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Visitor Testimonials

A little slice of heaven

I am just home from the most perfect weekend at Le Pignoulet. The house itself is stunning; beautifully and sympathetically renovated, spacious and comfortable with many places to gather together with friends and family, or seek out a quiet corner to curl up and read a book.

Our hosts Susie and James are one of the most warm and generous couples I have ever had the pleasure to meet. We were instantly made to feel at home and welcome, and nothing was too much trouble. The array of delicious meals they cooked for us was superb, with fresh local produce making every meal burst with flavour.

I can’t wait to return next June with a group of my Pilates clients so that I can share this little slice of heaven with them. I’m sure that like me, they will fall in love with Le Pignoulet!

Thank you Susie and James for a truly wonderful weekend xx

Suzanne Rogers

Wonderful hosts; warm, passionate & fun

Wonderful hosts; warm, passionate and fun.

James and Susie made us feel so welcome, they treated us like friends staying over for the weekend.

The building has been lovingly and expertly updated, which means that the facilities are as you would have in your own home.

What shines through is the love and passion that James and Susie have for their project here at Pignoulet. They are clearly a couple who take pleasure in doing things and doing them well.

I had a lovely weekend at the teacher’s retreat and I am
looking forward to coming back soon.

Beverley Kotey

The perfect hosts

What a weekend! Susie and James welcomed me with a group of friends last week and I have to say it was the most relaxing weekend I have had in a very long time. It felt like arriving home after a busy, stressful day at work and just leaving our worries behind. The house is set in a lovely, quiet area and the facilities there are outstanding: beautiful pool, spacious, clean bedrooms, quirky Pilates studio, lots of space to sit and relax. The food was better than anything I’d expected, and catered for all the dietary requirements in our party, seamlessly. I am about to put down a deposit for next year and I cannot wait to be back! Thanks James and Susie for being the perfect hosts.

Mel Knibb

This was my second visit

This was my second visit for a weekend of Pilates. I hadn’t thought it possible to better my first visit but how wrong can you be!! It was a weekend of fun, friendship, wonderful food (and wine!) – and lots of Pilates!
We started the weekend knowing only one or two others in the group but ended as a group of long term friends – Susie and James and Pignoulet have that effect on you.
I am so looking forward to returning for retreats 3 and 4 next year!!!

Miriam Rose

Roll on next year

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from my weekend and was pleasantly blown away at every element.
The rooms are spacious and clean, and the beds were super comfy beds. We didn’t spend very much time in our rooms, but had a lovely view when we did. The night sky is just stunning!
The food was incredible, and with multiple allergies to cater for, Susie and James really were up against it. Far from underwhelming “free from” processed nonsense, they put some serious effort into ensuring our party of 10 ate together in an inclusive way, which is really important to people who feel excluded everywhere they eat. The local wines are delectable, and don’t give you a hangover the next day!
We had brilliant weather for September, and were able to spend a few hours by the pool each day, which was amazing considering it had started getting chilly back home in the UK.
The pilates classes were the bonus for me, and although I’ve not done pilates for many years, I really enjoyed them. Susie’s teaching skills are phenomenal, and it’s made me want to continue practising locally. Coming home with sore abs felt like a rite of passage.
I cannot thank Susie and James enough for their hospitality, and I shall be recommending Pignoulet to every single person I know. Roll on our retreat next year 🙂

Renee Davis

I can’t wait to go back!

I’m not sure that words can describe this place and the wonderful people who run it.

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome…from welcome drinks, to a tour of the house and a wonderful lunch. Nothing was too much trouble; indeed I’ve never met such kind, gentle, accommodating, friendly hosts. And I’ve travelled a lot.

Our group wasn’t the easiest to cater for. There were multiple food allergies, coeliacs and vegans and we were all fed with gorgeous food and never once made to feel different or awkward.

As a mum to a child with coeliac disease I never get a break from planning or making food. The weekend was proper relaxation. Never once did I think about food and I was able to truly relax for the first time in over a decade.

The Pilates classes were fantastic…adapted seamlessly for both total beginners and advanced alike.

If you want complete relaxation whether that be with a group of friends and family with no ‘extras’ or as part of a retreat where your every need is catered for, then this is the place.

I can’t wait to go back!

Vicki Montague

What an incredible retreat

What an incredible retreat. Visiting for a long pilates weekend with a group of friends, Suzie and James welcomed us into their home from the moment we drove through the gates. I can honestly say that I haven’t felt as calm and relaxed in years.
Suzie’s pilates sessions were perfectly paced for the wide range of abilities in our group and easy to follow, with plenty of attentive guidance when we needed it. Best of all, the pilates studio was set in an open barn area, surrounded by the sounds of nature and fresh air. Truly special.
The house itself is a delight, with loads of character, comfortable bedrooms, large pool and pretty gardens. Set in beautiful countryside, close to the Pyrenees, Domaine du Pignoulet is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area.
Staying full board, we were treated to incredible fresh, home-prepared food, with a whole range of allergies and intolerances in our group being catered for without fuss. Being Coeliac, it was a treat to be looked after with wonderful meals without worry. The flourless Orange Cake and Cacao energy bites were divine!
A couple of days on and I am still reaping the benefits of the relaxation experienced. I feel privileged to have stayed in such a lovely place with such amazing people. Thank you so much Suzie and James for making our break with you so special. I truly hope that I will be back soon.
(September 2018)

