"Thank you for a truly magical stay. It was more than we ever hoped for and was life-changing for us, though we didn't realise it at the time"
"Y and I would both like to thank you so much for our wonderful stay at Maison Grillou. The accommodation is without doubt the best we have ever stayed in the UK or in France (and we’ve stayed in a few) and your hospitality was absolutely tremendous as well! I [...] can find nothing that is anywhere near as comfortable or well “fitted out” as L’atelier d’artiste. And neither of us could think of a single thing that could be done to improve the accommodation or our enjoyment of our stay with you; it was all simply wonderful. Maybe you could just develop a chain throughout France – only joking of course". [Phew. Thank goodness for that. Ed]
"Thank you for a wonderful stay ... I cannot think of anything that we haven't enjoyed. The Atelier is just perfect ... you have thought of every detail. We have enjoyed the comfort, the seclusion, the views, the birdsong and the barking of the deer at night ...!"
"Thank you for letting us share a piece of your Eden. We have loved the generous way you've provided everything - so many little touches. I already miss the birds and the green and the silence and most of all the sense of being welcome and at home"
"The presentation and attention to detail you show in everything from the rooms to the cooking is just beautiful"
"Wow. Just ... wow!"
"We had a lovely time at La Grillou, not least because of your warm welcome. Really can't think of any way to improve things. It must be the best-equipped accommodation we have stayed in and it was obvious that you have put a lot of thought into what would be useful. Thanks also for the meal. It's far and away the best I have had in France"
"Some of the best walking ever. We're not at all serious trekkers but found the walks you recommended perfectly do-able. The views were awesome, golden eagles flew above us, and we barely saw another walker, even in July"
"We really pushed ourselves on that walk to the lake and it was a long day, but it was a fantastic walk and a whole new experience for us. I'd never have believed we could do it - thanks for making it possible"
"We really appreciated the birdwatching routes you gave us and would certainly never have found our way around without them - as you know we had an adventure or two en route (!) and saw some incredible birds, especially lammergeier and griffon vulture which were both firsts for us. Looking forward to some more!"
"The butterflies were an absolute and unexpected highlight of our walking holiday and we've both come home inspired to learn more about them"
"We've fallen for the Ariège just as you threatened we would! Your walking guides and especially the Slow Roads that you've created were fantastic and gave us a much better sense of the place than we would have had otherwise"
"You have created a very beguiling place. I loved sitting upstairs in L’Atelier just looking at the view"
"Je voulais dire un grand merci, tout simplement, pour votre attention, votre chaleur, votre bonne humeur ... pour la quiétude, les couleurs, les petits-déjs somptueux! On y revient avec plaisir. Bonne chance et bonne continuation"
"We enjoyed every moment of our stay; we were welcomed so warmly and made to feel completely at home right from the start that we soon felt like friends and not paying guests (though we did pay!)"
"Un séjour trop court mais bucolique et délicieux. On se sent vraiment chez soi. Merci mille fois pour votre accueil et votre générosité"
"Thank you so much for your welcome home e-mail but most of all for a wonderful stay at Maison Grillou. We really loved it! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us and your enthusiasm for the Ariege, with its glorious landscapes and fantastic wildlife. The only thing we could think of that we might have liked was a box of tissues! [Oops! Ed] We wouldn't have mentioned that if you hadn't asked as everything was so good."
"J and I would like to thank you again for a wonderful stay at your home. Once again we really appreciated your warm hospitality, the fabulous accommodation and the peace and quiet"
"I can’t tell you how much A and I enjoyed our holiday and spending some time with you both and we both felt the same way as you that it was as if we’d known each other for a lot longer than 2 weeks. There’s absolutely nothing that could have been better, it all suited us perfectly"
"We really did enjoy our stay in the Ariege and it was made even more pleasurable by staying at L'atelier d'Artiste. We felt your gite was impeccable and could not objectively be improved upon for the service you provide. This was especially good for B because she could relax without fear of an allergic reaction. But it was not only the cleanliness of the property that was exemplary it was the quantity and quality of the utensils and furnishings you provided as well as the design and decor of the gite"
"We just loved the Ariege and the variety of wonderful Pyrenees scenery and much enjoyed our walks. It is difficult to think of any constructive feedback for Grillou and L'Atelier d'Artiste - it was all so perfect. We did very much appreciate all the thought that you had both clearly put in to the way it is furnished. We used it all upstairs and downstairs ! and very much enjoyed the airy space. The Internet was important to us to keep in touch with ancient relatives in UK, and our son and daughter-in-law and family in USA. We used both iPod docking stations. The kitchen area is particularly good and well equipped. Being able to borrow the walking poles was a bonus and you have a splendid library of books and guides on birds, plants, walks etc which we got stuck in to, but there is so much more to do. We really would love to come back and we spent some time talking about it on the way home - the various ways of doing it, from flight and hire car to leisurely drive through France which we enjoy so much. Many thanks for helping us to have such an enjoyable holiday, and we hope to return !"
"Nous avons vraiment passé de très bons moments avec vous! Nos fou-rires étaient là pour le prouver"
"Merci à tous les deux de votre accueil dans ce cocon hors du Temps qu'est la Maison Grillou!"
"Thank you both so much for making our stay at Maison Grillou so enjoyable. We both felt very rested and restored after the 10 days with you being looked after so well. In fact nowhere else we stayed on our trip came anywhere near the attention to detail. We will recommend you to our friends. They all behave quite well! and would love the peace and quiet of the Ariege"
"So many mountains, so little time! We'll be back!" [And they were! ED]