testimonials

Here's a selection of the guest comments and testimonials we've received recently for Maison Etoile de Mer.

"Dear Yuri & Chris,
Speedy email to say we LOVED staying in your super house and loved Ile d'Oleron!
Special highlights....
*Warm welcome from helpful and friendly Johanna....she's delightful isn't she?
*All the family thought house 'FANTASTIC' and laid out just right for our mixed family group.
*Had huge fun in the pool including WATER OLYMPICS for everyone and the crazy selection
of inflatables provided...lobster was especially popular.
*Loved all the French ways and the village and the shop and the boulangeriie...first up chose
the breakfast breads, eating al fresco....siestas for all in the heat of the day.
*Cycled everywhere...to the park for the little ones on the boats or inflatables, to the beach
every evening to play until sunset and home to bed.
VERY BIG THANK YOU for a most successful and memorable holiday. Hope your summer is
going well and all good wishes to you both."

Barbara & Robert Vanderpump, 2018

"We had a lovely holiday at Maison Etoile de Mer! The house is comfortable and has great indoor/outdoor entertaining facilities. The booking process was smooth, and efficient. Chris & Yuri were extremely helpful and Johanna who manages the house and runs a restaurant in the village was also super friendly and helpful.

The house is near some amazing local markets and a lovely boulangerie, so we enjoyed fresh croissants, a selection of cheeses and wines every day!

We had a fun time exploring the islands beaches by bicycle. The cycle paths meander around the island, through forests and canals, which make for a good day’s exploring. The beaches were also lovely and quiet (end of summer), with the local restaurants full of exciting delicacies.

Thanks again Chris & co. for a great holiday!"

The van Horik family, 2017

"Thank you very much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful villa on Ile d'Oleron. We left this morning after a fabulous week there, and we are in La Rochelle now for a few days before heading home. We had a wonderful time! It is a very special place. Suzanne was great and very helpful, and we particularly found your tip about the forest cycling to Boyardville to be a great help - we all enjoyed a fabulous trip there on Friday. It was a fantastic week. The villa is beautiful. Thank you once again and very best wishes."

Georgina, Ben, Oscar & Maxwell Hicks, 2016

"I can't rate Chris and this house enough - the communication from the word go was friendly and helpful, and any questions were answered very quickly. Chris was an absolute pleasure to deal with.

The house itself can't be rated highly enough. We were met at the house by Suzanne, who speaks English perfectly and was so patient and thorough in recommending the best bits of the house and the island. All of the bedrooms are spacious, the living area is comfortable - with TV (with some English channels even, which made watching the Olympics on the BBC an added bonus), and fast wi-fi. The kitchen is the best equipped kitchen I've ever seen in an Airbnb property, and the pool is just perfect. Plus there's an outdoor table large enough for 8 people to dine on.

There's a great boulangerie a 2-3 minute walk away, in a lovely little town square with bars and restaurants. The surf beach is about a 10 minute drive away, but there are closer beaches - perhaps a 5-6 minute drive or a 30-35 minute walk away. We will definitely come back to this place! Thank you so much Chris!"

Blair (AirBnB customer), 2016

"We are happily back in Sweden after two fantastic weeks on the island and in your wonderful house. We enjoyed our stay in the house a lot, and believe it was perfect for our two families. We loved having breakfast on the patio in the sun and the pool was really a hit with the kids. We spent quite some time by the sea as well, at Chaucre, and had a great deal of fun in the waves. And then we made some small trips here and there. All in all, a really relaxing and enjoyable vacation indeed!"

Maria Andersson, 2015

"I just want to let you know that we had a great week! What a lovely house you have. The moment we stept in we felt the peace and rest. Suzanne did a great job welcoming us and telling about the house and the island. So, now it's monday and we're back at the office. Dreaming about the most beautiful place in the world :-) Thanks for a wonderful week! Maybe till next year..."

