Why can't all B&Bs be like this? Welcoming us with a warm smile, a cup of tea and home made chocolate orange cake, Pauline, the owner instantly became our friend and advisor.
We were looking to buy a holiday home in the area and Pauline was always on hand for sharing her (vast) knowledge of the local area and for a jolly good chat, if wanted. The rooms are all wonderful , pristine, chiic and comfortable with modern new ensuites, beautiful antique furniture and quality bedlinen. It really looks like something from Homes and Garden.
Breakfast was a cafetiere of fresh coffee, freshly prepared fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, fruit juice,croissants, a variety of fresh breads with butter served in little curls and a selection of Pauline's home made jams - quite delicious.
Pauline was as enthusiastic as we were about buying in France, and took a genuine interest in our house hunt, giving some very welcome advice on the area, builders, restaurants, social life, activities etc.
Staying at La Lavanderie was a complete pleasure. It very quickly felt like a home from home. I would not hesitate to recommend it to even the most fussy of holidaymakers - it cannot be beaten. I also want to add that we found La Lavandiere by chance - we had never heard of it. or Pauline, before our stay. How lucky we were to find it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Lavandière is a beautiful stone house in the Poitou-Charentes region of France and in the heart of the pretty village of Voulême close to the Charente River. We have comfortable antique beds with cool Egyptian cotton sheets and luxury en-suite facilities. We are situated between the ancient cities of Angouleme and Poitiers with walking, cycling, horse riding and kayaking available on the doorstep and are an hour and a half from La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast. ... more less
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