Easily located in the quiet village of Vouvray (famous for its white, sparking wine) we were warmly welcomed by our host, Noel Terry and his two Labradors Jimmy and Roxy. Secure parking is available in front of the house. Noel (originally from England) and his English speaking French wife Marina are very knowledgeable on the Loire area and local wines. They were considerate and entertaining hosts.
We stayed here two nights in their 'Pompadour Room' - best in house according to our host. He's right. It was a lovely room as was the spacious, tiled bathroom with an excellent towel heater. The room was beautifully furnished with a desk, fireplace and big view windows. The huge bed (big, soft and English) was a treat after weeks of smaller, harder French beds and flat pillows.
The grounds are extensive (10 acres I believe) with an avenue of old lime trees, shrubs, flowers beds, orchard and an attractive swimming pool. One of the dogs accompanied us on our exploration walk, seeming to point out all the main features! There is also a fascinating troglodyte chapel dating from 1300AD in the grounds. The village centre is an easy walk with a number of restaurant choices.
Early evening drinks (local wines) and nibbles were served by the pool (small charge) and we dined with our host on our last evening (must be pre arranged). The dining room and salon are delightful rooms and we had a wonderful meal prepared by Marina. Our party of six was lively and informal. Check it out yourselves on [--]