Guest Book & Press

Here are some of our guest book entries and press quotes with links to the full article where available.

From our 2017 Visitors Book

  • “Our 9th visit. Wonderful Painting/Walking much enjoyed. Thank you for the delicious food.”  D&E B Leeds
  • “Thank you for a lovely week, amazing painting and walking and super food” R&RB Reepham
  • “An amazing week of superb walk, fun,  fantastic 5* food. Thank you John and Alex”.  GE Notts & Dublin
  • “All you expect every year, painting, food, wine and company” AG Belfast Booked for 2018
  • “(Our) First visit and will not be the last. Will need another trip to master the square brush technique.” DH & JD, Sharnbrook Booked for 2018
  •  “As wonderful therapeutic experience! Thank you so much for your kindness. Hope to be back next year” S.T. Australia Booked for 2018
  • “Divine! Simple divine to be here again and to be drenched in light and laughter, learning and listening. Not sure how Alex and John (& Rachel & Dave) keep the magic going – but they do and we all love them for it!” LF West Sussex
  • “My fifth visit. Lots of fun and excellent French tuition”.  AB Shrewsbury
  • “Such a wonderful week even better than the first, I will return” CP Wokingham Booked for 2018
  • “Thank you for a wonderful week of friendship, beautiful surroundings, lots of fun and new experiences & great teaching from Jenny!! (Halstead) M&J W Booked for 2018
  • “Formidable! Quelle semaine!
  • Superb week! Excellent tuition and congenial group of artists. What hospitality at the table – both lunch and dinner! Lovely every minute of stay especially the aesthetic surroundings. Hope to return – thank you Alex and John.” JA & PS, Reading
  • “C’est magnifique! Vive la chocolat fondant.
  • We have had a fabulous time. Thank you very much x”. R&M C, Sevenoaks
  • “Fourth consecutive year at lovely L’Age Baston. As good as ever. I’ll be back xx” GP Edinburgh
  • “Wonderful two weeks. Lots of laughter, painting and eating. Bliss! Thank you xxx” P S-S, Buckland
  • “Perfect” L.J. M.A U.S.A
  • “Exceeded expectations, fabulous location, food painting & people! Thank you” R.P Shrewsbury
  • “We had a wonderful time – you have a lovely home, provided delicious meals and we thoroughly enjoyed your company! Tutor marvelous too!” D&M Switzerland
  • “Yet another delightful fortnight and L’B Many thanks” MS Sleaford, Lincs
  • “As expected a wonderful week for our third year here. Great food Great tuition and a great welcome and company. We will be back.” CA &AM Sussex Booked for 2018
  • “Good company, excellent food, challenging painting, interesting walks. Another great week!” T&VM, Chew Magna Booked for 2018
  • “All as fab as the first time! Lovely company, great grub, wonderful walks & lots of fun xx” L&BT, Ockley
  • “Anther brilliant week – painting, cooking, learning in excellent company” J&M F, Eaves
  • “Even better than last year – if possible! Looking forward to next year” P&RH Marston, Trussell
  • “What an extraordinary experience – a very special memory.” DW Texas, America
  • “Everything one had hoped for from the website but more so, French, bike, walking, drawing and swimming”  M H-B, Oxford
  • “A wonderful stay, great Art Tutor Jenny (Johnson) L’Age Baston paradise for me. John and Alex have created a magical place. I will be back 2018 and I so loved the company and those wonderful moment or silence when painting and drawing. Thanks to all for everything” AH, Australia Booked for 2018
  • “If you enjoy superb food and wine in a gorgeous setting, this is the place for you. Thank you for your generous hospitality”. L. S. Australia
  • “To think we’d come to our favorite “home away from home” and celebrate another birthday! It’s always a special treat to be with you two in this magical place. Again our thanks to you, with love!” C&JK, Oregon USA
  • “Our third visit and it is a more wonderful spot every time. Thank you for your warmest hospitality and unbelievably delicious meals. We love your pageantry, the Charente, The L’Age Baston ambience. How fortunate we are that your paths cross with ours. Merci”  R&T Fisher, USA
  • “Thank you for another great fortnight” CL Ashover
  • “Thank you to everyone at L’Age Baston, a great week yet again. (Will miss you all)” IR, Germany
  •  “Another great week and great food. Excellent tuition,  Stimulating conversation and much laughter”.  R&J W, Harrogate
  •  “Absolutely wonderful thank you so much Alex and John xx”. JR Australia
  •  “7th visit, as fabulous as ever!! Thank you Alex and John xxxx”  HG Australia

