Comments from our Guestbook
Very sad to be leaving this fabulous house and area. 100
miles of cycling through stunning countryside, We will be
return! Thank you!
James, Heidi & Ian
Essex & Buckinghamshire
The house is absolutely fab and immaculate, a credit to Jim
& Pauline. The area is beautiful with plenty to do for all
the family. Stayed here for one week, wish we were here for
longer but now on to the Dordogne for second week. Hopefully
will be back in the future and would definitely recommend.
Thanks for a great stay.
Kevin, Elizabeth, Victoria & Richard Houghton
We had a lovely peaceful week at 'Les Balcons'. The village
and local countryside is perfect. We enjoyed some beautiful
local walks and the village bars. Sunday lunch at 'Chez
Grand Ma' a must plus the La Promenade restaurant in Le
Petit-Pressigny is amazing!
Mike & Liz, Stephen & Felicity
We loved living in your wonderful house this week, home from
home,everything you needed and more. Thank you for the daily
updates on where to go and what to do, very much
appreciated. What an amazing place to live, everyone so
friendly.We enjoyed the 14th July celebrations. Thank you
Jim & Pauline.
Keith, Lindsay, Ross & Emma Lambert
Thanks Pauline & Jim for another (stayed at 'Le Bourg' last
year) wonderful stay in this part of France. We loved 'Les
Balcons' and Le Grand-Pressigny
Roger & Pat
The first week was very hot- 97 F ! so plenty of liquid
intake...purely medicinal ye ken! This is an excellent, well
equipped gite from which to explore the Loire Valley...good
Andrew & Pauline Lyle,
Wonderful house. Attention to detail great. This was my
third stay here, that should say it all. Town is so relaxed
and people so friendly. Thanks Jim & Pauline.
Jim & Pauline,
What a wonderful house, had such a great time here. Would
Ron & Angie Stockford,
Jim & Pauline, your house is so lovely and the people of
the town we have met have been very welcoming. Thank you so
much for your wonderful suggestions for things to see -
we have had a wonderful time!
Jim & Pauline,Le Balcons is a charming tastefully decorated
home. The gardens are lovely...thank you for the flowers and
provisions, greatly appreciated. You have done a commendable
job of restoring this property. Thanks for the market tips
and advice. We visited several chateaux :
Villandry plus small
gardens an dejeuner at
Chateau du Rivau. We love la France!
The Priestas family,
As everyone has said it
is a great place to stay - very comfortable - good CD & DVD
collections. Thank you Jim & Pauline for everything we
have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
The Knolls & The Smiths,
loved the balcony truly exceptional hosts in Jim & Pauline.
Lots of interesting places to visit - must sees are
Make sure you visit the local pottery shop in the village
and don't miss the local patisserie.
Con & Pat
North Berwick, Scotland
9/09 - 15/09/2016
This has been a
wonderful week. Jim & Pauline have been so welcoming
and had many good suggestions for things to do. We really
concentrated on the local area as there are so many things
to see and do, We could not think of anything to change. Le
Grand Pressigny is a darling town. We loved
Grand Ma's and
the hotel for dinners, We will definitely tell folks about
this wonderful house! Thank you all so very much.
Jill & Tim
1/08 - 28/08/2016
We have had a
fantastic week in this fabulous house. Jim & Pauline were
first class hosts and in addition to great welcome kept in
touch throughout our stay with many super tips and advice.
The house is spacious and has everything you need for an
excellent holiday in the Loire Valley. We intend to stay
again in the future. Thank you Jim and Pauline...it has been
We've had an
absolutely fabulous week here, the house has been perfect -
so comfortable, well equipped and lovely. So many delightful
areas to sit in the pretty garden and on the balcony.
Jim and Pauline have been the best hosts - being here to
welcome us and offering so many great suggestions about what
to do and visit. We especially enjoyed,
Chateau Villandry ,the
Vouvray wine caves, restaurants
La Promenade,La Savoie
Villers. Will be enthusiastically recommending 'Les Balcons'
to our Aussie friends.
