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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 here... 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 Paris? talk to us about alternatives.


Pauline Craig


Jim also have a site he is working on about Paris you may find helpful www.about-paris.com


 If you need a reference we have previous guests in Australia who are

 happy to be contacted -please ask!




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.

Au revoir

The Knolls & The Smiths,

Sunshine Coast,



3/08 - 20/08/2016

 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 Villers. Will be enthusiastically recommending 'Les Balcons' to our Aussie friends.

Thank you Jim & Pauline.

Di & Ian Williamson,
Adelaide, Australia

Kate Williamson &  Richard Lynch                                                                                        Swindon, England

13/05- 27/05/2016

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 hosts.
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 Lawler


29/04- 02/05/2016

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 market 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 greatly appreciated...                 'Viva Les Balcons'

Gwyne & Liz, South Africa

DaI & Nicole, Sydney, Australia


21/04- 28/04/2015

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.

 Susan, Mark, Robyn and Lynn

 Brisbane, Australia   


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 Francis,



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'

Margaret Purcell and Brian Price,

Sydney, Australia


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.

(Elaine 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 !!

(Pam Alexander) Great collection of CDs Just a marvellous place to get life back together.

Geof & Marg Williams, Phil & Pam Alexander and Mike & Elaine Irwin.

Mansfield, Australia.


Great hosts, lovely house in quiet village but great location - so many beautiful spots.

Just what we were looking for.

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 us all.

Nick & Jane, Sara & Alistair, Melbourne, Australia


Wonderful hosts provided a homely restful retreat between several enjoyable excursions into the Loire Valley's beautiful towns and villages.

la prochaine...

David and 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.


Marie Gomis:

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.

Jane Rochcouste:


Solange Gomis:

An amazing rest after a long year of travelling! Thank you so much!

Marc Rochcouste:

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



Just brilliant! Great house and location. Owners were a great help and top people..it was wonderful.

The Spaldings, Smiths & Rowdens, Perth, Australia

Via email:

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.


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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