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Lesley and her family transformed the Forge in a very tasteful house with plenty of room and enough modern facilities. Lesley is a warm person with a good sense of humor. The old Chateau takes care of a romantic decor, together with the beautiful piece of land behind it, where you can take a nice walk. When I walked the dog in the early morning, two baby deer were grazing a few meters in front of us. That was like a real fairytale! And that was why our Beagle Bello was so alert every time when we walked there!
The surroundings are perfect if you like history ( old castles and beautiful cathedrals) and Chablis wine or other Burgundy wines. Nature is around everywhere and it's so quiet and peaceful! Not many tourists.. So we fell in love with this spot.
This accommodation is owned and managed by a couple who understand the needs of their guests and they go out of their way to try to accommodate your needs. Having said that we had as little or as much contact with them as we needed. In our case we were seeking a quiet week away from 'tourist land' where we would be comfortable and undisturbed. This we achieved.
The accommodation we stayed in while next to the house and joined to it by an arch (great for keeping the car cool and out of the sun) had it's own sheltered back garden and large covered eating area which is very private and not over looked or disrupted by noise from the main house.
We had a great week away from tourists and tasted 27 different Chablis (all premier cru). Went out to lunch a lot. You must have more than one lunch in Chablis to really feel you are beginning to understand the area and it's people.
If you are looking for what we were looking for you will have a great time. The only downside maybe the lack of air conditioning but if France had more air conditioning it would be overrun by more wimpy tourists.