Poolside Farmhouses & Cottages has been established over 20 years.
The directors, Diana and John Coulson, took over the company in 2002. They have now moved back to the UK to be nearer family, in particular their grandchildren, and have appointed Dee and Graham Bailey (pictured below) to deal with the day to day running of the business. Dee has been involved with Poolside, from time to time, since 2005.
Dee and Graham have lived in the South West of France for more than 18 years.
In the UK, Dee was a Conference and Events Manager and Graham was the Export Manager for a breakfast cereal company. He speaks fluent French and German, along with a little Spanish.
Since moving to France, amongst other things, they became property managers looking after second homes for owners wishing to rent out their houses for the summer season. Between them they have amassed an excellent understanding of the standards required and expected by holiday makers and property owners alike.
They aim to gradually increase the number of exclusive, quality properties in the Poolside portfolio, whilst continuing to focus on the personal touch, which they feel is so important in making the holiday experience as easy and as enjoyable as possible, right from the initial enquiry.
What our Holiday Makers say about us:
“Would just like to thank you for all the work you put in for us for our holiday in Chateau Siorac and for the bubbly – that was really thoughtful of you and gave us all a happy start to the holiday. All in all, we would not hesitate to recommend your service to our friends and relatives and hope that business goes well for you.” Matthews Family, July 2017
“ Thank you for making the booking process and all the admin side of things so easy. It all helped to make it a great family holiday.” The Prest Family, June 2017
“Thank you for your recommendation as the enclosed garden was perfect for us all.Thanks again for all of your help with arranging our holiday and we would very much like to return in the future at some point. ” The Phillips Family, August 2017
“Nous avons apprécié notre séjour en Dordogne et ne manquerons pas de revenir vers vous pour une toute autre location. ” Famille Lemaire, August 2017
“We like to book our holidays with you, because we know everything is managed really fine!!!” Gielis Family, July 2017
“Thanks also for all your help and advice – we had a fabulous holiday and will definitely come back to the area.” A. Lane, August 2016
“Communication with the letting agent was excellent and very professional.” Tyler Family, August 2016
“Nous avons passé un très bon séjour et nous avons apprécié votre sérieux et votre professionnalisme.” Famille Wadoux, July 2016
“We had an excellent 2 weeks at Les Granges and would highly recommend the property. A great plus was the booking process, Dee was extremely helpful throughout, highly recommended.” Blatchford-Brown Family, July 2015
“Je vous remercie de votre amabilité et votre disponibilité lors de nos échanges et je n’hésiterais pas à parler de vous autour de moi afin de faire connaître vos services.” Famille Verbrugghe, juillet 2015
” Thank you, we received a good service for our last minute booking and appreciated the flexibility of answering our emails out of normal working hours which was very reassuring. Hope to speak again next year ” Paterson Family, August 2014
” We have rented in this area of France for over 20 years. Poolside provide the best homes and service by far. ” The Brown Family, July 2014
“What a service from Poolside. We have holidayed in France many times and Dee provided a wonderful personal service that is missing from so many other companies. We were provided with all the information we could possibly want and nothing was too much trouble – THANK YOU!“ Griffiths Family, July 2014
“Poolside communicated well and responded very well to any concerns. Your service was very efficient“ Schooling Family, July 2014
“Just a short note to say thank you very much for recommending Les Lavandes. We had a superb holiday and couldn’t be happier. Thanks again“ Berry Family, June 2014
“ Thank you so much for all your effort to serve us. There are a lot of owners/organisations who can take an example of your hospitality!!! “ Mr R. Duijvestijn, August 2014
“ Graham and Dee are very helpful and friendly. I would recommend Poolside and I have already recommended this property to others.“ Mr T. Christoffersen, July 2014
” Poolside are efficient and quick to respond to give you information on the area. I have no hesitation in recommending them” Mr & Mrs D. Foreman, July 2014