Comments from our guestbook
From the start of booking ‘La Belle Vue’
everything went extremely smoothly.
Constant emails went back and forth between
ourselves and Jim & Pauline to arrange our
stay. They explained the best travel
information and also gave us some advice on
sites and shopping on the way.
On arriving in Barrau and parking in the
village Jim and Pauline appeared from
nowhere and greeted us with smiles which
made us feel so welcome. They then led us to
the Gite where we would be staying and
showed us around the 'upside down' apartment
we would be living in.
Bottom floor consisted of the hall way,
bathroom and bedroom which led to a small
garden and a path leading to a local walk
and a route to the river Creuse close by.
The first floor consisted of a small balcony
kitchen which had everything you needed to
make our stay comfortable which led to a
sitting room with a small dining area. At
this point we were handed a bottle of wine
from the local vineyard to welcome us to
France and was further greeted by a pot of
homemade soup as we had had a long journey
from our home town.
We met the next day when we were shown
different areas for visiting and also what
was available in the village. A fishing
permit was high on my agenda and was told
the local general store would be the area to
pick one up. This had been brought up in our
emails and Jim and Pauline had gathered
information on where I could gather items
needed for my trips. They also had a vast
knowledge of all the chateaus we could visit
in the Loire Valley region including
parking, what to find there and in their
mind the best ones to visit if you only have
a short time there.
This was very helpful and made our visit
even more enjoyable as it helped us gain an
insight to what to expect and by us adding
what we are looking for a better experience.
The village holds a vast amount of
interest in itself. There was a local
patisserie for bread and cakes, a general
store for your everyday items and a
bar/restaurant where Misère Willy will
entertain you all night. And the walk back
is interesting with the walk through the
‘mushroom trees’ (obviously light headed).
This and all the markets available, dates
and times of events and again all château
information was greatly appreciated from Jim
Our final day and the hand back over went
as smooth as the beginning but we both felt
sad as it was like we were leaving a new
home and family in France which was how we
were made to feel. As we left we were in
agreement that we would visit again. The
family who owned the house had a good idea
what a visitor to their home would require.
WE well recommend this location for its
peaceful and quiet walks, its central
location to some of the most beautiful
chateau’s in France and views from the gite
Neil Frater & Melanie Battle
7th -14th March 2016
Lovely six days in 'La Belle
Vue' - so quaint and cosy. We have achieved
what we came to do ,experience life in a
little French village. Have loved the local
characters, meeting other folk on holiday,
the people have all been very helpful.
most 'extraordinary plus' would have to be
Pauline & Jim - their welcome, their daily
care for us - amazing!
about the little chalet was A1 - hotwater,
warm, cosy & delightful outlook - birds
singing, La Creuse flowing -who could ask
for more. 10/10 - great!