Thank you Jim &
Di & Ian
place to relax - we had an all-too-short stay, so will
Thanks - will
Philip, Liz &
Three years since
we last visited and its just as good as we remembered.
Cannot recommend highly enough. Visited
Chateau Cande which is well worth a trip also the Orangerie
Chenonceau for fantastic food. Thank you Jim & Pauline -
Karen & Simon
Thank you Jim and
Pauline for sharing this wonderful house.It is so beautifull
and tastefully decorated with lovely gardens and seating
areas - idylic! Loved our short stay and hope to come back
for longer. Thanks Jim and Pauline, great hosts, thank you
for your support and advice
Helen Mc Naull
& Lyndsay Macpherson,
This has to be
the best French gite we have stayed in and that includes
those with swimming pools! Spacious, comfortable and
extremely well-stocked with everything you could need. Loved
the ‘balcon’. We also appreciated those extra
touches like the welcome wine and fresh flowers making this
a real home from home. It is also a very good base from
which to explore the beautiful countryside, villages/towns
and chateaux of the Touraine and Vienne.”
Very many thanks,
David & Caroline
We've enjoyed a
really great stay in this delightful house. The garden too
is just lovely. Very many thanks to Pauline and Jim for all
your thought and helpfulness.
Jim Musset GB
Thommy & Lesley
This house is a
delightful oasis of tranquillity. The gardens are
exceptional and in particular the covered balcony at the
back. Pauline and Jim were extremely kind and generous
We highly recommend this house as well as the area. It has
good cycling routes, many and varied restaurants and the
countryside is to die for!
Kerry & Greg
Thank you Jim &
Pauline for your guidance and imparting your local knowledge
of this beautiful area. We have had a wonderful break in
your comfortable well equipped home. We loved the
at Loches and cycling through the beautiful countryside.
Your suggestions for
eating out were spot on and Chez Grand Ma and Le
Promenade were all you said they would be It has been a
really happy time and your hospitality and thoughtfulness is
'Viva Les Balcons'
Gwyne & Liz,
DaI & Nicole,
Jim & Pauline
thank you for our wonderful stay at Les Balcons your help
and consideration have made it so much more enjoyable. We
most certainly will pass the word of this hidden gem in the
Loire Valley as Kiwis can fly!!
Claire, Jill, Sue
Les Balcons is a
lovely house to spend time in. It's beautifully
decorated,very comfortable and is a home from home. The
garden and balcony are wonderfully relaxing. Pauline and Jim
- what can I say about these wonderful people? They are
kind, helpful, very hospitable and very entertaining. They
helped us out when we needed support.
Vanessa and Andy,
It has been a
very enjoyable stay at 'Les Balcons' especially as it is
probably the last time we shall be able to self-cater.
Pauline & Jim are so interested and caring - it has
been a pleasure to meet them.
Ruby & Derek,
Another great and
relaxing stay at 'Les Balcons'. The house is amazing and
meets your every need. The village offers all amenities that
you require including great restaurants. Lots to do and
explore in the surrounding area.
Ali, Amanda &
We have really
enjoyed staying at your beautiful home and getting to know
this part of Touraine. Thank you for your great kindness in
our hour of need. We would like to come back soon, maybe
with a different car!
'Diolch yn fawr'...
5 star !
North Wales, UK
enjoyed our stay at 'Les Balcons'. Did visit some sites but
did a lot of sitting about !Thank you Jim & Pauline for your
Mike & Di Gillam
We loved our week
in the wonderful Loire Valley. Our stay was made even more
enjoyable by coming home each day to the beautiful and
spacious house and charming garden at 'Les Balcons'
Jim and Pauline,
while researching our stay in the Loire we saw many
references to your amazing hospitality. Having put you to
the test in the extreme with our car drama we can only agree
with all the high praise. We really benefited from your vast
knowledge of the area and enjoyed the opportunity to have
lunch with you on our last day.
Robyn and Lynn
This vacation in
the Loire Valley has been the perfect seguay into
retirement. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, visiting
historic landmarks, towns and exploring sleepy villages.
