Walking around Chateau D’Ussey yesterday I had a moment of…. Well I like to call it mindful wonder.
How many people had walked across the tiles, wood and marble floors that we were now treading.
Who were they?
Why were they were?
Did they want to be there?
What was their job and role in relation to the Chateau workings and the nobles who lived and frequented it?
So ladies and gentleman, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Chateau Le Feet!
Well here I am in the beautiful French Loire Indre Valley for a couple of weeks of R&R.
And you’ve guessed it. My little pocket of pleasure that is…… Enjoying a coffee, sitting outside a French Cafe watching the world go by.
This time the coffee is in the charming river side town of Chinon and another in a village called Descartes.
Looking at the weather forecast for the first weekend in April, we decided to dust off the camping chairs, get the sleeping bags down from the loft and book a Pod for a couple of nights. Housedean Farm Campsite had a couple of great policies that appealed including, no extra cost for dogs (we have two small ones, Harley and Tjan) and each pitch has a fire pit. Quoting their brochure, ‘we encourage campfires as we feel they are part of the camping experience.’ Done deal really.
So, with equipment in one hand, dogs in the other and marshmallows at the ready we were off to Housedean Farm for the weekend.
The pod was one of the most comfortable ones we have rented with two comfortable beds, electric sockets, lighting and a small heater for those chilly April nights.
Outside, the small veranda was furnished with two comfy canvas camping chairs. Just the ticket for the cuppa that is every campers priority whilst unpacking and making home.
The facilities were more basic than some other sites visited; however, the cleanliness could not be faulted and the 5 toilets were all warm with hot water, paper towels and soap provided. The showers were interesting but functional and reminded me of the classic wooden showers in the Carry on Camping films. Hot water was plentiful and I even experienced the open top shower. Well, it has to be done once in your lifetime at least, and after the walk on the South Downs, on a very warm spring afternoon, the sunshine on your skin whilst showering was a treat to be repeated!
The location was stunning, the South Downs Way is literally on the site’s doorstep (or farm gate to be exact.
As the evening arrived it was time to get the campfire lit, A bit windy as the pitch was quite exposed to the elements coming from the coast over the downs in front of us, but we managed it and toasted marshmallows were the treat of the night. (Haven’t done that in years!).
Each pitch has its own fire pit at the front and as the sun went down the campsite eventually became illuminated by the warm glow of mini fire beacons around the field. Probably reminiscent of years gone by with shepherds keeping warm and smugglers alike. If truth be told, the fire pit experience, toasted marshmallows and seeing the campsite spotted with warming flames made the whole weekend even more magical than it was.
All in all a fab weekend that truly was a Spring pocket of pleasure!
For more information on Housedean Farm camping why not visit their website by visiting the link below!
Housedean Farm Campsite