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Review 4623: La Charite Sur Loire, Lucarne


Review by jamtart from Western Australia

2bed/2bath apartment in La Charite sur Loire, Burgundy


April 04 2010, 1 week


In April we rented a gite in La Charite sur Loire. It was the top one of three apartments in a complex of medieval buildings. The apartments are entered through a doorway on the main street next to le fermiere and then up a winding stone staircase. Lucarne at the top was a very comfortable gite ... all mod cons ... best looked at on the owner's website with its 360 degree cam.

We had an amazing week here, apart from the lovely gite the town itself is a very interesting place to explore. It has a magnificent 12th century Cluniac priory church of Notre Dame. It was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1998 and it is right outside the living room window ! The gite has a tower which serves as a terrace. Up a ladder, into the tower, hatch down and you are with the birds and the upper windows of the church ... magic at sunset with a glass of wine. There is a backpack provided for carrying supplies up the ladder and a warning not to forget the bottle opener.

Byron and Kelly, the Canadian owners have amazing local knowledge ... a tour of the town with Byron will teach you so much; there is so much to discover. I will never forget my delight when Byron pointed out the charming little house built into a nook in the side of the church ... for the dwarf bell-ringer of old.

They have recently completed two more gites in the town both of which you can see on their website. We were very impressed with their vision and enthusiasm for this lovely old town.

La Charite sur Loire is one of several Villes des Livres in France so there are many antiquarian bookstores in the town along with everything else you will need. There are several restaurants, we tried Babette and Eva's on the night of our arrival and enjoyed it so much we didn't go anywhere else.

A week was not long enough to explore the surrounding area. We went as far afield as Chambord chateau and the old town of Bourges and to the nearby towns of Sancerre, La Borne, Briare and Apremont where we found another restaurant that needed a return visit. So much we missed, Guedelon, Vezelay, Auxerre and places east ... next time! La Charite is less than two hours from Paris by train so a day trip is possible.

We can recommend Lucarne for the gite itself, and La Charite as a very interesting town to stay and Byron and Kelly who will make sure your visit is a memorable one.

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