Don't just take our word for it! Read what some of our previous guests said about our gîtes and the surrounding area....
Nearing the end of our stay in “The Cottage” and we really don’t want to leave! The weather has been fab as have our hosts Gary and Jenny. Better than any spa the Gites are located in the most tranquil spot all you hear is birdsong from morning till night....we will especially miss the sound of the cuckoo each evening!. The gite was like a home from home well equiped with a lovely private patio for dining outside and a huge garden, went to Chateaubriant on market day (Weds) and it was magical- a typical French market town with a great buzz we also had a lovely stroll around the lake in Saint-Julien just tucked away behind the church only wish we had longer to explore more...we obviously need to return.
Big thanks again to our hosts particularly for drawing brilliant maps!
‘Living the dream”
We found The Cottage for rent on the 'Rent a Place in France' site. We were looking for rental accomodation in the Loire as a base to enable us to undertake our property search.
We arrived at Les Chaumieres Campagnardes on a beautiful September afternoon, and were met by Gary and Jenny who immediately put us at our ease. We were bowled over by the beautiful gardens and setting, the gardens really are superb. We enjoyed a few glasses of vin on the lawn with our hosts, whilst the evening sun set, the best welcome ever.
We stayed in the Cottage from Sept to Feb., the Cottage is very comfortable, everything possible was provided , even down to pretty serviettes. Throughout the winter the cottage was extremely warm and very cosy, as a result of the constant supply of logs provided by Gary for the log burner. There is a private outside patio where we enjoyed many a coffee sitting in the morning sun. Nothing was too much trouble for Jenny and Gary, thier main concern is always to ensure their guests are happy and enjoying their stay, and they certainly excel at that.
The surrounding area is very picturesque, the local village, St Julien de Vouvantes, has everything you could need, a grocery store with a really good butchers, pharmacy, tabac, restaurant, post office, boulangerie, hairdressers, church, lake.......honestly, everything! Chateaubriand is approx 15 mins away with it's stunning chateau and pretty town centre, also an excellent weekly market.
Our property search is having it's ups and downs, so, if the Cottage is available for this winter, we could well be back!!......
Thank you both for the good food, the vin, the beautiful cottage and gardens, and for making our first foray into la Belle France so special.
Carole and Rog 09/16 - 02/17
"The croft" est un gîte typique de la région situé dans un village accueillant et dépaysant. Jenny est un hôte bienveillant, disponible et hospitalier. votre séjour ne sera que agréable. Jenny nous a accueilli elle même puisqu'elle séjournait sur place et était disponible à tout moment. le jardin est immense, bien entretenu et bien équipé avec barbecue privatif, tables et chaises de jardin. Nous avons partagé les deux piscines (couverte et extérieure) toutes deux très propres et et bien entretenues avec deux autres familles. L'organisation de la baignade s'est faite d'elle même sans aucun problème. Nos enfants ont apprécié ce séjour, vu qu'il y avait un tas d'animaux aux alentours, des vaches, des poules, un coq, des lapins...Le jardin était équipé de balançoires, toboggan et table de ping pong ainsi que des transat et des salon de jardin. Je conseille vivement ce gîte et merci encore à Jenny.
We had a great time with two families. The garden is really lovely and the pools are nice. And there are lots of games to do with kids. The house is real neat. and the rooms are big enough. You can also choose to come with more then one family, because there are 3 gites. Chateaubriant is the nearest town to visit and there is a castle you can visit. Jenny and Gary are very friendly and help you out with every thing you need. We really enjoyed our visit.
