Friday, March 30, 2012

Cottage in the Loire Region of France

 
 
Six years ago we went on holidays to the Loire Valley.  We rented a gite (cottage) in a small hamlet called Neons-sur-Creuse.  A sleepy little place, surrounded by countryside and fields upon fields of sunflowers!  The gite was just gorgeous, exactly how I had imagined it would be!  Beautiful beams, old floors and a gorgeous fireplace in the sitting room.


We spent most of the time in the old kitchen at the farmhouse table.  Eating, drinking and relaxing. 


The kitchen was like something out of a film.  A lovely old sink with a little skirt, old terracotta  tiles and wonderful casement windows we would throw open every morning.  We always get into a routine quickly on holiday.  I would get the coffee going while Niall nipped to the local boulangerie for a baguette, croissants and our some warm pain au chocolat mmmmmm.   Then we would carry our petit dejeuner outside to the little iron table and chairs and munch are breakfast contentedly.


Our bedroom was so cute with it's pink and white stripes and look at those beams!



The bathroom was very quaint with a freestanding bath - very romantic . . .

A second bathroom . ..


I wish I has some photos of the garden to show you but I couldn't find any.   It was a very pretty garden with roses and cottagey flowers.  To to the side of the garden was a little gate and archway leading to the heated swimming pool - bliss!



I would love to get back to France in the next year for a holiday.  We had a short break last Summer but I'm really starting to crave France (if it's possible to crave a country!?).  I would gladly go back to the Loire , but there are so many other areas to explore in France that I think we'll try somewhere different.  One day I would like to go back to this cute cottage though as it was one of those holidays where you really relax and go home refreshed instead of those frantic holidays where you need a holiday to recover from your holiday!  It depends where you\re going of course but if I'm going for at least a week I like to rent a self-catering cottage.  I enjoy the trips to the markets and buying fresh food and baguettes, it's fun and feels like you're living there for a while.   If you are interested in renting this gite Click Here!  It's six years since I was there so I don't know if it's changed - I hope not - it was a special little place.  

Sharon
xxxx

18 comments:

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

this place is divine! so quaint...we often stay in B & B's as they are more cozy...we're visiting France this year again, would love to be in the countryside!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

The cottage is so charming. I can see why you would want to go back.

Dee

French Grey said...

Wonderful!! I can see why you have such fond memories. You have left us all longing for a trip to France!
Have a great weekend!

Cindy
xo

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Maureen, thank you for stopping by! Lucky you going this year! Enjoy!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Dee, you're very welcom to my blog! Thank you for the follow and comment!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Cindy, glad you like it - I must find the photos I took of the garden there - days before I had a digital camera!! you'd love them!!

Sharon

Leslie said...

I want to go!! Love the kitchen and bathroom :) Aren't B&B's the best? So sweet and personal. What a wonderful vacation this must have been!

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

THAT IS SOOO LOVELY:) you must have been so happy when you lived there. Can I come with next time haha:)
If you want some paris spring mood you can check out my new post:)
Have a great weekend

LOVE Maria

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Maria, it was a lovely holiday! will check out your Paris post!

Leslie, you'll be going to Paris soon won't you?? when is your trip??

Sharon

Mrs. Sutton said...

What a beautiful place! Some of my favoutrite holidays have been to similar self catering holidays in France - usually in Normandy or Charente. We always look for the most quaint, charming little cottages or farmhouses - the ones that have a fairytale almost gingerbread like quality to them - it always makes the holiday seem like you're living in a rustic fantasy!
p.s. thank you SO much for your lovely messages on my blog - especially the one about when you first started - it's funny to think of how terrifying it was - and how fulfilling and wonderful it is now to find such kindred spirits! xx

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Mrs. Sutton, agree about finding the right place for holidays. I always spend ages looking for somewhere with character and charm! It WAS terrifying but as you say very fulfilling now!!

Sharon
xxxx

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

What a charming place, I wish I were spending my weekend there!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

so do I Vanisha!!

Rachel said...

This place is so beautiful.It reminds me of a French inspired Bed and Breakfast I stayed in once. So lovely.

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Rachel, welcome! thank you for your lovely comments!

Sharon

Karen said...

I wouldn't want to go on holiday to this cottage - I'd want to live there! So charming, so simple, so lovely. I'm jealous for anyone that gets to go and stay and have tea in such a wonderful spot.

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

Thank you soo much:) Yes I love IKEA great stuff that doesnt kill your wallet. Here in Sweden its easter this week and I hope the weather is great so I can go to the iland Styrsö. If you ever go to GBG go there because its a beautyful iland:)
Have a lovely week.

LOVE Maria

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Karen, that's why I loved it so much there, it was so simple yet charming and full of character!

Sharon

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