Recently we, Tom and Sieta Plantinga, may call ourselves the happy owners of Les Magnolias.
After a thorough orientation and search of two years throughout France, we found our spot “in the Dordogne. In September 2015 we settled here permanently.
The beautiful location on the outskirts of Lalinde with all amenities within walking distance, the overwhelming view of the river with it’s ever-changing water, the presence of the large park garden, the swimming pool (17 x 7 m) overlooking the river surrounded by palm and olive trees and the 400-meter riverside makes this for us a unique location. We want to offer our guests a pleasant stay at Les Magnolias. Not only as a central base to explore the region, but also to relax and totally unwind.
The original living quarters on the second floor of the Maison de Maître has recently been rebuilt and refurbished into four tastefully decorated rooms. On the top floor the interior is thoroughly renovated into a living cum dining room, nicely decorated, to create a place where guests can feel themselves completely at home. Here you can enjoy peace and privacy of a well deserved holiday.
The roots of the owners of Les Magnolias are in the Netherlands.
… Born in the Netherlands, raised in Friesland …. Les Magnolias is a logical step for her after working years in tourism, then as a freelancer organizing and teaching English lessons for adults and the last years working with Tom in their own business. In the meantime raising 3 children (Sanne, Jan Hedzer and Ilse). Overall a woman with years of experience in welcoming, guiding and managing people.
Sieta speaks Dutch, French, English, Frisian and a little bit of Spanish.
… Born and raised in the Netherlands. He has been working in sales his whole life. He is a very enthusiastic and passionate person who thinks it’s time to change life. His background is in the sales and marketing field, he has a genuine interest in people and he thinks it would be wonderful to welcome guests from all over the world and exchange stories and experiences. He has lived his entire adult life in Friesland, and is actually a Frisian Dutchman.
Tom speaks Dutch, German, Frisian and English, and is working hard to get his French at an “acceptable level”.
… We like to receive our guests in a casual, personal and relaxed atmosphere; We like to develop customized packages for our guests to make sure they have a wonderfull time, and we still enjoy each other and of course our dream of a new life in France. Also, we often go to Vide Greniers and we like to visit local markets and festivals. We enjoy the french “cuisine” and we want to discover France as our 2nd homeland.
Furthermore, we are “bon vivants” and love to meet new people It is the interaction with others that makes running our bed and breakfast and gites business so much fun.
The big challenge for us is to develop Les Magnolias as a Chambre d’hôte business, while we strive to maintain the small scale, in order to offer every guest the best attention and worry-free holiday.
We want our guests to have a relaxing and enjoyable stay. If, despite our best efforts, you encounter a problem, please let us know immediately.It is also our aim to continuously improve our service That’s why we like to receive your comments, ideas, suggestions …
Come and taste the atmosphere and be surprised by what Les Magnolias has to offer.
You’re welcome all year round,