNET DENISE – JUIN 2013

Nous avons passés un merveilleux séjour chez BELLIVEAUTrès bon accueil, le cadre est magnifique et très bien entretenu.
Le gite est confortable, très bien équipé.
Une adresse qui mérite d’être connue

LES 8 MOTARDS DU 44 (BOUSSAY – GÉTIGNÉ – VALLET) -7 JUIN 2013

Gîte très agréable, confortable dans un environnement calme et plaisant. Accueil chaleureux.Nous avons également apprécié la fourniture des draps car nous étions en moto. Et bien sûr, le fait que le ménage soit compris n’est pas négligeable.Mais respect : nous n’avons pas pour autant laissé le gîte dans un état déplorable !
Notre seul regret … ne pas avoir utiliser la superbe piscine ! Le beau temps n’étant pas présent, l’envie nous a manqué malgré qu’elle soit chauffée !Nous sommes donc repartis en nous promettant de revenir pour en profiter pleinement … d’ici 4 ou 5 ans.Car nous programmons une sortie à moto tous les ans : nous l’avons appelé « la sortie Trott ».
A bientôt donc, Mr et Mme Martin, avec un temps beaucoup plus chaud !Adresse à diffuser sans modération !

BARBARA, ALAN & ELLIOT BROWN – MAY 2013

Thank you for the warm welcome we received on our recent stay at Chez Belliveau, we had a lovely holiday even though the weather wasn’t great particularly during the first week. Even though we have stayed at Chez Belliveau many times before we still found new places to visit following your recommendations. We hope to see you again sometime in the future.

ANTHONY – MAI 2013

Week end entre amis (20 adultes et 14 enfants) qui s’est déroulé dans de très bonne conditions. les gites sont impeccables et très bien équipés pour les enfants et les bébés, c’est un paradis de jeux pour les enfants où tout est sécurisé, la piscine est très grande (14m*7m) et surtout les propriétaires sont très accueillants et ont été surtout très indulgents lors de nos petites soirées. Merci encore. à l’unanimité du groupe un très bon cru 2013 malgré la météo. Enfin ils sont bien situés pour rayonner dans cette belle région de Royan, Saujon. Bonne continuation

2012

JONATHAN AND KAYE SEPTEMBER 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Chez Belliveau. The warm welcome and kindness you showed made our stay a very pleasant one. Catalpa cottage has an exellent standard,very clean upon arrival and comfortable.We also felt that nothing was too much trouble for you,and you were very helpfull when giving us information regarding the surrounding area. The children thoroughly enjoyed the pool ,as did we and they are missing the Table Tennis already! We feel we made a superb choice in staying with yourselves and wouldn’t hesitate to book again. Once again thankyou for your warm hospitality and care. Yours gratefully.

TONY AND CLARE, SEPTEMBER 2012

We thought that Chez Belliveau was a very nice place to go for a holiday from Spring to Autumn; it has the family attractions, but the area offers many other sights to enjoy both near and far for all ages and who are not tied to school holidays. We liked the old villages of Talmont and Brouage, but also spent enjoyable time seeing the countryside and sampling and buying the local wine, Cognac and discovered Pineau; we even got to the Gironde for the Bordeaux wines. The gite was comfortable, had everything we needed and the kitchen was particularly well equipped. In September we usually were able to eaton our private patio as the weather was good.Thank you for your hospitality, we hope to return. Best wishes

SUE & ROB, AUGUST 2012

We would happily recommend Chez Belliveau to anyone, your hospitality was wonderful, the cottage was beautifully decorated and very well equipped, and the pool was a delight. The location is quiet and peaceful but within easy reach of the local attractions and the bar with the alambic is a lovely place for a drink. We look forward to a return visit.See you again soon.Thanks again.

LESLEY & ANTHONY, SEPTEMBER 2012

You made us feel very welcome & the arrival drinks & bottle of rose wine as an arrival gift was extremely enjoyable after a long journey. We loved Yew Tree Cottage, it was very comfortable & we had plenty of room. The gardens & swimming pool were well looked after, the peaceful surroundings were very relaxing. We made use of the ping pong table for a family game one evening & our daughters enjoyed playing pool or billiards (not sure which it was!).Thank you once again for making the booking at the local restaurant for us. The food was excellent & the service very friendly.I do hope that we will stay with you again.Very best wishes

MARC, CAROLINE & HARRY, AUGUST 2012

If you like a lovely family friendly holiday, stay at Chez Belliveau – it’s set in wonderful rural and quiet French countryside. You needed go anywhere, with everything you need on-site, with games and facilities for children of all ages – yet the fantastic Cote Sauvage and lovely sea-side towns are a short drive away. We’ll definitely be back!