There has always been something to see and do and our
memories are in our pictures.Jim and Pauline,
what can we say?? You did more than just rent the
accommodation. You provided so much more than information
and support, you provided friendship and hospitality. Thank
you so much for the wonderful dinners and outings...we will
Until next time
Vivien & Martin
We love the Loire
having visited different parts of it five times in the last
six years. However, although the various houses were lovely
outside, they were not so comfortable when the weather was
inclement. Not 'Les Balcons'! This is the best and most
comfortable house we have stayed in - very well equipped,
spacious and a brilliant sunny terrace. We came for the
peace and quiet that abounds in the Loire so we only do a
limited amount of sightseeing but one place I must recommend
is Poitiers. Truly outstanding, especially the 'Episcopal
area' which also contains an excellent museum. Thanks to Jim
and Pauline for their outstanding hospitality - you will
enjoy your stay here!
Terry & Sue
What a wonderful
time here in this wonderful house. Was such a relaxing time.
Loved everything about the house. Jim & Pauline were so
helpful and kind - made us feel very much at home. It was
lovely to know they could be contacted if we needed
anything. Would love to return in future to spend more
relaxing wonderful days.
Loved the house
and garden, so many different places to sit and relax.
Everything we needed in a spotlessly clean house - thanks !
The area has so much to offer and the village is ideal.
Restaurants - too many to choose but we thought the best in
the village - 'Auberge Savoie Villars', not as reasonable as
many but quality and lovely courtyard. Nearby, a must is 'Auberge
du Vieux Port' in Maire - 5 courses for €11.00 including
wine- madness!! Quirky place but a great visit. Thanks
Pauline & JIm - can't fault 'Les Balcons'. Thanks so much.
Stewart & Heather
accommodation, very well equipped. Would recommend the two
restaurants in the village. Futuroscope is worth a visit -
with or without children.
Sue, Ashley &
accommodation with everything you could wish for. A thank
you to Jim & Pauline for their help in making our stay as
pleasant as possible.
Mick & Babs,
Such a great
place to stop for a bit...so comfortable. Great 'home from
home'. Thank you so much for all your help - great hosts.
Liz & John
We have spent a
very relaxing week in your delightful property. The
attention to detail is 'impeccable'. Thank you very much for
your kindness - especially the garden produce.
Jan & Dave Lewis,
Nick & Lizzie Wood,
Lovely holiday, thank you Jim. House is
lovely home from home. Certainly like to come back sometime,
Jackie Johnston, UK
Thank you Jim and Pauline for a wonderful
stay. Charming hosts who can't do enough for you. We hope to
return one day to this perfect 'home away from home'
and Brian Price,
Dear Jim &
This trip was
truly a dream come true - in 5 days we got to see the beauty
of the Val de Loire thanks to all your great suggestions!
The beauty here is beyond belief and a photographer's
delight. Thanks for making our first visit to the Loire
extremely comfortable and memorable!!
'Les Balcons' was
a home away from home!! You are great hosts and a fantastic
team-in fact we are going to call you the 'Dream Team'
Debbi and Bobby
You are wonderful
hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we missed nothing
from 'Home'. Thanks and 'au revoir'
Yvonne & John-Paul,Shella
We have had a
great visit and seen so many marvellous places. The bikes
were great and we travelled far & wide. We were lucky with
the weather and ate well with local produce - lots of
cheeses and quiches. We ate ate twice at the local eateries
and enjoyed both. The brochures you left were perfect. Thank
you for a great time.
This visit has brought back so many memories of La Belle
France. So little time to see everything -I have loved
it all & will be back !!
Great collection of CDs Just a marvellous place to get life
Geof & Marg
Williams, Phil & Pam Alexander and Mike & Elaine Irwin.
lovely house in quiet village but great location - so many
Just what we were
Hope to return,
Ray & David
Blackney, Coolum Beach, Australia
We really enjoyed
our stay at 'Les Balcons'. The quiet village of Le
Grand Pressigny was a direct contrast to Paris but was a
much needed chance to wind down. Thanks Pauline & Jim
for providing such a lovely well-kept abode for our week
here The bikes were much appreciated and we have explored up
and down and all around for miles. Great recommendations on
places to visit.
