We have just returned from our fourth visit to this wonderful group of cottages outside an interesting village, and we are already trying to sort out how to go again next year. The cottages -- we have now stayed in all three -- are thoughtfully furnished and sparkling clean. They are built around a central grassy area with lovely flower plantings, and each has a little space for outdoor dining. The owners, Alex and Nicole -- who are smart, funny, hard-working people -- thoughtfully put out toys and books for children and somehow manage to remember just how old our daughter is from year to year. She learned to read this year and, sure enough, when we arrived she found a cabinet full of age-appropriate books, which she immediately started devouring. She also loved bouncing on the trampoline, using the swing set, helping to feed the chickens and looking for eggs. There is a covered play barn that is great for rainy days and there are nice selections of children's videos should you need to resort to them. (There is also a nice selection of English-language paperbacks and videos for grown-ups in each of the cottages. This year, we discovered a hilarious British TV series that hasn't made it to America. We watched late at night, after our daughter was in bed and after we'd spent some time studying the wonderful canopy of stars.) Some of the most famous Loire Valley chateaux, such as Chenonceau and Chinon, are a pleasant drive away through beautiful country. Closer to the cottages, there are towns with lovely markets (along with big supermarches, should you need them), small chateaux, and old churches. Every time we visit, we feel as if we have just scratched the surface of what there is to see and do. But it's also compelling to just sit in a chair and read a book or nap in such a relaxing environment. Alex and Nicole are the perfect hosts, happy to chat but never intrusive, and have compiled lots of information about the area. Highly recommended. We can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free use of bikes Restaurants/Bars <3km Hairdryer. Washing machine. The perfect base for your Loire Valley visit. Set in peaceful Loire Valley with far reaching views. 3 Self-contained self-catering cottages in landscaped flower filled gardens available to rent individually or together for up to 12 adults holidaying together. Countryside setting on doorstep, many marked walking & cycling circular routes via quiet lanes, woods, rivers & fields. Bikes to borrow for all guests. <3Km from village le Grand Pressigny - museum, chateaux, restaurants, bars. ... more less