It immediately becomes obvious there is something a little special about this pleasant little bed and breakfast in France as soon as you arrive at the front door. Not only is it unlocked it is wide open; I am not sure why but such gestures always seem a little reassuring and certainly extremely welcoming.
I called upstairs and was immediately answered with a friendly hello from my landlady for the next few days. If there were any lingering doubts this would be a lovely place to stay, my landlady for the next few days Andrea soon dispelled them. I was instantly at ease with her and knew it was going to be a very pleasant few days indeed.
The GPS I had been given insisted on trying to take me down the narrowest streets you can imagine so Andrea showed me where to park and then to my room which was so homely I just had to break into a huge smile.
She also joined me for dinner that evening, all four courses of it and was extremely interested in what I was there for. We enjoyed a very pleasant evening chatting over a tasty meal and good wine. After we finished I left feeling very satisfied, a little stuffed but even more at ease than I had earlier in the day.
Breakfast was a continental style with more than enough to provide a good start to the day, fresh crusty bread, some crisprolls, cheese and jams/marmalades. Additionally there was a choice of cereal, fruit juice and good coffee and I was very satisfied indeed.
I also had evening meal there the second day but had to insist that two courses would suffice, it was highly enjoyable and the bottle of wine left to accompany it was especially welcome.
It is an intimate little place to stay as it only has two guest rooms so you can be sure that the service will be very personal. Andrea is an animal lover with a blind dog and several cats, some with disabilities of their own, but they were never a disturbance and provided a little amusement when they demanded her attention.
It is equally obvious that Andrea is proud homeowner, everywhere is spotlessly clean and everthing has its place. Even so this did not leave me with the feeling that it was a ‘look only’ place, the homely feeling is always evident and it is very easy to feel comfortable here.
There is also a small sort of charity shop where local crafts, books and all manner of other items can be purchased. The proceeds go towards the welfare of cats and I had intended to buy her a bottle of wine or box of chocolates as a thank you, but in the end opted for a couple of purchases from here.
Parking is in the main car park which is just twenty metres or so away there really is nothing to complain about here.
Whilst my stay here was paid for I would more be more than happy to stay here again and pay my way next time. Looking for somewhere to stay in St Antonin Noble Val ….. look no further than ‘La Reverie’