As we first arrived here in Grandmont the first thing that we noticed was that we could walk down the street without bumping in to anyone. Having lived and worked in London for a couple of years you become accustomed to racing around at break neck speed caught up in the hectic crowds of shoppers, tourists and busy folk going to and from work. The pace of life here in Grandmont is a stark contrast. You can walk for miles without seeing another soul, if you listen carefully all you can hear is the sounds of birds tweeting, when you do pass a person in the street they will always exchange pleasantries and there is an abundance of space to roam around in freely. You can walk in the woods, go fresh water swimming in one of the many lakes, cycle through the endless hills and enjoy the fresh air.
We stayed in a traditional French Gite complete with woodburner, exposed stone walls, thick wooden beamed ceilings with a stable of horses next door. When we booked our Gite we could not have asked for anything more picture perfect and idyllic. Set in the heart of Grandmont a small village outside of Ambazac (about 20 minutes from Limoges, the nearest city) our gite looks out onto blossom tress, behind the property is a large garden with swimming pool, picnic bench and BBQ for those warm summer nights, next door to our gite is the horses stables where our new found friends Freddie, Marmalade, Benjie & Monty the donkey live.
Upon arrival we were shown around by the lovely Caroline & Katie. Caroline, Katie & Tony (originally from the North of England, not too far from where I was born!) own the property and have been so incredibly welcoming throughout our stay. We feel very privileged to have been able to stay in such a wonderful place with such a fabulous family. We’ll take away a whole heap of precious memories, it is hard to name the highlights of our trip, Katie’s scones would be up there or maybe Caroline’s birthday cake or riding Marmalade through the woods?
Our days have been filled with training for the Berlin Marathon, running for miles undisturbed through the hills, getting lost in the woods, paddling in the lakes, swimming in the pool, teaming up with Katie (& Marmalade) for some incredible photo shoots, relaxing in our gite, Oh and working on a lovely new look for The Big Mac Blog which shall be unveiled very soon!! I rode a horse for the first time and even managed to learn a couple of French phrases too!
Special thanks to Tony, Caroline & Katie. I could not recommend Grandmont Gites highly enough. With a return Eurostar ticket from London to Limoges for only £99 it couldn’t be any simpler.
To see previous posts from our spring break in Grandmont, France click on the links below:
Travelling from London to Grandmont, Horse riding in France, Shopping in Limoges, The First Blooms of Spring, Cooking on the woodburner, Easter Photo shoot with Katie, Katie & Marmalade Photoshoot, Walking in the Woods,
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