We are a family of 2 adults, a teenager son & an 11 yr old daughter. We stayed at Mark & Monica’s place from 10th to 15th June. We took 2 ensuite rooms that came with our own separate living area.
It was our first experience living in someone’s house. Well…what can we say?! It was absolutely fantastic – a beautiful place (check out the pictures on LMV’s website – they look exactly as how we saw them – no Adobe Photoshop at work!), great food and even greater hosts! Words will not do justice to what we have experienced at Mark & Monica’s place.
We took a 2-hour TGV ride from Paris to Poitiers. Then drove for about an hour from Poitiers to LMV (passed through some very scenic views of the French country side) with the help of Mark’s directions emailed to us earlier – directions were to the tee! The GPS will also direct you to LMV’s doorstep.
LMV was re-fitted & re-decorated personally by both Mark & Monica! Yes, they literally re-built the whole place! Ask for a “before and after” photo tour by Mark, over a cup of English tea or coffee and by the fire place – absolutely beautiful & nostalgic! The place was done up only about a year ago and hence everything is still new & fresh although the rustic & country charm are still being retained.
We will not dwell into the specifics of the bedrooms and bathrooms furnishings – we had stayed in 5-6 stars luxury class hotels/resorts all over the world, and would say that LMV is comparable if not even better than some of them! Only item lacking in the room is a hair dryer though ;p.
Things to do – exactly as stated in LMV’s website. In addition, many nearby quaint villages to explore. Or, just do absolutely nothing and let Mark & Monica spoil and pamper you with their superb hospitality. On hindsight, we should have done more of that – just enjoy the place, food and the company of Mark, Monica & Spot!
Breakfasts (included in room rate) were great & sumptuous. Dinners (separate charge – either 2 or 3 course) were delicious with wine, beer & non-alcoholic beverages served. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to do lunch (separate charge) & only had a single occasion of tea time (which was also wonderful - included in room rate) as we were mostly out visiting.
Our daughter is not one who likes food but she completely fell in love with Monica’s cooking. Our son enjoyed the evenings watching movies together with Mark (Mark has a good & sizeable collection of DVDs) & Spot (this cute little fella was always snuggling up to Mark underneath the sofa blankets) drinking & savoring chocolates! The adults enjoyed sipping wine, drinking tea/coffee and eating Monica’s freshly baked cakes & especially enjoyed the barbeque dinner in LMV’s vast & spacious backyard.
Will we visit again? Of course! We are already planning for next winter!
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