Client Feedback

We value our client’s feedback and have been delighted by the many comments and reviews we have received.  

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 Lovely comments from the lovely Helen Andrews – the feeling is mutual – thank you 

“And so the holiday ends, what an amazing time we have had once again. As ever, our thanks go to our amazing hosts, Rowes At La Boulinerie, for going beyond the call of duty to make us feel like our enjoyment on holiday was their main priority. If carlsberg did gite owners…….”
A bientot x x x x

Juliet  –  We had a brilliant two week holiday here and couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Our party consisted of both children (2, 4, 6 years old), older teenagers (17 and 19) and adults, and all of us had an amazing time. The accommodation was spacious and well equipped to cater for our large party. The facilities were great; the pool, playground, trampoline and barn were more than enough to keep everyone entertained, so we had a fair few days just relaxing around the pool. There is loads to do in the area for children and older visitors, all easily accessible without too long spent in the car. Special mention has to go to our hosts – Jonathan and Nicky and their family – who went out of their way to make it a holiday to remember. Also, make sure you don’t miss the meals – they are amazing!!! We hope to return again soon. 
The Betts family – Le Jardin Clos: Having read previous reviews it sounded the ideal set up for us and our children, boys 8 and 11. Jonathan and Nicky are just the best hosts, with a delicious evening meal on arrival and then a full run down of the area and best places to visit the next day. The accomodation is comfortable and well equipped and the pool, trampoline, fields a big hit with our boys. We had the odd light rain in the evenings so the Barn with its pool table, tennis table was a great place for the boys to go We had no intention of using the holiday club but only after a day or two the boys had made new friends and the enthusiasm of Johnathan and Nickys children, they insisted on going. We highly recommend a day out at the Indian Forest. The children still talk about the zip wires in the trees and the water jump in a rubber ring was just fantastic fun. We were there for a week and we really made the most of it, beaches, La Rochelle market, cycling around a beautiful around across the bridge from La Rochelle and kayaking.The two evening meals that you can choose to attend were well worth it. The amount and quality of food was just great and getting to know other guests with the children running around really added to the holiday. The week flew by and we really would have preferred two weeks with still many places left to visit. The journey home, the boys already asked when we were going back and no doubt we will.

Joanne – Cannot recommend this place highly enough and will definitely return. Spent two lovely weeks in July there staying in Le Cerisier – really comfortable and well decorated property – as they all seem to be (5 gites in total). The grounds, garden and pool are impeccably clean tidy and so pretty! Our two girls aged 4 and 7 had the best holiday yet there (as did Mum and Dad). It was a totally ‘chilled out’ experience despite the high temperatures during our second week! The whole family returned relaxed and with fond memories – the property is in a good location – 30/40 minutes drive takes you to La Rochelle or some great beaches (we visited La Faute sur Mer). I’lle de Re is also worth a visit – less than an hour away. Great supermarket Leclerc a few minutes away in the car to stock up on lots of goodies! Thought we might find it difficult without UK TV but children were so busy outside playing that it wasn’t missed at all. In fact, some days we had difficulty persuading them to leave to go on day trips! Nicky, Jonathan and family are truly welcoming hosts – so helpful and not at all intrusive. We booked evening meal on arrival – so nice to know that a meal will be ready for you but this was no ordinary spaghetti bolognaise – best we’ve ever tasted and salad dressing was superb!
Steve –  This is the second year we have stayed at La Boulinerie gite complex and have already booked for a third year. The gites are set in a very rural setting but close enough to reach numerous fantastic beaches and many other inland attractions in just a short car journey. Our favourite excursion is to the beautiful Il de Re. The gites themselves are nicely appointed and extremely well equipped, there’s even herb bushes and pots dotted around the complex if, like me, you enjoy cooking whilst on holiday. The grounds are fantastic – the pool is warm and clean, there are plenty of sun loungers and parasols and the huge, open grounds are a delight. Competitve dads (and kids) enjoy the pool table and games of table tennis in the barn. There is also a safe play area for the younger children which is always popular. What sets La Boulinerie apart from similar properties is the host family who do everything possible to ensure your holiday is special. Meals were cooked for our arrival, gifts of home made apricot jam appeared, honest advice is given on the region and generally, nothing is too much trouble. The hosts’ children are also a joy to be around and genuinely enjoy entertaining the numerous children that will be on site in the summer months. The highlight of the holiday for me is the weekly feast in the courtyard where the hosts show off their considerable gastronomic skills to feed all of the families staying at the complex. A great, informal way to meet other holidaymakers and taste exceptional local produce.

