On the way home from Vanzay in France

Guest comments

These are comments that have been left in our guest book by our visitors:

2017

“A truly memorable stay for all the right reasons! My Dad could not have been made to feel more welcome for his birthday surprise! John and Abi have been wonderful hosts and driving the beautiful Citroën DS has been the icing on the cake! Thank you for your kindness and generosity.”  Keith, Mair, Rachel & Ronan, April 2017

“Splendid stay – thoroughly enjoyable, not least because of the unique opportunity to drive a Citroën DS! Thanks for making it possible.”  Anne-Marie and Ivan, from Malta, May 2017

“A fantastic birthday surprise for myself to drive both DS cars – I was reliving my youth. And the charming accommodation and informative hosts Abi and John made our stay one to remember. Thank you.”  Mick and Debbie, June 2017

“Two weeks of gorgeous sunshine touching 36º at times! Highlight therefore: THE LOVELY POOL! But also many local towns, museums, marchés and friendly locals. Not forgetting of course John & Abi who looked after everything we needed. xx”  Debbie, Phil and Annie, June 2017

2016

“Thank you Abi & John for an absolutely wonderful time we have had in your tranquil paradise!  Driving the DS23 in France was an absolute dream come true.  Next time we will stay longer!!”  Carol & Jeremy October 2016

“Visitors from Canada looking for Fernand’s ancestors in the Poitou region.  We thoroughly enjoyed the peace and tranquility.  Abi and John were incredibly helpful.  The visit to St. Emilion and Cognac were highlights.  La Grange was comfortable yet full of history – if the walls could speak what a story they may tell.  Thank you.”  Janet & Fernand September 2016

“Not quite our usual three week stay here but another great stay (and our surprise trip was definitely worth the look on Abi & John’s faces!)  Thank you once again – see you soon!” McLeans & Connell July 2016

“John and Abi made us very welcome in their gite ‘La Petite Maison’ . The welcome pack was one of the best that we’d ever received.The gite had all home comforts and the swimming pool was splendid (especially the Kontiki Bar).
Our stay coincided with the Bastille Day celebrations and Abi and John invited us to join them at Vanzays village get together at the local Lavoir where plenty of good food and wine were consumed before we all tottered back to the gite.
We also enjoyed a run out in our classic cars, following our hosts in their rather beautiful Jaguar as we toured through several picturesque villages before arriving at pretty Verteuile for a gourmet lunch .
Many thanks to John and Abi for making our holiday very special.” Trevor, Helen, Sharon & Nick July 2016
“Lovely stay in a pretty place.  Friendly people.  Great location to visit quaint villages.  Just wonderful.  The classic cars made the trip.” Chris & Tamera May 2016

2015

“Another great three weeks here.  Totally gutted to be going home again!  John and Abi are absolutely fabulous hosts, and couldn’t do enough for us. Thank you once again, hopefully see you both soon xx” McLeans August 2015

“Thanks for a memorable stay here and for being great hosts.  The DS was superb, forcing us to slow down to a more French pace! – Mike”

“I have truly enjoyed my stay here, and loved the Citroen DS – Sam”

“So much fun and would love to come back – Ben”

“Thanks so much for a fantastic week!  We have fallen in love with the DS, a true goddess!  We have had fun in the pool, especially volleyball with the Geordies at midnight!  A very special week of memories! – Kate”  Mike, Kate, Sam & Ben August 2015

“A very relaxing week in this lovely gite.  Abi & John are great hosts.  The Vallée des Singes is worth a visit and the market at Lezay is a must for fresh and 2/4 legged produce! Thank you”  Nick, Jayne, Izi & Imi August 2015

“A fantastic holiday at a beautiful location – we’ll really miss the place.  Our kids are pressuring us to build our own swimming pool at home (unlikely!)”  Henry, Laura, Millie & Ollie August 2015

“What a perfect spot, loved it all especially the owls!  Weather fab and company great as always – thank you!”  Caryl & Clive July 2015

“Beautiful gite in a great location.  Perfect to view the area- very comfortable and cosy” Kenneth & Karen March 2015

2014

“Had a wonderful Xmas in this lovely, cosy cottage. Very peaceful village, great for quiet walks Did not want to leave!.  Lizzieann & Dave December 2014

