Out of this world
recensione inoltrata: 27 novembre 2008
Data soggiorno: ottobre 2007
A fabulous and atmospheric manor house, full of charm and style. It's very special! We spent a wonderful Christmas there with our (adult) children and our dog - the house is extremely spacious and comfortable; there are lots of interesting daytime rooms and the bedrooms too are fascinating and individual. So it's very easy to find quiet places and to cater for different interests and moods. It feels as if you have been given the freedom of a very precious and loved ancestral home, which is why for us it was such an unforgettable experience.
The house does not in any way have the feel of a rental property. Michel, the owner, was discreet but welcoming; his motto that "the house is for living in" was genuine and visible everywhere. So nothing appears to be locked away. There is an abundance of beautiful glasses and tableware. All the rooms are full of unusual and interesting antiques, ornaments and pictures. There is no list of things that guests must do or not do! Overall, you feel that the whole rental process is based on trust and understanding.
You would definitely need a car to take full advantage of your stay here. With this proviso, there are many places of interest within easy reach, including the magnificent chateau at Chambord and, for fans of Tintin, the chateau at Cheverny. Orleans and Meung sur Loire are a short drive away. There are plenty of local shops, supermarkets and restaurants nearby, as well as a particularly good boulangerie within walking distance.
During our visit the weather was very crisp and cold, leading to some wonderful outdoor scenery - frozen fountains in the garden and spectacular skylines against the backdrop of the adjacent River Loire. Even in winter the formal gardens were stunning and, in warmer weather, they must be a delight. For us, though, our abiding memory of the manor will be the warmth of our welcome, log fires and candlelight, and the unique character and comfort of the house.
Persone di età 55+,
Voti utili: 1/1
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