We stayed in La Motte, which is everything you hope a gite will be - comfortable, stylish and in a beautiful rural setting outside Chinon in the Loire valley. It is a sympathetically executed conversion of a historic building, which nonetheless has every advantage of modernity. Everything is tasteful and works properly. The kitchen is well appointed, offering the possibility of some serious cooking, and there was decent oil, vinegar and garlic in the pantry among other high quality basics for our arrival. Frederic, the owner, while appropriately discreet, could not have been more welcoming and helpful.