Margot’s place is Airbnb at its best! It’s a house she lives in with her family, so it’s not yet another “gîte” looking to expand its audience through Airbnb, nor is it a soulless investment someone tries to rent out for a maximum profit. You’re staying at someone’s home, and what a home.
Margot and her husband renovated this formerly abandoned house by themselves and turned it into a true gem. I can’t imagine the time and effort that went into the renovation and the subsequent decoration, but you can’t help but instantly feel at home as you walk inside for the first time.
With the exposed beams, ancient tile floors, the functioning fireplaces and the antique furniture all you want to do is just curl up inside and never leave the place. All modern amenities are there and there is also a lovely wild garden, where plants can grow freely and children can havoc around as they wish. (Weather permitting, adults can catch up on reading and throw an occasional BBQ if they want to).
But you shouldn’t just stay in and around the house or even in the lovely village, there is plenty to do around Montreuil-le-Henri. Margot also gave us a lot of insider tips of where to go and what to do and as a consequence we experienced our stay as if we were long time residents. Margot was happy to share her house with us and was always available and accommodating, for example providing us with a cot for our daughter. That was one item less we had to pack into our tiny car, thanks Margot!
For Parisians like ourselves, it really was a wonderful place to stay and unwind. If you’re into experiencing the French countryside with all its charm and unexpected quirks, there really is no better place than to do it here. Nature lovers, history buffs and fans of unconditional farniente, you’ve found your spot!