We spent a wonderful three weeks at La Samsonelle. Our hosts Sylvie and Mark both are fluent in English and French. They were welcoming and knowledgeable without being obtrusive. The gite contained a comprehensive set of brochures, maps, walking and velo guides. Sylvite and Mark also arranged a cooking class for us which was a real highlight. Sylvie also took us on a guided tour of the famous Abbaye Royale in the town. Despite having seen many abbeys, churches etc, Sylvie's tour made the abbey and it's connection to the town come alive for us. Although built in the old style the gite is very modern with a modern kitchen containing a washer/dryer, a modern bathroom and two bedrooms with good beds which sleeps six comfortably. For young families there are lots of toys and games and a travel cot. The town is lively without being touristy with restaurants, tearooms, boulangeries, specialty shops of local delicacies and a small epicerie. We have stayed in a number of gites in France and this was by far the best. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tastefully restored 2 bedroom 'tuffeau' 4 star-gîte in historic village of Fontevraud L'Abbaye. Landscaped garden with enclosed privacy garden overlooking pond with waterlilies and large inflatable pool. Shops, services and 3 gastronomic restaurants in the village. 3 golf courses nearby. Sylvie, Mark and their children welcome you to an extremely well located and cosy residence, less than 2 minutes walk away from the magnificence of the royal abbey, in the heart of the historic village.The perfect setting in which to relax and share in the joy of life and in the appreciation of historic buildingsCouples or families up to 6 people are welcome for a week, a short break or a couple of nights.We are fluent in English, French and German (even a bit of Spanish) and will do our utmost to welcome you and make you feel at home. ... more less