Carole   –  Well….if you haven’t booked already I can help you take away the pain of trawling through pages and pages of Holiday Getaways! La Boulinerie is a wee bit of heaven on earth and I guarantee that you and your children will love it! Third time for us this year and I can’t imagine a better place to truly relax and enjoy being a family on holiday! 

Andy – September 2013 – Pretty much the perfect holiday venue

Phil & Helen  –  This was our second trip to La Boulinerie, and we booked for the third year as we left! A small array of gites, in a quiet village away from busy roads, acres of land with a play area, games barn, boules area, large pool and fantastic hosts who strike the perfect balance between leaving you to your own devices and ensuring that you have the best time possible both on and off the site. It says a lot that nearly every family staying at the same time as us were repeat bookers, book early!

Both years we have stayed in Le Recoin Gite, which has a double room, and a small twin bunk bed room for the kids (11&14). Outside the gite is a picnic style table where we ate virtually every meal, many cooked on the provided bbq. Nicky and Jonathan (and their family) live off site, but are regularly available to help and advise, and of course to greet you on arrival. Two evenings a week you can join the rest of the guests for a meal in the courtyard, either a bbq on Friday (perfect if you are leaving on the Saturday and don’t want the hassle of cooking) or the Soirees sur la cour on a Tuesday where Jonathan, Nicky and family cook up some fine fare and scrumptious desserts. Again it speaks volumes that every family on site attends.

Off site, bakeries are within 5mins drive and a 10 min drive gets you to Lucon with its a large Leclerc supermarket and twice weekly market. Excellent beaches within 40mins drive, our favourite being Les Conches. Ile de Re and La Rochelle are a bit further away, but well worth a visit. Boats, bikes and picturesque walk options abound in the Marais Poitevin and le Foret de Mervin not to mention the Indian Forest which has zip wires for all levels of ability and bravery, and is a huge hit with the kids. All this and much more to keep you busy, and Nicky and Jonathan will be on hand to point you in the right direction if you are not sure about anything or need a guiding light. In summary the perfect place for a family holiday in the glorious climate of the Vendee, we can’t wait for our next visit. 

Dominic  –  We rarely go back to the same place twice for our holiday but this was the second time we visited La Boulinerie and we are already booked to go back again in 2013. Both us and our children love it.

I think the best thing is the hospitality of the owners who, though not living on site, pop by most days and host two evening meals where holiday makers all get together, bring their own wine and share the most amazingly cooked food under the French stars. It’s not obligatory, but you’d be mad to miss a multiple course gourmet meal at 10Euros a head.

The children have loads of freedom here with loads of space in the massive field to run around and let off steam with all of their new found friends. The grown up kids of the hosts, The Rowe family, also seem to have boundless energy entertaining all the children whilst the grown ups sit around and swap stories over a glass of wine.

It’s also really well located in that there are lovely beaches within half an hour, the lovely little Venice barges, the Indian forest (high ropes and other adrenalin filled activity) and lots of lovely villages to explore and immerse yourself in…..including nearby Lucon. Often though the kids would be asking to just have a day in the lovely pool, playing with the other kids on the playground or in the fields. This is one of the few places where I have been that it is safe and friendly enough for children to be let loose to make their own entertainment the way I remember doing when I was young. You feel freed from the pressure or guilt of having to provide stimulation at all times for your kids…..in short everyone seems to get a memorable and rejuvenating holiday…

Lydia  –  We have stayed at La Boulinerie twice and are looking forward to returning in 2013. Jonathan, Nicky and their family are incredibly welcoming and thoughtful. Simple things like offering a meal ready for you to heat up on arrival are very welcome after a long drive. The gites are in beautiful countryside with family friendly beaches a short drive away. Highly recommended. 

