Some of the lovely comments guests have made….
A challenging end of year led to my very last minute search for somewhere special to stay for Christmas. We jumped for joy when your Loft showed as available for 8 days arriving on Christmas Eve. Throughout the five hour drive from Cannes, I stressed about finding a tree and decorations to make the holiday perfect. To my utter AMAZEMENT, the Loft had been fully decorated beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you so much for all your very thoughtful and generous touches. As a seriously experienced traveller, I can assure you that exceptionally few hosts go to the same lengths as yourselves. You made our Christmas very SPECIAL and, dare I say, UNFORGETTABLE! Thank you so much - keep on keepin’ on! Christmas 2022.
Xavier, Maryna, Slava, Lisa and Jasper
A wonderful holiday. We knew that we would be having a wonderful time at the Loft du Vigneron as soon as we received our first email from Russell and Karen containing an information pack for our holiday. Their attention to detail is second to none and they had thought of everything we might need to know. They also helped us with restaurant reservations for our time in the Minervois.
When we arrived we were certainly not disappointed! The Loft is beautifully furnished, very comfortable and extremely well cared for and we had everything we could need for our stay. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and we enjoyed breakfasts, afternoons and evenings on the lovely terrace in the late September warmth. Rieux-Minervois is in an excellent position for exploring the local area, and the village boulangerie and supermarket are within walking distance of the Loft, which was great. Russell and Karen were excellent hosts - there to help if needed but not intruding at all on our privacy. We would definitely recommend The Loft!
Just a little note to say thank you so much for our lovely, restful, peaceful stay in your beautiful Loft. We're sure you saw we were well and truly exhausted after a summer running events - the Loft was THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE! All the little touches were noted and appreciated by us both and we spent a lovely evening enjoying many aperitifs with you. Many, many heartfelt thanks again. It certainly isn't Au Revoir - but A Bientot!
Lisa and Adam
It hardly seems two minutes since we were here in the summer - time goes so fast! As ever, we have had a lovely time and have had some splendid lunches at all our favourite restaurants. The weather was really very good for October - only the odd shower. As always, thank you for your wonderful hospitality - you are such good company.
Elaine and Chris
So much love and thought has gone in to creating the Loft! It shows in every detail, but most importantly, in the ambiance it radiates throughout. You made us feel so very welcome, both before and after our arrival. Your kindness and generosity have meant a great deal to us, and the ‘wine time’ we had with you has been great fun too! We so admire what you have achieved with the Loft and wish you every success with the renovations of the maison de maitre - can’t wait to see the finished article. Our warmest wishes to you both and to Big Mack and Little Mabel - such gorgeous pooches!
Jane and Laurence
Thank you so much for your warm and friendly hospitality. We have had a wonderful relaxing week in this beautiful Loft and garden. The maison de maitre is amazing and we wish you good luck with everything.
Sarah, Martin and Harry
Thank you for making me feel so welcome at your home. You really have thought of everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible. I hope to return with my parents.
West Sussex, UK
Thank you for being wonderful hosts. It has been a joy to stay at the Loft and to explore a little of the region. Excited to be thinking of returning in the future when the weather is cooler. Our arrival was so welcoming and you provide such a generous hamper for our first night - thank you. We particularly enjoyed exploring Rieux with its chateau, church and watching the wine harvest. Good luck with your new venture next door - an absolutely stunning house - thank you for showing us around.
The Paul Family
Haywards Heath, UK
An absolute joy to stay here! The Loft is perfect in every way. Karen and Russell have literally thought of everything. A wonderful kitchen and gorgeous crockery, loads of utensils - it was a joy to use! Undoubtedly for our four teenagers the Loft terrace has been a major hit. Many an hour has been spent lounging around listening to the water trickling along. Totally relaxing. The recommendations were perfect for things to do, restaurants and vineyards to visit. Karen was so right about la Cite at Carcassonne - beautiful. Many thanks for the welcome, the chats and the wine - we will definitely be back!
Tim, Amanda, Eleanor, Lisbeth, Hannah and Colin
A big 'Thank You' for your hospitality at the Loft du Vigneron. We’ve had a wonderful time and enjoyed ourselves a great deal and we will cherish the memories of our week in Rieux-Minervois.
Eduardas, Edita, Gabrielle and Cerys
Colwyn Bay, North Wales
After a two-year pause in our travel arrangements we couldn’t have been more delighted with our visit to the Loft du Vigneron. It was everything - and more - than we had hoped for. Thank you both for your generosity of conversation, wine and gin!!! Good luck with the next phase of Le Domaine aux Quat’Saisons, not that we think you will need it - quite simply, it is stunning.
Allison, Stuart, Kate and Chris
St.Neot’s, United Kingdom
Thank you so much for the very warm welcome, all the ‘goodies’ you provided and of course the use of your very well equipped Loft. It felt like we had always known you (perhaps because we’re all Northerners!). The Italian restaurant in the village is great to be able to walk to. A few degrees below 38 would have been preferable, but out of your control! Good luck with the house.
Margaret and Geoff
Our first trip as a family since 2019 - well worth the wait! A super-relaxing holiday in the beautiful Loft. Thank you for your care and hospitality - we have had a great week!
Lisa, Justin and Isabella
Amazing! is the word. The Loft itself, you as hosts and the location. Our week has been wonderful and made all the better due to the exceptional care and attention you both put into this special place. Your warmth and hospitality exceeds expectations - we cannot thank you enough. We will look forward to returning to continue exploring.
Clare, Mark, Matthew and Ruby
Thank you for making our stay at the Loft so special - good company is priceless
Lizzie, John, Elizabeth, Stuart, Hannah and Jon
What can we say? The fabulous ‘Loft’ is exceeded only by the warmth and generosity of you the hosts! We will return!
