Good Words from Our Guests


Le Pluvier

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 D's    Heathfield, East Sussex, England.   May 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!)

A+MH   Lincoln, England.   May 2015

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

DW   Bilston, West Midlands, England.   April 2015

Hosts 5*, Location 5*, Facilities 5*. Thank you Ian and Sandra

TL   Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.   April 2014


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


We have loved the beautiful swimming pool. We were delighted with the lovely house, it has been restored and fitted-out inside beautifully – fab bathrooms too. Everything we needed was here. Thanks for everything – we wish we had 2 weeks here!

AC  Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire, England.  July 2014


Ian and Sandra are very helpful and accommodating. We all had a lovely time exploring the area and using the pool and gardens. The gite was top-class and very comfortable.

DD  Llantwit Major, Wales.  August 2014


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

AH  Ceredigion, Wales.  August 2014


This is a beautiful gite and we have had a great 2 weeks holiday. Lovely accommodation, great pool and lots of very enjoyable days out. Thanks to Ian and Sandra for your support and advice – hope to see you again.

CB  Sale, Lancashire, England.  August 2014 


What a wonderful place for a chilled-out holiday. We had an exceptional time and will hope to return again.  Weather was perfect, the pool divine.

GT  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  September 2014


We have had a great relaxing holiday in a gorgeous gite and location. Thank you for making our stay so great, we will see you again next September.

JP  Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.  September 2014

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.  August 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. August 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. September 2013

Le Grebe

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

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

Great place – within reach of all the chateaus. Very tranquil with very helpful hosts. Thank you Ian and Sandra

DV  Crediton, Devon, England.  April 2014


Thanks for a wonderful holiday. Gite perfect, friendly hosts and lots to do. We will be back

SG  Milton Keynes, England.  April 2014


We had a very comfortable week in this lovely gite. Ian and Sandra were very hospitable and helpful. The location is ideal for day trips to the zoo at Beauval, the motor museums and lovely surrounding towns.

DM  Killinchy, Co. Down, N. Ireland.  June 2014


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’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable week and explored a variety places. The gite has been a great base and a very comfortable ‘home’ for our stay. Thank you Sandra and Ian for your welcome and helpful advice and also for letting us stay in your lovely gite.

DC  Bexleyheath, Kent, England.  October 2014

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.   August 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.  October 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.  September 2012

La Colombe

We have had a wonderful week at La Colombe. Hosts, gite, weather, food, wine, scenery all fantastic! Thank you Sandra and Ian.

TH  Sittingbourne, Kent, England.  April 2014


We have loved our stay here. The visit has more than met our expectations and our ‘happy hours’ on the back patio became a daily feature. Ian and Sandra have been excellent hosts and we would not hesitate to recommend Les Petites Cigognes to friends.

GL  Alliston, Ontario, Canada.  April 2014


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


Thank you so much – we have had an excellent week here in your wonderful gite. We thoroughly enjoyed lighting the wood stove when it was needed for the first couple of days. Normally we never ‘go back’ but your wonderful hospitality may mean we make an exception!

NM  Yeovil, Somerset, England.  May 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


Thank you so much for a lovely stay in the Loire. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The gite is cosy and comfortable with lots of little extras that make you feel at home. You have been very warm and welcoming and the Loire has been a lovely and interesting place to visit. The gite is in a relaxing and peaceful location and the pool is the icing on the cake. We will definitely be recommending Les Petites Cigognes to family and friends and hope to visit again sometime in the future.

TY  Wallington, Surrey, England.  July 2014


We have had an excellent week here in your lovely gite – one of the best we’ve ever stayed in. The gite is comfortable, well-equipped and spacious and the beds very conducive to a good night’s sleep. The tranquillity of the setting, the beautiful grounds, swimming pool and park have all contributed to enjoyable and relaxing week.

LW  Aberystwyth, Wales.  July 2014

Many thanks Ian and Sandra for all you do to make this such a special place.

AS  Preston, Lancashire, England.  July 2014


Our stay at La Colombe has been superb, coupled with two weeks of sunshine. We could not have made a better choice for our holiday.

TH  Newton Hall, Durham, England.  September 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


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.  August 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


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

CM  Auckland New Zealand.  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.  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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