“Great position for touring, many good days out.  Gite very comfortable & John was a great host and very informative.  Day out with the DS was a highlight combined with good weather.  Keith & Steve September 2014

“Lovely hosts, lovely gite, lovely weather.  Great holiday, many thanks John & Abi.  p.s. loved watching work on the cars, great entertainment!”  John & Janet Hicks September 2014

“A blissfully quiet escape after the chaos of our wedding weekend.  We have eaten far too much delicious French cheese, drank copious bubbles and lolled around the pool and gardens in a lazy heaven.  George has fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition of driving a DS (and pretending we were in a vintage movie!)  Thank you for a perfect start to our married life together x  We loved canoeing in the Marais, dinner at Parthenay and the free (!) wine tasting in Saumur” Rozzie & George September 2014

“Particularly enjoyed the pool and gardens and the surrounding area.  I thoroughly advise going to Futuroscope.  I had a lovely stay and enjoyed exploring the area”  The Doyle family August 2014

“We have loved staying here, the pool is fantastic and in a beautiful setting.   We have had a great week & wished it had been longer! 🙂 Joe, Lou, Anna, Sam & James July/August 2014

“Our 2nd visit, but hopefully not our last!  Beautiful weather helped what we knew would be a brilliant holiday.  Thanks John & Abi for the ‘cocktail du jour’ and for celebrating our anniversary with us.  The kids have enjoyed the pool, the gardens and the nighttime barn owl/bat/star gazing…  Would recommend La Vallee des Singes, Chauvigny velo ride & Geants du Ciel, kayaking at Ruffec, the silver mines at Melle and the lake/chateau de Javarzay at Chef Boutonne for days out.  We will be back (watermelons and tequila in hand!)   Thnks so much for a fab fortnight!’  Laidlaw family July/August 2014

“What a beautiful and relaxing location!  Thank you so much” Adam, Nadine & Evie-Lily July 2014

“Lovely two night stop wish it could have been longer!” Joan June 2014

“En route to Morocco, slept like babes!” Carl & Angel + G4 April 2014

2013

“What a great time – very relaxed atmosphere.  John and Abi proved to be perfect owner/hosts.  Thank you” Johnny, Nellie and Harry August/Sept 2013

“We enjoyed staying at John and Abigail’s!  Thank you, loved the company, we liked the contiki bar and swimming pool.  We really liked it here, thank you”  Daisy, Ellie, Andrea & Mark August 2013

“So non relaxing for my liver.  Great hosts, will have to come back as I never got the lawns cut.  3 weeks not enough, will enjoy the memories.  Loved the company, pool bar and all your tales (particularly Abi and the cornfield).  Great holiday – thank you!” Kevin, Gillian, Lauren and Sarah July/August 2013

“Thank you for our welcome.  We loved the peace of the place and driving round the region in our 1960s DS” Richard & Tricia, Margaret & Alan June 2013

“A truly relaxing and peaceful place to stay.  Loved every moment.  Thank you for making Ian’s dream of driving a DS come true!! A great day experience.  What are the squatters rights in France??!!” Rita and Ian June 2013

“A lovely place to spend our ‘lune de miel’!  The gite and amenities were excellent and of course hiring the DS23ie was a real treat.  Cognac and La Rochelle are great road trips but there are lots of great villages nearby too.  Vallee des Singes also well worth a visit.  Hopefully see you again soon!!” Charlotte and Paul May 2013

2012

“Thanks for a lovely welcome basket – and a very relaxing week, our only missing ingredient was the sunshine!  But it was still lovely to be here!  Many thanks!”  Michele and Tony September 2012

“Good swings” “Had a great time with Maddy.  Great pool” “Nice place”  Thalia, Alex, Maddy, James & Jessica August 2012

“A great stay.  Very relaxing, fantastic weather.  The kids loved experiencing the gardens and the pool”  Mark, Carol & Myla, Andrew, Sarah & Isla  July 2012

“Thank you for a very comfortable but shorter stay than originally planned… due to the curse of the weather.  Made very welcome.  A super gite.  Very, many thanks”  Stewart and Peta July 2012

