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Americans visiting the Loire Valley


We are pleased to have had guests staying at 'Les Balcons' from the USA, normally as part of a larger trip that usually includes Paris. We have a page dedicated to arriving in Paris and travelling on to the Loire Valley here... and are happy to advise you on any other matter with regards to your journey from Australia to the Loire Valley and your itinerary while you are with us. Not keen on driving from Paris? talk to us about alternatives.


Pauline Craig


Jim also have a site he is working on about Paris you may find helpful www.about-paris.com

20/09/17 to 06/10/17

Enjoyed driving all the small back roads into villages. Especially liked Angle-sur-l'Anglin and Loches. Very comfortable home with outstanding CD collection and furnishings. We appreciated Jim's daily tips on recommended sites.


Thank you.

Mark Fleming

Beth Andrus

Dean Fleming

Seattle USA




Jim & Pauline, your house is so lovely and the people of the town we have met have been very welcoming. Thank you so much for your wonderful suggestions for things to see - we have had a wonderful time! 


The  Meador/Tenn-Lyns,






Jim & Pauline,Le Balcons is a charming tastefully decorated home. The gardens are lovely...thank you for the flowers and provisions, greatly appreciated. You have done a commendable job of restoring this property. Thanks for the market tips and advice. We visited several chateaux : Chambord & Villandry plus small gardens an dejeuner at Chateau du Rivau. We love la France!  Au revoir...      


The  Priestas family,





9/09 - 15/09/2016

This has been a wonderful  week. Jim & Pauline have been so welcoming and had many good suggestions for things to do. We really concentrated on the local area as there are so many things to see and do, We could not think of anything to change. Le Grand Pressigny is a darling town. We loved Grand Ma's and the hotel for dinners, We will definitely tell folks about this wonderful house! Thank you all so very much.

Jill & Tim Hunter,



'Five star experience' - thanks to Jim & Pauline for not only providing such a well equipped home but for all the advice and assistance - some beyond the 'call of duty'. We travel around the world a lot and you have made this 'world class'.

Art Shulman & Linda Roseman, Melbourne, Australia + Stan & Wendy Finger, USA





Spent 2 weeks here- met some great people, had loads of fun, beers at both bars in the square, had our hair done by Christian! Jim & Pauline are the best - would come back in a minute!!

Bob & Candy

Truly lost in France here! It was the best way to explore the country. 'Les Balcons' has been our home away from home. Jim & Pauline are the best hosts ever - we will be back!!

Kirk & Carole

Enjoyed our first trip to France - Jim & Pauline 'rock'! Take their suggestions - they truly know best - we leave with many memories.

Elk Grove,San Ramon,Livermore, California ,USA



Thank you Pauline & Jim for a wonderful week in the Loire Valley. We loved staying at 'Les Balcons' it is the perfect home away from home. We followed many of the directions and recommendations in Jim's book and had great visits to Chenonceau and other chateaux.Great dining at 'Le Promenade', Grand Ma's in the village and in La Roche Posay. This is a lovely part of the world and we look forward to returning. Thank you so much.

Eric and Linda Weston, Tennessee, USA



After 5 weeks in this lovely place it feels like home. I am sitting on the balcony listening to the birds and regretting that this lovely time has come to a close. We came to see the countryside and we certainly did do that!. So many charming villages, back-roads...and friendly warm people. Many great places to eat ( follow Jim & Pauline's lavender book -- it's a bible of sorts! ) Loches, Montresor, Azay le Rideau and farther afield - Cahors and the never to be forgotten experience of  Oradour sur Glane all going into the memory bank forever. We give so many thanks to our patient, warm hosts Pauline and Jim, thank you for a remarkable time.

Betty Hallock & John Wester, San Francisco Bay Area California, USA

Via email: 02/01/2012

Betty and I wish you both good health and a very successful year.  We will always remember you as two of the nicest people we have ever met. Thank you for making that vacation a memorable one.

You may quote us:

Our stay at “les Balcons” in Le Grand Pressigny exceeded all our expectations.  The house is fully equipped with modern equipment (even music in the shower!), spotlessly clean, with a delightful outlook on the surrounding gardens from the upstairs balcony.  It is within walking distance of stores and cafés in the quaint village.  The friendly owners live nearby and were always available for information and directions. We highly recommend it for a great vacation experience.

John & Betty






'Les Balcons' was home to us because of your great care and attention to detail. The village was welcoming and relaxing - great food at 'Grand Ma's' and 'La Promenade'. We wont forget the nights on the balcony!

Thank you so much.

Chris and Lisa Fulton, CA, USA



Thank you so much for a wonderful week in the country. The house was perfect and Le Grand Pressigny is the loveliest town. The drawer of brochures lead us to some of the most beautiful villages we have ever seen. Thank you Jim & Pauline

Rachel, Eric, Kari, Bret, Austin & Joe Texas, USA

The reviews below were  for the 'Old Walnut Mill' which is currently closed for booking due to renovation work at the house and barn. As you can see we are striving to offer the same level of customer service at 'Les Balcons' and 'Le Bourg'


5th- 13th October 2010

Over the top! Every corner and nook is another aesthetic surprise. Comfort and accommodation - nothing lacking. Charming "landlords" who treated us a old friends. Their generosity touched us. Quality and thoughtfulness - merci beaucoup!

Gerry & Cay Castonguay, Worcester, Massachusetts USA



July 11th 2009

It couldn't be better!, the house and courtyard thoughtfully prepared for a pleasant stay, the beautiful setting of Barrou village and your warm hospitality made our time here unforgettable. The children were charmed by the house the first glance as well and the collection of books went in line with their imagination of very special places. All our trips were unique and full of French experiences which will be with us a while. Thank you for a wonderful week and all the best for the future.

Zoya,Alexander + kids, New Jersey, USA



July 2008

Our family had a wonderful holiday in the 'Old Walnut Mill'-Jim & Pauline have made a beautifully organised home with fantastic reference material and more than comfortable accommodation, We will always remember the fun we had learning and playing 'Petanque' with you and your neighbour David. You are truly excellent hosts!

Steve,Laura,Carter(11) Ara(8) San Diego,California.


April 2008

What an amazing place-I had a very interesting and busy trip. I loved the house and the special touches Jim & Pauline made that say 'WELCOME'....I hope to come back some day.

Janet Reber, Concord,California.




Cynthia & Peter Seybolt                                                                    Underhill Center, Vermont, USA

We have been very comfortable here but have not spent much time in the house as we have had sunny, crisp fall weather-perfect for exploring this interesting area....This is a great time to visit as few tourists, nothing crowded,

Wonderful holiday!



June 2007

The house was everything promised and more. Very
charming, reasonably priced, all our needs considered
and met. The little village and the river side park
area just across the way are very nice. It gave us a
chance for a pleasant walk at end of day.

I am a fussy sleeper and found the bedding and mattress, and the general 'feel' of the bedroom to be more than adequate and quite attractive. I especially liked the view of the little courtyard from the upstairs windows.

We would recommend the Old Walnut Mill for anyone travelling in that area and hope to return someday ourselves.

Betty Eyer,Virginia



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