Good Words from Our Guests

Le Pluvier

Thank you Ian and Sandra for providing such a peaceful break for us. 

KW Cheltenham Gloucester, UK. April 2013


We loved the house and the region.  Plenty of good day trips around.  We liked the caves, the markets and zoo.  Beautiful weather. 

Thanks for letting us stay here.

MW   New Gisborne, Australia. April 2013


Descartes market, Chenonceau, Amboise and Loches all amazing places to visit and all within 45 mins.  A perfect gite in a perfect place. 

Thank you to Ian and Sandra.

AM  Canterbury, Kent, UK.  May 2013 


Wonderful visit in a great location for castles with warm personal touches from Ian and Sandra

GB  Ohio, USA.  June 2013


Lovely surprise to stay in such a nice gite, with a warm welcome. 

Had a great week.

SW  Bridgwater, Somerset, UK.  June 2013


The teenagers in the family really enjoyed the week here – good wi-fi, lovely pool, space to burn off the excess energy and peaceful mornings!  So when they’re happy, we’re happy.  Really had a relaxed, peaceful and enjoyable stay in a well equipped, comfortable gite.  Thank you Ian and Sandra.

PM  Donegal, Ireland. June 2013


Wonderful, well-equipped gite and how beautifully quiet and peaceful – a place to really enjoy in an area we know and love.  Thanks for your welcome.

JB  Milton Keynes, UK. July 2013 


Second time we have stayed in the gites, we had a wonderful week.  The pool was a bonus; we were in it every day!  The beds were very comfy and we were extremely grateful for the fans in the rooms as they helped maintain a cool night’s sleep.  Thank you very much Ian and Sandra, we had a lovely time and hopefully we’ll be back again next year.

SS  London, UK. July 2013 


A fab 2 weeks stay – a great mix of relaxation and sightseeing.  The girls adored the pool.  We found the gite very comfortable and were particularly impressed with the grounds.  It was wonderful to see the girls run off and know they would be safe.

JA  Southsea, UK  Aug 2013


Lovely hosts, lovely setting.  Perfect relaxing holiday. 

HR  Gateshead, UK  Aug 2013


A very relaxing, peaceful and well equipped gite.  Fabulous hosts, so much to see, not enough time.  Lovely weather and lots of reasons to come back.  Merci, tres bon.

SG  Chester, UK. Aug 2013


We came here for a complete chill-out after a tough year.  Perfect choice.  Ian and Sandra are the most wonderful hosts, always there but mostly invisible.  Le Pluvier is fantastically equipped, the area very calm and relaxing.  Cannot fault it or them in any way.  Fantastic time and thank you.  A wonderful place to retreat to in beautiful surroundings.  Highlights were Villandry and lunch in Grande Pressigny and of course our excellent hosts.  Hope we can come back.  A different sunset every night – Fantastic!  Wonderfully relaxing, peaceful and comfortable.  Slept like a baby.  Gite is perfectly done, pool is amazing, would definitely come back! Thank you.

JM and family St Margarets Bay, Kent, UK. Sept 2013

Le Grebe

We are reluctantly leaving this lovely ‘home away from home’.  A perfect ending to our 2 months stay in France.  This was our second visit to Le Grebe.  Sandra and Ian are wonderful hosts and we are confident it wont be our last.

DL  Litchfield City, CT, USA. April 2013

Another superb week.  Highlights were the Rose Fair at Chedigny, the troglodyte caves, the goat farm, Chambord.  Gite fab – as always –as is Ian and Sandra’s hosting.

SJ  Wales.  June 2013

Had a great 2 week stay here.  Facilities in house great.  Pool and use of bikes really made it for children and adults alike.  Wish we could roll up and transport little local quiet roads and lovely garden.  Lovely area….Loches, Chenonceau and loads of memorable local villages.  Thanks for having us

RD  Co Offaly, Ireland. July 2013

We had a wonderful week.  What a beautiful house!  We really enjoyed the area but in truth spent most of our time relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying the pool.  The children (aged 4yrs and 18 months) especially enjoyed the gardens at Chateau Rivau and the aquarium near Tours.  Thanks for all your help and recommendations, Sandra and Ian, you really made us so welcome.

MB and family  London, Cotswolds and York, UK.  July 2013

The swimming pool was absolutely amazing, everyone had lots of fun in it.  An awesome holiday! 

MP  London, UK. July 2013

The swimming pool was great and enjoyed horse riding at the local stables as well as the leisure park in Descartes.

CB  Higham Ferrers, Northants, UK. Aug 2013

We have had a very peaceful and relaxing time.  Sandra and Ian have been very helpful and attentive hosts.  For us, 2 weeks was a perfect amount of time to explore the area.  We found rural France to be wonderful. 