Many thanks from
Nick & Jane, Sara
& Alistair, Melbourne, Australia
provided a homely restful retreat between several enjoyable
excursions into the Loire Valley's beautiful towns and
Á la prochaine...
David and Irena
Lander, Canberra, Australia
Beautiful house -
really enjoyed our stay. The area is fantastic - hope to
come back soon.
Anne, Mike and
Sarah Bowes, Ireland
swimming in the river at Lesigny. Canoeing at Descartes
superb.Sunshine and Blue skies. Impressive castle at
Chenonceau. Fantastic hospitality at 'Jean Bart' we will
miss the family who run it very much. Plenty to see at
Loches. Made good use of local swimming pool. Horse and
carriage ride through the streets of La Roche Posay -the
list is endless and there is still plenty more we would have
liked to have done. The food at 'Chex Grand Ma is quality
with a good friendly welcome. 6 empty plates on every
course, every time. After busy days we were able to return
to the stylish and comfortable 'Les Balcons' where we were
well cared for by Jim and Pauline.
Ali Binnie, Mandy
Weymouth, Janine, Mike, Hanna and Joe Abrahams. Btistol,UK
Sadly, the end of
a fabulous 2 weeks at 'Les Balcons'. In the last 6 years
we've been coming to France this is by far the best
accommodation we've stayed in & the best hosts we've had in
Jim & Pauline. So much so that we have already booked their
property 'Le Bourg' in Barrou for 2014 and are already
Thank you both
Les & Audrey
Robson and Ernest & Wilma Murdy, County Durham, UK
We echo all the
previous comments, Jim & Pauline are exceptional hosts with
extra touches such as veg and fruit from their garden.
Villandry is 'a must' for gardeners and for those wanting
good wine and fizz a trip to 'Chateau de Chaintres' near
Saumur is worth the journey. For a beautiful village visit
Thank you K&Sx
Karen & Simon
Brock and Peter & Shirley Whittington, Hothfield, Kent, UK
Lovely stay -
flawless weather - wonderful home. I'd say 'home from home'
but our home is nothing as nice as this. Pauline and Jim
helpfulness itself. Beautifully equipped house. Ate at both
restaurants and drank in both cafes.
Stephen, Jane &
Miranda Jessel, Anthony Hogg. Paris
We have had a
wonderful two weeks living in 'Les Balcons'- what a lovely
house! We have really relaxed loved sitting in the garden
and on the amazing balcony terrace. We have pottered about
in the locality enjoying just 'being' in France and dined at
the Auberge in the village (lunchtime fixed meal sitting in
the lovely courtyard) and 3 times at 'Chez Grandma's'!
Villagers so welcoming' Thank you Jim and Pauline,your
hospitality and care of your guests added to our holiday
experience and it was a delight just to live in this
beautiful house. It is so clean and well maintained and easy
to feel at home in-and to pretend it was ours!!!
Thanks so much,
Louisa & Emily Taylor, Winchester,UK
PS Forgot to say
how much we enjoyed your books and CDs
We have once
again enjoyed the hospitality of Pauline and Jim and the
peaceful ambiance of this part of France. You both make us
feel very much at home - and not just because of your
Thanks very much
again and 'au revoir'
John & Penny
Halcrow, Pamela,Katherine,Andrew and Sally,Hertfordshire,
experience' - thanks to Jim & Pauline for not only providing
such a well equipped home but for all the advice and
assistance - some beyond the 'call of duty'. We travel
around the world a lot and you have made this 'world class'.
Art Shulman &
Linda Roseman, Melbourne, Australia + Stan & Wendy Finger,
Where we do not think, personally, that we
have reached these giddy heights, it is a good feeling
knowing that the hard work we put in to making our guests'
stay as comfortable and as interesting as possible is
We wish to thank all our guests for choosing
to take their Loire
Valley Experience with
us during 2012..
