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Allen is a very entertaining and gregarious host. Come stay at his place just to have a conversation if you like!
Otherwise it’s tastefully done--idyllic. Just the right size for 2 and he has a bigger one next door that is for 4 max, I think. The views on site are incredible also, but the whole countryside around it is full of them.
And then there’s the two dogs, Ruby and Elsie. They’re very good dogs and so sociable. If you’re a dog person, they’ll come around pretty often, but if you aren’t (what’s wrong with you!), they're so well behaved I’m sure they’d stay out of your way.
As far as the surrounding area, we loved it. There’s plenty of Gallo-Roman history, good beef everywhere, surprisingly good restaurants, good wine at a short drive, lots of little picture-perfect towns, farms, and woods to go hiking through. It would make an excellent stop off on a trip between big cities. It could be an exact halfway point between Paris and Lyon for instance.
It looks just like the photos. If you love the photos you will love this place. It is so peaceful and quite. The gardens are so tranquil and there is so much bird and animal life to remind us city dwellers what it is really like to live in a small country town. There are plenty of very nteresting and very different towns and villages within a 45 min drive and we even jumped on a fast train to Paris for a day without any hassle or issues (45 min drive and 2 hours on the train) The only negative is we did get caught out a few times trying to find somewhere to eat when everything was closing at 1.30pm and many not reopening until 7pm. (plan ahead) The house is huge and I would recommend it for larger groups otherwise it may feel a bit empty (we had a party of 6 people) The owners are lovely and although they speak very little English we managed communication between our two cultures. 5 star holiday.