Guest book

Thank you so much for being such wonderful hosts….
We have all had a wonderful time in your beautiful home. Thank goodness we decided to stay calm and holiday on! (Let you know if we still think it was worth it while we endure 14 days of solitude) None of us want to leave but all good things …….
August 2020 The Southwell Family

We have so enjoyed our visit and all that we managed to see….
Thank you so much Penny and Steve for letting us stay in this lovely place. We have so enjoyed our visit and all that we managed to see.
September 2019 The P Family

The daily egg collection and the swimming pool were their favourites….
We’ve had a wonderful time this week. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as there was so much to do for them. The daily egg collection and the swimming pool were their favourites. We particularly appreciated the welcome hamper and all of the little touches that made the house so special. We hope to return one day and will definitely be recommending it to our friends and family.
August 2019 The P Family

The boys were thrilled to have Penny babysit ….
Thank you both for another fantastic stay. We feel truly relaxed and don’t want to go home! The boys had loved the pool with Bertie taking full advantage this year and Freddie was happy to discover the bike in the toy barn. Mummy has been enjoying the wine this year thanks that nine week old bump last year being a 5 month old Hattie this year!! We’ve really enjoyed our two evenings out – great locations and food so thank you for the recommendations. And of course the boys were thrilled to have Penny babysit, thanks Steve for the lift. The boys loved feeding the chickens and were delighted to find eggs everyday which were delicious.
August 2019 The Waterman Family

The children had lots of fun….
Thank you for letting us share your wonderful house and the children had lots of fun, they got good use from the sandpit, swimming pool and the trampoline. We had a lovely time relaxing and the children loved feeding and finding the eggs in the Chicken pen.
August 2019 The R Family

As for the toy selection -wow!! You couldn’t want for anything!!
Thank you so much for a truly wonderful stay!! You were so welcoming and helpful that we all had a complete ball!! The girls adored the pool particularly and the sandpit was also an enormous hit and as for the toy selection -wow!! You couldn’t want for anything!! We were in fact so comfortable we barely left to do much at all and we were very blessed with wonderful weather!! Thank you thank you a great week.
August 2019 The J Family

The free babysitting evening was greatly appreciated – a wonderful touch ….
Thank you so much for letting us stay in your fabulous house. The kids and parents have all had a wonderful stay. Toys, trampoline, pool, climbing frame and all the space to run around in is fabulous. Plenty to see and do in the surrounding area – always looking forward to returning for a dip in the pool. Your advice and help in organising activities was greatly appreciated. The free babysitting evening was greatly appreciated – a wonderful touch.
July 2019 The Macartneys

I’m sure we will be back again very soon ….
Thank you for a lovely stay, we have enjoyed every minute of it. It’s been amazing for the girls, all feeling very chilled out. I’m sure we will be back again very soon.
July 2019 The H Family

You have thought of everything that we could possibly need ….
This was our first trip abroad with Lucas (18 months) and we had such a wonderful time and were even able to get some much needed relaxation. This was in large part due to the fact that you have thought of everything that we could possibly need to entertain Lucas and keep him safe and happy. The pool was a big hit particularly all the toy balls and the hammock was very well used too. Thank you also for your help ordering pizza to give us a night off cooking.
June 2019 The P Family

Making our stay so easy with a toddler ….
 Thank you for being wonderful hosts – it was fabulous to go out for dinner and celebrate my mum’s birthday in style. Steve’s taxi was very much appreciated. William (21 months) loved the trampoline and was a big fan of the dolls house, it was the first time he’d seen one. Thank you for thinking of everything and making our stay so easy with a toddler. We will be back!
June 2019 The V Family

The children were so happy and occupied ….
We had a lovely time at Penny’s Place, not least because the children were so happy and occupied with all sorts of things, but because we really got to relax and kick back. Unfortunately we had terrible weather, a freak occurrence apparently and really bad luck. However we enjoyed visits to the castle, chocolate factory and museum in neighbouring towns and of course eating out at local eateries! Penny and Steve were so kind to us and made us feel so at home. Looking forward to visiting again when the sun shines!
June 2016 The Chamberlain Family

Well equipped for the needs of all our children ….
The place was fantastic, well equipped for the needs of all our children. We will definitely be returning next July.
July 2015 The Milne Family, 

Thank you for an amazing week at Penny’s Place!
We have all had an amazing time – so much fun and so much relaxation which don’t normally go together when you are having a break with little ones!
From the toys to the pool, the trampoline, Shrek 3, we couldn’t have wished for more& that does not consider the evening out C & I were able to enjoy thanks to you both!
September 2014 The Bishop Family

