“Intimate but grand, a blissful 5-bedroom retreat in a charmed setting for romantics of all ages and families”
The sunny character of the suites reflects the owners’ spirit. You’ll love the old pale stone walls, the sweeping wooden floors, the tall windows hung with raw silk (pale pink for the Rose Suite, purple for Wisteria). The overall impression is one of space, comfort and modernity.
The furniture is custom-made and each room has a sitting area - a velvet chaise longue, a striped fauteuil, a big white rug to sink your toes into. Beds are super-kingsize, wrapped in white cotton, topped with white crochet or patchwork blanket, heaped with pillows. Bathrobes are in cotton velour, bed linen is sumptuous, there are fresh flowers. Simple bliss at its best.
Wake up and wallow in Compagnie de Provence bubbles - if the bedrooms are heavenly, the bathrooms are impeccable. They have rainfall showers and deep ‘cocoon’ tubs for 2 - note, Rose and Sienna’s baths are in the bedroom itself.
Four of the suites have their original fireplaces, most have views to gardens and stream, and Sienna is on the ground floor. Each room except Sienna can accommodate a baby or child under 8, while Maple is perfect for 2 adults, 2 kids and a baby, with interconnecting double and twin rooms.
Fruits and vegetables from the kitchen garden find their way to the breakfast room, to join a luscious array of homemade jams, muffins and pancakes (your hosts are Canadian, after all), along with the best local pastries, charcuterie and cheeses. There are eggs if you’d like them, raspberry fruit juice if you're lucky; nothing is too much trouble. The breakfast room is in effect a conservatory, with a black and white tiled floor, big windows and small tables overlooking the gardens - a gorgeous setting in every weather.
Feeling peckish? There are fridges on the ground and 1st floors for aperitifs, soft drinks and snacks during the day (crisps, nuts, chocolate, crackers, sweets etc). The prices are reasonable, and coffee and tea are always available. The small, stylish sitting room has a well-stocked honesty bar.
Warren and Shari can recommend many places for dinner, the closest of which is a short stroll away. Le Minage has a good selection of wines as well as enjoyable food at reasonable prices, and there’s a patio for balmy evenings. Or hop in the car to the little village of Saint-Juire Champgillon and the unassuming Le Saint-Georges. Here, chef Willie Lefay uses long-forgotten ingredients in his seasonal creations, and the results are innovative and delicious - not cheap, but refined.
P’tits Ventres de Terre in La Roche-sur-Yon (a 25-minute drive) is a tiny little place that embraces the spirit of Vendéan cuisine. The eponymous petits ventres de terre (small clay pots inspired by the Vendean ‘Pot a Mogette’), are crowned with bread or brioche. Charming and fun. And then there’s La Rochelle, awash with foodie (and seafoodie) delights. Dig deep into your wallet and book a table at the 2-Michelin-starred Restaurant Coutanceau. The food is imaginative, faultless, divine. Perfect for romance as the restaurant overlooks the sea so you can watch the sun go down.
i-escape's Best for Kids Awards 2013
Winner: Best New Arrival (2013)
Families are warmly welcomed and kids under 8 stay for free. Those with children will find the gardens a boon - lawns to roam, bushes to hide in, a paddling pool for tinies, and a swing and a slide. There’s more: cots, baby baths, highchairs, books, toys, DVDs, and a pushchair to borrow. For cosy nights in: a delivery from the local pizza restaurant and a baby monitor so you can eat downstairs. For nights out at restaurants: a trusted babysitter.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Gardenia, Wisteria and Rose can each sleep a family with 1 child (up to the age of 8); Maple Suite has interconnecting double and twin rooms - ideal for 2 adults, 2 children and a baby.
On request - extra cost
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There is a stream at the back of the property, but it is fenced off.