“Lovely tranquil stay.  R & R definitely achieved!”  Firth family July 2012

“Lovely gite. Lovely people, lovely cars!  Thank you for a wonderful holiday, we will return in a Triumph!”  David, Rachel and Harriet June 2012

“Thank you for a very warm welcome, lovely comfy bed”  The Hanes January 2012

2011

“A most relaxing experience.  To be recommended to anyone.  We will certainly visit again.  Lovely people too!”  Caroline, Andrew, Sophia and Oliver September 2011

“Lovely stay that the weather couldn’t spoil!” Vicky Duffield August 2011

“Thanks Abi & John for a lovely stay at your truly relaxing and peaceful place.  Take care x” Emma, Richard, Mia and Jake August 2011

“We all had a fantastic stay.  Beautiful pool and wonderful hosts.  Thank you again Abi & John” Roger, Becca, Scarlett and Mattie August 2011

“Our third visit and the pool is a fabulous new addition.  Relaxing and chilled out as ever.  Thanks for your hospitality. xx”  Sarah, Dion and Eleni August 2011

 “Had a wonderful stay.  Hospitality was excellent.  Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.”  Cyndy & Stephen July 2011

“What a wonderful place for this birthday celebration!  You have well accommodated all 16 noisy celebrants!” Anna & Robin July 2011“Thank you.  We’ve loved staying here, listening to Beatle music, admiring the architecture of the beams and reading Lord of the Flies” Pauline & Colin July 2011“What a great place for a 70th birthday party.  I’ll never forget it.  Just perfect in every way.  Thank u so much A & J.  We loved your cars too.” Sue & Kevin July 2011“Tres bel enduit, un enchantement!”  Rene Minot July 2011

“Great holiday.  Loved all the sights especially the Ile de Re, Marais Poitevin and all the markets.  Have enjoyed the accommodation very much.  Abi & John have been wonderful in all our needs.  Will certainly tell all our friends about this restful and quiet village.”  Beryl & Alan, Hilda & Rodney June 2011

“Thanks!  Hope to see you again sometime!” Adrian & Mark June 2011

 “Had a wonderful time, never had such good weather before.  Nice to meet a fellow car fanatic.  Hope you get some rain!”  Russell and Audrey May 2011
“Just had a fabulous week in La Petite Maison, very comfortable indeed.

Made even better by friendly hosts, Abi and John and the suprise completion of the pool-wasn’t even ‘on the horizon’ when we booked-so a big plus… A very peaceful and relaxing place to stay, happy memories… Thanks guys…” Alan et al… May 2011

 “John & Abi – thank you both for making our stay even more enjoyable.”  Jill, Angela and Bill April 2011

“Thanks so much for a wonderful stay.  Lovely area and beautiful home.  Can’t wait to come back!!”  Pete and Kathleen April 2011

“Thanks for a fab week!  The DS est une vrais DEESSE!  Unforgettable 50th!  Wonderful, chilling break – we needed the peace & tranquility – excellent hospitality and loved my nightly owl watch from the bedroom window!”  Richard, Alison, Rob & Ruth April 2011

2010

“Thank you so much for a wonderfully relaxing week.  We have loved it here.” Emily, Darren and Patsy October 2010

“Thank you for a pleasant couple of weeks.  From Abi’s initial welcome to the “fond farewell”, hosts have been most accommodating.  The gite had everything (incl. true “calme”) and the stay was very restful.  Highlights of the visit included La Vallee des Singes (great for children & adults alike), the Medieval City at Chauvingy, the Marais Poitevin and Poitiers (unfortunately did not make it to the Ile de Re or Angouleme).  It was great to meet parents and friends.  Good luck in all your future projects.”  Greta and Roger (Norfolk) September 2010

“Another wonderful holiday – shame only 1 week this time.  Perfect for relaxing on the new decking.  Glad to see the owls again.  See you again, thanks.” Gill and Paul September 2010

“Abi and John, feel very bad that we are away too early to say a proper goodbye and thank you.  We’ve really enjoyed our 2 weeks here and will be recommending the cottage and area to friends.  Many thanks.” Hannah, Mark and Emma September 2010