Sadly our week
at 'Les Balcons' has come to an end and we bid au revoir
to this wonderful maison and Pauline and Jim, such helpful
and gracious hosts. We have enjoyed exploring this lovely
region of France with lasting memories of the Saturday
market at Loches, chateaux at Loches and Chenonceau, the
pretty village at Le Petit Pressigny, bus trip to Tours and
the delights of the local village - boulangerie and 'Grand
Ma's'. Our timing and the butcher's somehow did not sync so
we will have to return another time to sample his wares.
Pauline & Jim
again- merci beaucoup.
John & Laraine
Sinclair, Sydney, Australia.
Five days of
exploring this wonderful region topped off with lunch at 'La
Promenade' which is an experience of a lifetime! With all
the comforts of home at 'Les Balcons' great hosts and a
great patisserie we lacked nothing- even Scottish news!
Thank you Jim &
Pauline for the special touches of fresh flowers in every
room and essentials in the kitchen. Truly thoughtful hosts.
Dwight & Carol
Nelson, Harry & Brenda Furst, Sydney, Australia.
We had a splendid
time, thank you Jim and Pauline for providing us with such
excellent accommodation and nice comfy beds. So here are a
few of our favourite things to share with future guests:
Chenonceau and Azay le Rideau, also
Villandry - excellent. We also visited
Montresor, it was really like stepping back in time.
'Café de la Ville' was great for lunch there and the staff
were really welcoming. We spentplenty of sunny afternoons
swimming in the river at Barrou/Lesigny - fabulous.
Chaumussay broconte was brilliant and our favourite market
was at Loches. It was a wonderful
Mathew, Ailsa and Eloise Mercer, Sussex, UK
We had a really
enjoyable time in this lovely part of the country. The
village is peaceful and the people we have seen are
friendly. Following Jim & Pauline's recommendations we
visited the small villages in the area like
La Roche Posay and Loches. All very nice. The house is
absolutely lovely and everything is so well organized. Thank
you Jim & Pauline. Whatever we could think of we did find
and the whole place is absolutely spotless - we had a lovely
family Derbyshire, UK
Thank you Jim &
Pauline, we've had a wonderful two stay. Attention to
detail,amazing; we had everything we needed. Temperature in
the high 90's fans were a godsend. Loved Grand Ma's
restaurant in the village. Village was very, very quiet -
was everyone on holiday? Jim and Pauline's information was
was superb, also veg.parcel from your garden -thank you.
Excellent base to tour the Loire.
David & Jane,
David & Anne Lancashire UK
Our second visit
to your lovely home. Visited places we didn't manage to do
last year. Loches is worth a visit and if you have a head
for heights going to the top of the keep is a must. Had a
lovely day at
swimming in the lake with sandy beach - who needs to go to
the coast. Great weather just perfect lovely and sunny but
not too hot. Thank you again for an amazing home from home.
So sad to leave.
Andre & Nickie
Cheetham, Fleet, UK
Thank you Pauline
and Jim for a wonderful stay in a beautiful part of France.
'Les balcons' is a perfect home for an experience of living
in a French village. As time went on we grew to appreciate
Le Grand Pressigny more. Its a lovely village to enjoy in
the warm long evenings. Special thanks for all your 'inside'
information on where to visit and where to eat. we had a
& Mick, Ireland
From the moment
we arrived in this little piece of heaven we were made very
welcome by Jim& Pauline. We made 'Les Balcons' our home from
home and had the most enjoyable and memorable stay. Thanks
to the both of you for the special touches - especially
coming back from a long day at Futuroscope and finding fresh
strawberries and vegetables as well as kids DVD's at the
front door! Your kindness and thoughtfulness was very much
appreciated. 'Les Balcons' was the ideal home both from the
comfort and relaxation aspects as well as an ideal base to
explore this beautiful region of France. We have already
forwarded your website address to various friends and
family. Thank you for both once again.