Julie  –  Nicky & Jonathan were wonderful hosts at their lovely gite complex they are very knowledgeable about the area, and can advise on places to see & things to do. Our gite was set in beautiful grounds, secluded enough to feel tranquil, but with onsite swimming pool & activities to keep all amused. Lovely part of France, in the countryside, but near enough to visit the beach too. A relaxing place to unwind. Fantastic weather in this micro-climate of France. Recommended.  

Carole  –  Now that life has calmed down a little post holiday, I wanted to put down a few words about our wonderful holiday at La Boulinerie. We had, quite simply, the most fabulous family holiday ever. The accomodation was lovely. Traditional French with a few modern twists. We could relax knowing that our kids would not knock over any fussy nick-nacks whilst enjoying a well furnished kitchen. I usually find I am missing something in the coking utensil department, not this time. Twice a week we were treated to a meal cooked by our wonderful hosts and there was food provided for us on arrival. It was a joy to eat lovingly prepared food with the families from the other gites. Our children loved those evenings as they would eat then run off to the family park to play and still be in view of the adults. In fact, the children loved everything about the property. The pool, the park and the fields all gave a great sense of freedom that being in such a secure, happy environment brings. The nearby beaches are beautiful and the village of Chevrette is ideally placed for many, varied day trips. The real beauty of La Boulinerie lies with the owners who have created a truly relaxing place for a family holiday. Nicky, Jonathan and their wonderful children all muck in to look after you, cook for you, advise you and entertain your kids. All in an unobtrusive and genuinely kind manner. We loved La Boulinerie and will most definitely be back.

Amel  –  We had a fantastic two week holiday in the rustic charms of La Boulinerie in this tranquil rural part of France. The owners Nicky and Jonathan were extremely welcoming and helpful and their children were a big hit with ours, thanks to their warmth, charm and boundless energy. Happy children equals happy parents and our two boys (7 and 5) loved playing with the other children, splashing in the pool and exploring the fields that surround the property. Thanks to a couple of lovely communal evening meals and a morning kids club the Rowe’s have created a friendly relaxed atmosphere with the perfect balance of privacy and fun. 

Emma  –  We spent a wonderful two weeks at La Boulinerie in July 2012, the most welcoming hosts you could imagine with lots of information and good ideas for things to do and places to see. The gites were delightful and well stocked. Lots of space on the property to run around, play football and fly kites. The pool was a particular hit with everyone. As we were driving away our 9 year old stated ‘we are going back there again next year aren’t we?’

Frida  –  We had such a lovely holiday this Summer at La Boulinerie! The Rowe family gave us a very warm welcome and we loved the evenings they did the cooking for us. The kids loved meeting new friends and there was plenty to do in the local area. If we’ll make it back to this area, we would love to visit again!  

Charlotte & John  –  Nicky, Jonathan and their children were hugely welcoming, and amazing hosts. They had lots of ideas on ‘what to do’, ran wonderful social evenings, cooked great birthday cakes and generally provided an excellent service. The gite was comfortable, with a lovely pool and huge garden for cricket, badminton etc. Conveniently located half an hour from the beach, with good local markets etc. Would definitely recommend this great holiday location.

Andy  –  Nicky and Jonathan are the most fantastic hosts at La Boulinerie and create a wonderful atmosphere. Our children loved meeting new friends at the kids club, splashing around in the pool or playing and collecting fruit in the huge gardens. The property is in a quiet area with lots of places to visit including the beautiful beaches about half an hour away. I would highly recommend a holiday at La Boulinerie. 

Gillian – The most friendly welcoming hosts I have ever encountered on holiday. The accommodation was lovely, clean and well equipped. The children had a great time, pool, room to roam safely and the kids club. We really enjoyed the communal evenings, great food and very sociable. Thank you Jonathon and Nicky. 

