Wednesday, 30 April 2014

French Style!

Ready for more travelogue.... here we go.
Counting down the days to Nantes but we still had a four night stay booked in a town called Bauge' , our base to explore the Loire Valley. It took us a while to find the accommodation we had booked as it was hidden behind a huge stone wall and big doors in the centre of town but it was a secret treasure. A lovely 16th centre house owned by antique dealers in a secret walled garden with it's own chapel. The owners had renovated the former stables and coach house for accommodation and it was truly lovely!
Here is a sneak peek......


Bauge' is a small town but we were delighted with it. On our second day there we woke up to find the biggest markets in the main street, just outside our door and we hadn't heard a thing all night!

We spent our days visiting some of the beautiful chateaus in the region, wandering the roads through endless fields of canola in flower and having lots of coffee stops in the towns and villages, some even built into the caves all through the valley!

My favourite place was the Chateau Villandry. The rooms were authentically furnished, which was great but the gardens were mind blowing. The parterre gardens were in full bloom and were spectacular!

The icing on the cake was finding a little quilt show fluke!

It would have been so easy to stay longer but Nantes and the quilt show are our next stop........can't linger.

Happy stitching!

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  1. loving my holiday in France..........

  2. You really do find the most inspirational places to visit and you haven't even got to Nantes yet! Keep on living the dream...

  3. Such beautiful places! I love Villandry!

  4. Oh my goodness, So much gorgeousness in one post!! I just love those paterre gradens!!!

  5. I just have to add, it's a great photo of you in the canola field.