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Guest Comments

'Thank you so much for making our holiday so have a warmth, generosity and ease that is rare & we really felt at home from the moment we met ye....We're really going to miss wandering around your garden, feeding the hens, helping ourselves to fruit, listening to 'Bumpy' the frog....It was particularly magical for Saoirse being able to do all this, running around barefoot without a care in the world...We have wonderful memories of dining with you on Saturday night - the delicious food, drinks and laughter'.
Theresa, Urs and their two year old daughter, Saoirse. County Kerry, Ireland.

'Thank you both so much for the past fortnight; it's been an inspiring experience - one we will never forget. 'Thank you for being so generous with your time and advice (and the eggs!) We're already counting down the days to September - when we will see you, and all the incredible people we have met through you, again. See you again very soon'.
Lynne and Paul. Bradninch, Devon.

'We've had a wonderful week in 'Les Ecuries'. The gîte has been perfect and we've really enjoyed the peace, the garden and the menagerie! Thankyou so much for dinner – fabulous food & wine, perfect setting'.
Vivienne and David. Lindfield, West Sussex.

'You have both been such fabulous hosts. You have created a very special place here which we have all enjoyed so much. Nile & Easte will have so many lasting memories from here including the baby lamb, feeding the chickens and all the playing in the grounds. Thank you for the trip to the village fête, it was such an experience to sit and eat with the locals. We would gladly come back and also recommend your gîte to freinds and family'.
Stuart, Harriet and their two boys, Nile (7 yrs) and Easte (5yrs). Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire.

'We have had a wonderful two tranquil weeks in your delightful 'ecuries' and beautiful grounds. We've really enjoyed your great company & generosity (tasty jams, fresh veg – tomatoes so juicy, Alison's fantastic food for aperitifs, 'special' brandy and of course the basil wine). It is by far the best gîte we have stayed in. Hopefully it is 'à la prochaine' rather than goodbye'.
Janet and Alan. South Yorkshire.

'Our time here has been idyllic. Our hosts have been all they could have been.....friendly, helpful and generous'.
Peggy & Ken, Sidmouth, Devon.

'We have had a lovely stay. You advertise a place of peace and tranquility and that is what we had. Your hospitality was unbounded. We wish you both another Good Year'.
Mari & Alex, Denholm, Scottish Borders.

'Thank you so much, Alison & Francis, for welcoming us to your beautiful gite. The care and attention that you pour into everything means that we have felt extremely welcome and happy here. Alice has really enjoyed wandering around the garden and especially visiting and feeding the animals. We'll really miss the garden; picking fruit and veg for dinner, and oh the tomatoes!! To die for! We hope to come back again and we know lots of people who would love it here as much as us. We so enjoyed cooking in the beautiful kitchen and have shared many lovely meals together...I think this will be our outstanding memory of the place – a lovely feeling of togetherness and enjoyment.....'
Maryfrances, Paudi and their two tear old daughter, Alice. County Kerry, Ireland.

'What an amazing place to stay and a fantastic venue! Our 16 month son loved it here – especially feeding the chickens and seeing the sheep. The gîte was so very well considered and Alison & Francis are the perfect hosts and were fantastic with Dylan. Our meal with them was absolutely delicious. We hope to return here one day'.
Darren, Jo and their toddler son, Dylan. Manchester.

'Great hosts, fantastic gîte. We especially loved all the animals and the fresh eggs and strawberries. The pool was so needed to cool us down and has really got Megan & Isaac into swimming. It's been a fantastic holiday'.
Simon, Leanne and their young children, Megan & Isaac. Suffolk.

'Thank you so much for your trailblazing vision, which has gifted us such a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful holiday, as well as inspired us to somehow seek to create a similar lifestyle sometime in the future! Know that we sincerely appreciated your thoughtfulness with Malachy and being so encouraging in your many conversations with him'!
Stephen, Andrea and their 3 year old son, Malachy. Brighton.

'Beautifully decorated gîte & gardens. Loved harvesting courgettes, basil, tomatoes & raspberries from the garden and chatting to the hens. Rediscovered cycling which was lovely, as was lazing with a good book in the garden'.
Andrea and David and their teenage daughter, Isobel. Hertfordshire.

'Well we're back again! Again the holiday was a success. We saw a lamb being born in the Summer! Thank you Alison for cooking a delicious meal'.
Sam aged 9, his parents, Simon & Fiona, his sister, Evie (6) and his brother, Isaac (2) Heathfield.

'Thank you so much for a truly wonderful holiday, you have both given us all a very special time. We love your home and hope you don't have to work too hard, inorder to enjoy the sanctuary you have created. Restaurant in Melle recommended by Alison & Francis for a night out without les enfants. Thank you it was heaven'.
Alex, Colin,Jessie (7), Charlotte (5) & Ellie (19 months). Middlesex.

