Visitors comments

These are all of the comments copied directly from our ‘Visitors Book’ during 2022 and earlier.

(Due to coronavirus many of our guests had to cancel their 2020 & 2021 holiday arrangements; many rebooked for 2022).

Comments left in 2022


Thank you for a lovely visit. Well equipped villa. Lovely pool. Chris and Julie very welcoming. Plenty of wildlife to spot.

Will recommend to friends.

BS & YS (June)


Comments left in 2021


Beautiful house and surroundings. A wonderful relaxing week and most grateful to Julie for her help with COVID requirements!

EG & JG (September) 


Everything was perfect!!! 

A l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur, nous n’aurions pu réver mieux pour des retrouvailles  en famille après 18 mois sans se voir à cause du Covid!                                             

Un grand merci pour tout!

Great stay lovely place.

Familles B, P et H (August)


Another visit but what a difference! Same warm welcome and nothing too much trouble but the 3 bed additional accommodation finished making it such a lovely family space great for a larger group. The garden is looking more established and colourful. Well Done Chris & Julie and Thank you.

MW & RW (August)


Thanks for a lovely stay! You have a really lovely property here: beautiful grounds, lovely sunsets, great pool, super facilities (ping-pong is fantastic!) and of course, a lovely, spacious gite with a well-equipped kitchen!

This is the nicest gite we’ve ever had in France (or anywhere), without a doubt!

We wish you all the best and thank you for your hospitality!

C Le R, L Le R, M Le R & S Le R (July)


Comments left in 2020

We had a lovely time here at Les Mûriers. Chris and Julie were very helpful. This gîte completely children friendly and perfect for families. The market in Castillonnés was lovely and we recommend a trip. A thoroughly enjoyable stay.

PS. We really enjoyed the lovely fruit.

PPS. Ping pong was great fun, we recommend future guests use it.

AT, KT, ET & HT (August)


This was our second visit and we arrived on a beautiful day to a gleaming pool, which we were in within an hour of being here! (And there we stayed for much of our stay!). Thank you Chris & Julie for the impeccable accommodation and your hospitality. We had a wonderful time. Thank you also for your kindness and flexibility during such strange and difficult times. We look forward to returning.

PH & PH, TL & NL (July/August)


Comments left in 2019

Back again for our second visit to the best equipped holiday home that we have found in over 40 years of holidaying in France. Many thanks to Chris & Julie once more. Your welcome and your hospitality have made this week another very special holiday. Splendid weather relaxing by and in the pool and plenty of sightseeing too!

CW & GW (September)


We walked into a little piece of paradise. The grounds are beautiful and the gite itself spotless and beautifully decorated. Chris & Julie have thought of everything. All those little extras make such a difference. Thank you to you both for all your help and advice during our stay. Ideas for places to visit for future guests:- Kayaking down the Dordogne is a must. Absolutely stunning views of chateaux as you glide down the river. Julie kindly helped with booking. I would take some snacks next time but you have places to stop and eat along the way. Chateau Biron was really nice and worth a visit. We also went to the chocolate museum……who doesn’t like chocolate! There is a patisserie next door so, win win, I say. I will definitely be back as a week isn’t long enough. THANK YOU.

M,T,E & B. (August)


We have had a really relaxing fortnight, Julie, Chris, you have it spot on, there when needed for advice and help and you keep everything so clean here, we have holidayed in France for 20+ years and honestly this is the best kept gite + grounds ever! We aren’t bird watchers but have seen Golden Oriole, Honey + Common Buzzard, Hoopoe + on our last day Peregrine Falcon, fantastic. The star, satellite + shooting star gazing is second to none and upon several evenings we had a Nightjar fly over us. Lots to see and do locally and we found L’entree in Castillonnes does a lovely meal, you have to book and please prepare to wait a while, but it is worth it! Thanks for everything Julie + Chris + long may you prosper!

RS,SH & AH, DH (August)


We have had a brilliant 2 weeks at Chris & Julie’s gite. Chris & Julie were so welcoming and thoughtful. It has been very relaxing and peaceful. The pool has been so welcoming on hot days. Julie & Chris have thought of everything you could need and were around if we needed advice. We visited Monflanquin which is beautiful and other similar towns. Chateau’s Duras, Biron, Monbazillac (wine tasting!) & Lauzun. On Julie’s recommendation we had a lovely meal at La Marechalerie in Castillonnes. Thank you so much Chris & Julie.

CC, AC, AC & HC (July/August)


We have all had a lovely relaxing two week stay at Julie & Chris’s gite. Julie & Chris were wonderful hosts, offering lots of advice on places to visit and local restaurants. We spent time around the lovely pool on the very hot days. We visited several bastide towns, Chateau Milandes and a vineyard. Thankyou again Julie & Chris for an amazing stay!!!

KV, BV & CL, KL (July)


Back in our ‘second home’ in France!  Wonderful time as usual, weather glorious, gite very comfortable and well equipped. Chris & Julie always very kind and supportive.

JS & WS (June/July)


We had an absolutely lovely time here. The gite and its gardens are beautiful. Chris and Julie were very welcoming. We will be back!

