As a guest in our home, we insist, beyond all else, that you “Recover ‘Your Zen,’ Relax, Sleep in, Share a Good Meal, Laugh, Heal, Inspire, Feel Soul, Fully Desire – & DO LIVE!”
Maison de L’amour offers you a unique very Romantic experience of staying in a private country residence more like home from home.
Review from Brian Berkman:
For cozy romance, Nina and Derek Poole’s Maison de L’amour is a perfect bolt hole. They are wonderfully generous hosts and if the candles, lace brocade and festooned four-poster brass bed don’t tickle you’re fancy, then the white ostrich feather left on the double bed, with a note quoting Milan Kundera: “Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s very beautiful”, might.
We stayed in the intimate Gardener’s Cottage, which has its own entrance and en suite separated from the room with pub-style swing doors shaped like angel’s wings. If you subscribe to the less-is-more school, this spot isn’t for you but, if you’re after a place where you’d like nothing more than to curl up in each other’s arms, read a great book and listen to the birds, this is recommended.
A delicious cooked breakfast is included in your stay. Ask Nina to make her yogurt and mascarpone breakfast sundae. Although we didn’t have dinner there (by prior arrangement only), if breakfast is anything to go by, it will be sensational.
Nina is well known in PR circles and as an upscale event co-ordinator and the decor at Maison de L’amour reflects this. She has created a warmly welcoming space from antique and junk-shop finds — an old Victorian bath keeps a stash of firewood and it is likely there are more candelabra than on a Liberace stage. The Honeymoon Suite in the main house has the largest bed, a two-person bath and toilet and basins that are open to the room. There is another interior room available.
Highlights include the decor, the large garden table shielded from the heat by a roof and white cotton curtains and garden that, come sunset, is transformed with candle-lit nooks and crannies aflame. But it is Nina, Derek, their team and the food that stand out.
The Poole’s recently bought a 100-year-old barn adjacent to the Darling Sweet that they have plans to convert into a bar and restaurant.