Guest Reviews 2010
Kate & Arabella – London
Wonderfully warm and helpful hosts. Time after time surpassing our expectations and coming to the rescue on numerous occasions. A huge thank you.
Looking forward to returning
Mark & Susan – Courgains
We had a lovely weekend. The gite is very comfortable and very well equipped. Good luck for the future.
Emilie & Sebastien – Gironde
Merci pour se petit coin de paradis. Nous avons passés une douce et merveilleuse nuit. Merci à vous deux pour votre acceuil et votre sourire, nous sommes très content. Bonne continuation et bravo pour la c'est renovation c'est magnifique!
Ken & Elaine – Newport S.Wales
We have had a most enjoyable and relaxing times at Maison Lairoux. An ideal location for exploring the Southern Vendée. Annette and Jason have a winning combination with the wide range of facilities on offer. Over many years, we have travelled extensively in Western France, and this is one of the best accommodations that we have found.
Fiona, Tom & Harry – Yateley Hampshire
We have had a fantastic holiday, the welcome meal was a superb start to our stay. The gite has everything that we could possible need and Harry thoroughly enjoyed the pool, and the gym is brilliant - especially taking into account the food that we have consumed during our stay, having endulged in numerous patisserie visits! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Meg, Gary, Beth & Dan - Ealing London
Thank you Jason & Annette for a lovely holiday. You're very welcoming hosts, for whom nothing seems like too much trouble. The gite was very well equipped, and the pool and excellent playroom were huge hits with the kids. Thank you also for the babysitting, taxi service, restaurant recommendations and lovely barbecue on our first day.
We enjoyed visiting the beach at Bourgenay, the beautiful Green Venice waterway at Maillezais and the excellent Chateau des Adventuriers. A wonderfully relaxing time and we hope to return.
Julian, Nancy, Sam, Sophie & Alice - Leicestershire UK
We have stayed in many Gites & cottages & never has one been so fantastically equipped & welcoming as yours. The pool is fabulous & the games room has entertained the children brilliantly - for the first time, post-kids, we have had the chance to sit & relax. Thank you for all your recommendations on places to visit & eat. We have been truly spoilt & sincerely hope to be back next year.
Karen, Tobin, Sam, Connor & Aidan - Kent
Have had a lovely holiday, the pool and games room have been great and Annette and Jason are very thoughtful and helpful hosts. England games on the big screen were much appreciated by a football starved husband! A great area of France for our fortnight, especially enjoyed the Parc Floral a la Court D'Aron(very tranquil even with the kids) and La Rochelle.Have run out of time to fully explore the beaches, We'll save that for another time when Aidan is not scared of the sand! Au Revoir, K,T,C & A xxxx Oh and don't forget the bread van - Beep Beep!!
James, Vicky, Lachlan, & Isla - Jersey Channel Islands
This is our second year at Lairoux. Having had a great holiday the first time we decided to come back and stay for two weeks this time. Yet again another excellent holiday - Jason and Annette are so friendly and helpful. The Gite is great and the pool and games room are excellent - There are so many toys to keep the kids entertained. Didn't make it to the surrounding beaches as we couldn't drag ourselves away from the pool. We are all sad to leave but hopefully we will be back again soon!
The MacKenzie Family, Connecticut - USA
We continue to grow and explore this area of France, from this 'gem' of a gite. Plenty to keep all ages occupied - from finding the best boulangerie for croissants and baguettes, to learning to boogie board/ surf at the local beaches. Many sites to visit: beach at Bourgenay at low tide, St Martin on the Ile de Re, and chateau de Terre Neuve are 3 noteworthy excursions. Long walks on the Marais Communal are great to head up and get in shape. Our hosts, Annette & Jason continue to ensure we are all happy and relaxed each day. Pool, games room, WiFi access, TV, BBQ dinner are all first rate. Beach at La Terriere is hard to beat anywhere, and ice cream at La Tranche is great too. We cherish our two weeks each year in this paradise place in the French countryside, so close to the beach and great adventurous places, but quiet and private as well. A la prochaine 2011!!!
George, Aileen, Duncan & Malcolm - Perth
Late flights, rain and wind, a broken down vehicle, but we still had a great time and a trip to hospital thrown in too! Everything that Jason & Annette could control was ideal and we certainly would come back.
Sheila - Somerset
Piggybacked on sister’s 2 week stay (Conn & Paula) and despite the weather had a very much needed relaxing few days. Accommodation is very well equipped and location is perfect for the area as easy to visit surrounding areas.
Conn, Paula, Callum (15) & Sophie (12) - Northern Ireland
We have been holidaying in the Vendée since Aug 97 so we know the area quite well. This is the best holiday we have had to date. Perfect location, close to all the attractions we like to visit and we made our first foray into Bordeaux to acquire my favourite ‘Cru Bourgeois’ red at less than half price! Our kids enjoyed the company of our Scottish neighbour’s children. Callum delighted in telling us that wee Malcolm (4) had fallen asleep in his lap in the games room. Facilities and gite are excellent. The hosts service is ‘par excellence’. We have booked the same 2 weeks for next summer. I understand we are the first family to re-book on arrival day! We hope to spread the word and encourage our friends to visit with us next year and as our holiday draws to a close we will cherish the memories until next time. A Bientôt!!
The Van den Driest Family - Holland
We had a nice week. Enjoyed the beaches, waves and oysters. The owl in the garden is magic. The beds for tall Dutchmen are a bit small. The passion for watches of Jason enthusing! We wish Jason & Annette all the best for their future in France.