CP & FP and PR & CR (June)


Thankyou Julie & Chris for your wonderful hospitality and help. Superb gite, beautifully comfortable with everything you could wish for on holiday. We will be recommending to family and friends. Hope to be back soon.

SJ & JJ (June)


We’ve had a lovely 2 weeks here – the gite is clean, comfortable and well-equipped and the pool was great on the hot days. Lovely towns/villages to visit – thank you Chris & Julie. We very much hope to return.

LS, PS & AS (May/June)



Comments left in 2018

Yet another wonderful week here, it really is like coming home for us. Thank you Chris & Julie for your hospitality and kindness. (The pool was a bit chilly though!).

WS & JS (Sep/Oct)


Very relaxing, very clean and well equipped and friendly and approachable hosts – great location. Lovely sites to see.

MF & JJ , TC & JC (Sep)

Gite spotless when we arrived. The garden and pool have been fantastic to use. Everything we needed indoors and out.                                                                        The Bastide towns are amazing, Jardin de Nenuphars (Lily Gardens) at Temple – sur – Lot was outstanding even though no all the lilies were out, worth a visit.                  Thank you Chris & Julie (and for the plums!).

HL & PL, SW & DW. (Sep)


We have had an excellent 2 weeks in your beautiful gite. The weather has been scorching so the pool has been a big hit for the four of us. We have done lots of touring around, our highlights are: St Emilion, Chateau de Beynac, Sarlat, Chateau de Castelnaud, Bergerac old town, Monflanquin, to name a few! The Sunday market at Issegeac is a must as is the local bar! The pizzas at the bar are delicious (have left the menu on the pin board by the fridge}. Thank you Chris and Julie for making us so welcome and for your help, particularly after the big storm! We will certainly be coming back. XX

ES, MS, LS & NS (July/August)


Another wonderful holiday here. Didn’t go far as the weather was hot and the pool too inviting. Chris & Julie as always on hand if needed.

AH & TH, RD & KD.(July)


Lovely gite, very well equipped. Chris & Julie were very welcoming. Lots to see – markets, lovely walks around. Terrific restaurants “L’Entree” in Castillonnes & “Andine” in Eymet.

CB & MB & MW (June)


Absolutely perfect, wonderful hosts. We’ll be back soon… 

TP & GP, A & P (May/June)


You have made a wonderful gite for all to enjoy, everything visitors could want has been thought of. It was great to catch up and see all your hard work. Thank you

GM (April)


Chris and Julie are wonderful hosts. The gite is so well equipped and comfortable. We enjoyed visiting some of the attractions the area has. They have worked so hard to make this a beautiful holiday home for us all to enjoy. Thankyou once again Chris & Julie.

LM (March)



Comments left in 2017

Our first visit but would come again and again. Hosts most welcoming and extremely kind, nothing was too much trouble. First class accommodation with everything you would need, even the weather was kind to us although the pool was a bit cold!!

A beautiful gite in a lovely setting and location. Thank You.

PS. Would highly recommend “La Marechalerie” in Castillonnes.

CH, EH & GH, CH. (September)


Third visit to Chris + Julie’s, this time with Sian + Ellie. Although the weather was cooler this year, it did not stop the girls going in the pool. Had a wonderful 10 days and as usual Chris + Julie were wonderful hosts.

JB, FB, EB & SB ((September)


We have had a wonderful two weeks holiday here in this lovely gite. During our stay we have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this area of France We have had a good time exploring the bastide towns and trying the local cuisine. We particularly recommend ‘La Bastide’ in Monpazier for a delicious meal. Many thanks to Chris and Julie for making our stay so comfortable.

HB,DB & MB (August)


Lovely house, beautiful location and fantastic pool. The children spent hours in the water, (4 hours in one stint on one particular day!) as did we. Thank you Chris & Julie, we are all reluctant to leave!

PH, PL, TL & NL (August)


Excellent well appointed house. We have had a good time here visiting several bastides and enjoyed the birds in the garden – Golden Oriole (once) and Hoopoe (lots). Gardens of Sardy, Tuilieres Lock, Issigeac Chez Mimi was excellent, if anything too much food but great value. Issigeac historical guided walk and lunch at Bruceliere were excellent. Chateau de Gavadun walk good and Chateau de Biron interesting. Thanks very much Julie & Chris.

SH, RH & JA, IA (July)


Another fabulous two weeks in this gorgeous peaceful place, with the added excitement of watching the Tour de France at Bergerac – a lovely place to visit at any time. We can recommend the Lion d’Or in Lauzun for lunch – superb! No doubt we will be back again – thank you Chris & Julie for your hospitality.

JS & WS  (July)


A holiday of two halves! A week enjoying the sunshine, the pool and the local villages, followed by a week of showers & sight seeing further afield. Favourites were Lascaux / Sarlat, Monpazier and Chateau Bridoire but nowhere disappointed! Many thanks for a stay in your lovely cottage & also resolving our sat-nav problems! Thanks to Chris & Julie for a super holiday stay.

AM & DM (June)



Lovely place, so relaxing. Thanks again.

