Customer Comments 2008



Sarah, Louis & Heidi – Melton Mowbray
Springtime at Maison Lairoux

We needed a break for some time out from our lives back home. We immediately felt at home due to the warm welcome we received. Annette & Jason were full of useful information and always on hand – above & beyond the call of duty. The gites – we stayed in Le Vieux Café – were immaculately clean and equipped. The pool was closed during our stay but there was more than enough to keep the children occupied.
The nearby beaches are fantastic. As a single parent, this was my first trip abroad alone and I would strongly recommend it to any other single parent families. Annette is an amazing cook and Jason is a generous host and a big hit with the children. We have made some great friends. We hope to be back later this year!

The Robinsons & The Biggs & Three Children – Essex
Very enjoyable break. Gite lovely. Annette lovely. Area lovely. Weather nice – we’ll definitely come back!

Carl, Fiona, Lucy & William – Jersey
The Ruined Abbey at Maillezais

We have had a very happy week and have found there is a lot to do. We have enjoyed playing in the garden, in the playroom and in our gite. We have had very busy days and have visited lots of fun places. We have eaten lots of lovely meals. Mummy & Daddy’s tummies have got bigger. Daddy said next time we will stay for two weeks! (Lucy, aged 6)

Nicola, Simon, William & Percy – Oxfordshire
A wonderful week: enjoyed sunshine and beach days on the Ile de Re, followed by raincoats and the car museum near Les Sables. But what else for April? Discovered the Vendee wines – white particularly good for us! Don’t try the La Rochelle Aquarium on a wet day! Hour & half queue!
A wonderfully warm, clean and well equipped gite. And such a warm welcome. We hope to return!

Sharon, Andy, Beth & Charlie – Surrey
We have had a fantastic week, some beach days and some days out. There is so much to do, this is a fantastic location, what a view! We have been so welcome here; very child friendly, the games room is a great asset. We will be recommending the gite to all our family & friends, it has absolutely everything.

Tara, Laurent & Elia – Sri Lanka
The Puy du Fou Theme Park

Wow – what a place!! As a well-travelled family we were amazed at the level of accommodation and ‘extras’ on offer, such as the games room and the well-stocked kitchen+++. It was a perfect end to a long break from Sri Lanka & Annette & Jason are fantastic hosts and it felt like we were visiting friends rather than staying in a gite – you are on to a winner here and we will be waxing lyrical to all our French & British family & friends. Thank you for everything and we wish you every future success!

Olivier, Timothee & Alix – Margaux, France
Trop top!! Super sympa de passer quelques jours avec la famille ici. Vous avez une tres jolie propriete et vous etes tres acceuillants! J’en parlerai avec tous mes amis, merci pour tout!!

Nigel, Katie, Harry, Josh & Toby - Surrey

What a wonderful place, so peaceful, and everything we need (and more) with a fantastically equipped gite and great games room enjoyed by all of our boys – especially the Xbox and table tennis. And the pool…the inflatables were fun as was the use of buckets & spades when we went to La tranche sur Mer. Lovely couple of gift shops there. Had an amazing day at Puy du Fou – highly recommend but get there at 10am. Also the boys loved the Indian Adventure park – good value for money and great fun. Great meal at La Viviera Pizzeria in Mareuil. Your welcome meal was delicious and much appreciated. Sky TV much appreciated as was the laptop so we could check weather and do some work! All in all a fantastic holiday. Thanks for everything.

Eamon, Sinead, Jack & Ben - St Albans
The Pleasure Harbour at Port Bourgenay

Many thanks for the warm welcome. It’s a home from home. I cannot think of anything that was not made available for our stay. The gite, the playroom & pool were great and for the first time in some years I wish we had another weeks hols! Look forward to seeing you again next year.

Aurélia & Guillaume – France
Tous nos remerciements pour nous avoir accueillis dans votre magnifique maison! Nous commençons notre nouvelle vie en tout qu’époux après de merveilleux instants dans cette maison!

Adam, Nicola & Christian – Haywards Heath
We’ve had a great time visiting the region and staying at your gite. The beaches are wonderful and, if the weather is a bit off, plenty to do – Zoo at Les Sables, Aquarium at La Rochelle, punting at Coulon. Good luck with the vegetable patch (I’m very jealous!) and thanks very much.

Jan & Eddie – Leicestershire
Sunflower Close up

Thank you Annette & Jason for a wonderful break. Your hospitality & 100% well equipped gite is really really outstanding. Allowing for the ‘on & off’ weather we did enjoy discovering the Vendée and we are going home with loads of ideas for the family.

Mike, Tina, Trudy, Katie, Phil, Sydney, Samantha & Steve – Nottingham
Thank you very much for making our stay very enjoyable. The hospitality is outstanding. The gite has everything you need to make your holiday complete and we found that it was very child friendly (Which Jason helps to achieve!). The welcome meal and leaving breakfast was fantastic and well appreciated.

