11 Jun 2016
Excellent in all respects
Prior to booking, the reviews that I read and the description and photographs of this property on the website suggested that this was a special place and we were not disappointed. The whole property was immaculate, but still homely which allowed us to settle in and enjoy every aspect, which made us feel that it was 'ours' for the time we were there. The owners are very friendly and obviously experienced at making their guests feel at ease, even though the language was a bit of a barrier (more our fault than their's!) The welcome file of information was very comprehensive which helped us to quickly get aquainted with both the property and the local area. The rainy weather at the time in Alsace meant that we weren't able to fully utilise the pleasant garden though we did manage a bbq for which ample coals and firelighters were provided and the pool table provided a welcome distraction one evening. The old Windstein castle ruins are easily reached through a short but steep walk up the hill and are well worth a visit along with a very nice Auberge a few hundred yards up from the property. Sadly this was only open Friday to Sunday during our stay. There is also a lovely restaurant in the nearby village of Dambach which serves excellent Tartes Flambes and is run by an English lady and her French husband...well worth a visit. One thing we noticed about this part of Alsace is that it is not very 'touristy', which to some may be ideal, but this also means that there is a need to 'hunt out' bars and restaurants which actually open during weekdays. However, the border with Germany is relatively close so if driving around to explore is your thing then this will give more options for sustenance. We also visited one of the authentically restored forts which formed part of the Maginot Line. This was extremely interesting and well worth a visit, though does entail a fair amount of walking. In summary, I would not hesitate to recommend this property as a base for anyone wishing to visit this lovely area of France.