“A quiet, peaceful home, with a warm welcome.”
“Le Relais de la Renaissance is very nice place. The house is beautiful and well equipped, and we tasted some blueberries and artichokes from our host’s garden. The host was lovely, always available, helpful and happy to give advice. Le chateau de Montaigne is a three minute walk from the house, it is a very moving experience, when one loves Montaigne, and the guided tours were very interesting.”
“We were warmly greeted in this lovely house in a small rural village on the Route des Vins. It’s the countryside so expect cobwebs and a bit of dust. The kitchen is fairly well equipped and the wifi was good. We enjoyed the quiet flower garden despite the drought, as well as the natural pool. We also enjoyed the friendly concert on the last Friday night.”
“This is a wonderfully relaxing enjoyable place to stay. Small well equipped apartments. The owners are welcoming and charming .The dog Maxie and cat Mimi where of especial enjoyment to our two children. The pool was a pleasure to swim in, the frogs vacated whenever we arrived. There are few pleasures greater than to lie on a lounger in the French sunshine sipping a glass of wine listening to the occasional croak of a frog and watching the birds swoop to catch insects off the water. I want to return.”
“So delightful. We arrived late in the evening and they were having an informal Jazz session for friends and family. They invited us to eat, drink and listen. The next morning we found that one of their cats had wandered in through a window and was sleeping at the foot of our bed. Montaigne’s famous tower is only a short walk away. It’s not a five star hotel–it’s better, at least if you value the human over the artificial, and friendliness over formality.”
“In addition to the beautiful area and the great and well thought out rooms, for us a real asset was the terrific opportunity to make music together. In a beautiful room, equipped with a very good piano and electric piano, it was full of loud music and beautiful, soft sounds. So for those who have an instrument in the luggage and want to use their holidays to make music, a great opportunity.”
“The ideal holiday resort, for people who want to leave everything behind and are looking for silence and contemplation. Or you can also engage in the usual holiday activities, of reading, painting, singing, music, hiking and swimming. And do things that one usually reserves for on holiday, determining plants and minerals, admiring churches, castles, architecture and art from different eras, visiting flea markets and spending hours relaxing with friendly people – eat, drink, discuss.
The Relais de la Renaissance was a cosy place with a friendly host couple, kind neighbours and accompanying children, and friendly pets for me, an individual in my 60’s. I had rest so far as I needed it, and contact whenever I wanted it. I was well taken of, with the host’s dog Maxie patrolling my patio door at night.
The house is comfortable, the apartments are tastefully and personally furnished, with plenty of books, a TV, wifi (who travels without a notebook?). The garden and meals on the terrace were wonderful, with fig trees full of fruit for breakfast. The apartments have stone floors with underfloor heating if required on the ground floor, and the heat rises into the upper area with a wooden floor.
The village is tiny, the church clock clatters in an unforgettable ancient sound on the hour, twice, (in case anyone missed it the first time!). You can see the church, and I visited Michel de Montaigne’s tower twice, I was so impressed. This place is highly recommended for older people, families with children, couples of all kinds, and active holidaymakers.”
“First attracted by the natural pool and enchanting surroundings, we succumbed to the charm of this great house, which was tastefully renovated. The cottages were comfortable and well equipped. The owners were extremely friendly and we shared a meal prepared for the occasion. We enjoyed the sauna. Really a great time. I recommend to anyone looking for simplicity, authenticity and harmony with nature.”
“The former bar and bakery of the hamlet of St. Michel de Montaigne (Dordogne), was converted into a B&B with four apartments. Each apartment has a downstairs living room, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs one or two bedrooms, which can be used by families with children. You can tell the owner has spent a long time in West Africa, which makes itself felt in the decoration of the rooms.
The large garden with a natural pool gives you the option to enjoy the heat of the sun, sit in the shade or cool off. In the evening we enjoyed the wine for the area on the terrace. In the area around the village, we hiked, cycled and swam in a lake. The cultural offer in the Dordogne valley is large, not least in the village itself.”