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Recent Reviews

  • Lovely back-house in Vendome
    4 of 5

    Our stay was very nice. We loved the little town, although we spent a lot of time on the road exploring. The lodging was a nice size, the garden area (between the back-house and the main house) is lovely. We were there in late Sept. so it was a bit cool to sit out much. In warmer months, it would be a perfect spot for an evening glass of wine. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen small but perfectly functional. The shower in the bathroom was quite an experience - no separation between the shower and the rest of the room. No step in or enclosure - just a drain. After the shower, you use a floor squeegee to pull the water back into the shower "area" and drain. It was weird at first, but at the end of our week, I really liked it. It allowed for a large, comfortable shower in an otherwise tiny area. The only complaint is the wifi was non-existent. Every once in a while we'd get a weak signal, maybe enough to get a text out or, if lucky, a web page open. Then it would go away. The modem was in the main house and the signal just did not make it to the back-house. We used a TON of data that week. But, other than that - it was a lovely stay.

    Stayed: Sep 2018
  • A Week in Trôo in the Loire Valley
    5 of 5

    This is a lovely cottage on top of a cave, on the side of a hill of troglodyte caves, many of which have been turned into quaint homes and rentals. There is no street to the cottage. Instead, you park at the church at the top and walk down a path. It is very private, with a beautiful yard overlooking the Loir River and Loire Valley. We first stayed here as a getaway from Paris in the spring of 2010, and the fields were covered in a gorgeous yellow crop of rapeseed. This fall the scenery was lush green. The cottage is a delight, very well equipped kitchen, good wifi, and very clean, with comfortable bed and seating. The bedroom and bath are on the lower level, and a pull-out sofa and love seat on the top level in the great room. Garden furniture is comfortable, and since the property is fenced, our dog could lounge outside during the day. (This is a great place for a well-mannered dog!) I should add that in lieu of using the circular staircase, which our large golden retriever couldn't maneuver, you can access the bedroom/bathroom level by walking down a few garden steps to the bedroom's exterior door. There are lovely walks along the hillside and up to the top and down to the river. A few good restaurants are around, our favorite being Auberge St. Catherine. Kate the owner is very accommodating and easy to reach with any questions. She has stocked the cottage with many brochures of things to do in the area. Having done a lot of sightseeing the first time we were there, we mostly enjoyed sitting in the yard reading and enjoying the fall weather. But you could keep yourself very busy with sightseeing. Since we now spend most of the year in SW France, we look forward to returning in years to come.

    Stayed: Sep 2018