We arrived at lunchtime on Friday to be greeted by our helpful hosts, Shaun and Betty. Shaun is English and Betty is French- both are bi lingual. Our hosts were exceptional from the outset, showing our large party around the spacious and utterly beautiful lodge and explaining everything as we went along. We were soon settled in and enjoying a glass of local sparkling wine on the terrace. We had asked for special permission for some children in our party and they were very well catered for too. The facilities were beyond criticism. Everything is sparkling and new and you can see that a massive investment has been made in this gorgeous 17th property. We were seeking a holiday that would give us privacy from public view but would allow us a fun filled experience too. Parc De Launay did not disappoint. The facilities were, as I have said spectacular, just like a good five star hotel, and there was also just so much to do! We tried horse riding, fishing, biking, wine tasting, archery, shooting, nature walks, and just generally having the run of a 300 acre garden- the youngsters absolutely loved it. In the evenings we relaxed in the hot tub and looked at the stars, glass of wine in hand. We lit the out door wood burner to keep off the chill, and just enjoyed a stress free, happy and completely relaxing time. The rooms were spotless, comfortable, all with a huge television with crystal clear multiple channels. The bathrooms were modern, completely equipped and the plumbing very 'non' French! The beds were so comfortable (evidently hand made) we found it difficult to leave them in the morning. From our window we watch the local bird life and wild life. A red squirrel was a regular visitor- really beautiful and a rare site here in the UK! We will be back again and again....just try and keep it to your selves! We had 14 people in our party, all comfortably accommodated. This also meant the 2 weeks we spent were exceptional value for money too. We have rented many properties in the Loire Valley, but this one simply exceeds all expectations and then some. I cannot recommend highly enough. If you are seeking luxury and perfection, look no further. I cannot recommend highly enough! Jamie Theakston.