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We had a very relaxing time: the hosts were fantastic, the site is extremely well developed, clean and well maintained. We really enjoyed being somewhere very quiet and rural for this part of the holiday, made the most of time to cook and spend time together. Note that the restraunt near-by is no longer open all week, but we made the most of fresh pizzas available on the weekend, and there is a well-stocked supermarket 10 minutes drive away. The children made very good use of the pool, which is lovely with a helpful cover to protect them from UV and the rain! The cycle routes and the nearby lake with beach for swimming and playing were also a hit. I would definately recommend this place to a friend or family, or perhaps even a group looking to travel together and occupy all or some of the gites.
The most tranquil gite we have ever stayed in. Very well equipped and the rooms are cool on the hottest days. This is not a tourist area but has many beautiful gardens, chateaux and churches which have very few visitors. We were particularly impressed by the gardens at Apremont-sur-Allier, Valencay chateau which had a very interesting audio guide on the life of Talleyrand and the frescoes at Brinay, but we found somewhere different to visit every day.
Our hosts, the Lombards, were charming and we wished we had more French to exploit M. Lombard's knowledge of nature. Listen out for the golden orioles which you are unlikely to see or watch the deer and hear the carp splashing.