We have been very pleased to have received some nice reviews on our airbnb pages:
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
100% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
100% of recent guests rated Neil 5-star in communication.
The Writers Retreat is a real gem. It is a fabulous home with all the home comforts that you could wish for and well set up for self catering. The roof top terrace is a real gem and a fabulous place to breakfast or enjoy a glass of wine looking out to the fabulous surrounding countryside. It was a perfect base for two couples to share, ideal that we each had a bathroom and would be perfect for a family also. The home is wonderfully situated in a very interesting village Montolieu, the village of books and was a great place to explore with quirky art galleries, a printing museum and antique bookshops. There are good eating places to choose from, a friendly bar , a fabulous wine shop and a local store, perfect for all your needs. It was a great base from which to visit Carcassonne and other villages in the surrounding area. Neil was very helpful leading up to the trip and we had a very warm welcome from Adrian at the local wine shop when picking up the key. It was a fabulous stay and we would thoroughly recommend Neil and Jane's place.
Montolieu is a pretty little village, and Neil and Jane's place couldn't be better placed to enjoy it! Quirky it certainly is, but also very comfortable, and the terrace is a great place to enjoy a sundowner and look at the view. If you enjoy music, Neil's large, eclectic collection certainly contains something to suit all tastes. Of the restaurants we tried, the Commerce was the one we enjoyed the best. Great value, good food and friendly service. And Adrian in the wine shop was a mine of information and very friendly.
We loved our stay in Montolieu and Jane and Neil's cozy maison village was perfect for us. They were so welcoming, it felt like we were staying in the home of really good friends even though we never met. It was a joy to cook in a kitchen that had absolutely everything you could ever need. Evenings were spent mining the record collection for old favourites and drinking wine from the local cave. Mornings meant coffee on the terrace with stunning views down the valley to the Pyrenees. The house is in the heart of this unique village, with shop, bakery and restaurants, as well as bookshops and artists' studios. On any given day there is a lovely local market. Neil gave us loads of top tips on the area and even drew us 3 walking maps from the front door. We can't wait to go back!
Très bon séjour à Montolieu. Le logement est très typique et agréable, avec une terrasse sur les toits de laquelle on profite d’une vue magnifique. Très bonne adresse bien située. (Very good stay in Montolieu. The accommodation is very typical and pleasant, with a roof terrace from which you can enjoy a magnificent view. Very good address well located.)
We thought it appropriate to also include just a few of the GENUINE comments we found left in our Visitor's Book. Here are just a few:
"Loved Neil and Jane's place in Montolieu - a hidden gem". - Lesley and Graham
"We had a fantastic time...It's a lovely place full of quirkiness. We'd both love to go back". - Ursula and John
"Thank you so much for inviting us into your other world". - Sand
"We had the best time ever", - Ian and Sue
"A small house but very big welcome", - Ann, Lincolnshire
"FAB - FAB - FAB. THANK YOU!", Sorrel and Keith
"Quirky, arty, full of atmosphere and charm!...I will remember that view for a long time!!", Graham
"C'est magnifique!!", Paul and Carole
Here are some of the comments we received from the apartment we had previously.
It was in the same region, and we applied the same standard and attention to detail back then, just as it does now.
"Your music selection was better than HMV's" - Shelley and Chris, Essex
"The apartment was suberbly appointed" - George, Leicestershire
"We don't want to go. Still so much to see and do" - Kenny and Hilary, Essex
"The apartment is great, comfortable, well equipped. It is great to have two showers as well" - Cathy, Gloucestershire
"One of the best equipped holiday homes we have rented" - Sheila and John, Devon
"Great location to explore the surrounding area" - John, Stockport
"Thanks for the opportunity to stay in your holiday home. Have thoroughly enjoyed further exploring this sw part of France" - Sheilah and Graham, Australia
"Thanks to Neil and Jane for stocking the home with the little things that make a trip run smoothly" - Coral, Derbyshire
"We enjoyed our stay very much and we are totally relaxed. The apartment that you have has everything" - Philip, Essex
"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was a perfect relaxing vacation. Exactly what we were looking for. Thank you Neil and Jane" - Mark, Canada
"Neil and Jane, you have thought of everything" - Neville and Judy, Essex