Felicity, Andrew and Johanna
We have had the most fabulous time staying in the Loft du Vigneron this past week. We have booked through Pure France for four or five years and this place is by far the highest standard of accommodation that we have experienced. Every detail has been catered for. Everything that we needed for the week was at hand. We really enjoyed meeting you both and our kids thought that you were so nice and welcoming, and Kate really appreciated the lovely touch of the pool noodles! We wish you both health, happiness and best wishes for the future, and we really hope to revisit again in the future. Many thanks for everything - you are 'best in class' hosts.
Phil, Marie, Tom and Kate
Well, we all made it and have had the best time. This year we have certainly made use of the pool - even Chris! We have had some splendid lunches out and have found yet more restaurants and generally had a very enjoyable and relaxing time. As ever, we thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We can’t wait to be back - Chris and I are coming back in October when we hope it won’t be quite so hot!
Elaine, Chris and Fiona
WOW! What a holiday! The Loft is absolutely beautiful and we’ve all had the most wonderful time. In fact, the Loft, pool and gardens are so incredible we’ve spent most days swimming, reading and lounging by the pool! Playing boules has been fun and meeting you both, and Mack and Mabel too. We’d love to come back and revisit the Loft - it’s been fantastic! A big ‘Thank You’!
After 2.5 years in the making, everything conspired against us. Well worth the wait! The Loft is exactly as expected and the welcome even better! We loved the ambiance, the garden and the area after the last months of lockdown etc - it has been wonderful. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity - the mobility aid was indispensable and the evening spent getting to know you both was great. Can we also thank you for your incredibly comprehensive welcome pack. We enjoy cooking and we’re very grateful for the extras. Thank you Karen, for delivery on day one - BREAKFAST WAS BRILLIANT! We have really enjoyed the garden - a lot of hard work, we know, but much appreciated. We do hope we keep in touch as we will miss Russell’s lengthy epistles - always a good read! He should write a book; maybe the history of your home with the trials and tribulations of renovating thrown in (‘A Year - or Two - in Minervois’, perhaps?). If you are ever back in the region, you know where we are!
Grace and Howard
It has been a great pleasure meeting you both and staying with you. We thoroughly enjoyed our first evening with you both and learning a little about the area. What you have done with your property is truly magnificent despite the artisans! We enjoyed following your recommendations for places to visit and have navigated our way through the vineyards - thank you for our adventures! We went to Narbonne and saw synchronized kite flying that was really exciting to watch. We will really miss the gardens and pool. Au revoir.
David and Jayne
Another lovely holiday at the Loft du Vigneron, this time for 2 weeks. It was lovely to see Karen and Russell again. They were charming and hospitable just like before
Everything was perfect for us and the weather was amazing, swam every day in the beautiful pool. Karen booked some restaurants for us, recommended by her, and they were excellent. Highly recommend this property, the best ever.
Once again there are no words that can really explain what a wonderful time we have had and how fantastic the Loft and the grounds are. Your hospitality is more than we could have asked for. Our only complaint is that we couldn’t stay here permanently as it’s difficult to leave the place! Until the next time ( and yes, there will be a next time ), au revoir - not goodbye.
Joy, Peter and Glenda
A heartfelt thank you from us for your generous hospitality. It has been a joyful end to the year and a great start to 2022. We do hope to see you later in the year and wish you a truly happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. With our thanks and best wishes.
Lisa and Michael
It hardly seems like any time at all since we arrived a fortnight past. Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’ve certainly enjoyed ourselves immensely. We have so appreciated your wonderful hospitality once more - not least the delicious bacon sandwiches! And what splendid lunches we had with two new restaurants we must definitely visit next time as we are already booked in with you for the three of us next June. We especially enjoyed exploring your beautiful garden during our stay this time. A l’annee procaine!
Elaine and Chris
Thank you so much for a wonderfully relaxing stay at your ‘Loft’. We have stayed here many times before under previous ownership, but we must say that you have moved it up several notches! The attention to detail is second to none; from the luxurious ‘The White Company’ products to all the goodies in the fridge and cupboards - very much appreciated. The terrace, garden and pool are just so peaceful that we haven’t ventured far! Most of all thank you for being there and for your wonderful company. We hope there will be many more visits to come. Good luck with your future project and we hope to be back very soon - you are doing an amazing job!
Jane and Neil
We have so enjoyed our week here in our very own secret garden. Who would imagine there would be such a magical place waiting for us, just a second from the road? After many moments of uncertainty, it has been a huge tonic to relax in the sunshine in this beautiful garden and enjoy relaxing with our daughters. We haven’t explored very much beyond the Loft, but the countryside is beautiful, the wine and food delicious and the canoeing trip exhilarating and at times a little scary! Karen and Russell are the perfect hosts - always present but never in your space. They have created a perfect holiday home - immaculate and brilliantly equipped, and the fridge and cupboards generously filled to enhance your welcome and stay. We have enjoyed hours by the perfect pool and will fondly remember our 2021 say here. Hopefully we will be back! Thank you, Karen and Russell for everything.
To our dear Franco-British hosts : A nice discovery of your beautiful country and an excellent time spent with friends in your magnificent house. Back tomorrow in our Lyon region - Good luck to you.
Excellent week in a Loft with great taste! Thank you for all your attentions - "Thanks for everything"
François-Xavier and Anne
Dear Karen and Russell. Thank you for your welcome and a big bravo for the Loft du Vigneron! We really liked and enjoyed the terrace and your beautiful garden. "Best of luck".
We loved our stay at this lovely Domaine,
Today is our last day, and we’re leaving in pain.
We really had the nicest time,
Especially our cozy get-togethers with lots of good wine.
The days have flown by, but there’s no need to cry,
We will always remember Karen’s wonderful pie.
