After four weeks of checking in to hotel after hotel it was lovely to put our bags down in this quaint little place. L'Oree de Giverny is set in the tranquil, picturesque countryside of France (only 1hr west of Paris).
Our initial enquiry email (the night prior to our arrival) was responded to almost immediately, booking secured within an hour and the owners had even sent through some handy tips on sites to see in the local vicinity. The number one tip was to book our tickets no Monet's garden online and go after 4pm when the crowds had cleared, as a result we had a brilliant afternoon there and did not have to wait to see anything.
On arrival we were given a warm welcome, toured the rooms available with our host and chose a cosy little villa detached from the main house featuring modern yet comforting decor (If not for the shower alone, the tariff was worth every dollar). The living area also opened up to a private terrace with a panoramic country view which went well with a bottle of wine pre-dinner.
We chose to eat dinner with our hosts and were not disappointed. All three courses were thoughtfully prepared with the finest local ingredients from neighboring farm land and between main and dessert we were also treated to a taste of one of the cheeses from the region.
Above all, the host couple were the most lovely and accommodating people my partner and I have met in our recent travels. There was not a moment of silence throughout dinner as we fumbled through any language barriers and learnt about one another's home countries and shared travel stories. After a great breakfast spread in the morning we sadly said "au revoir".
L'Oree de Giverny is a relatively new venture and I have no doubt it has all the essential elements to become a world class B&B. If you are after a relaxing time, a serene setting and pleasant company I would highly recommend you pay this place a visit.
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