Sandy Vrind, 2015

"When Sandy saw the house she had just one word, WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!"

Dylan Vrind, 2015

"From the moment that Suzanne met us at the door with such a lovely welcome we felt at home. She was a mine of information and so helpful. The villa is quite delightful, cleverly designed, light airy and spacious, well-equipped and with such a high standard of cleanliness. We all felt a sense of peace and tranquility.

The secluded garden, the air heavy with the scent of lavender, was our favourite place to relax. The pool was well maintained and it was a joy to dip into the clear warm water. The warm and sunny days were followed by balmy evenings enjoying our time together and lively conversation.

We all look forward to a return visit in the future. Thank you, Chris and Yuri, for the opportunity of sharing your lovely home."

Peter Biddulph & Maggie, 2014

"La Maison Etoile de Mer is a welcoming home with beautiful décor and full of the love and peace of God. We enjoyed the garden and swimming pool, relaxing in the hot summer sunshine. The local shops were great for purchasing essentials and included a bakery and patisserie. Each morning we collected freshly baked croissants for breakfast. 

The Island provided many places of interest to visit, delightful sandy beaches and constant sunshine. This, and the brilliant company, made this a fantastic holiday to remember."

Pam & Tony Racine, 2014

"We had a wonderful holiday! The villa is perfect for just relaxing round the pool or strolling into the village for morning coffee or perhaps a glass of something stronger. There are lots of places to visit and explore and we were blessed with perfect weather. Altogether La Maison Etoile de Mer is the perfect holiday home – we loved it and would return in a heartbeat."

Ron & Barbara King, 2014

"Arriving at La Maison Etoile de Mer we were greeted by Suzanne who introduced us to this delightfully spacious 4 bedroom converted farm building that has been tastefully decorated and well equipped throughout to a very high standard. The house is spotlessly clean, warm, welcoming and, most of all, relaxing, There is everything that you need for a superb family holiday."

David & Patricia Hudson, 2014

"We really liked the house. We have rented lots of properties in France and Spain in the past and I don't think any have been more comfortable or better equipped than La Maison Etoile de Mer."

David & Jacky Jones, 2013

"Two beautiful weeks in the oasis of Maison Etoile De Mer! Three generations of our family found total relaxation, whether throwing themselves into the pool in the early morning sunshine or chilling out in the expansive sweep of the living room inside. With the local shops just a couple of minutes walk down cobbled streets we would despatch someone early to buy croissants and pain au chocolat, and each day then evolved into some combination of cycling round the island or heading for one of the dozens of beaches. We usually have busy holidays; this one was total calm."

Richard Threlfall, 2013

"Many thanks for the lovely house – we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The house is beautifully decorated (Yuri told me today that she had designed the layout herself – I am impressed). It was perfect for a group."

Alison Maynard, 2013

"I, my husband and 12-year old son have spent a wonderful week at Etoile de Mer this August. It's such a beautiful house and, even though it can accommodate several more people, it's well laid-out for a party as small as ours - and perfectly equipped. It was a real treat to have our own swimming pool, as it meant there was no need to head for the beach. We just spent most of our time exploring the lovely cycle paths on the island and chilling out at the house. A visit to St Pierre for a bit of retail therapy was a must, as was stocking up on some lovely local wine from the vineyards in the area! Thank you to Chris and Yuri, for opening up their lovely house to visitors, and to Suzanne for making sure everything ran smoothly."

Christina McMenamin, 2013

"Thank you so much for letting us rent your gorgeous villa. It had such a welcoming feel the moment we stepped through the door. 

Maison Etoile de Mer is so well appointed that we wanted for nothing during our stay and were able to relax and enjoy the facilities from the first day. The beaches and local sights also really did live up to expectation and all in all we had a fabulous holiday. We shall very much look forward to returning.

Thank you also for the generous gifts of Pineau and salt - so kind of you. Both were enjoyed during our stay along with everything else the villa and island have to offer."

