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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Valentine's Getaway

For Valentine's Day, C & I decided to do a little weekend getaway.  We wanted something within 1-2 hour of Paris, in a quiet area and with a cozy fireplace.  I started looking around on AirBnb and came across this adorable place.
We had the whole house to ourselves, and it was absolutely lovely.  There's a little river just behind it, so with the window slightly open, we could hear the water running by and a whole host of birds singing.  The covered patio on the left of the house had heaters and there was also an area for BBQing. 

The inside was adorable - the owners used very high quality materials to renovate the place, and also left a lot of the originals architecture in place - exposed beams, the fireplace, etc. There are two bedrooms upstairs (one with a bathroom), and the beds were soooo comfortable.  

I never got a chance to talk to her about it, but apparently the owner is half-American, and had mentioned her grandma had been staying there.  She must have been the American grandma then, because there were a lot of American books, magazines and products lying around (like Centrum Vitamins), so that was kind of funny and made it feel a bit more like home.  The kitchen was also extremely well-stocked and had much more than your usual rental apartment. We definitely had everything we needed to cook a nice meal.

We were mainly there to relax, but we took a nice walk around a nearby lake:
And there was also a château just down the road:
As well as a super adorable village about a 15min drive away:

The only two downsides were the breakfast (which was pretty sparse) and the cost.  This place was a bit more than we were wanting to spend, so what we did was have C sign up for AirBnb so he got an 18€ credit to use on his first rental (and as a bonus, I got an 18€ credit too).   As a side note, if you're not signed up for AirBnB yet, you can go through my link and get the same bonus offer off of your first rental here!  I haven't used AirBnB that many times yet, but so far it's been a great way to stay in some unusual spaces at a reasonable cost (and usually with more room than a hotel room).

All in all, it was an excellent spot for a relaxing getaway from Paris, and I would definitely spend another weekend there.  If you don't have a car, I think I remember seeing that she will come pick you up from the local train station for 5€/person, which I thought was a nice offer.  The place is also close to Beauvais, so it would be good for an overnight stop before a flight. 

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Blogger melinda said...

we have used airbnb several times & always had good much nicer and more reasonable than hotels....I like having my own kitchen and "living like a local"

February 20, 2016 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Tim Dudek said...

What a nice place. If I was rich I'd just buy it and live there.

February 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Gwan said...

Good trick with the free credit. We AirBnBed in France last year, good to have apartments instead of hotels, sometimes a bit inconvenient to have to set meet-up times to get and return the keys though.

February 22, 2016 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger pia787878 Piapod said...

Je ai eu de très bonnes expériences voyager avec airfrance pire que je l'ai aussi compris que si nous changeons la date vulevo est très difficile de communiquer avec contact air france. En ce qui concerne les prix, je pense sont les meilleurs dans le secteur de l'aviation

March 28, 2016 at 1:32 PM  
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