SB & GC (June)



Peace, perfect peace wonderful gite in wonderful countryside. Great place, great hosts.

GC & RC (June)



Great pool, close to lots of interesting places. Enjoyed canoeing on the Dordogne. Lovely sunny week nice and peaceful, great for relaxing.

JA (June)



Wonderful holiday, peaceful location watching the birds bees and butterflies. Many small interesting places to visit not an hours drive away. Really welcoming hosts and beautiful place to stay. Thank you so much for the use of your gite and pool

PA (June)



Thank you for the use of your beautiful gite and your welcome gifts.

PEACE PERFECT PEACE. Again many thanks

IH & BAH (June)



Another thoroughly enjoyable stay. Since our last visit, Chris has completed the additional accommodation to his usual high standard and everything is perfect. We were therefore grateful for the underfloor heating as the weather was not favourable.

The walled medieval town of Domme is well worth a visit just to take in the spectacular views of the surrounding area.

As before our visit ends too soon and we said farewell knowing we will return next year.

AW & MW (April)



Thank you Chris & Julie for all your kindness and advice. We had such a wonderful time here in September last year that we are back again – this time house hunting for ourselves!  Such a wonderful peaceful part of the world – and as a bonus enjoyed the lovely blue skies and sunshine – but decided against a dip in the pool this time!

JS & WS    (January)



Added October 2016.

We would like to thank each and every one of our guests for making our first year as gite hosts such an enjoyable experience for us and leaving such lovely feedback. 

Thank you ,

Chris & Julie


Arrived late due to traffic problems but Chris & Julie stayed up to welcome us. Perfect hosts throughout our relaxing stay at their very well equipped gite. We shall be back



A very relaxing 2 weeks. A good base to visit the beautiful area. Chris & Julie – good hosts – nothing  too much trouble. Gite comfortable and very clean! Issigeac market on Sunday A.M is a good start.



We absolutely fell in love with the gite, the gardens, and the view superb! Although weather didn’t allow us a dip in the pool we enjoyed our week here. Chris & Julie are great, can’t do enough for you. Lovely area for villages to visit.



We’ve had a lovely week at Les Muriers. The market at Issigeac was great on Sunday. We’ve had lots of bike rides and enjoyed visiting numerous  ‘pretty’ villages. Best of all though was the garden, the view, the wildlife, jays, lizards, a serenade of frogs? from the pond below – a truly relaxing week. The finale was a splendid thunderstorm, after a gorgeous sunny week. Thank you.



We had a lovely + relaxing stay in a very comfortable gite. V. friendly, helpful and accommodating hosts. Beautiful views + garden. Made use of the pool. First visit to Dordogne would definitely come again. Thank you.



Fantastic cottage with all amenities with even a fan! In the rooms a much needed amenity. Fantastic hosts very obliging! Worth another visit, very relaxing with fantastic views.

AH & TH + RD & KD


We’ve had such an amazing week – truly relaxing. We’ve loved the gite, the pool and the surroundings – so beautiful. Have enjoyed trips to the markets, Duras and a great meal at “La Marechalerie”. Thank you for your great hospitality – we will definitely be recommending ‘Les Muriers, to our friends!!



We had a great week with Julie & Chris, great hosts. Chris has even loaned me a bike to explore the beautiful countryside. Do not miss the market in Castillonnes on Tuesday if you want some local produce. Issigeac is well worth a visit – we have left a card for excellent restaurant on the notice board. Fantastic ‘Bodega’ in Villereal  (music festival) – lots of other stuff going on – well worth checking. We have had a spectacular crashing thunderstorm, wonderful clear nights for stargazing and some lovely sunshine. Thanks Julie & Chris for a great holiday!



A really relaxing holiday enjoying the beautiful countryside – even had to stop on cycle ride to wait for deer to cross! Wonderful  gite – wonderful hosts. Thanks



We’ve had a wonderful relaxing holiday in this lovely gite. We’ve enjoyed the weather, the pool, the views and the peace and quiet! Had good time horse-riding and visiting Chateau de Bridoire and Bergerac. Can’t wait to come back!!



Thanks Chris & Julie for your welcome and for your hospitality. You have an excellent gite, which was an ideal base for our explorations. The Sunday market at Issigeac is a must for any visitor wanting to savour the local ‘scene’. Spent the week exploring the bastide towns, saving time for visits to Chateau des Milandes (must see the bird display!) and to Bergerac. With a week of temperatures in the 30’s it was great to come back to the pool for relaxing swims each day.

C, G & C


Our second visit, which was even better than our first due to flying instead of driving – less stressful. Had wonderful weather and beautiful surroundings with Chris & Julie as always superb hosts. What more could anyone want!



A most enjoyable holiday in this beautiful and very interesting region of France. The gite was attractive, comfortable and very well-equipped. Chris and Julie could not have been more kind or helpful. A week was all too short a stay! Thank you!



A beautiful and very well equipped gite in a superb location. Plenty of good walks and pretty villages to visit. Sunday lunch at Hotel du Nord in Tombeboeuf excellent and great value. La Marechalerie in Castillones also excellent (we went twice) and much nearer! Bergerac old town visit – very old indeed!