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Les Echaloux a dream place in France | Milkbottle

Les Echaloux a dream place in France

Les Echaloux

Just 643 people live in Bayet, a village in the French region of Allier,the Dutch Tanja Paff (50) and Tim van der Tooren (42) moved to the village in April 2002 to live in a beautiful old farm manor with their four children, son-in-law and dog. Six years have passed and it is now one of the best of the dream locations for which Allier is renowned.

This is a place where you feel very welcome! As the gate of Les Echaloux swung open I was instantly enchanted by the romantic garden and the terrace with its tables and chairs. The table cloth gently blowing in the breeze seemed to beckon us in and the crunch of gravel underfoot completed the feeling of welcome. This is the stuff that dreams of French gardens are made of…

Every room is different and each is as lovely as the next. There are family rooms, cottages and romantic, intimate camping spots available. Tim and Tanja planned and built everything by hand, with the exception of the swimming pool which was left to professionals. Delicious food is available in Les Echaloux, Tanja is a good cook but they also provide plenty of tips on where to eat nearby.

The wisteria above the entrance. A different collection of chinaware from different flea markets.
left The wisteria above the entrance.
right A different collection of chinaware from different flea markets.
An old-fashioned box bed for guests. Welcome to Les Echaloux.
left An old-fashioned box bed for guests.
right Welcome to Les Echaloux.
A beautiful view.
A beautiful view.

Images: Hans Zeegers via Taverne Agency and Olga Serrarens. Les Echaloux

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