News & Guest Comments

(What is happening locally in France for tourists)

The Latest Updates

 @ 12/12/2020


In response to both the French and English Governments recommendations, there has been a lessening of the travel restrictions imposed on both countries. The wearing of face coverings or masks are to be worn in all enclosed spaces (especially shops and public transport). We will endeavour to keep all our clients informed, as soon as we know of any changes.


We have invested in a CosyStudio Apartment (19 sqm, suitable for 2-4 people), in the Les Contamines area of the Haute Savoie region, in the French Alps.  The area is great for both winter and summer holidays, boasting a superb snow record (lasting much longer that some of the larger resorts), BUT also with mountain trails, swimming lakes and bicycle routes (we are on the Mont Blanc Trail) nearby.

Like Les Chambons, we have posted the details on a few booking websites. But to get a feel, please click on the link below and get back to us if you fancy something different OR EVEN BOTH!!

Follow the links to view or book via AirBnB or TripAdvisor:

Cosy Ski Studio in Les Contamines, French Alps (AirBnB)

Cosy Studio in Les Contamines (TripAdvisor)


Brive le Gaillarde (, which is the closest airport to us (c45 mins), opened it doors to RyanAir, flying to and from a number of UK airports, as well as Airfrance/Jet2 (London City). Also for Dutch travelling to the area, RyanAir fly from Amsterdam.

Other nearby airports (Bergerac & Limoges @ c1.5 hrs driving time) and Bordeaux (2.5 hrs away), are still reliably serving the Aquitaine region.

Exchange Rate

Anybody who is considering buying a property in France, will be pleased to hear that the market is moving again. Owners are becoming far more realistic with their prices. We have noticed an increase in house sales in the area. This combined with a levelling in Sterling / Euro exchange rates (€1.10 / £1.00 current Interbank rate) will still make it worthwhile considering France as an investment.


With a lot of people now looking for something to do (apart from seeing the sights, sunbathing etc.) some guests have expressed interest in taking part in artistic activities. Currently (like last year) we are hosting Acrylic Painting Classes and we hope to organise either a once/twice a week classes or even courses next summer, in a location nearby. (most materials provided).

Other Tourist News

In 2017, the newest local prehistoric attraction Lascaux IV, opened to acclaim. Some our guests last year, have said its the best reconstruction to date, with many new technological gadgets to enhance the experience (including a VR tour!)


Read some of our guests comments after their stay at Le Petit Chambon @Les Chambons 

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 Anne and Steve

"Le Petit Chambon far exceeded our expectations. The Gite is light, bright, roomy and extremely comfortable. All set in idyllic, unspoilt rural France. Unlike some self-catering accommodation the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need to cook any sort of meal.

The pool area and equipment is also excellent. Paul and Gina were extremely welcoming hosts and we have had the totally relaxing time that we anticipated. Highly recommended for a wonderful "get away from it all" holiday!"

Ray and Linda

What a welcome on our arrival to Les Chambons as Paul and Gina greeted us at the gite.  They had thought of everything even down to the freshly baked loaf which was very welcome...mmmm.  Once we had settled we were invited to the house for a glass of wine where we were made to feel at home as we settled into our first evening of what has been a wonderful week.  We are both feeling fully relaxed and view the gite at Les Chambons as our our little bit of France if only for a week and we have enjoyed every minute of our holiday.

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Fran and Jerry

"It is the spacious quality of this gite that is so unusual and rarely found in accommodation for 2.  We did a little sight seeing, however this holiday felt different for me.  Happy to spend time here; reading books, swimming and laying in the field watching the shooting stars."

Debbie and Mark

"Many thanks to Paul and Gina for your warm and generous reception.  We have really enjoyed our week in your lovely, spacious gite.  The weather has been glorious and we've had some very enjoyable days out, especially to La Roque St Christophe, Maison Forte de Reignac and Grotte de Tourtoirac.  Wishing all who follows us as lovely a week as we have had."

Mark and Sonia

"Many thanks for a lovely holiday in this peaceful place.  Beautiful countryside, traditional house, relaxing...what else to expect from your holiday!"

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Andy and Margeret

Thank you to Paul and Gina for making us feel so welcome.  We have had such a lovely stay, which has only strengthened our lovely thoughts for this beautiful area of France. The gite was fantastic, without doubt the best we have found - we would both love to return.

Sharon and Paul

A very peaceful and relaxing week.  It felt like a home from home.  We were made to feel very welcome and comfortable..we will definitely recommend to our friends.

Sally and Colin

Just what was required! Calm and Peace! Lovely spacious gite with everything you need and more. A lovely spot to unwind and explore.