Good Words from Our Guests


Le Pluvier

Thank you Ian and Sandra for a lovely holiday. Everything was perfect … even the weather! Fantastic gite with everything you need and more.

Dave, Stacy and family, Wolverhampton, England.  April 2015

A lovely week with great weather. Swimming pool welcome on hot days.  Good base for visiting many chateau. Ian and Sandra perfect hosts. Gite comfortable and very well equipped (washing machine welcome!)

Anne and Mike,  Lincoln, England.  May 2015

Sandra and Ian have been the perfect hosts and if we ever fulfil our ambition to become Gite hosts ourselves we would hope to provide the same high standard of accommodation and welcoming approach. Gorgeous weather, lovely warm pool. Day trip to Paris on the TGV. Visits to Loches and the Brenne Regional Park a must. Thank you both.

The Duncans. Heathfield, East Sussex, England.  May 2015

I would be amazed if any guests had any criticism of the accommodation, facilities and the amazing hosts – Sandra and Ian. I strongly advise a visit to Le Colombier restaurant at Ligueil – charming hosts and excellent food – beware of the amount – it is enormous and we were offered seconds of the coq-au-vin – a first ever during our 50+ years of visiting France!

Henry and family, Staffordshire, England.  June 2015

This was our second stay at Les Petites Cigognes and it was well worth the journey from Cambridge. We have had a lovely relaxing time and especially enjoyed meals at Le Colombier in Ligueil and the Creperie Breton in Chatellerault. We also visited the Zooparc Beauval and the Chateau de Riveau. Once again the highlight was the pool. Many thanks Ian and Sandra for a wonderful holiday.

David, Sarah and family, Cambridge, England.  July 2015

Wow! Fabulous accommodation, great weather mixed with large amounts of cheese, barbecued food and wine. It was a simple recipe for a perfect holiday.

Andy, Fiona and family, Stockport, England.  August 2015

Second time staying and still as fabulous. Pool always a hit with the kids and adults. Ian and Sandra are the perfect hosts who always make you feel welcome and part of the family. To the next guests – Enjoy!

David, Sally and family, Essex, England.  August 2015

Incredible stay. Ian and Sandra were fantastic. Most importantly, catch a sunrise in the lilac garden and a sunset on the back deck. The beauty is a memory you’ll long treasure. Thanks Ian and Sandra.

Daniel and family, Missouri, USA.  September 2015

Ian and Sandra, Thank you for a lovely stay at Le Pluvier. Couldn’t fault it. Recommendations and general info was a great help. Plenty of cycling and weather was great. Thanks.

Jane and Colin et al. Wimborne, Dorset, England.  September 2015

We found Les Petites Cigognes great value for money. Le Pluvier is very comfortably furnished and all appliances were easy to work. We will definitely recommend Les Petites Cigognes!

SB   Hythe, Hampshire, England.  May 2014

Amazing house with every amenity. Hosts are fantastic and the area is chock full of many wonderful sights to see.  We found Les Petites Cigognes on the internet and I hope more Americans give this place a try. The kids loved the pool.

JM   Warner Robins, Georgia, USA.  June 2014

Thank you for a nice roomy gite. Good walking and cycling.  Lovely warm swimming pool.

AH   Ceredigion, Wales.  August 2014

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

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

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.  August 2013


Le Grebe

Thank you for such a well-equipped gite. We have had a lovely week enjoying the surroundings and the peace. Loches is well worth a visit. Sandra and Ian are very helpful.


RN   Reading, Berkshire, England.  May 2015

We've had a really great stay here (again). Really nice, comfortable gites, well-equipped. The kids have had a lot of fun playing games and in the pool. We've been to the markets at Descartes (Sundays) and Loches (Wednesdays) and also wandered around the chateau area of Loches, which is beautiful. Also visited La Brenne and saw a lot of wildlife! Lovely holiday. Thanks to Sandra and Ian

GN   Richmond, London, England.  May 2015

Our stay was so good, we have already booked for next year and 2 of us never stay anywhere twice! Weather - amazing! Gite - superb! Lovely area for sightseeing. Managed to use the swimming pool every day. Sandra and Ian are perfect hosts. One of the best equipped gites we have stayed in. Roll-on next year.

S+D families, Hampshire and Kent, England. June 2015

Back again for a second visit. The weather astonishing!! 40°C?!! Once more, thank you for a great week. Possibly, no certainly, we’ll be back.

Dines family, Sandhurst, Kent. July 2015

A wonderful 2 weeks. Fab weather, beautiful countryside, running, cycling, eating, drinking and pool! Sandra and Ian, both lovely. Thank you!!

Aitken family and others Stirling, Scotland. July 2015

Lovely home from home. Quiet, relaxing, and very French countryside. Really great facilities to eat–in.  Pool a real asset and great helpful hosts.

