This gite complex is a gem of a find if you are looking for relaxation, with the odd chateau visit thrown in!
From the moment I contacted the owner, I knew it would be a good holiday. The very accommodating attitude (offering to wait up until midnight to greet us as they like to greet all guests) that we were met with never faultered throughout our week here. The owners (Wendy and Nigel) were excellent hosts, with nothing being too much trouble and even cooking a shared BBQ for guests on our first night to help us all settle in and get to know each other. The resident goat (Bevington), dog (Moses) and numerous cats were present, but normally quite elusive and not bothering you - I'm not keen on cats, yet I wasn't bothered by them once!
The nature of the gites (converted outbuidlings of a farmhouse and the farmohuse itself) are all around a central courtyard style area making it very easy to socialise, although you could also be independant if you so wished. The pool is a nice size, with loungers, umbrellas and even the odd lilo and ball thrown in for good measure! The jacuzzi is in a seperate secluded area and you are even provided plastic glasses if you fancy a midnight champagne dip!!
The location is quite rural, with tit being perfect for walking and cycling. The nearest village (for the boulangerie) not really walkable distance unless you want your breakfast for lunch! However, it does have a fantastic little restaurant, who serve a 4 course set menu for about 12euros which excellent value. The nearest Town is a a nice size, with 3 boulangeries to choose from as well as an average sized supermarket on the outskirts. There are some nice local food produce stalls at the market on the friday too. There are about 5 or 6 restaurants here covering a range of prices. Chateau's of note are about 30mins drive, with Chinon worthy of a visit. It's more like our castles that children can climb and explore, as opposed to the french chateau's which are more like palaces. Chinon also has some lovely restaurants too.
All in all, a lovely relaxing break was had with some great acquaintances (from the other guests) made hosted by the perfect hosts. Hope to return with family, but it won't be the same without the people who were there this year!