Little Extras

About your hosts

Paul and I dreamt of relocating to France so we left our careers in advertising and finance in Edinburgh, hired a motorhome and set out to travel around the country until we found the perfect location.

And we found La Blatière…

We loved the idyllic rural setting, the charm of the stables and farmhouse and the overall sunny climate. Its location close to everything this wonderful region has to offer made it the perfect place for us to invite guests to.

Since making it our home, it’s lived up to all we hoped it would be and the warmth and friendliness of the local people has been so touching. We look forward to welcoming you to La Blatière too…

Lesley & Paul

Shopping basket service

Get your holiday started sooner with our shopping service. 

For a small fee, we are happy to provide food and drink provisions for your arrival. Once you’ve booked your stay, please email Lesley at 48 hours before your holiday with your shopping list – whether you require provisions for the first day, or a full week’s shop. 

We’ll ensure your groceries are unpacked and waiting for you when you arrive at your holiday Gite.

Fitness training and swim coaching

If you’d like to combine relaxing and sightseeing with the opportunity to improve or maintain your fitness, why not book a couple of fitness training sessions?

Paul is a fully qualified Level 3 Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer. He can create bespoke 1 hour sessions utilizing weight, circuit and resistance exercises, to help you feel great and work off any holiday overindulgence!

He is also a qualified swim coach and can help you improve your freestyle swimming strokes and technique. Sessions will take place in La Blatière’s covered pool.

The cost is £20 per session – to book or discuss your needs before your arrival, please email Paul at or add sessions when you book through this website.

“Paul has been a fantastic partner to have in my personal and fitness development. He’s enormously friendly, professional and creates a fun and productive atmosphere during a session. We’ve been achieving the goals we set and I highly recommend Paul as a Personal Trainer/Coach.” Ram Varadarajan