“Brittany is beautiful and Emmanuele’s suburban house is fine but as a host she was controlling and intrusive, insisting on extra points , gifts and photos of our family which made us uncomfortable. Prior to our stay She sent unwelcome complaints about other guests being dirty and warned us not to be the same way hence we never felt at home and felt we were being watched. Disgruntled that we didn’t leave her a review .. alas this is why. For a private hassle free time steer clear of swapping with her. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Guest's Response: This review is clearly a revenge from Fiona (who tried to persuade me to withdraw my negative feedback before this). Our previous, excellent reviews speak for us and against them. I do realise how dishonest, petty and hypocritical these people are. Fiona mentions issues that she never complained about while we were in touch. GIFTS. Guests usually bring presents to their hosts. I therefore suggested her to bring 2 packs of granola and 2 packs of brown sugar we don’t find in France. Around 8€-10€ maximum all together I guess. She said she was happy to get this for us. It sounds like she didn’t think a word of what she said. Nice... They didn’t leave us anything else. They definitely are amongst the stingiest guests we had. EXTRA POINTS. Fiona told me, and it was honest from her, that a friend of them was likely to join. I feel our house is not a hotel and I asked for extra points indeed. PHOTOS. AFTER we agreed their stay, we were in touch. I like exchanging with people who stay at our house. It’s the friendly aspect of home swapping that I appreciate. Therefore I generally send some pics of our family and asked Fiona if she could do so. Once again, she was happy to do that. Nothing dodgy about this. CLEANING: I did complain about our previous guests. Fiona promised she would take perfect care of our house. I trusted her and even wrote “not to worry too much about the cleaning”. Shouldn’t have said that! She left our house dirty (stains on the landing carpet, toothpaste on the wall, dust on furniture...). Her feedback doesn’t say anything about our house and the area. From WhatsApp exchanges we had, I can tell they had a great time. Not a word here. This review is pure revenge. Avoid this family. ”
Emmanuelle 's reviewsAs a host (19)
“We had a fantastic stay at Emmanuelle's house. It's in a great location, tranquil but with easy access to Pleneuf and the shops. The sea is only a short bike ride away (although there is a short climb on the way home). The house was spotlessly clean and very spacious. Our girls loved the cat, and he was no trouble at all to look after. The garden is a very good size, and we found the garage useful for storing our bikes. Emmanuelle has everything you might need for your stay is a very generous host allowing us to use their bodyboards etc. Emmanuelle is a fabulous host and gave us loads of advice on where to go and even told us the tide times so that we could make the most of our stay. Thank you so much Emmanuelle! The area is stunning, and there was so much to do that we need to go back to see the rest! Thanks again Emmanuelle and Stephane. We hope to see you all again soon! ”
“Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans l'agréable maison d'Emmanuelle. Lors de notre arrivée, un bon repas nous y attendait, de même que leur très attachant chat Zig Zag! Nous avons profité de visiter les nombreux points d'intérêt de la région (Mont Saint-Michel, Fort la Latte, etc.) mais également les somptueux bords de mer (Pléneuf, Erquy, Hillion) et les agréables petites villes environnantes, comme Saint-Brieux. Nous avons bien entendu profité des succulents produits locaux et des nombreuses crêperies où l'on mange de délicieuses galettes accompagnées d'un bon cidre. Encore un grand merci à Emmanuelle pour son accueil, nous garderons un excellent souvenir de la Bretagne où nous retournerons certainement un jour!”
“This is our third time at Emmanuelle’s home. Emmanuelle could not be more helpful and her suggestions and local knowledge really add to the enjoyment factor. Her home is spotlessly clean, well equipped, modern and uncluttered. We all feel comfortable and at home there. You can cycle or walk in and out of the villages and tye local area is so beautiful. If you haven’t already, give Brittany a try! You won’t be disappointed. Wonderful beaches, water sports, high ropes, horse riding, wonderful restaurants, fishing, hiking, sight seeing...go and enjoy! ”
“Fantástico tanto la casa como el tiempo mucho sol y playa ”
“Lovely home and wonderful host in and excellent location.”
