"I lived out my dream of visiting France and staying in a medieval village, but it was more than I imagined it would be. My only regret is thinking that 3 days in town would be enough. I was terribly wrong!
We rented a car and drove from Paris (took about 2.5 hours), and as we drove into town, I burst into tears. Descending the windy road down to the house, with the village ramparts upon the hillside appearing before me, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It's incredibly beautiful, you just can't understand until you experience it; sharing pictures with my friends, they immediately replied, "That can't be real"! The house itself is big enough for at least 5 guests (2 in the downstairs bedroom, 2 in the upstairs bedroom, and there are 2 big couches in the upstairs as well that someone could sleep on). Yes, it's extremely old, so there is a "lived in" quality to the house, but that is a quality that I adore: authenticity. Bring on the cobwebs, I say! It only adds to the experience of living a quieter, slower-paced life in a foreign land. And the yard is divine; we enjoyed several meals on the patio, and I found myself happily awaking at dawn to embrace the sound of the birds, the river, and the peaceful sunrise.
As for the town itself, if you have trouble walking (specifically with taking stairs), you should note that the steps across the bridge that lead into town are many, however, if you have a car, you can simply drive around the road to the middle of town instead and no stairs need bother you at all. I personally enjoyed taking the steps (working off some of the calories from all the amazing foods), and the sites along the walk are gorgeous.
There were lots of wonderful shops and eateries in town, including a sweet little coffee shop/patisserie that had the best cappuccino and croissants. There is also a wine shop that is fabulous, and the farmers market on Sunday is not to be missed: we took home so many delicious goodies, such as cheese, bread, the tastiest strawberries, cured meat, fresh eggs, and several kinds of olives.
And as for things to do around the village, the countryside itself is enough; it's so stunning, with the rolling fields of golden flowers everywhere, I truly wish I could live in this place. We did visit a few sites, however, such as the ancient caves, a few castles, and nearby village of Flavigny.
I cannot wait to return. But next time, I will stay at least a week, or maybe I'll never go home..."
Guest: Jenna B.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: June 22, 2015