We started a 5 week family trip in France and Spain at La Ferme des Tourterelles - little did we know when we arrived that this place would spoil us for every other place we stayed. We arrived extremely tired after a long flight from Canada and drive from Paris. We were warmly greeted and settled in to Les Hirondelles. The gite was beautifully appointed, clean, and so so comfortable. In the morning we woke to doves cooing softly and the lure of the bread van. This was the perfect place to unwind and relax - the surrounding countryside was absolutely beautiful and quiet rural village combined with lots of interesting local areas and villages to explore made for a tremendous start. We were fortunate to have very hot weather for late June and enjoyed relaxing by the pool - watching the swallows dip and dive and the bees buzz amongst the lavender.
Throughout our stay, Sarah and James were always available to answer questions, provide suggestions, share their stories about the history of the farm and their loving restoration, and supply champagne from a local cellar! While there, we had an issue at home that Sarah helped us sort out through various faxes and emails - this was all done so graciously and willingly.
Perhaps the only downside is that the area does not have really great restaurants (at least we didn't manage to find them) but, we loved being here so much we were just as happy to shop and eat at home.
I can't recommend this place, or Sarah and James, highly enough. We certainly hope to return someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the edge of a sleepy village in the middle of Champagne countryside, is La Ferme des Tourterelles. The four gites - Les Chouettes (sleeps 8/10), Les Hirondelles (sleeps 4), Les Tourterelles (sleeps 6/7) and Les Moineaux (sleeps 4/5); recently converted barns providing spacious homes are situated around a courtyard. Come here to relax by the large heated outdoor swimming pool with a panoramic view. 3 km away from Champagne Vineyards, 7km from Nigloland the 3rd largest amusement park in France, 10 minutes from the Lakes of the Foret D'Orient, 15 and 40 minutes respectively from medieval Bar-sur-Aube and Troyes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Ferme Des Tourterelles Eclance, France - Champagne-Ardenne