We had a great time at the Residence de Chateau de Salles, comfortable and quiet in delightfully relaxed parkland surrounds, far more forest-like than we had anticipated.
Facilities in the grounds were excellent - the pool got a lot of use, especially by the kids, and the games area was well used. The well-equipped kitchen in the house meant that home cooking kept food costs under control, although the barbecue failed to ignite satisfactorily - probably down to the abilities of the chef.
Congratulations should go to the chef of the restaurant L'Eyre 2 Rien - we had a wonderful meal there in delightful surroundings on a themed Reggae evening - although for many people it would be extravagant to dine out there every evening.
It's a lovely part of France, with a huge range of activities to occupy the family, from a simple kerbside coffee watching the village of Salles go about its daily life (the winner for the kids being able to buy fresh baked baguettes from a vending machine - surely unique to France), to climbing to the top of the Dune de Pyla at nearby Teste de Buch, the highest sand dune in Europe to look out over the Atlantic.
The village markets were great opportunities for checking out local produce and sampling some interesting tastes, and then shopping expeditions in Bordeaux and Arcachon satisfied the compulsive browsers among us. French people in that part of the country belie the rumours of the "National Sniff" - we found them uniformly friendly and welcoming.
Water sports, Aqua parks, swimming in clean clear lakes as well as the sea - not a day went by without some kind of total immersion.