It is hard to summarise in a few words just what makes Les Fleurs such a wonderful option for couples and families. It began for us as a random online search for holiday ideas for our first trip abroad with our young daughter. It became, however, a love affair that has given us six superb holiday experiences.
First, the setting. Les Fleurs is set in the lovely hamlet of Les Verchers sur Layon in the heart of wine country. Surrounded by vineyards, it is nonetheless very close to everything you need. The bakery in Les Verchers is 2 minutes away, the attractive and well-serviced town of Doue la Fontaine is 10 minutes away and the large and historic Saumur is 20 minutes away.
Next, the grounds. Les Fleurs is very pretty and extremely well-maintained. Set in a former farm yard, the property is gated and secure (great for small kids). Flowers abound and outdoor spaces have everything you could need. There is a pool with lounge facilities, well-equipped children's play area and organic fruit garden which you are encouraged to use. A small cave is used for wine tasting evenings and locally sourced saumur rouge, Anjou rouge and saumur Blanc are sold on site.
The gites. We have always stayed in Anjou, a lovingly restored three bedroom farmhouse with half door. The house is extremely well-equipped and always spotlessly clean. The house has its own private back garden with BBQ, full kitchen, dining room, sitting room with TV/DVD as well as a laundry facilities.
There is a huge amount to do in the area. A microbrewery operates five minutes away. Doue la Fontaine has a world class zoo, an excellent market and a rose garden/traditional farm. The chateau at Saumur is a must, as is the world famous Cadre Noir equestrian school. The Mushroom caves and troglodyte caves are well worth a visit. And then there are the wineries......
I am deliberately keeping the best til last, however. What makes Les Fleurs a stand out place is the quality of care you get from the owners. Jon and Sue Fletcher have managed to strike the perfect balance between providing personal service at the highest level without actually intruding on your holiday. Tailored itineraries, a flying service, outstanding cooking, age-appropriate toys & equipment and a DVD library are just some of what is on offer.
We cannot recommend Les Fleurs highly enough to couples and families looking for the perfect balance of relaxation and activity.