Kirsten, Stijn, Hélène, Floris, Ellen and Thomas
Thank you so much for your warm welcome in your beautifully decorated Loft. The four of us had a lovely time, enjoying Carcassonne, the mountains and the wine! We are going home very relaxed! We much appreciated your details and the welcome breakfast in the Loft.
The Tulp family
It’s like staying with friends, with all the positives and none of the negatives! One of the things I think we will remember most about our trip are Karen and Russell. They gave our family the warmest of welcomes and ensured our stay was both comfortable and with a touch of luxury. Having never ventured to this part of France, it was fantastic to have the helpful suggestions for wineries not to be missed, activities for the kids, and the best places to eat. On the other side of the coin, we had our much-needed R&R. The oasis of peace and tranquility of the Loft, the gorgeous terrace for evening aperitifs, and alfresco dining, the extensive and beautiful gardens, and the sparkling azure gem of a pool! Thank you both for making our holiday so special. That cake : WOW! WOW! WOW! Despite all the fab patisserie, the kids still go on about that cake, Karen! Recipe, please!
The Marshall Family
Thank you so much for our wonderful week’s stay in this beautiful house and delightful garden. Such a delight to return to after a long day out. The swimming pool area is great, especially for the children. You have been so kind and helpful in suggesting wonderful places to visit! Thank you for making our week’s stay so perfect. We wish you all the best with your next venture.
John and Clare, George and Cecily and Thomas and Alice
Thank you! We have spent a glorious week at The Loft, which feels like a home away from home. You have been fabulous hosts, and your suggestions of places to visit and vineyards to try have been spot on. After ‘confinement’ in Paris for many months, the pool was a joy. We love the garden and it’s shady spots and enjoyed Mack and Mabel’s company. We can see why people return to this wonderful place, and we hope to be one of them very soon. Thank you again for such a lovely stay.
Lisa and Michael
Hi future guest, The couple who own the property have poured so much love into every corner of the beautiful. home that you can feel it when you stay there. The place is so much more cosy and beautifully designed than the pictures give the impression. During our stay we said we wanted to listen to music and asked if there were speakers onsite. Karen and Russell said there wasn't but then went out and bought a pair for us to use! At one point we were cooking and I borrowed some olive oil, curry powder and a chilli pepper. I wanted to get a guitar and they told me where a fabulous music shop was and I ended up purchasing a beautiful guitar. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we felt beyond welcome. The place is a bit like a fairytale place, and they made our stay beyond what we imagined. It is an oasis and a sanctuary and close to many nearby sites such as Rene De Chateau and others. Highly recommend staying here.
Tariq and Channele
With all our heart, thank you so much for creating this beautiful place. You are so special and your attention to detail is truly magical. We could not have chosen a more perfect place to start the New Year. It was meant to be. We can't wait to come back.
Russell and Karen are phenomenal hosts. The whole stay here has been magical. Two of the most helpful and loving people you will meet whose love is felt throughout every inch of the property. STAY HERE!
It seems but a moment since we arrived two weeks ago, but we have had a lovely time. Thank you for your hospitality and wonderful company. What a pity we couldn’t come in June, but we are optimistic about next year. It feels much safer here in France than it does in England - we saw much more of Rieux than we have before, and have had some splendid meals. Our favourite is definitely l’Abbaye de Fontfroide, though Relais de Chantovent comes a close second. Until next June.
Elaine and Chris
Thank you so much for...... everything! You have both been incredible - from your patience over the booking; your reassurances over Covid in France, and the amazing steps you've taken to protect your guests, ( we cannot imagine anyone could do more ), to providing my daughter with a very much appreciated birthday cake ( delicious, by the way ). Always being at the end of the phone and let's not forget the incredible 'Loft' - it is beautiful - calm and relaxing, spotlessly clean. Your attention to detail is excellent. We have all had a wonderful time and return to England feeling refreshed and nurtured.
Arlene, David, Alex and Seb
Merci beaucoup for a wonderful stay at the Loft du Vigneron. Spotlessly clean, beautifully appointed and perfectly situated for visiting Carcassonne and le Gouffre de Cabesprine. We hope to see you again soon. Merci beaucoup et a bientot
Visitors from Paris
Praky, Louis and Oscar join me in thanking you for your warm welcome and hospitality! We spent a very pleasant week in your property - an oasis of tranquility, a real little paradise that has delighted young and old alike! The Loft is fabulous and lacks nothing and you took care of us throughout our stay. Thank you for your availability (especially during my interview!) And for your generosity throughout the week and especially during our improvised aperitif during which we had a great time! We wish you the best in your endeavors and hope to return, who knows soon, to your mansion! Thank you again for everything!
Praky, Louis, Oscar et Constance
After many weeks of uncertainty, our decision to drive down to the Loft du Vigneron has been vindicated by a superb week. Thank you so much for all that you have done to make our week so memorable; especially prior to us leaving the UK. Your e-mails and your flexibility made us have a sense of connection before we had met you both. We have appreciated all the small touches that have made our stay easier - from the notes, welcome pack, advice, booking restaurants, etc. A good life is made up of special memories. Thank you for providing one of ours.
Graham, Sarah, Matthew and James
Thank you for a great stay in the Loft. Your attention to detail from the information provided before our stay to the provisions you provided in the Loft to your availability during our stay have been second to none. Also, the thoughtful and pragmatic precautions you have taken in light of Covid-19 served to put our minds at ease and helped us to thoroughly enjoy our time in this wonderful part of France. Best of luck with the big house!
James, Suzannah, Olivia, Edward and Innes
I loved being here for two weeks and being able to use the pool nearly everyday! I haven’t swum recently so it was a great chance to practice. I enjoyed spending time with you and my family in the sun. I hope I can see you soon.
Love Katy, 9 years and 51 weeks!!
Here we are again! The Loft and it’s setting never loses its WOW! factor; we have had yet another ( fifth ) visit, having enjoyed the garden, pool, local area and not least your wonderful hospitality. Thank you so much - an oasis of calm in the Covid-19 storm! The measures you have taken to protect guests have been executed with your usual discretion and thoroughness, allowing us to truly relax.