Anna Warman, 2013

"We had a fantastic time and your house is beautiful. The weather was not fantastic but that did not stop us cycling, going to the beach and
enjoying the pool."

 Amanda Hastie, 2012

"We had all lovely stay in your house at Ile d’Oleron, the house was well-equipped, everything as described was there, we especially enjoyed the spacious rooms and living rooms (with 5 young adults between 16 and 20 you need some space!) The swimming pool has been used every day, very much wanted after a day out in the sun."

Ann Blanckaert, 2012

"We really enjoyed our stay and everyone we met seemed really lovely too. 
We especially enjoyed the house and pool. All beautifully appointed and well kept. A real pleasure. Thank you!"

Roberta Elliott, 2012

“We had a fantastic week. and will almost certainly return, next year. We particularly enjoy the peace and natural elements the island offers and of course your beautiful home in St Georges makes it an all round winner for my family. Everything we experienced people-wise from Chevray Cycles to the Zest restaurant, local market, bakery and Co-op in the square was all very user-friendly.

My boys are of an age where cycling the island and having their own space is a great teenage adventure. I will have no hesitation in also recommending it to my insurance industry colleagues, but NOT before we have decided on our week!!

Finally it would be remiss of me not to tell you again how lucky you are to have someone local like Suzanne on hand, she is hugely efficient and a great ambassador for Oleron.“

Derek Coles, 2011

“I want to thank you for letting your house to us. It is indeed a wonderful place to stay for the holidays and we all really enjoyed it. We have not made up our plans for next year's summer holidays, but as soon as we will have decided I will get in touch with you.”

Reinhard Wollschlager, 2011

“We had a very enjoyable time on Oleron and at Etoile de Mer. It was a hot week so the pool was put to good use and it's a great house we could see ourselves returning to and certainly recommending to friends. St Georges is a lovely base from which to explore although we felt we left lots to do next time!”

Alice Bayly, 2011

“Just a quick note to say what a wonderful home you have and what a 
fantastic Island we have just visited. It's our last day but we enjoyed our stay immensely and will be looking forward to the return week in August when I imagine things will be very different at the height of the season!“

Derek Coles, 2011

“House was great, weather was great and the island was great as usual – my wife is already trying to work out when we can go back.”

Tom Bruton, 2011

“We had a fantastic time at Maison Etoile de Mer. The house is beautiful and so well-equipped and in such a lovely location. It was just so relaxing to have our evening drinks on the patio and then stroll down to one of the restaurants in the village. I have spoken to other friends about the house and you can be sure it will be highly recommended. I hope to visit the house again myself.”

Vivien Gladen, 2011

“What a wonderful house you have! We arrived yesterday and after a sunny evening in the garden with some French red wine and cheese we have been going around the island by car today”

Reinhardt, 2011

“We all had a lovely time and the house was lovely. The weather was mixed but about right for our ten month old grandson. We all found the island to have a special charm and nowhere too far to travel. Thanks for everything provided.”

Bob Crump, 2010

“We had a wonderful time in Etoile de Mer - it's a lovely house and the island is great, especially the beaches. The weather was very kind to us and we got plenty of bike rides in. We will hopefully rent it again sometime.”

Liz MacArthur, 2010

“We had such a nice holiday. Your place is so beautiful and very nicely decorated, well thought, equipped (we even found an oyster knife). We liked it very much. Hopefully it was not our last time there..."

Silke Bonarius, 2010

“We had a great time thanks and are now re-acclimatising to UK weather quite well.”

Tim Parfitt, 2010

“We had a lovely 2 weeks at your fabulous villa. The villa met every expectation and more. You have made something special here. Our boys loved the pool and even a water shy daughter and boyfriend went in the pool.”

Kevin Rowan, 2009

“We had a wonderful time, lovely house, great weather and terrific seafood. Who could want more?”

Mike Robinson, 2009