FRANCK, MURIELLE, MATHIEU (5 ANS ET DEMI) ET NOÉMIE (2 ANS ET DEMI), AOÛT 2012

Nous avons loué le gîte Chesnut pendant une semaine. Tout était parfait: le calme de ce lieu paisible, le gîte parfaitement équipé et très joliment décoré, la piscine et sa pataugeoire qui ont fait le régal des enfants, le terrain très fleuri et très bien entretenu avec la multitude de jeux mis à disposition par les propriétaires, les plages et autres activités parfaites pour les enfants comme le zoo de la Palmyre à proximité et enfin, les propriétaires charmants, de bons conseils et toujours très disponibles pour rendre le séjour agréable. Bref, en partant, nous nous sommes dit ” On aurait du louer pour 15 jours !!”.

DEBORAH AND SIMON AND FAMILY, AUGUST 2012

Dear Thierry and Isabelle, Thank you once again for another delightful holiday at your lovely gites. Your warm and friendly hospitality never falters and your willingness to help us with our plans resulted in fantastic local day trips to places we would not have found without your guidance. We love the peace and tranquility we get when we visit and the children feel it is home from home, playing in the lovely pool and just messing around in the gardens! Our friends are converts too and I am sure we will be seeing you again as it is hard to find such an idyllic place with such lovely hosts.

ANNE & MARK STRICKLAND AOÛT 2012

“Dear Thierry & IsabelleWe wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed returning to Chez Belliveau after a number of years holidaying elsewhere.The first thing that struck us were the number of improvements that have been made and it was lovely to see how keen you are to make a success of your venture; you are both clearly dedicated to Chez Belliveau.We first came to Chez Belliveau some 18 years ago, when it was first opened and continued coming for 8 continous years. We love the location, the facilities and the way we are able to relax knowing that if we have any problems help is on hand.Having returned this summer, it’s made us realise how much we’ve missed it. We will return for certain and in the meantime we wish you both every success and hope you continue to move forward with your plans.Bonne chance!”

AMANDA, COLIN, LIZ AND MILES AÔUT 2012

“We had a lovely time. It was very relaxing and the fact that we didn’t have to get up at a ridiculous time to reserve a sunbed made it for us! The pool was brilliant – sometimes we were the only ones in there and it felt great to have that, especially during the busiest of summer months. You don’t get that very often! The cottage was lovely. Really clean and very well equipped. We didn’t want for anything! We had BBQs every night and felt totally relaxed in the very peaceful setting. My two children enjoyed the table tennis and pool that was on offer but mainly spent all their time in the pool! It was really great to have you and your family on hand, living on site, just in case! But we had a totally carefree and relaxing holiday. The best holiday we have had for years! It was lovely to spend some quality time with the family – with no TV or XBox’s!!! With the Supermarkets really close by, made it very handy to stock up on essentials once there and we took a trip to the nearby town of Royan where the market was brilliant – and huge! Thank you for a wonderful holiday and we hope to see you next year!”

FABIEN, FANNY, MÉLINE ET LOUISE – JUILLET 2012

« Nous avons passé de très belles vacances Chez Belliveau. Nous étions 2 adultes, une enfant de 2 ans et une de 5 ans et JE CONSEILLE CETTE ADRESSE A TOUS. Isabelle et Thierry font tout pour rendre le site agréable et ils font des merveilles ! Le cadre est magnifique, très très bien entretenu, la piscine chauffée est propre et nettoyée tous les soirs, la pataugeoire est immense et aussi propre que sa grande sœur. Les enfants ont pu pleinement profiter des activités du lieu, jeux de plein air, toboggan, balançoires, en parfait état de fonctionnement ainsi que jeux de société, poupées et poussettes gentiment prêtés par nos hôtes. Nous les remercions d’ailleurs pour leur professionnalisme et leurs attentions quotidiennes. Les gites sont propres, bien décorés et bien équipés. Idéalement placés dans la propriété ils permettent une bonne intimité pour chaque famille. Pour se retrouver entre vacanciers et passer de belles soirées, le lieu est doté d’une salle très chaleureuse avec un mini bar et un piano où j’ai fêté mon anniversaire au rythme du djembé de Max et de vacanciers rencontrés 2 heures auparavant! Très bons souvenirs musicaux?.Pour ce qui est de la situation géographique, nous l’avons trouvée idéale. En effet, la région offre une multitude d’escapades et de lieux enchanteurs, des plages magnifiques a portée de main, que nous n’aurions certainement pas vu avec une location en bord de mer où nous serions restés sédentaires. Les supermarchés sont très proches et nombreux, Royan, Mescher et Talmont à quelques minutes…Pour nous c’est une très belle découverte, mode d’hébergement, région et gens formidables. C’est une adresse idéale que nous recommandons sans hésiter et qui c’est sûr, nous manque déjà. »

SARAH – JUILLET 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thierry and Isabel made us feel very welcome. The cottage had all the facilities we needed, including plenty of storage space. The surroundings are beautiful, to sit outside and eat breakfast overlooking sunflower fields was idyllic. Our children particularly enjoyed the swimming pool – it’s a good size and set in beautiful surroundings. We would definitely like to come back.Many thanks and best wishes.

