Last year I was travelling down the Loire Valley on business. I was off the beaten track and found myself in this tiny village of Valaire. There was only one B&B that I could see, Les Metamorphozes. The gates were open and there was a sort of art exhibition going on. I was mesmerised. People were milling around, glass of bubbly in hand, looking at some very modern paintings indeed. The artists were also there, but my French was not good enough to converse easily. (It's better now).
I wandered around the gardens and found myself relaxing and just breathing in the beauty of the area. There is a lake at the bottom of the gardens with a small island on which there is a sort of oriental looking summerhouse. I sat for at least half an hour on the veranda of this summerhouse and just let the whole beauty of the area wash over me.
I put off rushing back to Paris and asked the hosts if they had a room. I was delighted when they were able to offer me a choice of rooms. Each room is different and has a theme. I chose the oriental room which overlooks the gardens and faces east so the sun the next morning came streaming in. The bed, by the way, was large and extremely comfortable. The room was very large and faced east and south. The rooms that I saw all have very modern ensuites with mixer taps.
Breakfast the next morning was a selection of hams, meats, cheeses and smoked salmon. I also had a choice of teas which is very difficult to find in France (tea is not generally good in France). I felt very spoilt!
Sadly, I was unable to stay for dinner as the hosts need 24 hours notice. I was sent to a charming small hotel up the road where the food was definitely gourmet and not too expensive.
I was just delighted with the whole visit.
I promised I would return and next time book early enough to stay for dinner too.
I had to leave the car on the roadside but there is very little traffic so that did not bother me much.
There is no public transport so if one wants to leave the car to go visiting chateaux it is difficult.
It is not a children sort of place. I think it is a relaxing place to be.
I paid 75€ per night which is probably the best quality/price ratio I have had for a long time.