A Bientot! Helen, Chris, Katy and Sam xxxx
Thank you for an amazing stay again. I have really enjoyed playing in the garden when it was a lovely day. On one of the days, I even went into the pool when the water was 17 degrees! Sam has become Mack's best friend!
Katy, (age 9¼)
Thank you for another lovely stay in the Loft; a relaxing half-term break for us all. We will look forward to seeing you again for the next one!
Helen, Chris, Katy and Sam
It is just as fabulous here in October as it was in June. The weather was much better than we expected, and we went to a couple of new places. We love the Library and Kitchen in the main house and look forward to seeing it all complete. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and for joining us to share our wedding anniversary lunch at La Cambuse de Saunier. We can't wait for next June, when we will again be back.
Elaine and Chris
What a gorgeous place! You have made a beautiful job of the Loft du Vigneron. It is homely, classy and welcoming, and you have thought of everything! We felt thoroughly pampered and loved every minute of our stay. The Loft will remain as my screensaver for quite some time to come… Can't wait to see the pics of the house. Thank you, thank you, thank you - it was fab!
Fiona, Tom, Tiffany and Bill
Many thanks for your hospitality; we've very much enjoyed our stay at the Loft. You've clearly gone to a lot of effort to ensure that your guests have everything they need for a comfortable stay. We certainly appreciated the supper that you provided for us on the first night - much appreciated after a day of travel. Drinks and nibbles in the garden with you both was also a lovely touch; always on hand, but never imposing. Best of luck with the next chapter of your renovations!
Holly, Eamon, Nicky, Dave, Cameron, Nicola, Rob and Amelia
What a fabulous three weeks we have had staying with you at the Loft again. Thank you again for all your hard work preparing the Loft for our arrival and, of course, for your oh so warm hospitality! So many new memories for us to take home and we are coming to terms with the Boules Trophy making its way to Guernsey this year! Thank you so much for accommodating all the comings and goings of our family and friends again this year. As ever, we have loved spending time with with you and it's great to reflect that visit number four is already booked for 2020. We know we'll be in touch in the meantime.
Sue and Mike
Thank you for another lovely holiday at your beautiful home. I've enjoyed my time here yet again - my third time! Sorry to be leaving you.
It was lovely to come back to another warm welcome at the beautiful Loft - we have had a wonderful time as always!
Mick and Lyn
We thought that the Loft was lovely. We've had a great two weeks in beautiful accommodation. We've enjoyed exploring the region but have left plenty to do to give us a reason to come back. I know the girls will miss Mack and Mabel - we'll keep you posted if we succumb to their requests to get one of our own! Thank you both for your company and warm hospitality.
Philippa, Ian, Eloise and Rosie
We have spent the most wonderful week in the South of France enjoying the local wines and produce. Thank you so much for your many recommendations and of course for providing the Loft. Everything has been thought through to give maximum comfort and relaxation. The only regret is that the holiday didn't last for two weeks!
Jackie, David, Katherine, Joe, Julia and Nigel
A delightful week spent in a beautiful corner of France. We are at least 20Kg heavier! (Shared between four people, in our defence). Extremely comfortable and tasteful accommodation - thank you for the warm welcome.
Catherine, Rob, Sophie and Harry
A superb week spent in the Loft du Vigneron. Thank you Karen and Russell for being wonderful hosts and recommending amazing restaurants and equally great days out. Our 'home' for the week was truly special with so much attention to detail and gorgeous touches.
Caroline, Matthew, Imogen and Mya
We've sadly come to the end of a lovely week here chez Karen et Russell. They have been perfect hosts and have made our stay so memorable. The Loft is beautiful and the wonderful weather was very popular with the girls who loved their time around the pool. We look forward to returning in a few years to see how the magnificent looking maison de maitre comes together.
Tony, Suzanne, Emma and Annabella
We have absolutely loved staying here. It's a stunning place - both inside and out. We enjoyed cooking meals in the excellent kitchen, eating on the terrace and had great times pool-side. This was a memorable holiday for us and our adult children - a very special time together for us all. Thank you both for everything you have done to make this happen. We would so love to come back.
Louise, Paul, Tom, Kate, Michael and Jonny
Thank you for being such welcoming hosts. We have had a thoroughly relaxing week and have loved staying in Loft du Vigneron. Everything is so stylish and spotless. We loved the swimming pool! A little touch of heaven on earth...
Rhian and Michael
Thank you both for a fabulous week. The Loft du Vigneron is superb and so well fitted out. We have never stayed in such a stylish and immaculate property. You were so welcoming and helpful with all your tips and recommendations and we very much enjoyed your company too. We look forward to seeing the 'big house' when it's finished - maybe next time we'll have a suite! All the very best and thank you for a most relaxing holiday.
Andy and Emma
Thanks for a great stay and making us feel so welcome - you were fantastic hosts. The accommodation was spotless and provided for every requirement. We really enjoyed the spaciousness of the Loft and the wonderful gardens, and of course the pool! Hopefully we will see you again in the future!
Andrew, Avril, Kyle and Lyn
New Zealand and Australia
We had all been looking forward to this holiday and nothing disappointed - we have all had a wonderful time and at least we christened the pool! The time has passed so quickly - thank you for your wonderful hospitality, as always. We are looking forward to seeing you again this October.
Elaine, Chris and Fiona
We have been visiting France on a regular basis for very many years. In more recent times we have been searching for a place that we might return to, and return to; a home away from home. We need look no more. The Loft is beautiful and a testament to great care and wonderful taste. The garden is inspirational, Mack and Mabel are a delight and Rieux is just what we had hoped for. Above all we think that we have been fortunate in meeting such kind and wonderful hosts who we now regard as friends. In summary our whole experience has been truly exceptional.
