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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.
Christine and Janick were delightful hosts and we found the cottage to be charming and full of character. We visited during a heatwave making the pool a very welcome facility and although it is shared with the owners this was never a problem. They respect your privacy by not using the pool when you are and vice versa.
The location is remote so you will need a car but is great for visiting various chateaus. Paris with so many sights to see is only 40 minutes by train from Moret Veneux les Sablons.
The Palace of Versaille is about 1.5 hours by car and is spectacular. You need to allow a whole day if you are going to do both the Chateau and Gardens. Well worth the visit but be aware that the queue to get into the Chateau can be very long; 3.5 hours in our case and that was having booked tickets on line. If you don’t you can add another couple of hours to queue for those. You can avoid much of the queuing by buying a timed ticket.
Chateau De Vaux-le-Vicomte is another beautiful chateau (we spent all day there) and on Saturday evenings the garden is candle-lit with a firework display. We didn’t stay for this but it seemed that a lot of people were arriving with picnics for the evening as we were leaving. I am not sure if this takes place every week so best check before you visit if that is your intention.
Guedelon Castle approx. 1.5 hours’ drive is a 20 year archelogy project to build a castle using only traditional methods and provides a great day out. We spent a whole day there.
Moret-sur-Loing is a very pretty village with a river where the locals like to swim. There is also a very nice restaurant that serves lovely crepes and galettes. Drive over the bridge and through the village high street until you get to the tourist information office on your right. The restaurant is about 20 meters further on the right.
Fontainebleau (30 mins drive) has wide range of restaurants and cafes not far from the Chateau. We eat there every other night during our 2 week stay at a variety of restaurants. All were welcoming with good service and reasonable prices. All the meals we had were excellent so I can’t really recommend one over any other as they were all great. The Chateau is also well worth a visit. On the evenings when we did eat at the cottage I cooked on the barbeque. It was a basic barbeque fuelled by charcoal but I found it fine to use and cooked for four each time.
All in all, we had a great time and would be happy to recommend this accommodation.