If home is where the heart is, I’m going to have to start thinking of Le Clos des Sources in Tauxigny as my second home. Yet the delightful chambres d’hôtes was a chance find.
We needed somewhere to stay in the Loire valley on a visit back from Bergerac. Just a few short kilometres from Cormery, Le Clos des Sources was perfectly located to break our journey overnight. Its name comes from the four springs – or ‘sources’ – in the property and its grounds.
The family-run B&B looked very appealing online. It’s an old 17th and 18th century house that has been updated in recent years. I’ve now stayed in three of its four guest bedrooms.
The renovation work has been undertaken by Laura, a charming American who gave up her day job to run the chambres d’hôtes. Her French husband, Jean-François, helps out when he gets home from work too.
Of a Saturday evening, they offer a table d’hôte, where you can eat with them. Laura is a terrific cook, and when we’ve stayed during the summer, we’ve dined in the lower garden (pictured). In winter, we’ve eaten in the dining room instead. To top off my first visit, Laura served oeufs en cocotte for breakfast the following morning – possibly my favourite breakfast ever.
She and Jean-François are delightful hosts and warm and interesting people. I would choose them as friends.
It seems I’m not the only one to be bowled over by the place. The Times ranked as one of France’s top 20 B&Bs. I can’t say I’m surprised.
Mind you, Jean-François’ work has taken him away to Cognac, so the pair have the place on the market, through Leggett. I can only hope I get to try that fourth guest bedroom before they move on.