We arrived very late at La Roseraie after a difficult journey. Michael Lavender reassured and welcomed us into a beautiful and immaculate room that was accessible from the garden. We slept deeply in a most comfortable bed and appreciated the very well equipped en-suite bathroom. The following day we moved into our gite - the Marguerite. Both bathrooms are excellently furnished and equipped. Our beds were comfortable again with en-suite facility.
The layout of the kitchen and living area are spacious with every comfort and again, well equipped. We especially enjoyed the private terrace that enjoyed both sun and shade at different times. We were 30 steps away from the swimming pool and I was able to swim many times in the day and early evening. Beyond the pool is a lovely orchard and beyond that lies a wild flower meadow. As we were needing complete privacy and relaxation, this really was our ideal venue. I have left the best until last; both Heather and Michael Lavender - ably assisted by infinitely kind and helpful staff - are ideal hosts; caring and intuitive. They are there if you need them but they enable their guests to be completely at ease and peaceful if that is preferred. The Roseraie is on the edge of Neuville, thus all essential facilities are simply a brief walk away. The town offers wonderful markets replete with local products on two days a week, easily accessible on foot from the Roseraie. Poitiers is a few km away and the Loire Valley, with its wealth of cultural attractions is within a short drive.
Breakfast is generous and served with fresh fruit, juice, croissants and fresh local bread, accompanied by home made preserves. Our one regret was that we were unable to sample Heather's delicious evening meals; these may be requested on the morning of the day of choice.
I have left the best until last; both Heather and Michael Lavender - ably assisted by infinitely kind and helpful staff - are ideal hosts; caring and intuitive. They are there if you need them but they enable their guests to be completely at ease and peaceful if that is preferred.
We returned home revived and refreshed.