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Our Story

We are Tom & Ryan, welcome to Gîtes de Vanzay! 


We are the owners, managers, housekeepers and gardeners!


The dream 

Having enjoyed many holidays in France - loving the great weather, scenery, history and cuisine - we decided to make our dream of living there a reality. Our holidays became research opportunities, to discover the best areas to set up our own holiday business. 


Both of us have worked for large corporate companies in the U.K.; Tom in finance and Ryan in retail. We knew that with our joint business acumen, extensive experience working in customer-orientated industries, our passion for travel and the high standards we both expect from holiday accommodation, we could create fantastic holiday experiences for our guests.

The dream becomes reality 

The second we arrived at what is now Gîtes de Vanzay, we both fell in love. It was one of our first viewings, but by the time we got to the end of the tour (in the beautiful garden with swimming pool), we were already talking about offers and ideas for putting our own stamp on the property.

Opening for business

We moved to Vanzay in late May 2022, and got straight to refurbishing the gîtes to a high standard; sourcing the best quality furniture, fixtures and fittings. We welcomed our first guests just 6 weeks later and were fully booked for our first summer season. 

A New Life in the Sun

Our journey was documented on the British TV show 'A New Life in the Sun' by Channel 4. The show follows intrepid expats as they chase a dream life in the sun and set up new businesses abroad. Our episodes aired in early 2023 in the U.K. (series 8, episodes 1 - 5). They are also available to stream on demand via the Channel 4 website. It was a lot of fun filming the show and we hope you enjoyed following our journey building the Gîtes de Vanzay holiday business!

We have had such lovely guests and their reviews have blown us away. We are so passionate about our guests having an amazing holiday and making great memories at Gîtes de Vanzay. 

If you have any questions or would like to leave us feedback, please contact us at


Many thanks 


Tom, Ryan 

& Rosa

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