I recently visited Under the Lime Tree for the first time, together with my sister who was visiting from the US. I live in Paris, so don't get to see real nature very often, but this B&B was quite easy to get to. It's just a 2.5 hour TGV ride, and the owner will pick you up and take you back to the train station for a small fee.
The setting is gorgeous... a nice view of hills and trees surrounding the property, a lovely vegetable garden, and of course the lime tree itself... all of which can be admired while you relax in the outdoor jacuzzi. The B&B is in a series of adjoining old stone buildings, and the kitchen, where you dine with the hosts and other guests, is especially cozy. The guest room my sister and I stayed in was very comfortable.
We were greeted several times by Nellie the Cat, a friendly long-haired tabby who reigns over the gazebo and looks on as you enjoy the jacuzzi. :)
For me, the three-course dinner was the highlight of the stay. We had a slice of mushroom-chickpea loaf with mango salsa for the starter, a number of main dishes (red lentil and sweet potato bake, a gorgeous red cabbage, mango and pomelo salad with goji berries and pumpkin seeds, roasted vegetables, a green salad, and really good bread), and an amazing chocolate-chestnut pie with mango sorbet and red currants. We also had a hot breakfast the next morning (polenta, sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes, warm raisin rolls, tea/coffee and juice).
What was also great was sharing this lovely dinner with the hosts and other guests, and hearing their stories and experiences — something that isn't possible if you stay at a hotel when traveling.
My sister had a massage and loved it. I will undoubtedly try that next time too.
We each bought a copy of the Under the Lime Tree cookbook and are looking forward to trying the recipes at home!