& David Brennon, Wemyss Bay,Scotland
We've had a
wonderful holiday staying in 'Les Balcons'. We've loved the
garden ( the choice of 4 places to sit plus the balcony),
having a barbeque, reading the books in the study and
listening to the diverse musical genres. The accommodation
is superb with a 'come again' appeal. The fresh flowers in
the rooms were a lovely touch. From here, we've enjoyed
visiting the sleepy villages, markets and chateaux of the
Loire Valley. Thank you Jim & Pauline, you've been amazing
hosts - very welcoming. We will definitely recommend 'Les
Balcons' to our family friends and colleagues.
Jack and Effie
Eadie, Isle of Skye. Scotland
Kathleen Halford, Dunfermline, Scotland
chilly wet (unseasonal) weather we have enjoyed our stay in
this most charming of houses. Our hosts were most attentive
and nothing was too much trouble. The house is beautifully
equipped and the gardens ideal. We enjoyed our visits to La
Roche Posay and Loches, in particular market day in La Roche
Posay - a must. We look forward to another visit with extra
Lesley Vickers, Broadway, Worcestersire, UK
Spent 2 weeks
here- met some great people, had loads of fun, beers at both
bars in the square, had our hair done by Christian! Jim &
Pauline are the best - would come back in a minute!!
Bob & Candy
Truly lost in
France here! It was the best way to explore the country.
'Les Balcons' has been our home away from home. Jim &
Pauline are the best hosts ever - we will be back!!
Kirk & Carole
Enjoyed our first
trip to France - Jim & Pauline 'rock'! Take their
suggestions - they truly know best - we leave with many
Ramon,Livermore, California ,USA
Lost in Loire--
we have weaved our way along the beautiful Loire and
discovered gems that took our breath away! Our wine trail
commenced on 'Les Balcons', need we say more (Jim &
Pauline's company included). We have wined and dined
throughout the Loire, enjoyed gorgeous tranquil villages,
chateaux and the magnificent countryside. Merci Jim &
Pauline for your warm welcome, your beautiful house, which
we thoroughly enjoyed and admired every detail - and last
but not least merci for 'Les Balcons', a gem in the Loire,
An amazing rest
after a long year of travelling! Thank you so much!
Cheers Jim &
Pauline! Your house is exactly what we had planned and
more. Love what you have done with it and would recommend it
to anyone- thanks again !!
Marie & John Gomis, Jane & J.C. Rochcouste, Solange & Marc,
Thank you Pauline
& Jim for a wonderful week in the Loire Valley. We loved
staying at 'Les Balcons' it is the perfect home away from
home. We followed many of the directions and recommendations
in Jim's book and had great visits to Chenonceau and other
chateaux. Great dining at 'Le Promenade', Grand Ma's in the
village and in La Roche Posay. This is a lovely part of the
world and we look forward to returning. Thank you so much.
Eric and Linda
Weston, Tennessee, USA
The Loire Valley
gave us a true sense of French culture and lifestyle outside
the big cities.A fabulous mix of wide open spaces country
lanes and beautiful villages - not to mention the chateaux!
Add beautiful weather and excellent food and it was the
perfect holiday. Thank you Pauline and Jim for the use of
your beautiful, spotless and comfortable home. We have not
wanted for anything. We found your advice on trips,
restaurants and sights spot on. 'Les Balcons' was well
situated for everything we wanted to do in the area and
being located in a village the size of Le Grand Pressigny
was a real bonus. We will definitely recommend 'Les
balcons' to friends
Englehard & Lorraine Hayden, Australia
After 5 weeks in
this lovely place it feels like home. I am sitting on the
balcony listening to the birds and regretting that this
lovely time has come to a close. We came to see the
countryside and we certainly did do that!. So many
charming villages, back-roads...and friendly warm people.
Many great places to eat ( follow Jim & Pauline's lavender
book -- it's a bible of sorts! ) Loches, Montresor, Azay le
Rideau and farther afield - Cahors and the never to be
forgotten experience of Oradour sur Glane all going
into the memory bank forever. We give so many thanks to our
patient, warm hosts Pauline and Jim, thank you for a
Betty Hallock &
John Wester, San Francisco Bay Area California, USA
Betty and I wish you both good health and a very
successful year. We will always remember you as two of the
nicest people we have ever met. Thank you for making that
vacation a memorable one.
at “les Balcons” in Le Grand Pressigny exceeded all
our expectations. The house is fully equipped
with modern equipment (even music in the shower!),
spotlessly clean, with a delightful outlook on the
surrounding gardens from the upstairs balcony.