“Thank you Abi and John.  We’ve had a fabulous time in Vanzay, perfect setting for our son’s wedding.  You are warm, welcoming and generous hosts.  We’ll be back. xxx” Elizabeth, Angel, Philippe, Olivier and Alex (London) & Ewa & Voytek (Los Angeles) – August 2010

“Thank you for a fantastic stay.  It was a wonderful trip!  Peace, calm, beauty, great hosts.  Thank you again.”  Mary and Mike, Los Angeles – August 2010

“Fantastic holiday!  We had a wonderfully chilled out time in beautiful surroundings and the gite was everything we could have wished for.  Thanks to Abi and John for making us so welcome, and the cats, if Eddie has been cat napped he may have gone the the UK with me!  Thanks again.” Sue and Russ August 2010

“We have enjoyed so much the calm tranquility of La Grange, Vanzay.  Such a warm and friendly welcome and the basket of ‘goodies’ greatly appreciated.  It has been a pleasure to wend our way along the quiet country roads to lovely villages with busy markets and cafes where we could enjoy an espresso and watch the world go by.  We particularly enjoyed our visits to the Abbey at Celles sur Belle and Coulon in the Marais Poitevin.  Thank you very much for a gorgeous week”  Di & Bruce – June 2010

“We have enjoyed the peaceful rural setting, bike rides on the network of quiet little roads, exploring the local towns and villages.  La Vallee des Singes was a highlight – recommended.  Thank you Abi and John for a comfortable and relaxing stay”  Jill & Andrew – June 2010

“Great holiday for a car mad husband and sanctuary for a wife!  Thank you Abi and John for the warm welcome, cosy gite and excellent ‘Welcome Basket’.  The day out with the Citroen DS was wonderful, and a head turner where ever we went.  Admired by French, Germans and Brits alike”  Dick & Anne – June/July 2010

“Great hol, classic car fun, must try the DS next trip”  Bertie, Emma & MG – June/July 2010

“Thanks for a great time – sorry about the window – and the table!  See you next year!  Rob & Claire – June/July 2010

“Another fabulous stay, quiet, relaxing, beautiful weather.  Top tip – lovely drive to Cognac on the D19.  Thanks John and Abi for a wonderful time”  Francis, Micheline & Miranda – July 2010

“We have had the most wonderful time staying in your lovely gite.  When we arrived there was everything we needed to get us started and we haven’t wanted for anything during our stay.  We’ve really enjoyed being in ‘the middle of nowhere’, where in reality we’ve had excellent access to many regions and places – you are very well located for exploring a very large region of France.  One of the highlights of our stay was to ride in a DS ‘Goddess’ and the MK2 Jaguar.  We’ve also enjoyed trips to Cognac, Ile d’Oleron, Poitiers, Angouleme and Limoges (didn’t quite make it to the Loire or Bordeaux – next time?!).  Thank you again, it’s been fantastic”  Katherine & Simon  – May 2010

 “Lovely – lovely week.  Beautiful and quiet surroundings, just what we were looking for!  Beautiful cosy house, fantastic food and markets.  Thanks to John and Abi for being such fantastic hosts.  Hope to see you again!  All the best” Connie, Juan & Tomas – April 2010“Couldn’t have been more helpful and calming in the midst of madness.  Best welcome box ever, ever, ever”  Joyce & Quentin – April 2010

“Lovely cottage, very comfy bed!  Thank you for a lovely week!”  Rachel & Ian – April 2010

“Thank you for having us, it’s been a great place to relax”  Paul & Clare – February 2010

2009

 “Thanks so much for a wonderful, relaxing stay inn your beautiful home.  We’ll be back!”  Jo & Thomas – October 2009

“To John and Abi, thank you for the lovely time we’ve had here at La Ferme de L’Église.  Your welcome and the comfortable gîte, in this tranquil pleasant area all contributed to the relaxing time we’ve had.  We wish we were able to stay longer.  Thank you again.”  Janet & Louis – September 2009

“We enjoyed a most relaxing week in the tranquility of Vanzay.  Comfortable and well appointed gîte – we lacked for nothing – thanks to the hosts!  We enjoyed lovely sunshine, local markets, le vin and local produce and cuisine, and also the ancient architecture at Angoulême.  Michael enjoyed discussing vintage/classic cars with John and his English visitors.  Maybe one day we shall return with a Triumph TR6 (!) – wishful thinking?! – to enjoy the peaceful, rural driving in this area.”  Sheila and Michael – September 2009

