Reviews

La Balie is that rare thing, a place that lives up to and actually exceeds your expectations”

 

“Superb holiday accommodation at La Balie – La Balie was the perfect holiday retreat for a family with children. From the moment we arrived it was clear that every effort to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable had been thoughtfully considered. We were warmly welcomed by host Fiona, who took great pride ensuring guests were well looked-after. The property was delightful and immaculately presented, with thoughtful touches all around. The setting was idyllic, with an abundance of local activities. The swimming pool was ideal for young children, with a graduated shallow end. All mod-cons including satellite tv and wifi were there for those who wanted them. It’s one of the very few places we’ve been to where the experience exceeded the expectation.” Giles – July 2018
 
“Fantastic holiday destination! Fiona was amazing, almost perfect in her ability to be helpful and on hand, yet invisible. Our accommodation was lovely and the setting was as good as the pictures in the brochure! There was a great feeling of space and options around the property to play, relax and eat. Highly recommend overall” Jonathan, 
 
 “La Balie is more of an exclusive retreat than your usual self-catering rental; a divine salt-water pool outside your door, billowing lavender, charming corners and exquisite taste throughout. The area has plenty of interesting un-touristy towns, markets and craggy castles, but to be honest you may just want to lie back and enjoy the view across the fields from the pool-side instead! Being fellow Sawday’s hosts we appreciate it when someone manages to provide an extra special experience for their guests – which Fiona does!” – Corina and Dominic,
 

“Beautiful location, very high standard of accommodation. Welcoming owner who provided excellent information on where to go and what to do including very good restaurant choices” – John,

“A weekend with friends in a pleasant, calm and relaxing setting. The house has been beautifully renovated and to a high standard, and the interior design has been executed very tastefully. We enjoyed having a bathroom in each room as well as the outdoor pool, set within a perfectly kept garden. The three separate houses, which share common outdoor spaces such as the large table and the pool, allowed us to host a big group in excellent conditions. We also really enjoyed the host’s warm welcome. An experience we would like to have again…” – Catherine,

“We stayed in La Balie for 3 days during one of those long May French weekends with a group of friends, including adults and teenagers. We rented all 3 cottages so we had enough intimacy and space for each family but could share collective moments thanks to the huge outside table and the wonderful swimming pool! The cottage and the garden are just amazing: tasteful decoration and design, well equipped, immaculate… Fiona was available before and during our stay if required. The surroundings are lovely and full of charming villages, markets and castles…Annabelle May 2018

 

“A little piece of heaven – We spent three unforgettable weeks in La Lavandiere. This beautifully and very well appointed cottage became home almost immediately and we felt sorry when we had to leave. The location of La Balie is as perfect as can be; quiet, beautiful scenery and many interesting places to visit within easy reach. Thank you Fiona, for creating this little piece of heaven and for your warm hospitality. We will certainly recommend La Balie to anyone planning to visit France”  Jan D – July 2017

“Great week with family, 2 kids (7 and 9) and their grandparents. Gorgeous gardens and saltwater pool, immaculately kept. Really well-presented villa, clean, well maintained, lovely spec, quality fittings. It is very much in the countryside, no other properties within earshot. We think it is a beautifully quiet location at night and during the day, perfect if you want to switch off. Stunning country scenery and vista from the pool area. The owner, Fiona, is charming and was super welcoming and helpful, with great advice on local area activities and transport.” Michael – August 2017

Perfect! We spent a week at La Balie with 3 children. The place as a whole is just idyllic ….. Our 3 bedroom cottage had everything that we needed and was spotless and very tastefully decorated. The pool and outdoor areas were really pretty and perfect for a days relaxation. The surrounding villages and countryside are great to explore. Fiona the owner who is meticulous in every aspect of running these gites is on hand to offer local knowledge. We will definitely be returning! Lou – August 2017

