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Good morning Joanna

We had a glorious visit in your beautiful Chateau Lamonstonie. There were 4 days and nights that we were 17 and I must admit it was busy. Having 7 grandchildren under one roof was a bit hectic but it certainly was wonderful to have them all together.

We visited St Cirq Lapopie on 2 occasions, Rocamadour, Padirac, Cahors a few times, Gourdon and many more. As the temperature reached 39 degrees for 3 days we were so thankful to have a swimming pool and of course the Chateau stayed reasonably cool.

All in all we had a fabulous visit and thank you for letting us rent your house. Frederique and Jean Claude are extremely helpful along with Rose, Chris (Frederique’s sister) and Jean Claude’s wife. A great team.

Kindest regards

Liisa Britnell


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The holiday at Chateau Lamostonie was absolutely marvellous! The chateau itself is much the best we have stayed in (this was our 5th chateau group holiday), and believe me, I have to do a LOT of research each time we go before I settle on one that fits the bill.

Just a few things that made the stay so wonderful:

The super, spacious, well-equipped kitchen, and lovely bedrooms and salons... of course!
The pool (we used it almost every day). The tennis court: in use every single day, including an ongoing "round robin" tournament.
We placed two tables and lots of chairs under the apple trees and had cocktails there every evening. What a glorious spot!
The pianos! Several of our group play piano, and they provided a lot of enjoyment. The room next to the kitchen was more for modern music, and jazz, and the Salon was in use on our "20's/30's/40's evening".... although we could have used Mr James Stuart-Bruges to accompany myself and friend in "Tit Willow"! I'm glad there isn't a video of that!

Frederique was lovely, and I hope she felt that we left things in good order, despite some of us having to rush off very early!!

My son, James, and girlfriend LOVED the Pigeonnier, and enjoyed having their own little place.

Chef Jean-Marc Lafon and his wife prepared a lovely dinner, and they were both very friendly and gracious.

We had planned a day out, using a bus, but there was a mix-up over the timing, and we had to jump in our own cars at the last minute to make an appointment at LaRoque-Gageac.

We booked a boat trip with Gabares Norbert from LaR-G, and had to be there by 10.15. We arrived a bit late, but they were very accommodating, and had actually arranged a private boat for us.
Well worth a recommendation to your guests at Lamostonie.

Lunch at Les Vieilles Tours at Lafage (v. near Rocamadour) was also very special. Once again, we were a "private party" on their lovely terrace. The weather was perfect, the view magnificent, and Laurent (good English) was a fabulous host. Great food, and lovely wines. Lunch was 35 E... which is a little more than some places we visited, but well worth it. We felt very special indeed.

I have to mention Sam, the cat, because he made it feel so homely! There were several cat-lovers in our group, and Sam came and sat with us every evening, and was most welcome.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. I know that the group will want to go to Lamostonie again...! Once we all get back to normal, we will have a get-together to discuss it.

Once again, thank you, Joanna for all your help and advice.

Lamostonie is truly a magical place!

kind regards , Eve Fletcher


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Dear Joanna,

Just to let you know that we have spend a wonderful time in Château Cardou. Everybody has enjoyed the facilities and the kindness and availability of Myriam Condé and her husband. The "chef à domicile" Nadine Fabre did a fantastic job. The food was superbe.

Also many thanks for the "liquid" presents for my birthday.

Kind regards,

Daniel Tieman


Added: September 21, 2010
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Dear Joanna & Bill,

We had a wonderful time in gorgeous weather. The chateau is amazing and we would be fascinated to know how you came to own it - the work you have clearly done has made it an idyllic holiday spot for all ages. As we had so many children we did not venture far but thoroughly enjoyed just being "at home". We ate delicious food and drank lovely wines. The kitchen was a delight to cook in - curiously the e mail you had sent before we left got blocked and I only just got your oven instructions! We worked it out for ourselves after a false start or two, all part of the holiday experience! We did as you suggested and did our first big shop in Cahors and thereafter in the village - thought the Monday market was a must. Jean-Claude and his wife were just lovely, so welcoming with everything just so, even flowers on the kitchen table. Frederique and (?)daughter arrived on Monday and we arranged for them to come in each day just to keep everything fresh.

So, completely brilliant holiday all round, made even better by discovering the weather here has been stinky!!

Thank you for returning the deposit so quickly - we cherished the place as if were our own - well, wish it was actually!

