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Review 5405: La Barauderie, Le Havre


Review by Marietta Robinson from US

studio cottage on a farm near Montrichard, Loire Valley


August 10-17 2012, one week


The cottage is behind the owner's house on a small, country road. It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, but you are only five kilometers on a tiny road from Pontlevoy and about ten kilometers from Montrichard. You are right beside the forest of Montrichard with beautiful trails.

Nearby Amenities

It is a short drive to restaurants and grocery stores.

The House/Apartment

This is a stone one-room cottage which is in good shape and very peaceful and quiet. There is a small kitchen, large bathroom, sitting area and bed.


There is a lovely outside sitting area that is very quiet and private. The lap pool is right out your bathroom door and is shared with the owner.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture is basic, but in good shape and the cottage was very clean. There are a sufficient number of chairs and outdoor lounges.


The bed is very comfortable and the bathroom is large and has a lovely, large shower.


I did not cook while I was there, but there were plenty of pots and pans and dishes of good quality and the kitchen is the size you would expect for a one-room cottage.

Problems or Bonuses

I was surprised at how remote the cottage was, but came to love it once I knew I could run to the boulangerie in Pontlevoy in the morning and had several restaurants within 15 kilometers. The good news was how quiet and peaceful it was, which I particularly like in the morning.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owners, Karen and Craig, rented it to me directly. They are delightful and American. They had the perfect touch of being there for anything you needed, but staying out of your way so you have plenty of privacy. They graciously let me use their laundry.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

This is a very basic sweet stone cottage that is quite remote and very quiet and peaceful. If that is what you have in mind, I would highly recommend it.

Things to do in this area

I visited several nearby towns, castles and a couple of wineries. I would highly recommend Chenonceau, by far, the best of the castles in the area. I very much enjoyed the town of Amboise and the Restaurant de l'ecole in Pontlevoy is both lovely and very convenient. There are some great bike paths and running trails in the immediate area.

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