If you’re planning a romantic city break in France, Rouen is unlikely to be the first place that springs to mind. However, if you’re able to find a gîte as cute as this one, you might want to reconsider.
It’s located on the outskirts of Rouen, in Bois-Guillaume. Upstairs there’s a small kitchen and living room, and downstairs there’s a bedroom with ensuite shower and a separate WC.
It is in the garden of the owner’s house and has great views down the hill and across the many spires of the Rouen skyline.
I found it through HomeAway, a website for private homeowners and property managers to advertise holiday lets. I wanted somewhere quiet and intimate where my partner and I could celebrate our 19th anniversary together.
OK, so Rouen will never be Paris, but it proved the ideal setting for our long weekend together. Fine dining, great shopping and some time to relax. Parfait.