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La Vieille Grange : About Us …

"Refreshingly professional approach to booking and confirmations"   (feedback from guests - for more click here)

This site isn't supposed to be an ego trip, but here's a (very) little bit about us. At least you can decide if you want to hire a gite off such a pair of no-goods !

We're Martin and Chris. We bought the house in France as a holiday home and “bolt hole” in 1997, at a time when we were beginning to think there must be more to life than work and money (for those fortunate to have them !), getting up at 5.30am, getting home at 9.00pm and falling asleep in front of the telly by 10.00pm ! 

Martin was a child protection social worker, Chris a health service manager and after years of moving about chasing jobs around the UK, we decided we wanted to have some control over when and how we were to "escape the rat race" - whilst still in our 40s !

The right time came in early 2001 when we both left our jobs and moved out to France in the May - to rediscover the things in life that really matter - and just in time to celebrate the following year our 20th anniversary of being together !

We now live between the UK and France, spending as much of the Summer as we can at our French home - and there is always at least one of us at the property whenever we have guests in the gite. We feel we now have the best of both worlds !

You can be assured of a professional & reliable approach : we have been letting properties in the UK for over 20 years, and properties in France for over 16 years !

To see the feature about us in Living France (April 2013) click here.

.To see our sponsored charities click here.

... and how could we not mention the new addition of July 2018 : "Ziggy” (with Stardust in his eyes …), a poil dur, nain Teckel (a mid sized, wiry haired Daschund in English !). If you like dogs, you're welcome to play with him (for as long as your energy lasts !). But if you're not mad on dogs, don't worry : he's got his own garden so he won't hassle you

Hello !

Martin and Chris Keanu

Quality & reliability assured :

We have been successfully letting accommodation in the UK for over 20 years and in France for 16 years - with on average 50% of bookings being from returning guests !!

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For your added peace of mind, you can find our French (gite) address on our Booking Form

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… but never forgetting his predecessor “Keanu” … who sadly died June 2018 … at the decent age of 14yrs … (although still quite young for a daschund …)

He was a para-lympic dog : never let his disability (dodgy leg) stop him from creating mayhem (& love) wherever he went !