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Hazel

Have just returned from a wonderful 10 days at Deux Coeurs. It was really hot, 35C, so thank goodness for the pool- it was great! Must say that despite the great heat, the house remained pleasantly cool, and for those needing respite from the heat, there were cool places indoors. Wonderful holiday for the family- children were able to cycle (quite strenuous, I believe), they went to lake and swam and did the "Go-ape", white water rafting etc. and at the house, the Xbox and technology that children enjoy,a good choice of DVDs, CDs, books and boxed games, as well as the pool and hot tub. We all enjoyed the facilities to barbecue and dine on the decking, with the gazebo to shelter from sun or wind, and to sunbathe round the pool. As a family we ate out in Samoens at delightful restaurants offering traditional French food, and when we chose to eat in, in the spacious dining area, a visit to the market was a wonderful opportunity to buy local food - the cheeses are fantastic, and the charcuterie is renowned, not to mention the irresistible patisseries from the local boulangerie. The wine was quite new to us, as it is generally unavailable in UK, but we have all developed a taste for it, it is good. The house is very well equipped, ( a Gaggia coffee maker!) and we all found the beds very comfortable. A visit to Sixt was memorable - a most beautiful little village higher up the valley, but we were disappointed that we couldn't go up the ski lift to the little restaurant at the top. The prices at Sixt were better than in Samoens, so if looking for souvenirs.......and we had a lovely lunch at a super restaurant there. The little train will take you to Sixt from Samoens on a guided tour, but we didn't avail ourselves of that. We did find prices on some things high, but there is a Carrefour in Samoens, which supplies most of our needs, and has a good choice of meat and veg and fruit, don't expect a fish counter, however! The market on a Wednesday is wonderful, but get there early, nip round quickly , as it closes at midday. Husband bought a snazzy little hat for 1 euro, and I bought a lovely pair of hand made ear-rings for 13 euros. The house is well situated for those who enjoy a leisurely stroll either into town or round the wonderful old farms in the valley. There are shady walks/cycling by the river and the house is right by the river, which is so clear, but quite turbulent, especially after the spectacular thunder storm we experienced one night, with sheet lightening which lit up the entire valley, and unbelievably heavy rain, but it just cleared away, leaving everywhere refreshed. The tap water is really good to drink,, straight off the mountain, and makes a good cup of tea. Can't recommend Deux Coeurs enough-a wonderful place which certainly ticked all the boxes for us ( all 3 generations!) and there is good support from the local team if needed. We found the guidelines for using facilities in the house clear and helpful, and for all the local amenities. Thank you for a stress free holiday.

Simon Hunt

Hi David and Roger. Many, many thanks for letting us stay in your fabulous house in Samoen. I speak on behalf of all us hairy a@?ed (Roger's name for us) bikers when I say we had a tremendous time. The whole area is a playground, for many, the skiing, for the adventurous, the paragliding and WW rafting, for us it was the fabulous roads to play on. The pool was great, tip - don't try and show off , as one if my mates did, by doing a forward roll from the hot tub! Even when sober - it hurts! Superbly equipped kitchen, lovely rooms, comfortable beds and no queues for the loos! Had a lovely meal at the Mezzanine by the two 'nice' gentlemen. A superb trip (not allowed to call it a holiday - we keep our wives happy by calling it that) spoilt only by my lovely BMW dropping its engine oil all over the A26 north of Reims . Rapt least it was o the way home! Thanks again Roger and David, we all loved it! You lucky sods! Best regards Simon. Ps photos to follow.

Jenny Carruthers

I just love Deux Coeurs,and the Scotts are such friendly people - I thoroughly recommend a visit!

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