Over the last 20 odd years, we always used the Sawday's guides and website to find the perfect place for us to stay, mainly in Cornwall and Devon, and we have never been disappointed.
When we thought about a concept for our gîte business, we also used Sawday's guide, but more as a sort of indicator, as how it should be done.
Now, and only 6 months after opening Gîte Loups d'Or, here in the pretty authentic part of the Dordogne, we are part of the Sawday's family ourselves, which gives us absolute pleasure and it feels actually a bit like being awarded a Michelin star for hospitality! ....and no, no-one can buy their way in.
Their success story started in 1994 when founder of 'Sawday's Special Places to Stay', Alastair Sawday, began as a campaigner 'against the bland and predictable - the corporate takeover of tourism', with the idea that people could 'avoid standardised, soulless accommodation' and finding amazing places. When Alastair's son Toby took over the company in 2010, he also emphasised that Sawday's 'gentle campaign against mass tourism and chain hotels remains at heart of what we do'. He ran the family business until December 2017.
Today, the Bristol based Sawday's is a hybrid model business, an employee-owned, charitable, family company and sees the majority share of 52% going to the employees, 24% remaining in the Sawday family and 24% to the Sawday Trust with the 'protection and preservation of the physical and natural environment through the provision of grants' as their main activities.
Sawday's is known for its accurate, catching and detailed descriptions, detecting the unusual, authentic and the individual, so ..........you can imagine how delighted we were by Sawday's description of Gîte Loups d'Or.
We hope seeing you here in Lusignac!
Pimm + Marcel
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Most of our blogs are written to give you more information about the Dordogne, Périgord, where we have Gîte Loups d'Or, our 4-star, luxury, self-catering holiday home. We write about subjects we think are interesting for you to know and to give you inspiration to explore this beautiful part of France yourself. If you have any questions or if you want more information, please feel free to contact us.