“We were highly impressed by the idyllic setting of La Balie, in the heart of rural France, boasting views over the rolling hills. The recently renovated farm buildings are beautiful, tasteful, light, comfortable, and full of charm and character. Each of the 3 holiday houses has their own private courtyard, which are super for enjoying dining outside. The pool is large with plenty of space for all the guests to enjoy lounging around it, and has views over the neighbouring fields. Fiona, the owner, is so friendly and kind. She ensures everything runs smoothly and really has done a fabulous job of making La Balie the charming place that it is. We had the most fantastic week and would highly recommend this holiday location to those who would like a peaceful holiday in a beautiful rural setting! Ideal for families.” Karsten – July 2017

“We were here as a family and were really impressed by the set-up. Fiona met us with bread, cheese and a bottle of the local rose! She was available if we needed her but you never felt ‘watched’. The pool is the best we have ever had in a rental property and even though it is shared it never feels crowded. Well maintained and a really pleasant place to while away a few hours. La Balie is that rare thing, a place that lives up to and actually exceeds the expectations you have from the photos. Good location for visiting the bastide towns and castles. Lots of local markets (day and night) to visit too. We stayed in Le Pigeonnier and it was a great space for us to relax in for the week. All the rooms have ensuites, modern fittings and good shower pressure! The children were delighted that they could watch CBBC (after a week of French satellite elsewhere!) Also well equipped with plenty of crockery and cutlery, large fridge/freezer and even a washing machine. There are also plenty of towels and beach towels for the pool.” Helen – August 2016

“Beautiful place to stay! We (family with 2 teenage children) have just returned from a lovely 2 week break at La Lavandiere, one of the 3 rental properties at La Balie. The cottage itself was immaculate with everything included that we needed. This small development is set in a lovely position with beautiful views and a wonderful salt-water swimming pool and terrace area. The owner, Fiona, was on hand to answer any queries, provide advice/recommendations and generally ensure everything works – which it did, very well! A short drive gets you to several villages/towns with a wide variety of things to do and see. All in all, a fabulous place to stay in a lovely part of France!” Sue – August 2016

Magnifique séjour familiale – Nous avons passé un magnifique séjour familiale à la Bailie. Tout d’abord les trois maisons séparées permettent un séjour convivial tout en laissant à chacun le loisir d’avoir son espace personnel. Les maisons sont très fonctionnelles et décorées avec gout. La Bailie est un endroit parfait pour profiter du charme et de la tranquillité de l’arrière pays. La piscine chauffée à l’eau de mer, ainsi que la gentillesse et la disponibilité de l’hôte sont les vrais plus de ce gite de qualité. Nous le recommandons vivement. Benoit – May 2016

“With my husband and three young children, we spent a fantastic week this summer at cottage La Lavandière at La Balie. Our host Fiona immediately made us feel welcome and at home. La Lavandière is a single floor cottage with large bedrooms and a very sunny living room. The cottage is superbly decorated and offers fantastic views on the lovely surroundings. The cottage is very practical and comfortable. Though we had sunshine the entire week, we never felt too hot inside. The private courtyard and nearby garden are ideal for young children to play and for watching the stars at night! The swimming pool is surrounded by an enchanting garden that Fiona plans to embellish even more! Fiona provided us with useful advice on restaurants and places to visit in the neighbourhood and we enjoyed all our visits to nearby Monflanquin, Chateau de Biron, Chateau de Bonaguil, Villeneuve-sur-Lot,… I would definitively recommend a visit to La Balie and hope to be going back soon!” Julie – August 2015

“We received a warm welcome from Fiona and were delighted that La Balie lived up to our expectations. La Lavandiere was well appointed, spacious, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The outdoor areas were also very well maintained. We enjoyed the swimming pool and playing boules in the meadow in the evenings. Monflanquin is a nice town nearby. We visited markets at Pujols and Montpazier and the chateau at Gavaudun. The night markets were lively and great fun – very informal dining on local produce, entertainment (Salles, Monflanquin, MontagnacsurLede). With our 2 boys (9 & 7), we enjoyed canoeing on the River Dordogne with Canoe Roquegeoffre (Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse). Amazing views of chateaux along our 14km journey. Highly recommended. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at La Balie and would love to return. We recommend it without hesitation” Claire – August 2015

“A little piece of heaven”

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