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This is a great place! The owner met us promptly. She was very cheerful and accommodating, even to the extent of making great recommendations for dinner and breakfast. Breakfast in the nearby Botanical Garden was exceptional! Our apartment was very comfortable and conveniently located. The area is quiet tho not far from all the busy nightlife in the Old Quarter of Tours. This was a perfect location for visiting the Loire Valley. The 19th century courtyard was delightful with its original plantings still maintained. The owner even provided a romantic candlelit setting in the garden at the end of our busy day where we enjoyed our market purchases if local wine and cheese for dinner one night.
My husband, daughter (10mths old), and I just returned from a perfect 11 day stay at the Mill. The Mill had everything we needed in order to be comfortable on our trip. My husband spent quite a bit of time fishing off the patio and I explored the property with our daughter (going for walks and looking at the farm animals). The property includes another Mill, Manor House, working Farm, and Château. Even though all, except the Château, were in use or rented during our stay, we had plenty of privacy. Anne, the owner, was very responsive when we had any questions. We used the Mill as a base while we explored the Loire Valley. I would highly recommend staying here if you are considering this place for your vacation. I also have a couple of tips-
1- Rent a car: at first we thought we could rent bikes to get around but I am so glad we rented a car. The property is “out of town.” and not close to a bus/train station. This was our first experience driving in Europe and the French country roads are fairly easy to navigate and there is not much traffic.
2- Monts is not a tourist destination, like Paris, and most people don’t speak any English. This wasn’t a big deal for us as we travel to France often but be prepared to bring some sort translation device.
3- Rent a phone from InsidrParis: Since the Mill didn’t have WiFi or a phone, we rented a phone from InsidrParis that we picked upon arrival at CDG. We used the phone as our navigation for the car, translator, and hotspot to call home.
4- Grocery shopping nearby: There is a SuperU in town but if you drive a little further there is a Carrefour which has more and better selection and BioCoop which has only organic items.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip. We are looking forward to coming back soon.