Some comments we’ve received from Le Raby guests

We only opened in 2018 but here are some reviews we have received so far from happy guests that have stayed here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Le Raby.

Dear Diane & Ian

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Le Raby.  We’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  You’ve a great set up here and the extra efforts you go to both ahead of time and while we’ve been here has much been appreciated.

Excellent recommendations of things to do and places to eat and we really enjoyed the Cognac tasting evening.

All the best 

Laura & Joe – August 2021

Thank you both so much for sharing this beautiful place with us.  We’ve enjoyed so much just being able to switch off and relax.  I don’t think we’ve ever stayed anywhere so neat and with such an incredible array of advice and recommendations to help us make the most of our stay.  I’ve loved being able to be up & out early running around the village, watching the farmers tending their vines in the cool.

This is definitely somewhere we’d recommend.

Thank you so much

Cath & Nick – August 2021


What you have here at Le Raby is nothing short of spectacular!  And what you both offer in terms of accommodation and hospitality is nothing short of perfection!  We have enjoyed every moment: relaxing, exploring, eating, drinking, cycling (Daren only), playing chess, petanque and more.  Thank you so much for bringing much needed brightness to 2020 – we will see you again!

Helen & Daren – Manchester – August 2020

Dear Diane & Ian – thank you for letting us stay in your amazing gite.  They have been renovated to an exceptional standard with every need catered for.  It has been great to explore a side of the Charente we have not been to before and your ‘tips’ of where to go have been useful.  We must thank you for such a memorable evening of a fascinating and detailed insight into Cognac production and allowing us to put a dent in your impressive cognac collection.  A wonderful week – we hope to meet you again.

Jan, Chris, Maya & Kaylan – Surrey – August 2020


A wonderful Gite, tastefully and thoughtfully designed, in a beautifully restored historic building. The Gites are set within sunflower and cognac fields, on the edge of a forest. It is like something from a fairytale and a great spot for a relaxing break or to be used as a base to explore a wide range of towns and attractions close by in all directions. Glorious weather too, and EXCELLENT places to eat close by! Would thoroughly recommend!

Peter Gordon – July 2020


What a very beautiful place to stay, the gites a very well decorated and very clean. A very peaceful and quiet area. The perfect place to relax and explore the area.

Thank you for your hospitality and good care Diane and Ian.

Marcel – July 2020


Geoff, Lois and I wanted to drop you a line to say, having stayed in three Gites over the summer yours stood out a country mile. Not just the quality of the Gite but the way you managed it.
We really enjoyed our stay and just wanted to say carry on doing what you are doing because you are doing it really well.
Hopefully we too will one day run a Gite business as well at you are.
Thank you again and have a lovely restful autumn.
Best Wishes
Jo, Geoff and Loïs – September 2019

Just returned from a fabulous and totally relaxing week at Le Raby – what an amazing place! Totally quiet and peaceful but many places of interest to visit just a few kilometers away. The gites have been lovingly restored to a very high spec and are fully equipped with every comfort. Diane and Ian are such welcoming and accommodating hosts who clearly love their home and the gorgeous accommodation they have created. For anyone who longs for rest and relaxation this is heaven!

Sandra – June 2019

Just spent an amazing week in these beautiful Gites. They have been recently renovated to an outstanding standard in a wonderful rural location amid the vineyards. We have really enjoyed the French culture of eating meals at lunchtimes and exploiting the amazing value and quality of the menus of the day at local restaurants followed by local wine and cheese back at our Gite. Everything in the Gite is of a really high standard and they have thought of everything including organic shampoo and shower gel, luxurious towels, bedding and pool towels, all kitchen equipment and crockery in excellent condition. Diane and Ian are wonderful hosts, with loads of ideas and local knowledge. We have been floating down the river, cycling on the Ile de Re, cognac tasting, walking alongside the eating and drinking. You do need a car due to the rural location. Can’t think of anything that could improve this holiday.

Janet P – May 2019


Le Raby Gites
After a wonderful stay at Le Raby Gites, just a few words about this tranquil holiday destination. Le Raby nestled in what appears to be fields of grapevines, although secluded having a bonus of being child and pet free, however on the other hand there is plenty to do in easy access from the Gites. Ian and Diane were excellent hosts only helping if it was required. The quality of the Gites were character filled with a modern twist. Overall an excellent holiday destination. 10/10 for friendliness, scenery and the quality of the individual Gites.

