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Bruce Colepeper review 30 Jun 2010
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Being in this area was an absolute revelation to us - the culture, the close proximity of the exquisite villages, the pretty views and the beautiful countryside - all were a delight to the senses. This area is unpolluted, unlittered and not too overrun with tourists.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Plan to stay a good length of time in the area so that you have sufficient time to relax and absorb the peace and beauty of your cottage and immediate area as well as to explore the surrounding area at leisure. Also, be well read and prepared so that you are able to seek out and visit specific areas of interest. There does not seem to be a wealth of brochures/signage/pointers for visitors.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
It is good to support the people who have invested time, interest and finances in the area. Our hosts, Alex and Nicole are doing an excellent job of making this area accessible to visitors. However, the locals seem ambivalent to the presence of visitors, hardly making the most of opportunities to share information about their area or to appreciate the wealth that tourists could bring. There are very few tourists evident, and I wonder if the area could actually cope with an influx? Our hosts are certainly environmentally aware.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
A lovely holiday, a very pleasant introduction to the area. We will definitely be back and will not hesitate to tell others about this place and specifically Les Lomornieres. In fact, we are thinking of planning a group trip, so that we can base ourselves at 1/2 spots and cycle or walk in the area. We were a little hampered by time and also needed a little more guidance and some pin pointers of places nearby to visit. We left feeling that we had missed some places which we would have loved.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on your short stay at Les Limornieres, le Grand Pressigny. We are pleased you enjoyed your 3 nights here and enjoyed the contrast to your city stay in Paris. We love to share this peaceful area and its special places to visit with our guests. There are many places to visit in the immediate area on foot or bike to suit different tastes from chateaux, farmers markets, rivers, lakes and forests. Further afield the wealth of historic towns, chateaux, vineyards, farmers markers and just beautiful places to stop and relax is vast. We are happy to help plan your trips by providing information on our favourite places or can point you towards other sources of information.
There is information out there, however often as it is a rural area the prime focus is not on visitors and is often only provided in French. We can help & many non-English speakers who are very happy to put the effort in to share their special place e.g. our local goat farm welcomes visitors to show the process that goes into their delicious cheese production.
We would love to see you again. Using here as a base for a group of cyclists & walkers would be a great plan. The local tourist offices provide detailed maps of circular routes of varying lengths with suggested places to stop en route for most of the surrounding towns and villages. We also know of and can recommend a Loire Valley cycling company up in Bourgeuil right by the river Loire itself. These two 'Loire Valley' locations as bases provide interesting and a very contrasting experience of the same 'Loire Valley region' from vineyards and chateaux in every direction to rolling hills, fields, forest and lots of hidden gems. Bon voyage et peut-être à bientôt!