David and Rosemary
Thank you Karen and Russell for giving us the opportunity to stay in such a beautiful place. The Loft du Vigneron is one of the nicest places we have stayed, and we have stayed in many. The warm welcome we received when we arrived was lovely after our tiring journey. It was great to have you show us around, and your welcome pack was more than generous. The facilities here are all 5-Star; the Loft is spacious and airy, and spotlessly clean. The kitchen is fully stocked with utensils and crockery and everything that you need, and more besides. All the ensuite bathrooms are of the highest standard with fluffy towels and pamper products (I want a new bathroom when I go home - I was spoiled here). Karen and Russell, you really know how to look after your guests and spoil them. We can't wait to come back next year for two weeks - one was not enough!
Kathryn and David
We feel very fortunate to have enjoyed our third visit to the lovely Loft du Vigneron! It has been great to see the Minervois region in a different season. As always, we have marvelled at all you are doing next door and can't wait to see the end result. Thank you for your company, generosity and friendship.
Helen, Chris, Katy and Sam
Thank you for letting us stay once again. I wish I could stay longer! I love playing in the garden - it makes me feel really happy because it has lots of space to play in. Sam has really enjoyed roaming around and playing with Mack and Mabel - I have too. Hopefully to see you soon in October and definitely next summer.
Katy, age 8 and 3/4 (nearly!)
Thank you so much for a relaxing week - it was just what we needed! The Loft is truly exceptional and Oscar has loved playing in the garden. Visits to Narbonne, Carcassonne and the Sigean Animal Reserve were great. The highlight for us was the Gouffe de Cabesprine caves - a must see!
Gary, Louise and Oscar
Thank you so much for having us. We have enjoyed every second of it! We were very lucky with the lovely weather. This is one of the most beautiful rental holiday homes we have ever stayed in; everything is so carefully considered. Good luck with the renovations next door.
Gina, Adie, Raffy, Catherine, Harry and Jeannie
The Loft has been an ideal base for a wonderful vacation, and you have been wonderful hosts - thank you so much! We will remember our time here with delight and send you some more American guests! This is a wonderful part of France and we feel very lucky to have been here and at The Loft.
Bitsy and David
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
It was a great pleasure to make your acquaintance. Peter and I had a wonderful time - an unforgettable holiday! Thank you and good luck for the future.
Marianne and Peter
On arrival at the Loft du Vigneron what a wonderful welcome we received, then only to find a delightfully designed, comfortable and well thought out accommodation. Thank you for being such great hosts. We are in awe of what you have achieved so far and wish you every success in completing this wonderful restoration and adventure in a beautiful part of France.
Alan and Maggie
From the warm welcome that we received on arrival, to the thorough introduction into the Loft du Vigneron's facilities - which are considerable - and the wealth of advice on the local area, restaurants and places to visit, Karen and Russell did everything imaginable to ensure that we had a really memorable and relaxing holiday. Naturally, we are very sorry to be leaving this morning, but hope to have the good fortune to return again. Every good wish to you in your new venture, which we're sure will be as successful, if not more, than the Loft.
Martin, Wendy, Nick, Ilona, Chris, Nook and Claribel
Thanks again for your hospitality on our return visit to The Loft - a wonderful place to stay in a wonderful area. Lyn and Mick from Guernsey
Lyn & Mick
And so ends another fabulous two weeks at the Loft du Vigneron. Everything we said in September 2017 remains absolutely appropriate. Karen and Russell, you do such a magnificent job in presenting The Loft - you really are in a league of your own. Please know how much everything you do is so appreciated - it all makes to provide such a fantastic holiday base. How we would love to stay on for another two weeks now - but this will have to wait until next year! We’ve loved spending time with you again - the boules tournament is firmly in the memory bank! Really sorry about the tea, Russell! Case for the defence: salt does look like sugar when you’ve had a drink or two!!! Good luck with the Chambres d’Hotes - it’s looking fabulous.
Mike, Sue and Jan
The Loft is wonderful. Beautiful, elegant and peaceful yet still homely - albeit better furnished than our home. We loved our stay and the fortnight flew by. The gorgeous gardens and pool made for a tranquil holiday and a haven after days out in this lovely area. The extra touches of your welcome pack, first breakfast croissants and drinks in the garden were the icing on a very beautiful cake. Thank you. We look forward to hearing of the success of the main house.
Karen & Richard
We’ve had an absolutely fantastic holiday. Apart from the stunning accommodation, the welcome and the help from Karen and Russell, we’ve also had great weather and lots of places to visit and things to do. Everything about our fortnight has been really enjoyable and will stay memorable.
Janine & Paul
Thank you for another lovely holiday at the Loft - it has been as perfect as we remembered! We wish you every success with the final push with the renovation works - it is destined to look amazing next door too. See you all again soon.
Thank you for letting me have a wonderful time with you, Mack and Mabel. I loved the birthday cake that you made me! The pool is really nice to swim in, and I’ll go with lots of happy memories of my holiday with you! Bye bye! Hopefully see you soon! Love from Katy, aged 8 years and 10 days
Helen, Chris, Katy and Sam
Well, what can we say other than we have had a ball and our 'musicals' night with you both will enter the folklore of the families. Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality, friendship and laughs - what a holiday!
We’ve loved every minute of our holiday. The Loft is superb in every aspect. As hosts we could not have hoped for a more welcoming, friendly and helpful couple - you are amongst the chosen! Thank you so much for helping us have such an amazing holiday.
Rachel, Mark, Harriet, Richard, Marie & Alice
As I suspected when first shown around the Loft, we are going to find it hard to leave. The accommodation is truly first class, and you have been wonderful hosts. Thank you for all your suggestions of places to visit - we all have different highlights, but for Franklin it was the food market in Narbonne. All in all, a perfect holiday! We very much hope to see you (and Mack & Mabel) again.
