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This very carefully and meticulously refurbished farm house is situated on a hill side with wonderful views over the Loire gorge below. It has excellent , safe facilities for families with young children- a heated swimming pool , a trampoline , swings - all invaluable in tiring out the little fiends before bedtime! This is real sparsely inhabited countryside so do not look for quaint villages with boulangeries or auberges. The Michelin map has no 'places of special interest 'at all in this area and the nearest larger supermarket and boulangerie ( excellent bread and croissants )and a smart little family restaurant are all together, but 20 km away. A smaller but good Intermarche is more local, so it is advisable to do a big shop and eat at home admiring the view from the terrace. The Loire gorge is steep and not for canoeing or swimming nor are there foot paths for family walks , but the stunning views across the hills and the valley facing north, giving sunshine all day, make for a most relaxing and family bonding holiday stay.
We spent a really relaxing week in this away cosy cottage. The heated pool is fantastic – our first four days were very hot and it was brilliant to be able to use the pool to relax and cool off. The grounds around the cottage are mainly meadow with some wonderful old trees and also an abundance of buddleia bushes which attracted a wide variety of butterflies. We were welcomed with a gift of goats cheese from the creamery along the lane and some honey from Lucas's hives!
Everything in the house is very clean and functions as it should, although a little small in the cottage, we were able to make use of the annex as we were four adults. Both had excellent shower and bathroom facilities and everything you could need on holiday. The outside space was fabulous.
Our only issue was that one night, some large hornets came into the house attracted by the lights – but we were able to remove them and were careful to keep the doors closed when the lights were on after that! We also found the cottage very hot, an electric fan for the hot nights would have been welcome, but as it got cooler later in the week this wasn't an issue.
It really is a beautiful place and we found the peace and quiet very relaxing. The surrounding towns and villages were also quiet as a lot of the traders seemed to choose the week we visited to take their own holidays – after the main holiday season was over we guessed! We didn't have time to fully explore and would love to return to find out more about the region one day.
Thank you, Lucas and family, for the use of your wonderful holiday cottage.
Karen, Julian, Katy and Roger.