John and Karen Barnard Castle


A fantastic place for a relaxing digital detox.
The whole experience in 5 star in the truest sense. The surrounding are amazing and the attention to detail in the gites is second to none.
Diane and Ian are the perfect hosts.

Corinne W – September 2018

My family and I stayed in “Le Chai” at Le Raby for a week during August. Everyone loved the gite and the location. The gite was beautiful, stylish, immaculate and most suitable for all our needs. There is a huge amount of space in the court yard with the most perfect spots to sit in the sun or shade, swim in the swimming pool or play games. Although the gites are “away from it all”, just a short drive away you’ll find many places to visit and activities to do. Diane & Ian – the owners of the gite were very helpful with loads of advise but not intrusive and made us feel most welcome. Altogether a very restful holiday in a beautiful part of France. We cannot recommend Le Raby highly enough. It’s a real gem!

Pauline Gilchrist – August 2018

What a place. Never been so relaxed in all my life. Excellent facility’s we had everything and more. Beautiful views and local towns to explore. Diane and Ian where so helpful and welcoming. I will be back.

Lucy Urquhart – August 2018 

Fabulous quiet location but within easy reach of shopping, restaurants and places of interest. Also amazing local wildlife. Top quality accommodation inside and out. A very comfortable bed and a very well equipped gite. Special welcome pack with quality products. Fabulous pool area cleaned and maintained daily. Owners are available and very helpful without being intrusive. We will happily stay again.

Jocelyn Craven-Wilkinson July 2018 

Le Raby was the perfect place for a long weekend of relaxation, rosé and sunshine. The gite was beautiful, immaculate and comfortable – Diane and Ian could not have been more welcoming, hospitable and a pleasure to deal with. I can’t wait to come back!

Kate G.

What a blissful place, away from it all! Beautifully restored gites with an amazing attention to detail. Immaculate, stylish and comfortable. And Diane and Ian were the perfect hosts – friendly, accommodating and discrete. Thank you so much.

Catherine W.

We have just spent a blissful few days at Le Raby and cannot recommend enough! Diane & Ian are such welcoming hosts and have thought of everything to make your stay easy! Feeling very relaxed and recharged after an idyllic weekend! We’ll definitely be back!

Christina L.

I have been fortunate to be a guest in one of the wonderful gites at ‘Le Raby’. Situated in the rolling hills near the beautiful town of Cognac in the Charente area of France, Le Raby is a beautiful property surrounded by vineyards on three sides and a wonderful ancient forest on the other. The property has a heated swimming pool situated in a beautiful courtyard at the rear which encompasses the 4 gites. The historic buildings are constructed of honey-coloured stone with all the wonderful traditional touches that makes them uniquely French.

On the inside of my apartment there was comfort and luxury. It was beautifully designed with a balcony bedroom overlooking the lounge with its large traditional Charentaise fireplace all  built in the beautiful honey-coloured stone. It was equipped with a fully stocked kitchen. The bathroom was sumptuous with the best shower I have ever encountered anywhere in France. While there I went to nearby Angoulême for the fabulous Circuit des Remparts classic car motor races and I enjoyed the  local restaurants and bars. The property is beautiful, tranquil and the owners friendly and accommodating.

Jim – UK

We stayed for a week at le Raby and found it totally relaxing with excellent self-catering facilities. We enjoyed some cycling and visited a number of picturesque local villages plus first class restaurants. Le Raby is only a few kilometres from Cognac and this is reflected in a number of vineyards some of which you can buy locally produced wine from. In addition to this we thoroughly enjoyed a visit to one of the many famous Cognac distilleries. The hosts, Diane and Ian, are very helpful but not intrusive and we found their local knowledge to be excellent whether it was for food shopping or for recreational purposes.

Janet and Jonathan – UK

Thank you to our excellent hosts, Diane and Ian, who made our stay a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience. We were made to feel most welcome and they did everything possible to make us comfortable. The accommodation was excellent and with some really helpful tips and advice from Diane and Ian, we experienced some of the best local restaurants and of course wines. Lovely accommodation, with great hosts set in a beautiful area, we could not have wished for anything better. We are now looking forward to returning for more exploring and wine tasting! Thank you for making our stay so perfect.

Trev and Janet – UK