'This place has exceeded our expectations – all down to the years of hard work, perseverance and attention to details of Alison & Francis. We admire the way y'ou have sensitively restored the buildings to achieve authentic and comfortable accommodation perfect for our family (and an inspiration for our cottage back home!) Many thanks for your hospitality and time and in particular, the most welcome basket of produce (etc!) on arrival – a real treat. We would love to return....parents staying in 'Les Ecuries' same week which worked out really well too'.
Helen, Giles, Edward (16) and Lydia (13) Sadler. Devon.

'A big thank you for making our stay so special. The combination of a wonderful gîte, beautiful and productive gardens and very friendly animals have all added to our enjoyment'.
Pat, David, Tom and Kathleen. Folkestone, Kent.

'Completely and thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful stay with you. Such an abundance of memories we're taking home from 'Le Four du Boulanger', whether its the walnuts, the warm welcome (when we turned up hours late & without food), the hens and garden plot, the lovely gardens'
Henry and Angela. Dublin.

'A wonderful, sensitive restoration of a beautiful property – the use of natural materials and the thoughtful aesthetic consideration, such as the stencils on the bedlinen, curtains and the bedroom floors are superb! - Simply a beautiful and tranquil place to spend two weeks. We thank you for your friendly and easy-going attention, and especially for your generous invitation to avail ourselves of the produce from your vegetable garden. AND – the superb meal you prepared and served in your wonderful home. AND – the wall that we have watched Francis build with such skill and attention to authentic detail'. Lastly the area abounds with so many significant monuments and locations making it a wonderful place to spend a few weeks.'
Judith & Neil. Australia.

‘Our third trip here and it certainly won’t be our last. A lovely relaxing week enjoying your home and hospitality’.
Catherine, Andrew, Billy (3) and baby Tom

‘What a wonderful holiday…thank you for your warm hospitality, the meals have been fantastic and the fresh vegetables and jam takes me back to my childhood..Thank you Francis & Alison for taking the time to explain farming in its various forms to the boys…’
Chris, Toks, Eliott & Alistair

‘Thank you very much for the warmest welcome imaginable. Our lovely meal on arrival gave us a wonderful start – cucumber mousse and basil wine a universal favourite also the freshly dug potatoes and courgettes picked, sliced, chargrilled on the BBQ and eaten within the hour - another world. Our grandchildren (who stayed next door in ‘Le Four du Boulanger’) loved the sheep and hens, the pool and boules, hide & seek...’
Theo and Denis

‘Thank you Alison & Francis for an idyllic week. Heaven does happen on earth!’
Mary, Jenny and John Sale

‘A lovely stay – almost like visiting friends! Had a fab time, the weather played along and we particularly enjoyed our bike rides around the local countryside. Best find: a little local restaurant, L’Auberge de St Jean, easily the best for quality and value that we’ve found in France. Thanks for the fresh veggies and herbs, to say nothing of the eggs which are out of this world.
Matt, Ticki, Olivia (5) and Henry (3)

‘We have spent two wonderful weeks at ‘Les Ecuries’ – a little gem of a place, absolutely perfect for a chill-out. Alison & Francis have struck the perfect balance as hosts. Our 8 year old, Holly, has had a great time ‘helping’ Francis around the garden and Alison to make her superb raspberry jam. She’s had a whale of a time…The main highlights of our stay have been relaxing in our own courtyard & enjoying the delicious produce from the garden_ we have felt very much at home here! Alison’s basil wine is to die for and is perfect on a warm Summer’s evening. We hope to back with our friends…and we look forward to our next stay’.
John, Josée & Holly (8)

‘Thank you so much for such a wonderful holiday - we think the best ever! The food was amazing and a great welcome was had on both evenings with you – thankyou! All your recommendations were brilliant, Ile de ré, Ruffec restaurant….The milk was a very special experience for all, especially seeing the baby cows! We would love to come back with the rest of the family. A bientôt!’
Emily, James, Tom (7) and Alex (4)

‘We have had a lovely holiday here and have very much enjoyed the house and your lovely garden, veggies, eggs etc. Diggory has also had a lovely time playing with the sheep and chickens and Francis!’
Olivia, Alexander, Diggory (2) and baby Elodie

‘Suffice to say, we have every intention of returning for a 3rd time next Summer, for another fabulous family holiday full of life’s simple pleasures. Heartfelt thanks once again for your inordinate hospitality’.
Andrea, Stephen, Malachy (4) and Kit (8mths)


Local Area Chef Boutonne our nearest town, (3km) with its fairytale château and ‘lavoirs’, (ancient washhouses) which bubble with ice cold spring water, has a bustling market with stalls of freshly caught fish and local produce. The regional speciality, ‘Pineau des Charentes’ a wickedly delicious aperitif is served in pavement cafés in...


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