“To John & Abi, We’ve all had a great time staying here at La Grange.  Thank you for being so welcoming and helpful.  We particularly enjoyed going to Île de Ré, Cognac and St. Macoux.  We enjoyed exploring the area and the market at Melle.  Thanks so much for going the extra mile (to Poitiers in fact!). We will definitely recommend La Ferme de L’Église to our friends.  Best wishes”  Imogen, Andrew, Joe, Ruby and Frances – August 2009

 “To Abi & John, thank you very much for a lovely relaxing holiday.  Your welcome on arrival set the tone beautifully.  We had a great time.”  Kathleen & Roddy – August 2009
“So wonderful – so perfect.  Chilled, slept, peace”  Suz, Mick & Wills – August 2009

“To John & Abi, thank you for the use of the lovely barn, we have had a lovely time.  Your assistance with information and local knowledge was greatly appreciated.  The area and location are superb, lovely rural and tranquil, a lovely change from the rat race.  It’s facilities and equipment left us wanting for nothing.  We have travelled over 2,000km since we arrived and have seen some wonderful places & have left several leaflets and brochures we picked up along the way.  Once again, thank you John & Abi, and hope everyone else who stays has such a great time.”  Mike & Rich – July 2009

“Lovely break in lovely surroundings.  Enjoyed the markets – don’t miss Angoulême sunday morning and the Civray pattisserie on the market is to die for. Thanks”  Eileen & Liz – June 2009

“Lovely break, good hosts and company – thanks”  Paul & Louse – June 2009

“Wonderful to see our old house like we’d left it!  So pleased you guys are enjoying it here, we’ll always be back!  We miss the peace and quiet!”  Fiona, Richard & Ollie – May 2009

“Lovely, fantastic relaxing time.  Thank you so much for your warm and generous hospitality.  When/if you’re in Spain make sure you come and stay with us!”  Rigor, Gail & Ben – April 2009

2008

“Par excellence!  A real tranquil retreat.  Warm, welcoming hosts.  The fine attention to detail makes it home from home!”  Errol & Debbie – December 2008

“Ambience and hospitality beyond measure in a marvelous setting”  Dawn & Richard – September 2008

“Thanks to Abi and John for being fantastic hosts and the chance to shut off from the outside world for a week of r & r.  Gorgeous place made even better by the joyful kittens.  It’s an ideal we’ll aim for!  Good luck for the future”  Nicky & Giles – July 2008

“Wonderful setting, wonderful hosts, wonderful!  We will return!”  R & L – June 2008

“Many thanks to John and Abi for their great warm welcome and helpfulness.  We have had a fantastic restful week in your beautiful gîte.  Had some lovely days exploring the area.  Particularly enjoyed Marais Poitevin, Angoulême and Cognac – great for lunch!  And well worth a visit – Oradour-sur-Glane.  We are returning home with our batteries fully re-charged.  Thank you again.”  Jackie & Neil – June 2008

“Thank you for your very warm welcome and helpfulness.  The goodies on arrival were much appreciated.  We’ve had a restful and peaceful stay and enjoyed driving around the area.  Highlights were the Île de Ré, Marais Poitevin and the Valley of the Monkeys.  Thank you again.”  Ann & Peter – May 2008

2007

“Thanks John & Abi, a relaxing 2 days in this lovely setting”  Francis & Micheline – August 2007

“Fantastic place to spend a really relaxing week – visits to La Rochelle and Cognac well worth it.  Many thanks for having us!”  John & Genevieve – September 2007

“Two weeks is a month too short!  Wonderful, relaxing holiday in a lovely setting.  We wish you success in the future.  Hope to see you again.  Give our love to the owls!”  Gill & Paul – September 2007

“Relaxing two weeks, plenty to see and do”  B, C & J – October 2007

“Another great time at chez Wilkin.  Keep it up!”  Mark – October 2007

“If you enjoyed us being here half as much as we enjoyed being here, we enjoyed it more that you!”  Al & Cath – October 2007