About Loire Life
Established in 2006, originally as a website for just two gites in the Loire Valley, Loire Life has now grown into a site specialising in gites and holiday cottages throughout the Loire, Vendée, Brittany & Normandy regions of France.
It is the idea of Jon & Alison who, after years of using various websites to advertise their holiday gites, just knew they could create something far better (and simpler) and offer advertising at a fraction of the price. Their backgrounds give them a head start – 1st Class degrees in Information Technology and careers in large management consulting firms, before jumping ship to France and becoming self employed.
Being gite owners ourselves, we know what we want from our rental websites, and we especially know what we don’t like. Being one amongst thousands of properties, continually seeing the advertising costs rise, having to maintain availability calendars on several sites, being paid our rental fee after a guest has arrived, and now – having a published response rate to enquiries on certain sites – and it being inaccurate.
But wait. We’re also holidaymakers and we’ve used rental websites to book holiday gites. They’re becoming overcrowded, too complicated (I don’t really want to search on whether a property has a toaster or not), and I’m fed up contacting an owner only to find it’s already booked (sorry owners, I know it’s a pain keeping calendars up to date on multiple sites, but just one on your own website isn’t too much to ask, is it?). Sometimes, what I’d really like to do is send one global enquiry and let the owners get back to me if they’ve got a property matching my requirements (now there’s a subtle plug for Ask Ali!).