Autumn is fast descending on us. The air is a bit more crisp, mornings are cool, there are more yellow leaves on the trees, and the walnuts are opening up. But before we leave summer completely, let’s go back a month or so and enjoy a visit to a lovely English garden — in France.
One weekend in August, my wife Jan and I drove to the nearby hamlet of Gaumier, to visit a tea room set in an English-style garden. The property is called La Daille, and it’s reasonably off the beaten path — we’d never heard of it until a friend mentioned it to us (thanks, Alex). Here’s the sign marking the entrance:
To reach La Daille, you leave the main road from Bouzic, cross a small bridge, and turn left to go through Gaumier. (If you turn right, you’ll be heading up a long hilly road to Florimont.) Once you’re through the hamlet of Gaumier, which won’t take long, keep climbing up a gentle hill until you reach the property. It’s not open all the time, as this series of signs suggests:
Once you’re on the property, you can stroll through the gardens and enjoy the views. Here’s a sampling:
When we were finished with our walk, we went up towards the main house on the property, which is run by an English couple (naturally enough). There were already a few families enjoying their tea and other drinks, with children playing on the lawn:
And then we ordered tea for ourselves, and were quite happy with the final result:
This should be a lovely place to visit next spring, as the first flowers of 2012 burst out of the earth. I’m sure we’ll be back.