Steve and Tim welcome foodies with a bountiful vegetable patch and cooking classes for those who ask; they live across the lavender and rose filled courtyard and are there if you want them. Steve’s a chef, so the kitchen is professionally kitted out and Tim can sort you out with a bottle from their cellar.
It’s pin-drop quiet here, surrounded by great artwork with only a medieval château to disrupt the endless views of the countryside: a real grown up escape. Take fortifying forest walks, return to the cosy, sunny barn and choose a book from a good collection.
Cyclists can bring bikes for the 800km Loire cycling route, a kilometre from the apartment; walkers can ramble through wine country. Sip sparkling brut in Saumur’s sinuous medieval backstreets, observe equestrian derring-do at the Cadre Noir, or visit the turreted château to experience its majestic presence above the river.