Christine, Franklin, Elliot, Josie and Matthew
This place is perfect and we wouldn't change a thing! We especially loved your dogs. Russell and Karen are great hosts and super-friendly. Thank you for a brilliant stay at the Loft!
Scott (12) & Aaron (10)
We have been staying here with our grown up children who have not been to this area before, and have loved the house and the area. The weather has been so hot! So we really appreciated the wonderful pool. A great kitchen which we have used extensively and adore having every meal outside. Thank you for your help and your lovely house.
Ian, Sue, Rachel, John, Nicola and Stuart
As anticipated, it was as wonderful as last year and we have all had a splendid time and are sorry to have to leave. Thank you so much for your wonderful Loft and your hospitality. We are all looking forward to our visit again next year.
Elaine, Chris and Fiona
What a wonderful Loft! We love all the furniture; so lovely to have 'proper furnishings' and not sofas with throws! We loved all the 'Maisons du Monde' additions and the kitchen is great to cook in. Wonderful attention to detail, so that you really feel 'at home'. The terrace is fabulous; we loved sitting out there first thing in the morning. Thanks also for all the recommendations for the specialist wine tours - our wine trip was first rate. Your hospitality and company was excellent and we loved the trip to see 'Le Jardin Champetre' nursery - thank you. Also, the pool is so clear and wonderful to swim in.
Carol and Alan
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in the Loft du Vigneron; we have had a wonderfully relaxing and luxurious stay. It’s been lovely staying somewhere with an excellent kitchen and such well-appointed bathrooms. And the beds are exceptionally comfortable. Externally, your garden is absolutely stunning and such a fabulous surprise - we leave inspired! More than anything, it’s been your warmth and generous hospitality which will stay with us.
Mike, Sheila, Sarah and Elliot
What a beautiful ‘home away from home’ you have created here. Thea’s first holiday has been everything we could have wished for and more. Your hospitality and company have been wonderful and matched only by the breathtaking accommodation and gardens. You have thought of everything and we have wanted for nothing and the delicious birthday cake was a particular highlight! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the main house.
Jackie, Tom, Jonathan, Daniel, Abigail and Thea
You have been excellent hosts - helpful but never intrusive. The Loft is a lovely place to stay - stylish, comfortable and very well equipped for a baby. A cool, wet start to the week was more than made up for by Karen’s delicious cake! It has been such a pleasure discovering this corner of France.
Dan, Astrid, Elodie, Tom and Kate
Where do we start……….? You have created something truly magnificent with The Loft, which not only met our expectations, but exceeded them beyond belief. We are endlessly grateful to you for giving us this much-needed week in paradise. You certainly have thought of everything, making our stay even more relaxing and enjoyable. Your hospitality was second to none, matched only by your exquisite style and attention to detail, clearly visible throughout every inch of The Loft. We cannot wait to return.
Rob, Sarah, Richard, Vicky and Freddie
What a lovely holiday we have had. Two great hosts and we have made two lovely friends! We will be back for sure!
Ged and Kim
Great holiday, great accommodation and the most wonderful hosts!
There simply are not enough superlatives to express adequately our admiration and appreciation for all you have achieved in presenting the Loft du Vigneron to your guests. Your phenomenal standards of taste, quality and style are equally matched by your meticulous understanding of your holiday guests’ practical needs during their stay.
We have experienced self-catering holidays in many areas of France for some four decades and, without doubt, you are in a premier league of your own! The warmth of your welcome and hospitality have all combined to create for us a truly wonderful holiday and Minervois experience. Fabulously ‘well done’ to both of you - and ‘thank you!’ We have just enjoyed one of our best holidays ever and your outstanding charm and conviviality have contributed so much. It has been a sheer joy to benefit from your absolute professionalism in every way. We wish you all the very best with your chambres d’hotes project for 2018. How we would both love to return and - 'deo volente' - we will soon!
Sue and Mike
I can only agree wholeheartedly with what Sue and Mike have written. You have a lovely home and I have really enjoyed my stay here. The weather could have been better but you more than made up for it with your company. Thank you so much and good luck for the future. Hopefully I will be back to listen to more of Russell’s stories!
What a fantastic holiday we have had! Every aspect has been superb. We both agree (and that’s unusual!) that this is the best accommodation we have ever stayed in. The attention to detail is superb and your warmth and hospitality has been much appreciated. We shall look forward to a return visit.
Dominic & Julia
THE LOFT!!! - Undoubtedly the best accommodation we have ever stayed at in France. A great concept realised in every detail. Wonderful hospitality on our arrival and throughout our stay. Your new B&B concept is beyond our imagination and will be utterly unique on completion. We wish you all the very best of luck and sincerely hope that we will be able to enjoy it sometime in the future. It was a delight to meet you both. Our very best wishes.
Carole and Peter
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. You have thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and luxurious.. Thank you so much for the welcome drinks and nibbles, and your lovely surprise celebration cake and bubbly - you are excellent hosts!
Lyn and Mick
We have had a fantastic stay in Rieux-Minervois thanks to your kind and generous hospitality! The Loft is beautiful and filled with everything we needed to have a comfortable and relaxing holiday. The kitchen felt modern and easy to cook in; the beds were extremely comfortable and the pool and garden were splendidly kept. Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful property. It was so comfortable and relaxing, with enough space for peace whenever we needed it.
Rachel, Graham, Kate, Tom, Morgan and Carys
Thank you for a fabulous two weeks at the Loft! The house is lovely and has been fitted out with everything we needed for our stay. The kitchen was a dream to cook in and the bathrooms were like staying in a 5* hotel! However, our stay was made truly complete by your wonderful warm hospitality. It would not have been the same without your superb hosting skills!
