What can we say -
... we'll be back [and they were]
We too have had
a fantastic time. We managed to catch a glimpse
of about ten in the field behind the lake early one evening. We
also saw a deer with her two young. We have done lots of fishing and have
managed to catch several fish including a carp weighing approx 6 pounds! It has
been a wonderful place to stay and we all loved the house. ....a
Fisherman's Paradise! Even the 5 year-old caught 23 fish! Thank you
Swimming in the lake was
... the woods are
for playing ... the situation is
... we had a
Top score on
the fishing goes to Peter - 42 roach, also perch, rainbow perch and an
extremely slimy eel. We will be returning. We had
lovely time in tranquil surroundings.
A week is
not long enough
- however we have crammed a lot in. Are very sorry to be going
Wish we could stay here all summer.
We had looked at the Internet site but is is difficult to visualise
from the images unless you have seen La Citadelle first hand. Favourite things:
finding a family of kittens round the barn ( Jordan, 10,)
in the lake
(Kirsten, 11), playing cricket in the garden (Martin 9),
the lake (Steven, 7).
We have found the house
to be in
a perfect location, and have had
grounds and swimming in the lake.
Awakened by the sunshine at 8am, we realised where we had come:
great, well-equipped accommodation. An
absolutely glorious location. The children have Swallowed and Amazoned
forever and ever.
An absolute paradise for children! A very relaxing holiday with
no real need to venture away from this
rest and recreation, and certainly found it at La
Citadelle. Lots of
space and adventure
for the children. As for
fishing, the "big ones" popped up to say "Hello!". The pond
[not the lake] was happy to give up to 23 small fish a day to the younger anglers.
Chateau des Vigiers is
golf. We also enjoyed
in the lake,
relaxing in the dinghy.
The jetty is excellent
wonderful, relaxing stay, but
not long enough!
an Ďadventureí exploring the woods and saw deer tracks leading
down to the stream.
The boat was adored
by all 3 children (aged 6, 4 and 3) and
the older members of the party (aged 41 and 40!)
a really lovely time
. It is
place for a quiet relaxing
holiday. We saw the heron a couple of times. We also saw a coypu, a few frogs
and lizards and a grass snake.
Lots of birds
We all had
a fantastic week
and wish we could stay for a second one. The
lovely, so spacious and well
equipped. Steve saw the coypu and there
is loads of great bird life particularly birds of prey. We saw black kites, hen
harriers, buzzards, booted eagle, golden oriel, black redstart, cill bunting,
serine, hoopoe and hobby all
from the garden.
Back for the third time
spell over the phantom fish has been broken! Apart from the umpteen small fish
3 sizeable carp
4 lb, 7lb 8oz, and 7lb 9 oz. The children have all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and
this holiday has been quite
July/ August 2000:
Canít believe a month has passed, and
to spend it. We made a
den in the woods and we saw lots of animal tracks and
we found a stream with fish in it.
Lucy [age 7]
House and grounds
roomy, comfortable and peaceful.
Saw coypu at dusk and we have also seen moorhens, kingfisher and deer. We
swimming on the lake
relaxing in the
of the bean trees. We caught lots of fish (perch and roach) with our
home-made fishing rods which we have left for others to use. Emma [age 10]
The children enjoyed
in the lake. Watch the swallows
roosting at night in the bamboo at dusk. Great relaxing holiday
in great house with
- just what we
wonderful selection of books
for both the children and ourselves made bedtime a real treat!. Thank
a wonderful holiday all round!
John, Alison, Abbi (7), Christy (4), Lewis (2)
Wild boar, Heron, Coypu, and Adam hooked a
7 Lb Carp
and too many Roach to mention.
The children were in the lake for hours on end, we were lucky with the
Linda, Jessica and Verity and Adam, Sue, Abbi
We have enjoyed La Citadelle very much.
Were very lucky to see
a family of wild boar
(between 7 - 10) the far side of the lake at dusk.
on the lawn and a
were also spotted, together with hen harrier, buzzards, a pair of kestrels who live locally,
several eagles, hoopoe, golden
oriels and, of course, the fish which leap out of the
The swimming pool was a bonus, although
the lake is wonderful for swimming
A good holiday for all ages from young to old.
The Beach family
[After a very wet week]
La Citadelle welcomed us with glorious sunshine and beautiful surroundings, but eating al
alfresco on Saturday evening, the first drops of rain fell at 2 am.
We're now experts on wet weather entertainment, try:
La Roque Gageac and Domme
Aquarium at Le Bugue
and we've all enjoyed
the wonderful book collection.
A clean and beautiful and thoughtfully decorated
the Bryant and Todd Clans
The first visitors of 2003 to La Citadelle.
It is lovelier than the web site shows.
The views and surrounding countryside are
The house is lovely, cool
in the middle of the day when it is too hot to go outside [in April!]. I think
I could live here permanently. If only!
Only one snag - having to go back to work next week.
the Harringtons (Tim, Sian, Mike)
a wonderful time here
at La Citadelle.
A beautiful place
intriguing wild life. Weather has been
amazing, has reached 40 degrees, so the pool was much appreciated.
the Byrne family from Dublin
We have had
a wonderful holiday
here. La Citadelle is
a really lovely house, very
well-equipped. Emma (3) has read every book and played with every toy in the house.
the Campbell and Hobson families
The perfect spot for a bit of R & R. You can do as much or as little as you like - we did very little!
Chris & Ann, Sue and Dave, Rick and Chris
It's a fabulous place. A quiet haven where the world can pass by unnoticed. It's a place where you can gather your thoughts, chill out and drink lots of wine!
I don't care if the pound is falling - I don't care that my shins are burnt. The bees in the chimney are buzzing, the lizards by the front steps are skittering away when I approach with my camera, I haven't seen the coypu, I haven't fished in the lake - but I might have! If I wanted to.......
a footnote from Rick
August 2003: Two happy
weeks come to an end.
The house and the setting. We've never had such a well-equipped house for a family holiday,
everything you could wish
for. It's wonderful to have such a peaceful setting and yet be within reach of
so many delightful places.
Chris, Monica and Robin, and Tony, Jacquie and Ben
August 2003 :
Two very hot weeks at La Citadelle, with 35 degrees most days. Pool was a godsend, especially for the children. The carp eluded our temptation but the roach surrendered to our lines.
Sweet corn is the key!
The Lott and Quayle families from Worthing and Abingdon