We are Paul & Joanne Ladd & having spent three years travelling through France in search of the perfect home, we finally found our idyll here at Les Hautes Guissinieres, moving in during August 2015. We have previously run a successful B & B in the UK, and are keen to provide the same high quality of hospitality for guests in our lovely little Gite.

While we are busy updating the farmhouse and garden, we have tweaked a few aspects of the Gite in order to ensure it offers guests the best possible experience during their stay. Our priority for you is that you are able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the area naturally provides, along with all necessary comforts. Because of our situation near the end of a quiet lane within a tiny hamlet of three houses, you will find that your peace and privacy is not interrupted.

La Petite Maison de Sue, is available all year round, and offers guests different experiences throughout the year whether you are looking to relax by the pool unwind in front of the fire following a forest walk.

Additional room (twin or superking bed) with large private bathroom available in the main house. This is popular with couples who wish to bring friends or relatives to join them on holiday.


‘We have thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay at this very comfortable and well provisioned Gite. We were made very welcome by Jo and Paul, who must have had so many other things to arrange (as new arrivals here themselves). The Gite itself was beautifully prepared for us and the good quality linen and kitchen ware was greatly appreciated and helped us to really enjoy this little snapshot of French rural life.
Top visits for us were Chinon (just to wander around), Bourgeil market (Tuesday. Plus a visit to the local Maison des Vins in the square, and Fontenvraud Abbey (stunning). It has been a lovely, slow-paced and relaxing week that we would heartily recommend to others.’

Helen and Graham, Scotland, September 2015

Helen and Graham
“A superb Gite in beautiful countryside…. perfect”
“Amazing setting, very well-equipped with comfortable beds with lovely bed linen. Both French and UK TV and radio is available, with lots of information on local attractions and very helpful hosts. Would recommend without hesitation!   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “

Mr and Mrs S Angouleme.   France

Mr and Mrs S Angouleme
We arrived feeling very weary…and now as we sadly leave this lovely Gite we feel completely refreshed. Jo and Paul have been fantastic, such kind, helpful hosts. We have visited some delightful towns and villages, Fontevraud Abbey being a highlight. Sitting in the sunshine, in the lovely main square having a coffee in the town of Chinon was memorable, well worth a visit. We shall be back to this beautiful part of France, and will without doubt recommend ‘La Petite Maison de Sue’ to our friends. A wonderful holiday. Thank you both so much. Xx.

Toni and Mike, Somerset.   April 2016

Toni and Mike
Thank you for the lovely warm welcome, we found the gite very comfortable (especially its beds and bedlinen) and very well equipped. Despite rain and wind, we were cosy and warm. We enjoyed discovering the surrounding towns and countryside, but due to our family commitments, didn’t make any big visits – hopefully next time! You’re in a lovely quiet setting and we slept like logs, nothing to wake us in the mornings. Thank you again, and see you again.

Georgia, James and Laras  S.W. France. Feb 2016

Georgia, James and Laras
“We loved every minute of our stay with Jo. It was so much better than expected. We enjoyed it so much that we extended our stay twice. The gite is very cosy, clean and pleasant to stay in. The bed is amazing and very comfortable and the gite has everything you might need during a holiday in France. We did not only enjoy our time in the gite (there are many DVD’s to watch on a cosy evening, as well as French/English TV), but also outside! The pool area is amazing. Jo cleans the pool for you every day and the views from the pool are great too! Having a private pool in rural France is really what makes this place extra-ordinary. Moreover, Jo is a great host. She knows lots about the area and is always willing to help you. She really makes you feel seen (she provides you everything you might need) but at the same time she really respects your privacy. When you rent the gite you not only have a private pool, but also two private garden areas, a BBQ and two bikes to explore the area. We hope we can return one day and we are sure that we will enjoy it just as much.”

Max and Jen The Netherlands (September 2020)

Max and Jen
Thank you so much to Paul and Jo for being so helpful with our booking during such odd times! We love your Petit Maison de Sue, and will be recommending it to all of our friends. We started out very busy, visiting Fontenvraud, Villandry, Angers and more, but eventually relaxed into enjoying the beautiful pool and countryside. We can recommend the tank museum un Saumur, the mushroom caves of Saur de Loup, the petrification caves at Villandry (especially for children, but the adults might enjoy the wine tasting) If you love history and/or textiles the Apocolypse tapestry at Angers is worth the drive.
We hope to return.

Sarah and Mark, West Sussex, England   (July / August 2020)

Sarah and Mike
Thank you so much for making our short stay so lovely.  The January weather was dreadful, and it was so good to return to La Petite Maison de Sue where we snuggled down and kept the weather at bay.  Thank you, Jo and Paul, for a super welcome.
Very best wishes

Pam and Colin (January 2020)

Pam and Colin
We keep turning up like ‘bad pennies’ at this wonderful place.  A superb welcome from Jo and a very comfortable stay.  We have visited several chateaux, one of the favorites being L’islette near Azay – very picturesque and a charming family home.  We can really recommend the café du The at Bourgueil for a most enjoyable coffee, with cakes and pastries to die for!  Also enjoyed a pleasant lunch in Le Café de Muse in Parcay.
Thank you once again Jo for making us so welcome.

Lyn and John, Derby (Sept 2019)

Lyn and John
A warm welcome from Jo followed by a well-received hot meal.  The gite is equipped with everything you need and is in excellent order throughout.  The holiday was a motorcycled tour and the local roads are a joy to ride.  Jo was very helpful regarding points of interest.  All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

Paul, Les, Rick and Kev, Somerset (September 2019)

Paul, Les, Rick and Kev
We loved it here so much last September that we came back for two weeks this year.  Despite slightly unpredictable weather, we’ve had a lovely restful time.  Once again Jo has made us feel so much at home that we don’t want to leave.  This pretty little gite has everything you need and more besides and Jo went out of her way to accommodate our occasional requests.
A very peaceful spot in open countryside with places to walk immediately outside the door.  We met and talked to some lovely people, both French and English, and felt very welcome.  We hope to be back again before too long.

Caroline and Bob (and Olive the car)  May 2018

Caroline and Bob