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First the house : beautiful. A fabulous garden with space for children to practice riding their bikes , play football , trampoline and run then the awesome table tennis room and darts. Lots of different areas to sit and lounge and read. Discreet washing line ! Brilliant outdoor oven / plancha aswell
As a BBQmade outdoor cooking easy. We had every meal sitting on the lovely patio. Inside the beds were comfy there was the option of fans to cool everything down when the temperature outside soared. Great indoor kitchen facilities. Beautiful shower room. And we only discovered the treasure trove of games on the last night. Then step outside to enjoy the beautiful river. It was a treat to be able to sit and watch the river flow by or paddle upstream and play ball and kayak Then the fabulous Loir a velo. On the doorstep ! It meant we could easily all cycle to Chinon ( with a significant hill climb ) ,Usse ( sleeping beauty’s castle ) and Villandry. Avoine is a beautiful town with a swimming pool ( and slide ) fab boulangerie etc and it’s own supermarket. We hope to return next year as there’s more to explore and repeat. Thank you to Myriam and Daniel who couldn’t be more helpful
This was our first visit to France and also using HomeAway. This property is beautiful both inside and out with everything you will need for a perfect get away. The owner John King was so helpful and supportive and answered any questions within a couple of hours. The farm house is right in the rural countryside and so peaceful and quiet. It was a good base for exploring the local Chateaux's and vineyards, you are spoilt for choice. As an example Amboise and Chenoncheau are an hour away (note local road speed limits are lower and slower than UK) and Saumur is only 25 minutes. Vernoil-le-Fourrier and Vernantes have local amenities with a Super U or slightly further afield, there are hypermarkets in Bourgeuil and Saumur. A must do is get local produce from the daily farmers markets in the area and top up from the supermarkets. Due to the properties location and not wanting to fall foul of French drink driving laws, we tended to eat out at lunch while exploring and eat at the farm house for dinner. There was a fully stocked kitchen and a BBQ for cooking and eating Al fresco. When eating out, most restaurants open from 12:30pm until 3pm then close and reopen at 7pm. All day eating is not the French way. There are numerous vineyards where the owners are only to pleased to give you a guided tour and tasting. Recommend Langlois Chateaux and Veuve Amiot in Saumur but you need to book tours and tasting for the best experience. The weather was in the 30+ Deg C for the entire duration of the stay and the hottest its been for 10 years. The farm house down stairs was cool during the day but as the bedrooms were upstairs, were lot warmer but not unbearable with fans provided. The property has a modern bathroom (corner bath, shower, toilet) adjoining the bed rooms up stairs with a further shower room and toilet downstairs. The property has adjacent barns for storage of the outdoor furniture and a covered area for parking the car. We will be definitely returning again in the future.