Lastly, thank you for letting the girls play with Mack & Mabel - it was definitely a high on the list of things they are going to miss after leaving the Loft. You’ve even cured their fear of dogs! All the best for the rest of your plans for the property!
Joshua, Denise, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Marissa and Alice
The house / Loft is absolutely DIVINE - the whole family could actually live here! We’ve had a fantastic time in the pool swimming. Mack & Mabel are SOOOOO cute. We’re going to miss France and especially the house and garden along with the four of you. I hope that other people choose to stay here and that you have a lifetime of happiness because a couple like you deserve a round of applause and a trophy!
From Elizabeth xx (11)
Thank you very much for letting us stay in the wonderful house that you own. The pool is very relaxing and Mack & Mabel are the cutest dogs I have ever seen.
Charlotte (8). Marissa (5)
What a wonderful stay we have had and what a special part of France! Olonzac market on a Tuesday was a real highlight. Kayaking at Puicheric was so much fun and the water was crystal clear for swimming. Narbonne and the market was quite a spectacle - such a fun and varied trip. Thank you for all the tips and for lending us your beautiful Loft.
Caroline, Bart, Ferdie & William Borchardt
It is difficult to put into words how special our stay has been. Everything about the Loft is first class and we are going to miss it dearly. On top of that, all your little touches have been incredibly helpful and generous.
Above all though, you have been the most warm, considerate and welcoming hosts - you really could not have done anything else to help us. Having travelled extensively we definitely rate you as the best!!!
Of course, we have loved exploring the area, including a wonderful trip to the Pyrenees, and we are very keen to get to know it better. Finally, the last word goes to Mack and Mabel - they are adorable and we have enjoyed sneaking down for cuddles.
Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.
Liz, Bob, Clare, James & Samuel
Thank you so much for the most restful and enjoyable holiday we have had in ages!
Everything was made so easy for us - the Loft is fitted out perfectly with so many additional little touches that we wanted for nothing. We particularly enjoyed the barbecue, the fantastic coffee machine (we’re buying one when we get home!) and having breakfast and dinner on the amazing terrace.
We had a good look round the local area and were particularly grateful for all your tips and recommendations. You have both been the most wonderful hosts and we have really enjoyed getting to know you over a glass of something cold!
Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Will, Victoria, Alexander and Ellie
We have spent a wonderful week at the Loft du Vigneron. It has been an ideal base to tour from to see some most interesting places steeped in history. We enjoyed returning to the comfort of the Loft each evening - a true home away from home, equipped with everything we could want - and more!
The Loft is beautifully appointed and extremely comfortable. As a bonus, it has great lighting, a rarity in so many holiday rental properties. Good luck with the renovations. Maybe we can return some day and experience staying in the new rooms.
Claire & Frank Vitale
Thank you very much for making our holiday such a pleasant experience. The Loft is a lovely property in a fine part of France.
Tom and Ed
We have had a truly marvellous time - it has all gone so quickly. We really enjoyed your company and your beautiful property. Very much looking forward to returning this time next year.
Elaine, Chris and Fiona
You have created a fantastic holiday home which we have enjoyed staying in very much. Thank you for your warm welcome, generous hospitality and advice about what to visit / where to eat in the Minervois region; it has been greatly appreciated. We wish you all the very best for your exciting future plans and hope to be back in the next few years.
Thank you for letting me play with your lovely dogs, Mack and Mabel. I will miss them very much. Love from Katy xxxx age 6-3/4
Helen, Chris, Katy & Samuel Pearman
Thank you for being such wonderful hosts and for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable. Your Loft is superb - the best rental property we have stayed in complete with an excellent and safe swimming pool and large garden, which it was very nice to play hide and seek in. Everything was beautifully laid out with amazing attention to detail and very well equipped. We have had a great two weeks here.
With best wishes,
Andy, Nasreen, Robert & Philip Wardlaw.
You have been the best hosts ever!!! Thank you for your hospitality and the clean, huge house, the cool and refreshing pool as well as the big garden. Thank you so much.
Robert Wardlaw (aged 9)
Undoubtedly the most beautiful place we have stayed in. Your attention to detail is superb. Thank you for being such wonderful hosts - our stay has been amazing.
Thank you very much for letting us stay in your wonderful house. Also, the swimming pool is nice and refreshing after a hot day out. Your house is extremely nice and so is your huge garden. I hope that many more lucky people stay in your home. PS - your dogs are soooo cute!
Angel Ellis (aged 12)
Un Paradis au milieu d’un monde brut!
Everything exceeded our expectations. It was wonderful to meet you both. You have done a wonderful job redeveloping the Loft and there is everything one could possibly wish for. We cannot wait to return. Good luck with the next project and a giant thank you!
Tad & Judi
Fabulous! Amazing! Wonderful! We had a wonderful week! The view from the terrace only enhanced the local wines! We will be waiting to see your next project finished - it will deserve another visit
We have had the most delightful holiday! It began with your friendly and welcoming e-mails well before we got here! We have self-catered across Europe in some pretty good places but none quite so lovely as ‘The Loft’. The way you prepared it for our arrival, and your warm and generous welcome was simply stunning!
We have since enjoyed the quality and comfort of this ‘home from home’, and your thoughtful attention to all those little details that have made our stay so very special. Our celebration ‘bubbly’ and delicious cake was a complete surprise and a real treat.
We have wondered how it has taken us quite so long to discover the Languedoc! From our all too brief stay we have seen some of the most beautiful countryside, enjoyed the wines and food and visited some of the prettiest towns and villages (many thanks for the suggestion of the Sunday market at St. Chinian - what a delight!).
We have no doubt that we’ll be back and thank you again so much for making us feel so welcome.
Richard & Michelle Bagnall
First things first - Karen, Russell and the girls (Mack & Mabel) are wonderful hosts. Warm, friendly, thoughtful and yet discreet. They love what they’re doing and it shows as nothing is too much trouble. Their enthusiasm for their ventures (current and future) is infectious.
