Lisa & Peter Smith
Well, what can we say! I burst into tears on arrival and cried again when we left! We wanted rural and rural we got! The peace and quiet of La Petite Maison is absolutely unbelievable! Nothing but bird song (mainly cuckoos) and the distant sound of the bells around the local sheep! The scenery is amazing, stretching out in front of you as far as the eye can see – fields, forests and hilltops. We loved the tranquility of the property and were overwhelmed by the attentiveness but, non intrusive attention we received from Clare and Francis – the perfect hosts. The pool area is so sheltered that it is a natural suntrap and even when you think the temperature is not that warm it most definitely is – we were laying on the sunbeds in cloudy, inclement weather and swimming in the pool much to our hosts amazement (well, maybe not both of us – Mr S was determined not to be put off by a few black clouds). There are so many beautiful villages to visit in the area, and in our short stay I’m sure we only scratched the surface. The market at St Antonin Noble Val on Sundays is well worth a visit, vibrant, colourful and interesting. Najac is a must, the chateaux is amazing, we were lucky enough to visit without hordes of tourists so I was able to make the most of photographing the streets and the fortress.There are plenty of walks on the doorsteps of which we did about three though only clocking up about 7k each time. I am sure if you are out early enough you will see plenty of wildlife, that was our plan but, we were not waking before 9am which is absolutely unheard of so, by the time we got out out all the local wildlife had gone back into hiding!Eating out is an absolute joy, we had a beautiful lunch in the centre of town and our ‘farewell’ dinner was at Le Festin De Babette which was amazing! We can absolutely recommend it!If you are looking for somewhere to de-stress and forget about the worries and woes of everyday life this is the place for you. One week is not enough – we will be back for more – at least two weeks more!!!Thank you Clare and Francis for a memorable and relaxing holiday, we can honestly say that La Petite Maison is at the top of our list of places to return to!