Fabulous Property Centrally Located
We rented this property for a month and had a wonderful time. The gite exceeded our expectations: it was spacious, comfortable, spotlessly clean, and well appointed with good attention to detail and style. We have prior experience of vacation rentals in England, Scotland, Italy and Spain, and this was the best. It is better than advertised and highly recommended.
The owners, Garth and Liz, are expatriate Brits who are committed to building their own business in France. They are not hobbyists; they are professionals who genuinely want their customers to have a good experience, and actively seek feedback on how they can do even better. They are friendly, but not intrusive, and are always available to help in any way they can. We enjoyed getting to know them and hearing about their experience of living in France.
The location, Cussay, is a good touring center. Most of the Loire Valley, from Blois to Angers, is easily drivable and we visited all the main attractions on a series of day-trips. The surrounding countryside is gorgeous and unspoiled with lots of interesting mediaeval towns, notably Loches. There are plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants with good food at all price points, and the local people were both welcoming and tolerant of our bad French. We found the Thomas Cook guidebook “Drive Around the Loire Valley” to be very useful in planning our various excursions.
There are convenient supermarkets in Ligueil and Descartes with a wide range of local produce and wine. We particularly enjoyed the Chinon and Bourgueil wines, and there is a good selection available at reasonable prices. Also in the Ligueil supermarket try the unpasteurized “Le p’tit Brignonnais” (Camembert-style) cheese made by “Fromagerie Maurice” and the “Chinon” pate.
A highlight of our trip was the weekly pilgrimage to the Sunday morning market in Descartes. In addition to the usual range of fresh produce there were two vendors selling spit-roasted chickens and ducks, potatoes basted in chicken fat, paella, couscous and choucroute. One stall was set up at the top of the market square and the other one was part way down on the right hand side. Try the paella from the guy at the top and the potatoes, duck legs and couscous from the guy on the right.
Whether you are an avid tourist, like us, or just want to hang out with the kids, go for walks and relax you will not be disappointed with this gite. We are seriously contemplating a return visit.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 8/8
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