I had the great fortune to stay in Coeur de Lion in October 2013. The house is magnificent and the location is unparalleled for beauty and medieval charm. The owner has brought it back from a ruin to a beautiful, tasteful home with a lot of “wow.” Coeur de Lion shows thoughtful attention to the details of its ancient heritage while embedding all the modern comforts.
I am particular about vacation houses. I want to feel at home, I want to feel I've discovered something very special, and I want to feel like the owner cares about my comfort and enjoyment. I found sleeping in the bed with antique French linen sheets to be a dream. The bathrooms are a welcome luxury for the weary traveler – lovely bath salts and heated towel racks! The Nespresso machine in the kitchen provides a lovely crema to top off a delicious cup of coffee. The kitchen provides the most sophisticated cooks with all the tools and features needed for gourmet cooking. I would love to come back for the cooking classes they plan to offer (please let me know!).
The location in the village is excellent. With a simple walk to the top of the village through 15th c. France, you can find morning croissants or go out for dinner. There are many wonderful restaurants within a few blocks. The regional food abounds with rich flavors of duck, foie gras, truffles, walnuts and local cheeses. Local markets are a shopper’s paradise for anything from regional Malbec wines to local, fresh organic produce to cook a stellar meal at home.
Charles and Cathy are hosts who know how to exceed expectations. Many guests want support for planning logistics, as well as access to information and advice on activities and experiences that only an insider knows. They provide all that and more. I cannot think of any improvements to suggest. Coeur de Lion is definitely a home I would want to stay in again. I wished I never had to leave. …