It is within walking distance of stores and cafés in
the quaint village. The friendly owners live
nearby and were always available for information and
directions. We highly recommend it for a great
have found Jim's website
www.loirevalleyexperience.com as it lead us to book 'les Balcons'. We
had a great week here in France. We loved walking to the bakery every
morning. The house had everything we could have wanted, the balcony is so
lovely. The drawer of brochures was better than the tourist office! Our
favourite village was Angles sur l'Anglin and it is well worth a visit.
Loches is also a beautiful town with a great market.....We are moving north
tomorrow to Dol de Bretagne for a week and hope our stay there will be as
exciting as our week in Le Grand Pressigny. Thank you Jim & Pauline, we will
definitely be recommending 'Les Balcons' to our friends in Ireland
Adam & Laura Manley,Ireland
became as a second home to us. We had everything we needed - and
more! The balcony 'sold' the place to us and we were not disappointed. We
loved spending evenings up there. Jim & Pauline, you are to be congratulated
for making such a lovely home - such an eye for detail, which we
Thank you Jim
& Pauline- we hope to be back next year.
Nickie Cheetham, Church Crookham, UK
was home to us because of your great care and attention to detail.
The village was welcoming and relaxing - great food at 'Grand Ma's' and 'La
Promenade'. We wont forget the nights on the balcony!
Thank you so
Chris and Lisa
Fulton, CA, USA
Thank you so
much for a wonderful week in the country. The house was perfect and Le Grand
Pressigny is the loveliest town. The drawer of brochures lead us to some of
the most beautiful villages we have ever seen. Thank you Jim & Pauline
Kari, Bret, Austin & Joe Texas, USA
We have had a
fabulous time - thanks Jim & Pauline for providing such a wonderful 'home'
with all the extra help plus so many places to sit, eat and drink!! We
have dined fabulously at 'Grand Ma's' (snails!) and at 'La Promenade' where
we had an exquisite birthday meal. We have BBQ'd and eaten in style, we have
enjoyed 200k of bike riding all the little towns and villages with acres of
farmland and sunflowers. An absolutely wonderful holiday in stunning area -
unforgettable !!! Many happy memories.
Paul Bevilaqua, Geraldine & Marcus Elgin, Melbourne, Australia
Great house -
everything we needed and more! Le Grand Pressigny very good -visit the
museum! Did bus to Tours, relaxing and comfortable - arrived just in time
for lunch. We loved Loches - chateau and dungeon great value at 7.00 euro.
Visited chateau at Oiron - very different, full of quirky modern exhibits-
great. Thanks Jim & Pauline for all your support.
Machonnachies, Edinburgh, Scotland
enjoyed being able to entertain our French friends in this 'home from home'
it has all been very relaxing. We enjoyed a lovley sunny afternoon at the
lesser known chateau of Azay le Ferron. We have visited Chinon and Loches
before but on this second outing found them better than we recall!
Simon & Angela
Garner, Norfolk, England
We have enjoyed our
week in your lovely home. Walking, more walking, bussing, driving
and cycling the area -- lovely! Eaten too much bread & cheese but we
were on holiday! Thank you Jim & Pauline for
our lovely holiday.
Tess & Tony Parkinson,
Judy & Dave Carter, UK
Thanks to Jim &
Pauline. The house is beautiful and has wonderful facilities - it
has been a 'home from home'. Quiet and peaceful village and everyone
so friendly. Go to Tours, great choice of shops and restaurants.
Must see Chenonceau and Azay Le Rideau. Would recommend for a
peaceful, typically French, family holiday.
