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Review 1052: Gîtes de France, Indre-et-Loire (Gite #12081)
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 4, Montrésor, Loire Valley
May 2004, 1 week
We looked for a gîte within a village, as the proximity of a boulangérie rules everything, with us. We found Montrésor first, as my husband had already got me interested in Foulkes Nerra, and this was where he built one of his major fortresses. Then we found this gîte, and it looked appealing: not only in itself, but because the boulangérie is DIRECTLY ACROSS THE ROAD! :-) It's in a row of little terraces, but during our week there, we heard only the neighbours on one side, and that about twice, I think.
Montrésor is sensational! -- one can say nothing less. It's a member of the L'Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France, and not without cause.
The boulangérie is *directly across the road*! -- how good is that?! And Montrésor has the best little 'local' hypermarché we've found in France. Whilst nothing can beat the E. Leclerc chain in terms of size and range and prices, the little shop in Montrésor runs them all a close second! There is also a chemist, with an excellent stock.
If you want more, you take 10 minutes to drive to Loches -- well, 20 minutes, to be honest, if you go the short way; because you have to negotitate the teeny narrow streets in Loches.
In excellent shape, our little gîte. Slightly different from its published photo, as the owners had to remove the little dormer room. But we didn't miss it; and we used the 3rd floor double bedroom to dry our washing -- as all the heated air goes up there, it was ace!
It has a wee yard out the back that we did use on the Sunday, when the day was glorious; the barbecue -- a simple little trolley one -- was excellent, and the fuel was all there. No pool! We HATE pools. :-)
The furniture was fine; not new, but not too old, either. To be honest, when we were 'at home', we were either eating at the dining-room table or sitting in front of the TV (we had moved the séjour's two armchairs into the end of the dining-room to be in front of the TV) or asleep in bed; and our bed was EXCELLENT!
The house was spotless; we had met our hosts cleaning after the previous people on the day we arrived. They are charming, and were able to cope with my fairly awful French very well. They left us lilacs and some yummy goodies from the boulangérie; and they told us they like Australians! (How intelligent of them!) :-)
See above re: bedrooms. The bathroom was absolutely fine; I do like to have a window in the bathroom, and this one looked out onto Foulke Nerra's castle!
Kitchen better than alright; even has a dishwasher (used relentlessly)! My husband does the cooking, and he came up with some of the best he's done while we were there; this I attribute, to be honest, to the availability of local produce like speck (which we can't get in Oz).
Problems or Bonuses
A bit difficult to get warm, when TV-gazing, unless having the heaters on for a long time. But after our week, M. Brochot charged us very reasonably indeed -- especially in comparison with the person in whose gîte we'd stayed in Carennac!
The surprise would've been how good the little barbecue was, and how often we used it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Acceuil Touraine were not helpful, but we got our booking done in spite of them. It was almost impossible to persuade them to TAKE THE MONEY FROM OUR CREDIT CARD *NOW*!, because we were to travel for six weeks, and Montrésor was towards the end of it. I must've made several very expensive phone-calls, to no avail: in the end, a letter from my quasi-francophone sister saved us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again in a heartbeat, and so would my husband ! -- it's just that there are so many other places to visit in France (and Italy) that there's only one place we ever go back to, and that's Le Clair de la Plume, in Grignan. But that's a hotel, and another story ...
Things to do in this area
Be a castle-gazer; walk "les Balcons de l'Indrois"; wash your car outside the little supermarket; explore all the areas around (and there are MANY). Walk all around Montrésor; visit the Châteaux; have a drink at the pub (which is a restaurant, but we didn't eat there).
We used this week to explore in our leased Renault Clio (heavenly vehicle!) and relax 'at home'; if that's your thing, you should stay here.
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