The most perfect holiday ….
Thank you so much again for the most perfect holiday. It has been bliss – doing nothing but swimming, reading and drinking lots of wine!!!
We can’t wait to return again next year for two weeks not one!
We all love it here; you really have made the perfect holiday destination. See you next year.
July 2014 The Best Family

We all had a great relaxing time ….
Thank you so much for everything, we all had a great relaxing time. E has discovered the delights of French baby food, O has a newly developed knowledge of tractors and C might actually have got some rest! We’re off home to drink the rest of the Pineau, try and find a copy of the ‘Tooth Fairy’ book and maybe have to buy a trampoline!
July 2014 The Coy Family

The perfect holiday for us!
From the eldest to the youngest there was so much for everyone to enjoy – the garden, the sandpit, the pool, the fruit trees, the toy car & bikes, the footballs, the dolls house, ‘Rosie’s Farm’ book, the ‘Tooth Fairy’ book .. the list is endless …. And of course the obligatory trip to the local doctor!! Thanks for organising that & our other trips. And of course Penny thank you for taking care of our babies while we enjoyed a meal or two out!
June 2014 The Donagher Family

We have had a lovely, relaxing stay and will miss the calm of your beautiful house. Diets when we get home!
June 2014 The Tucker Family

What a wonderful time!
A had such fun playing with Penny, thank you both for being so welcoming.
May 2014 The Bentall Family

Such a well entertained little one we have simply loved every minute….
Thank you so much for making us feel very much at home, all the little touches were very much appreciated. Hugo loved all the toys and we had such a lovely time, it really made it easy for us all to have such a well entertained little one we have simply loved every minute.
Hugo (20 months) was beside himself with happiness here. Lunch at Chez Stephs in La Rochefoucauld was lovely, and the Pinot Noir from Saint Sornin winery is delicious. Loved our first visit to the Charente, hopefully not the last.
September 2013 The Lamond Family

There is something for everyone to enjoy here – it’s perfect!!
Nana loved the flowers and dog, cats and chickens, also the lovely country walks. Seeing the young ones cycle for bread in the mornings was a treat too. Pops loved the shade and found a good book to read – also enjoyed the wine!! We have had a lovely time and hope to return very soon. With sad hearts we leave this lovely house.
September 2013 The Laumond Family Grandparents

It’s a little bit of rural heaven….
A perfect fortnight – fantastic weather and idyllic surroundings, so peaceful, it’s a little bit of rural heaven. We have all thoroughly enjoyed our time here no one wants to go home, The kids have loved the freedom to climb, swing, build sandcastles, laze in the hammock, swim, cycle, play footy and all the other endless things to do here at La Ferme.
We’ve enjoyed many days out too… our favourites were canoeing at Montbron, pony trekking, Angouleme and Cognac. Lunch at La Scala in Cognac was fantastic, and the kids loved it – would highly recommend. Nice view of the river and really fun interior!
Dinner at La Grange aux Oises was amazing, really good value for money and a beautiful setting. Thanks so much of being such fabulous hosts.
August 2013 The Slater Family

Year 5 (believe it or not) and still the best holiday ever….
What can I say? Year 5 (believe it or not) and still the best holiday ever. It’s so relaxing here hence why we keep coming back. Thank you for everything and good luck Jake at uni .
August 2013 The Barwick Family

We have loved it all….
Thank you for a wonderful week. The boys have loved the pool and the cycling and we have loved it all. We hope to be back next year with the Barwick’s.
August 2013 The C Family

We have finally found the perfect holiday….
Thank you so much, we have finally found the perfect holiday. Your beautiful house, the garden and of course the pool have made our stay here just wonderful. We feel like we really have had a proper holiday for the first time in six years. A and S are exhausted from all the swimming and have decided that “this is their best holiday ever”.  Thank you for being so welcoming and kind, we also thoroughly enjoyed our evening under the trees, good company and far too much wine. We are very excited already about returning next year.
July 2013 The Best Family

Completely relaxing week….
Amazing house, wonderful hosts, completely relaxing week. Local town wonderful and Chez Steph meal was a highlight, a must do. See you soon
July 2013 The M Family

All the little touches and advice ….
Despite the rain we have had a peaceful fun relaxing and memorable family holiday.
Penny – without your professional top-quality childcare we couldn’t have had the break we have Thanks for looking after us so well and for all the little touches and advice
The valley des Singes and meal at the Chateau were absolute highlights.  You’re doing a great job here thanks again.
June 2013 The K Family