We (a family of five with children aged 2, 4 and 8) had a lovely stay at The Lodge for 12 days in July. The hosts, Jenny and Gary, were so welcoming and helpful with everything from a cot for our little one to recommendations of places to see. The interior is comfy and charming and the exterior - a private terrace and shared huge garden and heated pools - are just awesome. Although some distance to nearby attractions (e.g Nantes, Rennes) we found this a great place to relax and be together as a family!Thank you so much for making our stay so nice and comfortable! It's been a huge pleasure for all five of us to stay at The Lodge -Thank you for being so welcoming and helpful! It was way more than we could ask for. We wish you all the best of luck with your French adventure!!! All the best xxx Kristine and family - back in rainy Denmark
My 12 year old daughter and I have just returned from a fantastic 2 week stay with Jenny and Gary. Two wonderful, warm friendly people. The location was fantastic, although in the country, it was still close enough to amenities. Jenny and Gary's place is perfect if you just want to chill out and stay in one place. Their 2 pools are great and very well maintained. There's a huge sundeck with umbrellas, if you just want to lie out and sunbathe. Plus a huge garden with gorgeous trees. You should check out the apple tree and it's mistletoe! The kitchen is fully equipped and I had no problems cooking there. There are flies around, but that's all of France. Even when I stayed in the middle of Paris, we had flies too. There's plenty of fly swatters around. If you don't like them inside, just keep the doors and windows closed. There are fly screens on both doors. We tested out all the local boulangeries in the area, with our favourite turning out to be in La Touche, with it's lovely friendly baker. We also travelled further afield. Most were in the region of a 2 hour drive and covered history from the Neolithic to 2nd World War! We visited Carnac (thousands of standing stones), saw the Bayeux tapestry, Arromanches, the site of the D Day landings. Took the train from Nantes to La Rochelle, where the Knights Templar kept their fleet and the last place it was seen, prior to 1307. My daughter's a Joan Of Arc fan, so we also visited Chinon, where she met with the King and also a place where the Templars were held captive. Our best trip was to the theme park Puy De Fou. If you have a chance, I really recommend it. totally unlike Disneyland or those types of theme park. There are about 10 shows, which you won't see in 1 day. The Roman amphitheatre show was fantastic, with chariot racing, fighting, lions and tigers! Thank you Jenny and Gary and we hope to return again maybe next year. All the best, Shona.
Très bon séjour, hôte très sympathiques, endroit très calme idéal avec des enfants,
Merci pour votre accueil. Séjour parfait, calme et tranquille. Magnifique jardin.
trés bon logement pour visiter chateaubriant et les alentours. les proprietaires sont tres charmantes et toujours a l'ecoute pour rendre la permanence tres agreable. a ne pas rater!
Hi jenny, thank you so much for your hospitality, we were very happy about our stay. the house was clean and comfy, and it was easy to reach the sourroundings for our buisness trip. we will sent you back the book tiziana took as soon as she will finish to read it! best wishes for your starting touristic season and maybe see you later if we are another time in the surroundings bye simone, tiziana, clara and angela
Très belle maison située dans un petit village, elle est parfaite pour passer un très bon weekend en famille ou entre amis. Les propriétaires ont été très accueillant et ont tout fait pour que l'on passe un bon moment. Merci
Very nice welcome. nice house. We spent a pleasant stay and the region to discover !!! Thank you Jenny !
Un très bon accueil, disponibilité et service attentionné.
J'étais avec ma compagne et mon fils de 9 mois, nous avions l'impression que tout ce dont nous avions besoin dans notre quotidien était déjà sur place de la bouée pour bébé aux accessoires pour la cuisine.
Intérieur propre avec du charme et de belles poutres en bois.
jardin spacieux, tobogan, balançoire pour chaque âge, pétanque ... .
Un petit magasin à 5 min de voitures pour faire quelques petites courses.
We waren naar Frankrijk afgereisd om 'buiten te leven' en dit is meer dan geslaagd hier. Ieder huisje heeft een terras met genoeg tuinmeubelen en een barbecue. De lounge-sets bij de 2 zwembaden zijn ideaal. De enorme en goed onderhouden tuin kan gebruikt worden voor de veel beschikbare spelen bv: petanque, golf, ping pong,...... Ligzetels zijn voldoende voorzien en mogen gebruikt worden over de hele tuin alsook aan ons 'eigen' huisje. Alsook de parasollen ed. De eigenaars zijn super vriendelijke mensen en staan klaar voor iedere vraag of probleem. Het huisje zelf viel zeer goed mee. De kamers ruim genoeg alsook de keuken.
Everything wars perfect. We were warmly welcomed by Jenny and Gary and place is wonderful very calm, clean and comfortable