“Nous avons vraiment aimé votre maison et le calme qui y règne tant à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur. La région a été une belle découverte qui donne envie d'y retourner, ses longues plages, ses balades sur le littoral, les oiseaux du cap Fréhel, la lumière, les crêpes et les fruits de mer ...Nous vous remercions de votre accueil très bien organisé, de votre générosité, de nous avoir confié votre véhicule qui nous a permis de rayonner dans les environs, de votre sympathie. Zig Zag, très discret guettait notre retour pour venir nous saluer, puis repartait à ses activités félines. Nous avons passé une semaine reposante et revitalisante en même temps, à bientôt nous l'espérons.”
“Localisation idéale pour découvrir une des parties les plus intéressantes de la Bretagne, jolie vue mer, communication facile avec les hôtes : je recommande !”
“Emmanuelle's house was fantastic - stylish, comfortable, well equipped (even including 5 bikes). Emmanuelle was amazingly helpful at every stage - from arranging our stay to advice on what to do when we where there. Highly recommended..we hope to be back one day!”
“We had an excellent two weeks in Emmanuelle’s beautiful house. It is modern, light and airy. The location is great – Val-Andre beach and promenade are in easy reach and Pleneuf was very handy and safe for our kids to walk and cycle to the shops to try out their French. We also enjoyed local walks and easy drives to Dinan, St Malo and le Mont St Michel. Emmanuelle and her family took great care of our own house.”
“Nous avons passé un magnifique séjour à Pléneuf-Val-André. La maison est idéalement située, joliment décorée et très bien entretenue. Le jardin fut particulièrement apprécié par les enfants. Les plages et paysages bretons sont magnifiques. Emmanuelle nous a conseillé de bons restos, de superbes balades. Bref, des vacances idéales en famille. Je ne peux que vous conseiller d'y aller!”
“The house is well situated in the village of Pleneuf Val Andre, near restaurants and shops with a short drive to Val Andre for the beautiful beach, the long promenade, coastal walks and good restaurants.. The house is light, airy and very comfortable with large windows overlooking the garden and sea in the distance. Our hosts Emmanuelle and Stephane were very welcoming with all information you would require locally from good restaurants to lovely walks and constant contact should we have any problems (the lock sign showed on the hob and within minutes we were able to have our morning cup of coffee). A very enjoyable experience.”
“The house was just perfect. So clean and well equipped and quiet. Emmanuelle's communication, help and advice were all so helpful. I can definitely recommend a holiday here and we hope to go again. This part of Brittany is so easy to get to and so pretty. We are used to the South of France but if you get the weather, Brittany is nicer and less crowded. So much to do and explore.. we are smitten. If you are unsure about a swap or trip don't be.. just do it, you won't be sorry. Emmanuelle will hold you hand and help you sort all the details too. She is a wonderful host. ”
“Emmanuelle was the perfect host and we had a fantastic stay. The kids took sailing and riding lessons and everything was very convenient and well organised. It was our first time to Brittany and we loved it. We'd definitely go back. ”
“Le swap fut formidable car l'accueil réservé est parfait ! La maison, son environnement et son emplacement forment un espace pour la détente et pour des vacances réussies. Ce n'est pas peu dire que la Bretagne est remarquable. Emmanuelle sait transmettre les bons conseils, la bonne crêperie (exceptionnelle), la bonne balade. Nous sommes restés peu de jours mais un long séjour serait aussi idéal. Je recommande tout particulièrement ce swap à Pléneuf.”
“We had a lovely stay in Brittany for a week. The host family were really communicative. Their home is very comfortable and clean and super easy to reach the beach and lots of wonderful sites in the region. The garden was great for our girls - coming from London and the sea views from the property were magical!”
“Five of us had a lovely and relaxing holiday at Emmanuelle's pretty home. Pleuneuf was a charming seaside town and we were lucky the sun shone so we could spend time on the pristine, stunning beaches just a few minutes drive away. We also visited the Pink Granite coast, which was stunning pink rocks, like a Martian landscape. The house itself was very clean, light with a feeling of space, but the best thing was the spectacular picture window which faced towards the sea, giving an amazing changing view. Thank you to the Carlos for having us!”
“This was our first swap and Emmanuelle was extremely helpful in guiding us regarding the process. We had a wonderful, relaxing time in Emmanuelle's home and thoroughly enjoyed spending time there. A great base for exploring the local area with lots of things to do locally. Highly recommended!”
“Lovely modern home in wonderful location”
3 things they loved about the trip
- The area
- Comfortable and easy home
- Great towns
“Lovely beach and coastal walks. Peaceful sunny days. Wonderful views and scenery”
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