Le Vieux Chalonge
Submitted: September 28, 2012
Stayed: August 2012
A delightful, peaceful gite literally on the Normandy / Brittany border. Once we found it (a few wrong turns because we didn't read the directions properly!) we discovered it was tucked away in a very quiet location overlooking open fields.
Accommodation was clean, orderly, & everything we needed was supplied from plenty of cleaning products to table tennis bats and balls. Our 2 families (8 in total) had plenty of room, the 2 girls loved making their own little independent home in the Orangery so the 2 boys had the choice of bunk or single beds in the 3rd bedroom. There were a couple of bottles of good wine welcoming us and some delicious fig jam - never tried it before but we enjoyed it both on bread and with cheese, and even bought some more to take home.
Plenty of books, cds and DVD's to use if you wanted, plus satelite TV, and lots of info on local attractions.
Outside plenty of room to park both cars off road. Not that the road is busy - maybe one car passing by a day! Garden not huge but big enough to play boules (plastic ones, again supplied). And it even has its own well at the front! The Dads enjoyed very competitive games of table tennis when the breeze died down enough to play. Mums enjoyed sitting by the pool, although it wasn't quite warm enough to tempt them in more than once. Kids went in every day though! Only other issues were frequent visits indoors from wasps (maybe a beaded curtain on the back door would help?) and a few flies. Anyway, a minor concern. Kids enjoyed staying there so much we didn't venture out much although did go to Fougeres (interesting Chateau), Mont St Michel, and the L'Ange Michel Park which was great for the kids. The couple who came to clean out the pool were very friendly and helpful. Went out for a meal in St James but a bit disappointing, French standards of hygiene leave a lot to be desired sometimes. St James had a couple of decent supermarkets and bakeries although would recommend the bakery in St Georges for the daily bread / almond croissant run. Petrol also decent price at the bigger supermarket.
Weather was OK, end of August so not blazing sun every day but better than the UK anyway!
All in all a very relaxing holiday, we would definitely recommend a stay here. Well stocked, you don't need to bring much, very comfortable, nice to sit outside with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. Only gripe is that I never did discover what a "chalonge" is (or was).
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