Paul & Lisa Stockman, Ralph & Jill Robins, UK
During our two weeks
we saw everything ( well almost ) in a car made easily rentable by
Jim & Pauline, chateaux, abbeys and the city of Tours ( easily,
inexpensively and comfortably reached by local bus - 1.70 euro each
way! ) Do visit 'Grand Ma's', the patisserie and the 'Prehisto' cafe
in the village. We would then return to 'Les Balcons' its comfort
convenience and charm - merci beaucoup Jim & Pauline
Jean Thomson, Joan
Hamlin & Margaret
arrived safely in Toronto after a lovely day in Paris
cramming as much as possible into our short stay there. But
the highlight of the trip was our wonderful stay at "Les
Balcons". I thank you both for making our visit with you so
comfortable and enjoyable. You are superb hosts.
I wish you
all the best; you deserve it!
Just brilliant! Great
house and location. Owners were a great help and top
people -it was wonderful.
The Spaldings, Smiths
& Rowdens, Perth, Australia
Back at work yesterday after a wonderful holiday. The travel went
well after leaving your lovely home and, as much as we enjoyed
Italy, Sue and I def prefer France.
thanks for the use of your house in LGP. It was our highlight and your
assistance, hospitality and warmness really made our stay. You have done
wonderful jobs on both your premises and look forward to seeing progress on
the Barou property with regards to the deck, barn etc.
Geoff & Sue Spalding
Jim & Pauline have
done a fantastic job of renovating the house - good taste and
attention to detail shows through! We appreciated the home cooked
meal and personal touch and effort on our first night. Good luck &
David and Di Hughes,
Thanks Jim & Pauline
for being so helpful and friendly. Great house and lots to do in the
area. We will have many fond memories.
Ian, Margie & family,
gathering" thanks to Jim & Pauline for making it so easy
- and the recommendations were just tops - will spread the word
internationally . "So much space we had to search for each other"
Merrick & Pat, South
Africa,- Mart & Denis , Netherlands - Tiny & Leslie UK
You have a lovely house,
very comfortable and are very generous hosts. Location is
ideal for local shops and outings. We have stayed in many
places in France but we found that we were very cosy and had
everything we needed here. Many thanks Jim & Pauline -
we would recommend your place to anyone!
Joyce, Martin &
Amanda, Stratford on Avon, U.K.
A big thanks to Pauline
and Jim who have made our stay in France a wonderful
experience. The house is beautiful, the town had everything
we needed and the location is spot on for day trips. We
recommend the following ; Loches, go on market day and look
out for the medieval day in August - fab!. Lesigny, great
for local days swimming in the river and sunbathing.
Descartes kayaking - a 3 hour trip is plenty, avoid the
two-man kayak if not experienced - two-man canoe is so much
easier !!. Le Guerche - inexpensive chateau with guided
tour. Would recommend a stay at 'Les Balcons' to anyone.
* Paul, Natasha, Conner &
Sinead, Collington Cornwall, UK
* Also had a week in 'Le
so much - we found the house very comfortable and easy to live in, with
everything we needed to hand and to a very high standard.
Pauline made us feel very welcome, with nothing feeling like too much
trouble, even to the point of lending Susan a few French novels to read..
the village and people very friendly with everything we needed. Thank you
both for your advice about the local area.
It was a real joy
to stay in your house for a week, we just did not want to leave.
and Susan, UK
Many thanks Jim & Pauline
for welcoming us to your beautiful home. We have enjoyed a superb
holiday in Touraine Sud - especially our time relaxing on your brilliant
balcony looking out over peaceful Le Grand Pressigny. We will take home many
memories of cycle rides along traffic free lanes, visits to some great
chateaux and a fantastic night of fireworks at Angles sur l'Anglin (thanks
for the recommendation). Best of luck with this and your other holiday home.
David, Delia ,Edward &
Mathew Cliffe, Leek, Staffs., UK
What a wonderful
house,wonderful hosts and wonderful part of the world. We
have enjoyed virtually every moment of this beautiful
country. Our hosts Jim and Pauline have made our stay one we
will never forget.
Trevor & Helen Rohrig
+ Terry & Sandra London, Adelade SA Australia