After our visit to Obernai, our first day in the
Arriving at the main gate of the Moutonneraie, we found it locked. Even after ringing the bell twice, nothing happened. A sidegate was unlocked though and we ventured in. I felt slightly uncomfortable as I expected we’d soon find ourselves eye to eye with a large barking and growling dog* that was protecting the premises against unwelcome intruders. These large places in the country often have one or two dogs running around just for that purpose.
After ringing the doorbell, we heard someone stumbling around but no barking dog. What a relieve! Yet, there still was no answer. We walked to the back of the main house, which was separated from the annex by a covered passage way. In between the two buildings lay a swimming pool.
There were three cars parked at the back of the house and behind one of the windows someone was definitely moving around. At last a young boy of about 13 came out of the back door. He explained that his father was busy welcoming some other guests that had arrived a few minutes before us. He showed us the way into the annex where we were warmly greeted by the father. Like the main house, the annex was brand new and spotless. In the central room were three doors that opened into spacious and bright bedrooms. Our room was called ‘le Bleuets’ (the cornflowers). The decoration was mainly white and blue with corn coloured accessories.
The window and glass door offered a fantastic view on the fields, over which dark clouds were gathering. The bathroom had a large walk-in shower with a powerful showerhead.
As the other couple was going out for dinner, we had the central room – with bar, dining table and comfortable chairs - all to ourselves. We laid out our picnic on the table by the window and enjoyed a pleasant evening eating, drinking our
Evening sky after the thunderstorm.
While we were having our picnic dinner, the dark sky outside was suddenly lit up by a bold of lightening. Then came the thunder and the rain. It was almost dark by the time the thunderstorm had stopped. We went out for a breath of fresh air and saw some storks hovering over and landing in the nearby field. They never came close enough, however, to get a good photo of them.
The next morning we had breakfast in the conservatory of the main house. There were different types of baguette, brioches, croissants, cheese, smoked sausage, jam, honey and yoghurt … and coffee/tea/hot chocolate and orange juice of course. The landlord made sure that we had everything we wanted and stayed chatting with us all through breakfast.
By we were ready for our daily excursion, which will be the topic of a separate post. We returned to the Moutonneraie at about Another couple from
The next morning we woke up to a clear bleu sky with some light mist floating over the fields. Sunday promised to be a beautiful day …
P.S. There was a dog after all, but it was a friendly midget greyhound … nothing to be afraid of!
La Moutonneraie Fleurie
9, rue des Prés
Tel. : +33(0)3-88-64-94-28