Kate Dowse

Amazing long weekend

Had the most amazing long weekend thoroughly spoilt by Susie and James. Pilates sessions couldn’t have had a better setting in the barn watching the sun rise in the morning. Every session was different and I still cant believe we did a whole 8 hours over the 3 days. The food was just beautiful…and so was the wine!
We already have a date booked for next year, cant wait xx

kate hudson

Thoughtful touches

I have never entered a holiday let and received such a warm welcome in my life. From the very moment we drove through the gates Susie and James welcomed us with open arms to their beautiful home. The property is stunning, the bedrooms comfortable and the bathrooms spacious and spotless. Thoughtful touches, like mosquito plug ins and UK adaptors had been left in the bedroom for us. The garden is very pretty and the swimming pool most welcome on a hot day.
The local area is very pretty, with tiny French villages, local markets, old churches and sunflower fields galore.
We were there for a pilates retreat and Susie is a fantastic teacher, coping with a mixed-ability group seemingly without effort. Waking up to a morning pilates session with the sounds of the farm animals waking up, and the sun peeking over the horizon is priceless.
And I haven’t even got to the food yet! Susie and James coped with multiple dietary requirements during our stay and did a truly wonderful job of feeding us all. I can’t wait to go back. September 2018

Mandy Mazliah

Millennials’ weekend

The only thing that could top your fantastic food, gorgeous house and brilliant Pilates sessions was the warmth of your hosting!  September 2018 

Will Oster

See you again next year

Where do I start? The location and house far exceeded my expectations, the food was delicious, I was catered for without hitch and made to feel no dietary need was a problem. Susie and James’ hospitality was flawless and I felt as though their home was my home. It was difficult to tear myself away, both from the retreat, the tranquillity and two wonderful people. Thank you so much Susie and James, see you again next year. September 2018 

Rebecca Smith

A warm welcome

Domaine du Pignoulet is a true family home with a warm welcome waiting from James and Susie.Our promised Pilates sessions,  were wonderfully delivered by Susie in her own innovative, creative and informative style, we left each class feeling stretched, tired and yet totally invigorated. The beautiful pilates studio with its tranquil outlook leaves you feeling relaxed and at peace with the world. The big surprise, was each amazing healthy gourmet meal prepared and served by our hosts. The food alone would call me back. September 2018

Hilary Martin

A truly amazing place

A truly amazing place made unforgettable by the brilliant hosts. Thank you both for everything, we will definitely be back soon! 29/08/18

Real men do Pilates at Pignoulet retreats!

Jamie Clements

We loved this house! We stayed here with friends and family and lived it. The setting is stunning and sitting outside to eat on a warm evening with family and friends has got to be one of the nicest things ever. Lots of local activities including tennis and wake boarding which we all loved. A great local food market and a man with a van of delicious cheeses turned up mid-week. the pool is lovely, the house is well equipped – all in all we loved it!

Marihelen Esam

Great property in a great area of France. Home from Home. Really well restored property that you wish was yours! The food was excellent and the local restaurant we visited was French cooking at its best. Great place. Fantastic holiday.

Nick Collison

My husband and I had a fabulous long weekend staying in this super property. Even with the winter weather being horrible we lit the fires and enjoyed eating local produce and drinking fine wine while soaking up the atmosphere. We would love to go back with our large family in the summer.

Gillian Smith

We highly recommend

We loved our visit – the house is huge and stylish with high ceilings and large shuttered windows opening onto country views. There’s loads of entertaining space and garden for the children to run around in, along with a wonderful swimming pool. It’s a perfect house for a large house party. You can go walking and cycling nearby and visit local historic towns for shopping, restaurants and wine buying. We highly recommend!

Lucy Eggleton

Food relentlessly delicious

I wanted to say a massive thank you for hosting five of the most fantastically relaxing, celebratory and French days I have ever experienced. The house is gorgeous and the food was relentlessly delicious. Thank you so much for such an epic five days.

James Townsend

Restaurant worthy food…

The food we ate was consistently restaurant worthy, truly delicious and so varied. I can only imagine the amount of thought, preparation and effort you put in. I really will never forget those 5 days.

Ric Coducci-Pisanelli

Une maison pleine de charme

Super semaine en famille dans cette maison spacieuse et confortable. la maison paisible et pleine de charme est vraiment idéale pour accueillir une grande famille où parents et enfants préservant leur intimité. Nous avons apprécié l’espace des chambres, le confort des salles de bains, la grande cuisine et la lingerie, le grand pré où nous déjeunons tous les jours. Les salons confortables nous ont permis de faire des parties de loup garou endiabées… et la piscine, un régal!!!

Micheline Grehal

 I will never forget the experience and the work that 2 people put in behind the scenes to make sure everyone has the fantastic memories they do.

Harry Dixon

Beautiful and charming

Everything was so special – the people, the food, the house and the exquisite surrounding French countryside in which it was all set. Your house is so beautiful and charming; I can understand why it is so loved by your family and so full of amazing memories.

Claudia Beith

Such a wonderful retreat

Yoga Retreat 3 | Domaine du Pignoulet, Gascony, France

I only knew you Susie before Monday, but I felt among a whole group of friends within minutes. You have created such a wonderful retreat – calm, peaceful, yet demanding and challenging. And the food……Thank you for giving me this chance to find things I thought lost. September 2017

Miriam Rose

A little piece of heaven

A little piece of heaven! Thanks so much for the restorative nature of this wonderful retreat.

Sue Boyles

Yoga, Pilates, great food, wonderful location

A fabulous concept and combination – yoga, Pilates, great food, wonderful location and super company. Thank you Susie and Kim for your talent, patience, attitude to life and kindness.

Cath Gunn 

I have been physically challenged, spiritually uplifted and my “batteries” recharged. The care and thoughtfulness of our hosts and teachers brought peace and nourishment and encouragement. The setting was just perfect! Thank you for an amazing experience that has inspired so much in me!

Debra Butler

Fantastic hosts

Fantastic hosts. Beautiful setting. Lovely food. Have enjoyed every moment. Will recommend. Namaste

Sarah Hesketh