BÉATRICE, VINCENT, MARGOT ET ARTHUR – JUILLET 2012

“Un grand merci pour votre accueil chaleureux ! D’excellents souvenirs de notre soirée musicale, ambiance détendue et fort sympathique…de quoi bien démarrer nos vacances ! Les gites sont confortables et bien équipés. L’environnement est propice à la détente : jeux pour les enfants, piscine, table de ping pong… Nous avons apprécié les idées balades et avons découvert une région idéale pour les vacances en famille…”

ELODIE, JUIN 2012

“Nous avons passé un très bon week-end familial dans le gîte catalpa. L’accueil a été très chaleureux et le gîte est vraiment très bien équipé. Nous avons apprécié les jeux pour les enfants (et aussi pour les plus grands) et la piscine est très agréable.”

KEITH, JACKY, TOM + LAUREN, ESSEX, JUIN 2012

“We had a lovely time at Chez Belliveau. The gites were fantastic, really clean, well-equipped and nicely decorated. From the warm welcome we received on the evening we arrived (running a bit late after a long journey), throughout our week’s stay and to the send-off on the morning we left, Thierry and Isabelle were perfect hosts, friendly and very helpful. We all loved the pool (especially the children), and St Romain de Benet, Saintes and Royan were all beautiful. Look forward to escaping the English weather and returning to Chez Belliveau in the future.”

SANDRINE, MAELYS, LOHAN & WILLIAM, MAI 2012

“Isabelle et Thierry nous ont offert un très bon accueil. A l’écoute de leurs clients, ils mettent tout en œuvre pour fournir le confort souhaité.Une adresse qui mérite d’être connue, en tout cas nous, nous y retournons pour notre prochain séjour dans la région.Merci Isabelle et Thierry c’était sympa.”

TONY & LESLEY, MAI 2012

“It was lovely to see you and Isabelle again and to see first-hand the results of all the hard work you have both put in. Very impressive. We enjoyed our stay in spite of the poor weather in the first two days and look forward to returning soon. We will certainly be recommending Chez Belliveau to our family and friends. Au revoir and best wishes”

LA FAMILLE GOURDON – 23 MEMBRES, WEEK-END DE LA PENTECÔTE

” C’est un agréable week-end de Pentecôte 2012 que nous venons de passer en famille. Le site des Gîtes de Chez Belliveau offre un très bel espace vert et de jeux bien entretenu à proximité de la piscine chauffée où petits et grands ont pu s’éclabousser et jouer dans la bonne humeur. Les logements offrant toutes commodités, joliment décorés, très confortables et soignés suscitent le respect des lieux. L’espace couvert près du barbecue a permis à notre famille de pouvoir prendre tous les repas en commun pendant ces trois jours.Sa situation géographique, à la campagne mais à proximité de la mer et de Royan, offre une diversité d’activités selon les envies.Merci Isabelle et Thierry pour votre accueil.”

MARIE CÉLINE, WEEK END DE LA PENTECÔTE 2012

“Un séjour très agréable ! un cadre idyllique ! Des gîtes faciles à vivre, fonctionnels et surtout le calme de la campagne et la proximité des activités régionales… Vous nous reverrez très certainement pour un séjour un peu plus long ! ! ! ”

AUDREY,SÉBASTIEN ET RENO MARS 2012

“Nous avons passé un excellent séjour ! C’est vrai que nous avons eu un temps magnifique pour cette période de l’année. Le gîte nous a pleinement satisfaits : propreté impeccable, lits faits à l’arrivée (et ça c’est vraiment appréciable !!) et bon équipement (seul bémol, surtout pour Reno : pas de télé..). Le grand jardin aménagé a beaucoup plu a notre fils de 6 ans. La région on connaissait déjà un peu mais là, vu les 28° des après midi, nous avons fait plein de visites et d’activités : balade en mer vers Fort Boyard, visite des jardins et du château de la Roche Courbon, visite à pied de l’île d’Aix, visite de Saintes, aquarium de la Rochelle, etc… Aussi, étant fins gastronomes, nous avons eu le plaisir de découvrir de nombreux restaurants dont certaines adresses sont tout à fait remarquables. A renouveler !! Bon courage à Isabelle et Thierry pour l’aboutissement de vos projets. Au plaisir”

MERCÉDES ET CÔME FÉVRIER 2012

” Merci pour votre accueil et votre gentillesse. Nous avons passé une agréable semaine dans un gîte joliment agencé et fonctionnel, offrant une atmosphère de chez soi.Les enfants ont bien profité des aires de jeux proposées, et l’emplacement du gîte a été propice à la découverte de la région.Il ne nous reste plus qu’à revenir en été pour profiter de la piscine et de plus de soleil.”

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