Charlie, Lisa and family. Hertfordshire, England and South Wales. August 2015

We have had a fantastic fortnight here. It has been so relaxing and peaceful (even with a toddler!). It has been a 5-star holiday experience and we hope to return with friends next time!

DH   Great Shelford, Cambridge, England.  June 2014

A three-generation holiday. The pool was much used. Great house for a family get-together. Well equipped and comfortable.

RB   Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England.  August 2014

We have had a fantastic time, enhanced by superb accommodation. Sandra and Ian have been great hosts, helpful but unobtrusive. The Loire has delivered on its promise. Thanks

GS   Wellington, New Zealand.  September 2014

Our ‘clan’ took over all 3 gites to help celebrate a 60th birthday for one of our family – months of planning culminated in a perfect week. This was our second visit to Les Petites Cigognes, having previously visited in 2012, and Ian and Sandra were able to arrange the most perfect weather for us. Incredible!

GT   Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  September 2014

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

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.


La Colombe

I have been arranging holidays in France since 2005 and without doubt, this gite has the highest specification of any I have stayed in.  Everything is very clean and tidy, everything we’ve needed is on the doorstep and the weather has been perfectly good too! There are many excellent restaurants nearby too.

David + Jayne, N. Ireland. May 2015

Another month at Les Petites Cigognes has gone so fast. Thanks to Sandra and Ian for their helpfulness and advice. Saw the Little Owl and even the coypu. The golf course at La Roche-Posay and the chateau at Les Ormes were two different places we visited this year.

Margaret and Jack, Dalton-on-Tees, England. June 2015

Congratulations Sandra and Ian for creating such a tasteful and comfortable gite.  Thank you for being perfect hosts and we plan to return – for a longer stay next time. We recommend visiting La Roche-Posay and also doing the town walk in Descartes.

Diane and Nick, Hertfordshire, England. June 2015

Thank you Ian and Sandra for such a lovely gite, grounds, pool, garden + equipment and the amazing BBQ! We have had such a wonderful time and it’s been difficult for us to drag ourselves away from such beautiful and relaxing surroundings to explore the Loire Valley. We so hope to come again and will miss the lovely and cosy La Colombe. Loches, Zoo Parc Beauval, Chenonceau and Descartes are all well worth a visit

Adam, Emma and family, Winchester, England. August 2015

We’ve had an enjoyable stay in La Colombe. Many thanks for a well-equipped cottage.

Mark, Janine and family. North Lincolnshire, England. August 2015

A very happy return to Les Petites Cigognes after 2 years. Welcoming, peaceful, relaxing, friendly, inviting, etc etc! Sandra and Ian, thanks so much for finding a week free for us to return. You are the most wonderful hosts who do everything you can to make your guests at home. Congratulations on your well-deserved Trip Advisor award – we hope there are many more to come. Hopefully see you in 2017 when we intend to bring the whole tribe! See you then.

John and Jane, Kent, England.  September 2015

Thank you Sandra and Ian for being so welcoming when we arrived and throughout our stay. What a lovely gite, very relaxing and everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. Our only regret is that we left it so late in the year to find you; we will definitely be back with the family.

Diane and Les, Portsmouth, England.  October 2015

A comfortable and cosy stay during our 4 weeks tour round France. Slept well due to total quiet at night, though we did hear a Little Owl calling one night. Thank you Ian and Sandra for being so helpful with advice re places to visit, local history etc. The pre-ordered evening meal on our first night was very welcome, full of flavour and excellent presentation. Thank you. Happy to recommend Les Petites Cigognes to our friends.

DT   Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.  April 2014

A fantastic month of total peace and relaxation in a gite that’s home from home. Lovely comfy beds and total darkness – we slept in most days! Many thanks to Sandra and Ian, who are there if you want them but their advice is readily given if asked for. I am really pleased they were recommended to me. We need another month to visit all the places we didn’t manage this time.

ML   Dalton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England.  May 2014

Perfect! A warm welcome, comfortable and well-appointed gite ticks all the boxes. Thank you Ian and Sandra for all your assistance to ensure a very happy stay. Sad to leave after only one week but already planning ahead to our next visit, so glad we found you!! The pool and playing area was a great hit with the kids and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

EG   Muir of Ord, Ross-shire, Scotland.  June 2014

A wonderful stay in a beautiful location. There was just so much to see and do and all within easy reach. La Colombe is lovely and so very well equipped. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed using the pool and sitting outside under the umbrellas just soaking-up the ambience. Thank you so much Ian and Sandra for everything.

SM   Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  September 2014

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

RS   Warsaw, Poland.  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

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.  August 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.  September 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.

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.

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.

Thank you for the lovely accommodation. It was absolutely wonderful staying here. We never know what we’re going to find when we 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.

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.

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.

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