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The studio was perfect for us (me, my partner and our 4 month old baby). It is very close to the centre of Barbizon, which is such a pretty village - perfect for eating out and for art enthusiasts, although not ideal for a pushchair with all the cobbles! The studio is at the back of a really cool art studio with an eclectic mix of art work, I had the privilege of being shown around and practicing my French with Bernard who is an incredible sculptor. There are also amazing sculptures in the garden, along with fresh apples that we enjoyed eating. They provided us a cot for our baby and the kitchen was reasonably equipped - you might want to bring your own knife for chopping veg, it's one of those things that I think is always worth bringing if you're self catering! It is also gated with private parking so nice and secure and convenient. For the climbers, it is a 5 minute drive through the village to Apremont which has a huge amount of climbing.
A beautiful, spacious property in a fantastic, peaceful location, about 20 minutes drive from Fontainebleau. The five en-suite bedrooms in the main house are comfortable and well furnished and the one bedroom pool house is an ideal ‘man pad’ for snorers (like me!) who need to be isolated from the rest of the family! Loved the outdoor area with heated pool and well appointed all weather furniture (but could do with some sun loungers!).
On the down side, I found the beds too small for two adults and a little too hard for my liking.
Be prepared if you arrive on a Sunday and don’t know the area particularly well, as local major supermarkets are closed.
Finally, having to pay €1,000 deposit penalised us financially when we exchanged our cash for pounds sterling on our return to the UK.
Overall, a very relaxed holiday after three days at Disneyland Paris, and I would recommend the property to anyone who enjoys peace and quiet in a rural French location.