We’ve played with nearly all the toys in the garden….
Thank you Penny & Steve for looking after us so well on our visit to your home… we’ve enjoyed it all despite wet and chilly days and have appreciated the fires set by Steve every evening for us.
We’ve eaten well (at La Bonnieure in Chasseneuil) and dressed up at La Rochefoucauld castle! When the sun did shine we’ve played with nearly all the toys in the garden!!!
May 2013 The Wilson family

Great time had, super memories made ….
We’ve had a great holiday. House was a home from home & garden/pool a great play area for Jessica (…and ourselves);
Had a fab time exploring the local area & sampling the food of Chez Steph & Le Bonnieure to name a few. Great time had, super memories made.
June 2012 The Jowett family

On our second trip ….
On our second trip here it was wonderful to walk through the door & see the lovely farmhouse we remembered so fondly again. Whilst the weather wasn’t as good as our first stay, the house was better than we recalled.
Thank you to our very welcoming hosts on making sure this really is a home from home. We love the peace and have already talked about extra things we can do and places we can visit next time when the children are just a little older.
July 2012 The Collins Family 

The lake proved extremely popular ….
An enormous thank you for such a wonderful week. You have a beautiful farmhouse here – a real delight to live in for this week. We all appreciated the little touches you’ve made in order to make this a home from home. The children loved all the books & toys & it was a real break for us having such a library of books and DVDs to choose from.
We particularly enjoyed the glorious beaches although they are quite far away – but worth it. The lakes proved extremely popular with the kids. They also enjoyed the Chateau at La Rochefoucauld & the dressing up room – a great idea for the kids (+adults!). ….
August 2012 The Adams Family 

Happy children and happy, relaxed parents ….
Since I visited with my own troupe this summer I have realised that the reason families love this place (and amazingly have been coming here for 5 years on the trot) is simply because Penny herself is such a gem!
Not only is she an NNEB qualified nanny and will sweep your children off “Mary Poppins style” to play happily in the sandpit whilst you snooze on the sofa under the trees (utter bliss!  BTW make sure you see the pic of where you could be napping!) but she will also babysit so you can go and enjoy a relaxed day out or perhaps an evening, just the two of you.  Hooray!  Happy children and happy, relaxed parents.
Penny is such a gem! She is there when you need her and not if you do not so somehow, magically, you have here the chance to relax and enjoy quality family time whilst feeling discretely looked after and supported.
August 2011 Wendy Shand – Director Tots To Travel 

After their 4th 2 week holiday ….
Well, see you next year. Everytime we arrive we start to relax and everytime we depart we long to return.
August 2011 The N Family

Penny you were fab ….
Thanks to all the family …. you are hospitality personified. Penny you were fab with the kids and the house was perfectly set up…. J&L you have good taste in toys.
September 2011 The L family 

We are back for a third year ….
We are back for a third year as we cannot seem to keep away from the beautiful farmhouse, the pool and its setting in the quiet French Countryside.
August  2011 The W family 

A great find ….
Thank you for a lovely stay! We felt it was a real home from home especially for the two girls who were kept busy by the fab collection of toys. Travelling away from home with little ones is often challenging but Pennys Place is perfectly kitted out in every way. The girls loved being looked after by Penny and we got some much needed respite. Penny and Steve are the perfect hosts : organising everything for us including some great restaurants. We will be back and will send friends too – a great find!
June 2010 The M Family 

A perfect family break ….
Thank you for a wonderful time here. You have provided everything for children to keep them safe, happy and entertained. E & C especially enjoyed the sandpit, pool and the chickens. We have really appreciated all your advice and info about the local area and the babysitting service provided. We will recommend you to anyone looking for the chance to get a perfect family break.
July 2010 The R Family

The peace and tranquility all around ….
We have had a wonderful week – it really is such a wonderful place to bring a family. The spaciousness of the house and grounds and the peace and tranquillity all around makes for a relaxing break.
July 2009 The G Family 

Child’s paradise garden ….
We have had a fabulous holiday and loved the spacious and comfortable house and child’s paradise garden! Lucas our 2 year old says he wants to come back next year with his friend……
June 2009 The O’B Family 

Fantastic escape from our frantic lives ….
We have had the most fantastic escape from our frantic lives! The house has been perfect and the garden and pool have been the ‘hub’ of our daily activities……. Many thanks to La Famille Gorridge
August 2008 The D Family 

This truly has been a dream holiday ….
We cannot thank you enough Steve and Penny, enough for your fantastic hospitality, ever present sense of humour and unfailing desire to help us do whatever it is we wanted to do. Good restaurants? Sorted. Great places to visit? Tick. Marvelous environment in which to finish writing a book?? Done! We would love to come back and see you again.
July 2007 The D Family