Will, Helen, Oliver, Max & Emily – Oxford
A wonderful visit for the second time to Maison Lairoux. Emily is crying, she does not want to leave at all! In fact, none of us wanted to leave! Emily loved helping Annette with some jam and gardening, and Jason with the pool. We strongly recommend the Indian Adventure Park, especially the climbing as we all loved it. There has been babysitting from Jason & Annette. We were pleased Jason & Annette’s 100% hospitality helped a lot! The apartments were exquisite, so luxurious! (Max, aged 9)

Michele, Stuart, Ethan & Eloise (Mimi)
Making Jam at Maison Lairoux
Thank you for a lovely holiday. Your gite is lovely and very well organized with everything you could possibly need. The kids really enjoyed themselves and the freedom they have is great. We also enjoyed ourselves and I am sure we will be back.

Carol, Jason, Holly, Megan & Joshua – York
We have had a truly lovely week. The gite is very comfortable and well equipped. Jason & Annette are the perfect hosts, very friendly, with a huge amount of local knowledge. The pool and games room have been fantastic for the children who have enjoyed playing there with the other children who were staying. We have enjoyed the beach at La Terriere which was great for body boarding. We also liked our visit to Claude’s wine Cave. Many thanks, we’ll definitely tell our friends!

Tara, Steve, Tom & Sophie – Epsom
From the Vendee with Love

Another fantastic holiday. Thank you so much, Jason & Annette. The gite is immaculate and fantastically well equipped as last year. Tom & Sophie have spent all year looking forward to coming back here and they weren’t disappointed. They have had great fun playing with Louis & Heidi and also a big thank you to Jason for playing continuous Connect 4 with Sophie. We had a fabulous BBQ. See you next year!!

Bruce, Sue, Cerys & Maegan – Huddersfield
What a great place! Lovely gite & welcome from Jason & Annette, for whom nothing is too much trouble. Great days out at the beaches (Les Conches, St Vincent sur Jard), Ile de Re, La Rochelle days out & lazy days around the pool…take your pick!! The BBQ & Mexican meals were fantastic & made the first day (BBQ) & last day (Mexican) arriving & departing un-complicated!

Graeme, Jenny, Matthew & Hal – Yately
Lovely, comfortable gite. Fantastic pool. Very welcoming hosts! Annette makes the most wonderful chocolate cake…. La Rochelle worth a vis. Les Conches good for body boarding. Really enjoyed the wine tasting visit to the local Cave with Jason & Annette. Restaurants we tried – Auberge next to Château at St Cyr Talmondais – good. Chez Gegene at L’Aiguillon – good mussels.

Stuart, Jo, James, Robert, Scott & Ellie – Hayling Island

Well, what can we say? It was home from home and all the children loved it here. They are nagging us to book again as soon as we check out dates. Jason & Annette went way beyond the role of hosts after Jo’s stupid accident on the beach. (Don’t go skim boarding in your 40’s!) The attention to detail for the holiday maker is second to none – we have never stayed anywhere before where our every need has been met so well.

Jan, Pete, Joe & Sarah – Hayling Island
Thank you, we had a great time, you are great hosts & the gites are very well appointed. The help you gave us when Jo was injured was outstanding.

Paul, Deb & Alex – Worcester
This has been a very relaxing fortnight. The accommodation and pool were excellent. Thank you very much for our homemade blackberry crumble. It was really nice Annette.

Chris, Sarah, Emily, Hannah & Beth – Harpenden
Thanks so much for a fantastic 2 weeks. You’ve been amazing hosts & you’ve created something really special here at Maison Lairoux. We could easily stay another couple of weeks! See you next year!

Russell, Lucinda, Theo & Luke – London

Thank you for being great hosts. The boys loved the play room and cars & had lots of fun by the pool. The restaurants you recommended were all great and Annette your meal was superb. It felt like a home away from home.

Penny, Andy, Fiona & Jean - Jersey
We stayed in the 3 bedroom gite – fantastic, very spacious & all the small details that you usually don’t get that make such a big difference. The weather has been excellent, but if it hadn’t have been, we would still have had a good time! The meal on the first evening was excellent & a real bonus not having to cook when you arrive. A great location, tranquil, pretty, but close to all amenities & attractions. Thanks for a great week, see you next year – or sooner. Great hosts! Wine tasting fabulous! The pool was brilliant, Everything excellent!

Sean, Trish, Aoife & Domhnall – Kinsale, Ireland
Great holiday! Time went too fast – could use another week. Gite was brilliant – so well equipped (no need to bring anything!) Many great spots to visit – La Rochelle, lots of châteaux & lovely beaches. The pool and games room were fantastic! Finally, many thanks to our lovely hosts Jason & Annette – ye made our holiday very relaxed (We caught up on a lot of sleep!) Hope to see ye again soon!

Roger, Michelle & Hugh, North Yorkshire

What a lovely place & wonderful hosts! Having delayed our hols from June we couldn’t have had nicer weather. Beach at La Faute is the best – we spent many a day building sandcastles and chasing the waves. Poitiers was a trip too far for the little one but fortunately we’d been before & can recommend a grown-ups visit – along with Parthenay. Zoo at Sables d’Olonne very good for young ones – you can watch the otters swim underwater! Looking forward to our next visit already!

Helen & Simon – London
We had a great, relaxing time here. Perfect for a quiet few days away before our wedding! Despite the bad weather we found lots to do and & made the most of the gite & it's plentiful facilities. We would love to come back when we can use the pool! Thanks again Simon & Helen x