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review 13 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Gathering on the terrace in the early evening to sample Peter's selected aperitif and to share our experiences on the day.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Most people stayed local and just walked from the accommodation. I took my car which enabled me to see the wider area. I covered the Marais Poitevin, the Baie d'Aiguillon and the Mervent Forest with ease. Very varied scenery for not a lot of extra effort.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Ironically most of the local people seemed to be expat Brits! All of our service was by local residents, all of the food was local and most of the drinks provided were local. Taking my car didn't help with the environmental impact, if you just want to walk or cycle the local countryside (including 2 stages of the 2018 Toiur de France) then you can and you will keep your environmental impact very low!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

There was a particular reason for choosing this trip and it worked. Being a group at breakfast and in the evening really worked for me. Peter and Carolynn were excellent hosts and made sure we all talked to each other and shared together. Just what I needed! Plenty of wildlife around, the spotted flycatcher leaping through the garden was great, several species of dragonfly by the ford and several hummingbird hawkmoths feeding on the lavender by the pool, all to the tune of blackbirds, turtle doves and a Cetti's warbler!

Read the operator's response here:

What a lovely descriptive review - thank you Nigel. We are delighted that you appreciated the time you spent at our place in this corner of France. On our part, we very much enjoyed your company and the interesting mix of other guests in that week. Warm regards, Peter and Carolynn

review 25 Sep 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Most memorable :Exploring the local countryside on foot:it's like going back 100 years. There are small fields with tall, thick hedges. There is Hardly any traffic. You can walk ( or cycle) straight from Le Moulin, which is idyllically situated at the end of a shallow valley, surrounded by trees and bordered by a stream. There is total peace and quiet. We felt as if we belonged while we were there as Peter and Carolynn are so relaxed and welcoming. Most exciting: birding in the Marais Poitevin ( West part) and finding St Denis du Payré bird observatory, where after buying a €5 ticket in the nearby village.( and waiting for the afternoon 3pm reopening after lunch break) we watched scores of Spoonbills, Cattle Egrets, Sacred Ibises,Black Winged Stilts, Sandpipers, Marsh Harriers etc

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Tell Carolynn if you hate fish, or are gluten intolerant. She did a fabulous menu for myself.and my husband who are both of these things! The steps are a bit steep to some of the rooms, but there are rails for the most part.!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Lots of local wines drunk! I was on vacation so don't know about the nitty gritty!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Both my husband and myself loved our week. Lazing by and in the pool late afternoon was lovely and the weather was hot. Being able to walk littlle or miles or not at all, was good -there is no compulsion to be super active, though you can! If you want to be totally catered for and live in verdant peace for a week, but have company too-this is the place for you!

review 23 Sep 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The care and attention given to us by the hosts - maps, information and person recommendations. Details were important. The food is wonderful - vegetarians are catered for with equal care. French wines and French cheeses served with all the meals. Easy place to be - no fuss but no neglect either.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Its off the beaten track - if you love that, you will love this vacation. Its not in a stunningly beautiful area, just in good countryside for walking and cycling around. So bring books and make sure you have your switch off button. You need to be aware too that each evening the entertainment is the meal (which is excellent) and you and your fellow guests.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I would say that we did not have a big foot print. Everything we ate and drank was bought locally. I did not use anything but bike and walking boot all week.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. It was not a thrills and spills vacation, just a quiet retreat where you are looked after. And if that is what you need, this is a place for you. Thank you Peter and Carolyn.

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