Authentic French Experience
We arrived in August and stayed until January, so we are well placed to review this beautiful property.
The house is big and comfortably accommodates large numbers of guests. Upstairs, there are 4 double bedrooms as well as 2 adjoining bathrooms and separate toilets (there is also a seperate apartment for additional guests).
Downstairs has two lounge-rooms, both with enormous working fireplaces and antique furnishings. The open-style kitchen is impressively equipped for cooking the wonderful local produce, or simply preparing figs, plums, mirabelles and walnuts sourced from the garden! .
Situated on a quiet country lane in a small hamlet, the grounds are spacious with perimeter fencing and plantings ensuring complete security and privacy, ideal for families with young children. The huge shaded courtyard is perfect for long lunches during the summer heat. The outlook over the magnificent pool and surrounding fields to the hills in the distance is particularly special.
Over 5 months, we saw much of what the French consider to be the “real” France; stunning countryside, beautifully preserved medieval villages and chateaux, thriving local markets and a traditional agricultural industry that produces all the fresh produce for which France is famous. All are within a short drive, so a car is absolutely necessary. If you can access a bike, however, cycling through the quaint villages and rustic French countryside is a uniquely beautiful experience.
The owners are incredibly knowledgeable of the local attractions, and happily provided us with insights into what was worth visiting, eating and drinking throughout our stay. There is also a wealth of information at the house or on the website for those wishing to work it out themselves. The property manager lives next door, which was handy for dealing with any issues or queries we had, especially as she speaks fluent English.
Highlights of our stay include day trips to many of France’s officially classified beautiful villages and gardens, shopping at the numerous daily produce markets, and over-indulging on duck, foie gras and many of the other specialties of the region.
Our other joy was simply spending time at the house, swimming in the pool, playing in the games-room, sitting by the log fire or just enjoying fresh food and a glass of wine in the peaceful rural setting. For us and our 2 young boys, it was a truly authentic French experience in a beautiful house, in the “real” France.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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