Caroline  –  A great place for a family holiday – a really warm welcome awaits and the setting is perfect. The pool was used by all the family and the accommodation is comfy. Delicious food is cooked when requested and also on a couple of evenings every week. Local beaches are easily reached and there are several good walks close by.  

Sue & Chris – This year was the 7th time we have been back to La Boulinerie and every time we have the same fantastic welcome from all of the Rowe family. We have stayed in all of the properties at La Boulinerie – all of which are very well equipped and very clean. We have 2 children (7 and 10) and they love the pool,playground and the freedom they have with all of the space to play in. The party night is a great evening giving the adults chance to socialise and it is the perfect opportunity for children to play with their new friends in a very safe environment. The food is excellent, either BBQ or paella with numerous starters and always a choice of puddings. The Friday night BBQ is also superb, and we found it really helped this year not having to cook when we had packed ready to leave. La Boulinerie is a very relaxing and peaceful place to stay but it is close enough to supermarkets and La Rochelle is only a short drive away, as are the fabulous beaches that the Vendee has to offer. Our particular favourite being Les Conches.We can’t recommend La Boulinerie highly enough and have already organised our dates for next year! To quote our 10 year old son “La Boulinerie is awesome and Tuesday party night is the best – especially the brownies!”.

The Woolmer Family  –  La Boulinerie is very family friendly. There are 5 gites, so lots of other children to play with. Our 3 girls (9,7 and 6) had a great time. The owners and their 5 children are very welcoming and organise a couple of evening events to get everyone talking. Worked really well, very informal. Lots of room for the kids to have freedom – they were all in and out of each others’ gites. It really is only 30 minutes to lots of lovely beaches and to La Rochelle. Les Boulins very spacious. Bedrooms lovely, all en suite.  

Lis  –  A lovely peaceful area and a relaxing holiday. Very attractive, comfortable accommodation with all the facilities you need and a great pool. Only about 30 minutes from fabulous beaches and towns. A great, safe place for the children to run wild and really enjoy themselves! Nicky, Jonathan and their family are fantastic hosts, really welcoming, friendly and fun. Great food too at their weekly barbecue. 

Nicky and Jonathan were genuine, friendly and welcoming hosts, the property was comfy and inviting in a lovely setting and fantastic pool great for the kids, would recommend to anyone from couples to larger groups, easy access to larger towns and attractions. 

Louisa  –  The property is well equipped even down to tea towels. Jonathan and Nicky are very friendly and if we needed anything, we just had to ask. They also knew what places were good to visit so that saved us a lot of planning time. We loved the old French homely feel to La Boulinerie, especially eating the lovely local cuisine and drinking wine outside. Our children commented on the holiday saying it was their best one so far. They loved the pool and the freedom. Their ages 13, 11, 5 & 3. 

Dinah  –  Ideally situated for a peaceful holiday, in a sleepy village yet within easy driving distance of major supermarkets, and other commercial and cultural attractions. The property is extremely well equipped, tastefully furnished and impeccably clean. The hosts are most welcoming, thoughtful and considerate. 

Nick & Jo  –  We have stayed there 3 times now. A little removed from the coast which is great as it’s also a little removed from the masses of tourists. Within easy reach though, to take advantage of the well loved beaches. The area has plenty to do for all ages, and also is within easy reach of the channel ports, the closest (St Malo) being an easy 4 hours drive time. Property is ideal for families with a good hectare or two for kids to play around in. Hosts always welcoming and the properties are very clean. 

Viv  –  Fantastic location for exploring the Vendee – plus within very easy reach of 3 airports. Lovely setting with excellent facilities, especially the pool which is most welcome for a dip at the end of a hot day’s exploring! Great place to visit beaches, historic towns and the brilliant Puy du Fou theme park – can’t recommend highly enough. The owners Johnathan and Nicky are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. Our cottage – Le Jardin Clos was very cosy but spacious and had everything we needed. Great place for a relaxing holiday.

Patrick  –  The great atmosphere and spirit created by the owners, lovely grounds and great facilities (especially for young families), and proximity to fabulous beaches.