Secondly is the ‘Loft du Vigneron’ - a fabulous property offering everything - and more - that you could hope for. Karen and Russell’s sense of style has been imprinted on it and their attention to detail has left nothing wanting. Every comfort has been considered from the fabulous welcoming pack to ‘The White Company’ range of toiletries. The terrace was our favourite place with the sun streaming through the roof and the warm breeze cooling us down.
Rieux-Minervois is a typical French village and perfectly situated to explore the entire Minervois region from Carcassonne in the west, east to the Mediterranean, and all the lovely historical villages north and south.
In conclusion, we had a fabulous stay in a wonderful property with the perfect hosts - highly recommended without hesitation. Our very best wishes for every success in you new venture. Love from us all.
Chris, Anne-Marie & Dave and Anne and Kev
"Magical times! You spoiled us so! Every detail was taken care of for us - even Mack and Mabel were a warming touch for us. I will miss the terrace more than you know, so hope to return soon. I want to hear about your progress for your next project. Thank you" - Pigeon.
Pennsylvania, USA and Paris
Thank you so much for your hospitality this last week. Staying at the Loft du Vigneron is more a 5-star hotel experience than a typical rental property! We loved sitting out on the terrace at all times of the day and there were so many little touches that made staying here such a pleasure.
You are great hosts - discrete yet friendly and so helpful when required. As for activities in the area, we particularly enjoyed Lastours and the Friday night pop-up tapas bar at the Chateau. All the best for your new venture - we’re sure it will be a great success!
Tunbridge Wells, UK
“AMAZING! Our stay at the Loft has been our best since we started visiting this area five years ago. Relaxed, very comfortable, well equipped and spacious - it is the perfect place to return to after a day out or even from just around the corner by the pool!
Karen and Russell have been a revelation in the way that they host their property. Right from our wine on arrival to booking a restaurant for us - nothing was a problem or too much trouble for them and the informative e-mails before we arrived were very handy and well-timed.
They are a gem! As is their Loft and as their next venture will be. We just need another week here!
Canvey Island, UK
Thank you so much for making our holiday such a comfortable one. This house is so cosy and well-equipped, especially the kitchen! Our boys loved the wooden die and boules.
We have used Pure France for 5 years now and this has been by far the best holiday home!
We particularly appreciated the discrete, yet available presence of the owners and the e-mails were definitely very helpful with information on which places to visit.
There aren’t enough words to describe how much of a great time we have had. The Loft was amazing and we can’t wait to come back in 2017. Karen and Russell are just the perfect hosts.
See you next year.
Joy & Peter
We have had a fantastic stay in this fabulous property and wanted to say how much we loved The Loft! It was everything we had expected and more; it is fantastically equipped and we wanted for nothing. Karen & Russell are excellent hosts and we hope to stay here again in the future.
Thank you once again for your hospitality and for the lovely birthday cake and wine. Wishing you a fabulous season and success in your plans for the property and grounds
Lorna, Duncan, Kenny & Ann
We can’t wait to return. Russell & Karen are perfect hosts and the Loft is amazing. We can’t imagine how your next project will look, we shall have to come back and see for ourselves.
Languedoc is so beautiful and we have only scratched the surface. The Loft is the perfect place to stay and venture out from, returning to its calm and tranquil environment - just perfect.
One week was certainly not enough and we both hope very much to return soon and we wish you all the best
Howard & Elizabeth
If / when we return to continue exploring this lovely area of France, we would hope to be able to stay in 'The Loft’. Russell & Karen have been very welcoming and helpful, but unobtrusive and nothing seems too much trouble. Perfect hosts! Sad to be leaving after only a week.
Pete & Jan
We have stayed in some lovely properties in France, but this has to be the very best. We appreciated everything you both so generously provided to make our stay so very comfortable.
Right from the moment we arrived we felt welcome.
We enjoyed our visits to Carcassonne, Narbonne and Minerve, and our boat trip on the Canal du Midi from Capestang and our trip to the Abbeye de Fontfroide. We had a superb meal in Restaurant d’Alibert in Caunes Minervois.
Thank you so much for everything. We have had such a lovely fortnight and will miss this haven of beauty, peace and comfort for quite sometime. We hope to visit again - it sure is tough to leave here.
Jackie, John, Phil, Jeff and Sarah
Many thanks for a wonderful stay here in Rieux-Minervois. From your welcoming and informative e-mails prior to our arrival and a most generous arrival meal (due to it being a Sunday!) we were truly made to feel reassured and wholly welcome - thank you.
We enjoyed some lovely days out from the beach in Narbonne to markets in Olonzac and Carcassonne. We particularly enjoyed Minerve for the breathtaking scenery too. Our Son’s favourite haunt was le Lac de Larayere. A week’s stay has gone all too quickly for us and sadly we make our way home to the rain, no doubt!
Once again, many, many thanks to you both for your hospitality here. We eased straight into our holiday due to your kindness with baby equipment.
Nicola, Paul, Ross & Toby
Wow, what a huge privilege to be the first entry into what we know will become a book full of compliments, acclaim and thanks to a very special couple who are creating a very special place.
The house and gardens are an amazing reflection of the style and care and attention to detail that Russell and Karen are putting into what we know will become one of Languedoc’s gems. Their un-intrusive but ‘nothing is too much trouble’ nature brings a relaxed and caring environment. The Loft is a lovely haven to relax in and contemplate the beautiful world around you. We look forward to returning and wish you all the very best.
Julia, Jon & Ben
Arrive in April 2023 or on 6 May 2023 and enjoy a bottle of fizz every day of the week!
Seven bottles of bubbly comprising six local and regional Cremants and a bottle of Champagne to top them off!
Fly locally to Carcassonne, Beziers or Perpignan and you’ll be opening your bubbly sooner than you think!