Australian guest's comments.
Australians visiting the Loire Valley
We are lucky enough to have many guests staying at 'Les
Balcons' from Australia, normally as part of a larger trip
that usually includes Paris. We have a page dedicated to
arriving in Paris and travelling on to the Loire Valley
and are happy to advise you on any other matter with regards
to your journey from Australia to the Loire Valley and your
itinerary while you are with us. Not keen on driving from
to us about alternatives.
Jim also have a site he is
working on about Paris you may find helpful
If you need a reference we have previous
guests in Australia who are
happy to be contacted -please ask!
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 Pomenade,La Savoie
be enthusiastically recommending 'Les Balcons' to our Aussie
Thank you Jim
Di & Ian
Williamson & Richard Lynch
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!
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,
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'
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
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
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'
Purcell and Brian Price,
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.
Irwin) 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 !!
Alexander) Great collection of CDs Just a marvellous place
to get life back together.
Geof & Marg
Williams, Phil & Pam Alexander and Mike & Elaine Irwin.
lovely house in quiet village but great location - so many
Just what we
were looking for.
Ray & David
Blackney, Coolum Beach, Australia
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.
from us all.
Nick & Jane,
Sara & Alistair, Melbourne, Australia
hosts provided a homely restful retreat between several
enjoyable excursions into the Loire Valley's beautiful towns
Irena Lander, Canberra, Australia
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.
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, abientot.
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,
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
Heimut, Shannon Englehard & Lorraine Hayden, Australia
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.
Catherine & Paul Bevilaqua, Geraldine & Marcus Elgin, Melbourne, Australia
brilliant! Great house and location. Owners were a great help
and top people..it was wonderful.
Spaldings, Smiths & Rowdens, Perth, Australia
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.
Many 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 & best wishes.
David and Di Hughes, Brisbane, Australia
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, Melbourne, Australia
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
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