Thank you so much.

LR  Perth, Australia. Oct 2013

We booked on-line (couldn’t have been easier) but when we got there the gite itself was far more luxurious than you could see on the pictures – it will come highly recommended to family and friends back home.

BJ  Preston, Lancashire  UK  Sept 2012

La Colombe

You created the paradise on earth.  Thank you for a wonderful week.

RS  Warsaw, Poland.  May 2013


I have had a wonderful week here in La Colombe.  Exploring the Loire Valley has been fantastic.  The gite has been perfect and Sandra and Ian, you have been so helpful and friendly.

RC  Edinburgh, Scotland.  May 2013


We Aussies enjoyed a great relaxing time.  A wonderful welcome, fascinating area and great markets for us to do a big cook-up at the gite! Even the weather was perfect.  Will certainly return.

MC  Brisbane, Australia.  June 2013


Lovely, just lovely!  Thank you for a wonderful holiday.  Gite and pool a hit with all of us.  Beautiful area with so much to do in so little time.

RS  Yeovil, Somerset, England.  Aug 2013


We have really enjoyed our stay here at your gite, especially the BBQ, the grounds and of course the pool.  Kids think this is home(!!). We are fully relaxed and not really wanting to go home.  Great little place here, would not hesitate to recommend.

CR  Wickford, England.  Aug 2013


The pool was warm and the welcome was warm.  Ian and Sandra really know how to make their guests feel at home.  Great hosts.  They tread the fine line of being available and yet not intruding, superbly.

SC Ashford, Kent UK.  Sept 2013


Lovely accommodation with lovely helpful hosts.  Great weather, lovely location.  What more to say!!

CM  Auckland New Zealand.  Sept 2013

Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived.  A fantastic rural location within easy reach of all the main attractions of the western Loire.
GW    Blairgavrie, Perthshire, Scotland.  July 2012

Wonderful!  How can I possible compete with all the other comments that have been made by guests?  All of them are true.  We had a lovely time and the 3 gites are so well appointed and comfortable.

MP  Stockport, England.  August 2012

A large bouquet to Ian and Sandra for making us feel so welcome.  The gite was everything we expected and more, so much so that we extended our stay for an extra week. 

TW   Port Macquarie, Australia.  October 2012

Thank you for the lovely accommodation.  It was absolutely wonderful staying here. We never know what we’re going to find when reserve something over the internet but this truly is a treasure.  The setting was just so peaceful and tranquil, what better way to recharge our batteries.  Thank you so much for the excellent advice on where to go and what to see whilst staying here. 

JD   Calabash, USA.

We chose Les Petites Cigognes for a family holiday and travelled from distant parts.  We were not disappointed at all.  The gites are beautiful with every convenience.  Our hosts were always helpful, cheerful and obliging.  We had such a wonderful time.  It will always be a holiday to remember. 

SC  Australia, Iceland and New Zealand.

It’s been a joy staying here and as many before have recorded Sandra and Ian are truly fabulous patrons with a lovely venue for happy holidays.  Highlights have been a day-trip to Paris, all very easy and organised via the internet, and Bastille Day celebrations with the spectacular fireworks on the bridge at Descartes. 

FL   Preston, UK.

It was a real pleasure to stay with you, enjoy your house, your hospitality, nice weather and beautiful castles.  Thank you. 

IK   Russia and Israel.

When you book accommodation from half a world away you hope it is
as good as it looks on the Web. Les Petites Cigognes is even better. A fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and great couch to relax on. For an Aussie,
the bbq was a welcome bonus and got a good workout over the week.
Worth the 22 hour flight to France. 

Crawford  Sydney, Australia.

Sometimes one is lucky to glimpse a piece of paradise. Thank you for
providing the setting for a wonderful family holiday. 

Turner U.K.

I spent a long time searching for a holiday destination on the Internet
and can now say I don’t think I could have found anywhere better in
rural France. Ian and Sandra have obviously spent so much time, effort
and money on making the accommodation as lovely as possible.

HC  Birmingham, UK.

Fabulous gite – spacious and comfortable. Thank you for being so friendly and welcoming. The gite suited a variety of needs in our mixed group – swimming, cycling, running. Four of us are keen cyclists, and we did 300km on traffic-free open roads.

BK  Abergavenny, UK.

What a wonderful surprise! The web does not do this place justice. I love it here, everything about it.

Dewey Essex, UK.

Our best holiday in France, according to the kids (and I have to agree). A very pretty, comfortable, well-equipped gite, which felt like home. Fantastic. Would love to come back.

CM  Wales, UK.

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