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As a family of four, we found the accommodation and location to be superb in every respect. Our stay was considerably enhanced by the warm welcome and generous nature of the property’s owners, who completely respected our independence but graciously offered ideas and advice to help with our discovery of the beautiful local environs.
We stayed for a week in August, a family of 7 ages between 5 and 70. Suited our needs perfectly.
The house is a converted priory with loads of character. 4 bedrooms, all en-suite and a decent kitchen with a dishwasher and a large communal space upstairs with views across the meadow down to the local village. Upstairs there is also a small wc, sink and washing machine. Lovely walled garden and seating area outside and a huge barn adjoining the gite which has a table tennis table and bikes. And small BBQ.
The village is easy to walk to (about 6-7 mins on foot) or you can cycle. Track up to Rochefort is quiet, as is lane and you can do so safely with young children. There is a superb bakery (you need to get there early or it’s sold out) and a good pizzeria next door which opens in the evening.
Drive through Berneuil-sur-Aisne back to main road and you come to Troily Breuil which has a small Carrefour which is well stocked or an Intermarche at the next roundabout for a larger shop. There is also a fuel station here as well as another back in the village. All within 5 mins drive.
Nearby we can recommend Parc Canopee (a ‘Go-Ape’ style tree top activity centre) which is ideal for smaller and older kids and adults alike. Staff are excellent and on hand to help if you get in a jam! Only about 15-20 mins drive from here.
Also within 7kms is the stunning Pierrefonds with it’s fabulous castle, medieval town and boating lake. Loved it there.
We travelled to Disney on 2 days, it should take about 90 mins but depends on day and time with traffic on roads as you get nearer to Paris and CDG airport of course.
On our last day we found Parc da Coupaville near Soissons, about 25 mins drive. On a nice day it is great for under 10’s. Lots of traditional wooden games and my nephews spent 3 hours happily exploring these and the maze. Good old-fashioned fun.
Mme Roy is a delight to deal with, she gave us some of her delicious home-made jam and some herbs and veg from her garden when we arrived.
Finally, the donkeys deserve a special mention. Theodore and Galoper (sp.?) are just fab. Friendly and always happy to take a carrot and a pat from you. Will miss their lovely faces greeting us each day and their velvety noses. We all loved them and they are a real bonus.
Would not hesitate to recommend this property for anyone who wants a peaceful base in beautiful surroundings to explore the area.