Paul, Cathy, Bethany & Robbie - Cardiff
Once again we have had a wonderful holiday at Maison Lairoux. We have spent our time alternating between our favourite beaches (La Faute and Les Conches) and the lovely warm pool, and we have had great days out at La Rochelle and Les Sables D'Olonne. The presentation and aspect of the gite is as superb as we remember it from last year and, as always, Annette and Jason have been fantastic hosts.
Jane, Dan, George, Joseph, Rosa, Alf & Ruby - London
Had a fab week! Would love to come back and will certainly recommend to friends. Jason and Annette are great particularly with the children. All enjoyed trips to Puy du Fou and Indian Forest, swimming in the pool and using the games room. Little touches made it special like homegrown Figs and Tomatoes. Jason resourcefulness + Annette's kindness - Rosa says thanks for the earrings.
Peter, Nicki & Sarah - Nottingham
We have had a wonderful stay, thank you. We particularly enjoyed the cats, the garden, the pool, the games room and the night swim - in fact everything! Thank you for your generous hospitality and for always being there with useful recommendations. Very grateful for the advice about the Sunday market at La Faute, the beach at Les Conches and what to see in La Rochelle.
Karen, Peter, Miles, Amelia, Anne, Alison & David & Joe the Greyhound! - Harrogate & Chesterfield
Fantastic facilities and Jason & Annette were incredibly helpful and patient. Their local knowledge helped to make a good holiday great. We can recommend the hospitality at the local pub and the moules at Le Canot. The beach at Les Conches is a hidden gem - take the path to the right for the bit dogs are allowed on. We will recommend Maison Lairoux as a great holiday location.
Ann & Tony - Essex UK
What a comfortable & welcoming gite. We shared 2 with the rest of our family for Tony's (Jnr) 40th birthday. Thank you Annette & Jason for the help & advice etc.. Can we come again without he children??
Tony, Fiona, Henry, Abby & Hugo - Windsor UK
Another superb holiday - Gites had everything for the kids and games room came into its own when we had occasional rain the first week. The Parc Floral is a hidden gem - undersold yet kept 3 youngsters happy for hours. Just buy enough popcorn for the animals! Chateau des Adventures is also worth an afternoon out to wear out the little ones and stretch the brain cells with the treasure hunt. Birthday BBQ was excellent (thanks Annette and Jason) Just ask for the veggie offerings! Thanks again a bientot.
Rupert, Tory, Jonty & Hattie - Yorkshire UK
Yet again a lovely holiday! This year visited Ile de Re and cycled 40KM (even Hattie @ 8 years old). Fantastic cycle routes only ever crossing the road very occasionally. Visited Marans and had a wonderful boat trip down the river and saw Kingfishers and other wonderful birdlife. As always Gite was fantastic, Jason and Annette very welcoming. Just Brilliant!!
Steve, Julia, Georgie & Katie - East Sussex UK
A truly wonderful place to have a holiday. Jason and Annette have the perfect host, far exceeding the norm. To celebrate Jason's birthday with their friends was amazing and a very memorable day. The Gite has been perfect for family with young children, particularly the games room and the excellent pool. Whilst we haven't been exploring much (because it was so nice here!), we loved the beach at La Tranche sur Mer and had a great day out at La Rochelle. Ant to top it all of the weather has been amazing. Thank you very much for a lovely time.
Trevor & Maureen - Kent UK
We were invited by Steve and Julia to join them on their holiday, so that we could spend some time with Georgie and Katie our granddaughters, so we had no say in where we stayed, but what a wonderful place they picked. Our hosts Jason and Annette are top rate. Thank you for inviting us to your birthday BBQ it was great "You do have to understand Jason that the BIG 40 comes right after 39." Thank you for the loan of the screwdriver to repair my stop light, and Annette thank you for the baking powder, your attention to detail is excellent. Best Wishes for the future. PS Say hello to Malcolm for us.
Roz, Andy, Fabian & Lois - Sheffield UK
We have had a magical time in our home from home in the last 3 weeks. The facilities, the location and most of all the company have been fantastic. As all previous guests have said. Annette and Jason are wonderful and welcoming hosts. We were honoured to be invited to your birthday party celebrations Jason. It was a pleasure to meet Annette's charismatic father Malc when has wasn't in the pub! Our boys loved the cats especially the friendly Fleur. We are going to miss you and we will toast you when we're drinking our Chateauneuf du Pape. A Bientot!
Sonya & Stephen - Hong Kong
Dear Annette and Jason. Thank you for all your "Jersey hospitality" in France. L'Ecurie is a wonderful gite, and amazingly well organised. This region of France is new to us, and we will definitely be back!
We can think of no other place to come and relax afer the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
Andy & Alan - Surrey UK
Very comfortable Gite, very friendly hosts. October is late in the season, but after two wet days we spent yesterday on the beach in shorts and dined alfresco in La Rochelle. Le Canot was very welcoming to us (including the dog) on a wet Monday evening. Next time we will come in the summer and enjoy the pool!
Sean, Elaine, James, Jade & Isere - Cornwall UK
Our first visit to the Vendee and the children's first visit to France. And what a fine welcome it has been. Jason and Annette could not have been better hosts and their local knowledge is fantastic! Ile de Re is definitely worth a visit - La Nautique bistro/restaurant in La Flotte is a hidden gem! Maison Lairoux is most definitely the only place to stay when staying in the Vendee - We can't wait to come back!
PS: So long and thanks for all the fish