From our 2016 Visitors Book

  • It is so wonderful. What else can you say V.S.Tamworth
  • Fantastic week – second year running. Excellent food – Welcome – Company and Tuition. We will return! CA&AM East Sussex. Have booked for 2017
  • Beautiful surroundings, marvellous food and a great tutor and warmest of welcomes J.P. Godalming
  • First visit – Wonderful atmosphere, accommodation and studio. Teacher fantastic. T.P. France
  • Very good walks in the beautiful countryside, trying to avoid discussing Brexit! R.F. Tamworth in Arden
  • Lovely to return, relax and create! Alex & John wonderful hosts once again.  A&A D Cheshire
  • Fascinating new experience, Wonderful place and hosts. Many thanks.  JC I.O.W
  • Fantastic week, loved the chateau, food, company and the art. Thanks everyone. C&N.B. Hythe
  • Another great week, thanks Alex and John A bientot!! T&JC London. Booked for 2017
  • Another lovely week. Hope to be back next year. GP Edinburgh. Booked for 2017
  • Thanks John and Alexandra, for being the way you are. You are the ones who make the wonderful atmosphere and thanks for making all those separate meals for me. J.P. Suffolk
  • Beautiful house! And lovely grounds. Had a wonderful stay, will definitely recommend to friend. Evocative, authentic, warm, hospitable, genuine hosts! F.K. London
  • What a beautiful house! Such a wonderful place. Full of friendly lovely people. K.F. London
  • I would love to come back, hopefully some day very soon. Thank you so much for having us . x  K. London
  • This place is amazing. So beautiful. Thank you to Alex and John and the rest of the team for lovely food and company and one of the best weeks of my life. F.O’L. London
  • Incredible place, loved it. Pool perfect. “service” fabulous. Thank you. SMcC Bray
  • Such an amazing week, I may return yet again! Many thanks to all who made it so special. AB Cumbria. Booked 2017
  • Its terrible to leave!! Archie woke to say “I don’t want to go”! Great week for all of us, thank you both so much PPB …..Booked 2017
  • Thank you for such a great week and great walks. “Clockwise or anti-clockwise”.AM London
  • Thank you so much for the most wonderful week – perfect in everyway. P.S-S Buckland. Booked for two weeks in 2017
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my jump from cooking to art but will return to do both!
  • An excellent week. Thank you so much. Jenny was amazing. ND Enfield
  • Another enjoyable and relaxing week. Lots of good memories. Of fantastic lessons in  the studio  and stimulating conversation. Many thanks. G&R B Kent
  • What a wonderful place to come and paint. Well worth coming all the way from New Zealand!  B.C New Zealand
  • Thank you everyone for the most fantastic week. See you all again! YH Bristol. Booked for 2017
  • Brilliant week, great company and fantastic food. I will be back CP Berks. Booked 2017
  • Yet another wonderful week of painting and cooking. Great atmosphere. M&LB Northants
  • What more can we add – perfect. Thank you to everyone J&MF Berks. Booked for 2017
  • So loverrrly to be back again EVERYTHING was as wonderful as ever. cu soon JP Devon. Booked 2017
  • A friend asked me if I am in paradise and I said “Yes!” A paradise of beautiful people, wonderful food and an excellent art tutor. RL Germany


  • “Learn something new on holiday” – This appeared in the Travel section of the Daily Telegraph.”
    Daily Telegraph Review 01/01/2011Read Daily Telegraph Review
  • “Here is an unsolicited entry into Trip Advisor – a world-wide travel advisory site – that gladdens the heart.”
    Trip Advisor Review 09/06/10Read Trip Advisor Review
  • “The very best painting holiday ever”
    Cherry Lyons Artists & Illustrators 21/10/09View Press PDF
  • “The good thing about Château L’Age Baston is that one partner can learn French while the other does cookery, walking, painting or nothing. Choose from the more casual Francophile course, intensive, or one-to-one tuition, all taught by native French speakers.”
    Guardian Travel Feature 01/12/07Read Guardian Travel Feature
  • “L’age Baston falls to the English”
    Charente Libre 10/10/1989View Press PDF