January 31, 2012
Yes we have had a fabulous time. Mixed weather but we made the most of it. Loved the house; played tennis, swam, played billards/pool and ate and drank too much. Had all our children here for some of the time and they took it in turns to cook! Hooray! Went to Auberge Claverie which was excellent and walked in the Pyrenees. The Dads and Lads played lots of golf too. All now feeling relaxed and sad to be packing up. Thanks for your fabulous house with everything in it you can imagine you would need and more. Looking forward to planning our next year when we get back.
August 23, 2011
Just wanted to say how very much we enjoyed our stay in your gorgeous house. What a house it is too! It was by far the best family holiday we have all had. The facilities and the accommodation is far superior to many 5* properties I have visited (I worked as a travel agent for three years), and my parents were both involved in British Airways for over thirty years and were charmed by how beautifully and carefully furnished it was. Tony and Lynn could not have been more helpful and hospitable and the wine that was provided was such a lovely generous touch. All of the younger members of the group took full advantage of the tennis courts, the bikes and the table tennis… ( offering peace to those older members who might need a lazy afternoon by the pool!) We just have to work out a way to request a two week stay the next time. once again thank you very much for all your hospitality, We hope to return very soon.
August 7, 2011
The house is extremely lovely, can’t believe how well appointed you have made it. So nice to have enough of everything and for everything to be of such good quality. Thank you so much for leaving all the pastries, fruit and wine, very unexpected and a lovely surprise! In fact, the kitchen is a real cook’s heaven, I may have hogged it for the week. That steam oven does a wonderful job with fish! Which reminds me, I made a huge batch of chicken and rice Thai noodle soup, froze half of it and put it in your freezer, defrost slowly and then warm up quite fast and it should be good! It rained for the first three days, but then thankfully, the sun shone and all was well. I think we Locktons would have like to have spent more time there as we barely scratched the surface of the things to see and do in the area. Loved looking around the markets, I had my french accent corrected from Luxembourgish to Basque several times as only the french would do! Greg and Zoe put the table tennis table together (that entertained them for a good few hours), let’s hope it stays that way! We discovered just how rubbish we are at darts/tennis/snooker and pool, but very good at the eating and drinking thing… diet time I think. All in all, a great holiday, so thanks again!
July 1, 2010
“A stunning house, excellent for large groups”
We booked this house following a recommendation from some friends. We were looking for a large property as there were 3 couples and some younger children. Our expectations were surpassed when we arrived at Maison Paul, it was like nothing we had seen on previous visits to France! Each of the 7 bedrooms (all ensuite) is beautifully decorated and the living areas are all amazing. The quality of the decor and appliances are excellent, with every ammenity you could think of! Thankfully we had wonderful weather in May, so we spent most of our time in the gorgeous outdoor living areas. The pool is fab, although it was a little cold in May. There are outdoor shower facilities which is a great idea for children. The house caters very much for foodies, with wonderful cooking equipment and even an outdoor kitchen. It really has to be seen to be believed! We didn’t eat out too much as the facilities at the house were so good. We took advantage of the location of this house and had wonderful day trips to San Sebastian, Pau, St Jean de Luz (all by car). The location itself is rural, with beautiful views of the Pyrenees and rolling hills. I cannot recommend this house enough, it was far superior to anything we had rented previously. It is super for a large groups, with generous size living areas and wonderful outdoor space. You can see that is has been lovingly restored and I am sure anyone who visits it will love it too. Stunning!
Anne Loughnane – Navan, Ireland
August 19, 2010
“A Holiday for the Heart, Mind, Body and Soul”
Due to our lack of organisation, our journey to France had us travelling by plane, train and automobile and after 24 hours listening to a continuous chorus of “I’m tired/ Are we there yet?” my nerves were worn down to the wick and I did wonder was it worth it . . . . . But under the night sky, the house gently revealed itself and as soon as the front door opened, I knew I would have travelled on foot for this. It’s extremely hard not to have your mouth in the shape of an O and the word “Wow” to spill through your smiles. The family dispersed, eager to explore, hunting out our favourite bedroom. I never thought that from our hours of google searching we would find this gem. This house was exquisite in every way and the attention to detail set this house far above your average rental accommodation. What do I tell you about first . . .The sitting room with huge leather couches, the TV room with the library of DVDs making you wish for the rainy evenings, the kitchen with multiples of everything from fridges, oven and dishwashers had me green with envy, the outdoor kitchen making having Bbqs in the evening a dream, the billard room, the swimming pool, the scenery, the outdoor shower room, the library. While this house was great for families, it also made us dream of breaks away with a group of adults and you would still have a great sense of space and privacy in the house. La Maison Paul works it magic in the classiest of ways and after a few days we were calling it home. Only this home eases your muscles and furrowed brows, its living at its most luxurious and yet still relaxing. The hardest part was leaving!
Laura Sweeney – Dublin, Ireland
September 6, 2010
La Maison Paul is a diamond set in the emerald green that is Aquitaine. The surrounding rolling countryside enhances the tranquil beauty of this `special’ part of France.
This was a first for Jane and myself – having explored all parts of France in the past we are at one to say South West France is now our favourite French destination. The variety of scenery from arable, mountains to sea open up so many options for visitors. Araujuzon is so well situated we were able to visit so many fascinating places and we particularly loved the train to Lac d’Artouste in the Pyrenees. La Maison Paul itself is beautifully appointed without being in the least stuffy or pretentious, one can really feel at home here albeit at the height of comfort and luxury. Your swimming pool and outdoor relaxation area with kitchen, barbeque and bathroom give outdoor living a true perspective. Having seven bedrooms enabled us to share the experience with several friends and in such a spacious house there was lots of room for all. We highly recommend La Maison Paul it is an experience not to be missed. What a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.
Jane and Colin Hullock, Cape Town, South Africa