Kind regards
Caroline


Added: August 16, 2009
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The Miranda family made a music video of their stay. Search for Chateau Cardou on youtube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OUBNHGEh_E

Added: June 25, 2009
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Dear Jo,

Thank you so much for the use of Lamostonie for the two weeks. It was such a wonderful place to spend my 40th party. We made use of the pool, the tennis court, had a masqued ball, sung around the piano, and still had time to visit Rocamadour, Sarlat and St Cirq Lapopie. I sort of dont want to recommend it to anyone as it's such a lovely place, and I want to keep it away from the masses; but I wont!

All the best
adam


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Dear Joanna,

Can't thank you enough for making beautiful Lamostonie available to the hoi polloi. We had high hopes when we arrived, but even they were exceeded – I really don't think the photographs on the website do justice to the wonderful restoration you have obviously done. All week everyone was saying how much better it was in real life than in the pictures.

We had an absolutely magical time – everyone did their own thing during the day (whether it was lazing by the pool, playing tennis or shopping and sightseeing) and we all met up for dinner each evening to exchange our stories of the day and generally set the world to rights. I particularly loved your amazing pianos, which gave me more pleasure than you can imagine.

The staff were unfailingly kind and helpful and we would all like to thank Frederique and Christine and Jean-Claude and Mme Delpech, none of whom could have been more charming. Your cook, Rose, was an absolute delight and she and I had great fun choosing menus, both of us trying to communicate in languages we only had the briefest smattering of. The meals she made us were delicious – we were only disappointed that we had to leave a pot of mouthwatering Vichyssoise in the fridge when we left.

The week passed all too quickly and now we are home in the rain, warmed only by wonderful memories – and actually looking forward to the next big birthday. With the best of wishes to you and yours,

Julia.


Added: August 06, 2008
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Dear Joanna

Thank you for your prompt return of the refundable deposit. As expected, we had a wonderful stay in Chateau Lamostonie. Everything was so lovely – from the warm welcome by the staff, to the fresh flowers on windowsills and mantle pieces and offer of daily delivery of bread and croissants, picnic tables under trees, sweeping lawns and tall trees, magnificent views, the soft sound of cow bells, big dinners by fireside on unexpectedly cool summer evenings...

I don’t think we could imagine any place nicer. Everything that you could conceive would be necessary for our comfort had been provided (although another large cooking pot or two would be useful). We particularly appreciated the cleanliness of the Chateau and abundance of clean kitchen tea towels and new brushes and sponges. Thank you for making this interlude possible. I have quite fallen in love with the Chateau and with Lot generally.

My sister – the indefatigueable – made sure we saw as much as humanly possible – and the images of the countryside, haystacks, villages, farms and churches we saw as we criss-crossed the region will be etched in my memory forever. I am sure you will have great success with the Chateau and much repeat business.

Very best wishes
Sincerely
Cynthia H (Australia)


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We had a fabulous time at Trichot; glorious weather and a glorious setting off the beaten track and away from it all with friends and family. It doesn't get much better....

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Subject: Cardou

The holiday was absolutely FANTASTIC! Seriously, everyone is full of it: a HUGE success - so much so that they all want a repeat in 2 years! We shall see. Anyway, we have had the most wonderful emails from Canada, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Kuwait and of course good old Blighty, all of whom were represented. There were five brothers and sisters plus husbands/wives, 11 cousins, some with partners/husbands/wives, plus 6 tinies. The little ones had a ball too - there were so many of us, they just moved from one relative to another.

The weather, as you will know, was perfect; in fact the two 2/3 year olds wore pretty much nothing all week. Ben had his 3rd birthday on the verandah which was just as well because my sister gave him a water pistol. Granddaughter (5 yesterday) swims like a fish, neice Jordan (5 yrs) was frightened to get in the pool at the start of the week but by the end we couldn't keep her out. The two babies slept through it all - in the evenings they were asleep in their buggies by the dining table because, the noise level being what it was, we wouldn't have heard them from the bedrooms.

Everyone raved about Cardou, couldn't believe it actually. It was superb. Myriam and Antoine looked after us well - poor Antoine didn't bat an eyelid at the quantities of bottles he carried away. We ate and drank like Kings - did the pate de foie gras and asparagus and duck and and and ... consumed quantities of wine and beer; did three of the local markets and many of the local sites.

I have gone on far too long but I wanted to convey to you the enthusiasm and gratitude from all who went on holiday. They LOVED it, as did Michael and I.

With love
Sandra


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