Vegan Holidays

3 Jun

Thinking of going on a summer holiday? Gloucestershire Vegan Group members have been holidaying, and here are some of their recommendations:

La Haute Fariniere in Northern France

Raw Food Paradise!

Amuse Bouche: cashew nut cheese-stuffed mushroom, seaweed pate on rye & cucumber sushi

“If you thought raw food was boring, do try to get across the Channel and visit this beautiful, solely vegetarian/vegan guesthouse & retreat and discover how tasty, innovative, refreshing and filling the myriad textures and flavours can be. Cooked meals are also available – and equally tasty. The choice is yours. You would be utterly spoiled in an atmosphere of luxury and quality, yet feel completely at home in Dawn and Robert Campbell’s relaxed, easy company.

 Recently, we had the pleasure of discovering their wonderful home, in a fabulous setting near Mayenne. La Haute Fariniere is situated just outside Torce Viviers en Charnie, close to the historic and picturesque town of St Suzanne. Having been warmly greeted, we found in our room a small ‘welcome’ bottle of ‘Asti’ and a mix of various olives & nuts to whet our appetite!

Our hosts seemed to anticipate our every wish and did all they could to satisfy our needs. No expense has been spared in furnishing and decorating their home, and not only does it boast a separate guest lounge/dining room with log fire but we were also made most welcome in their smaller and very cosy lounge and kitchen/breakfast room.

Upstairs is equally luxurious, comfortable and well-equipped, comprising one large double bedroom, huge bathroom with large bath and double shower and a good sized bedroom with 2 single beds, thereby being very convenient for families. On the other hand, if only one of the bedrooms is booked, the other would remain unused. However, tall people beware! La Haute Fariniere is a converted traditional old building and the attractive beams could be a hazard!

 In view of inclement weather, we were unable to explore fully but from the house, we could see a small pond, attractively set across the courtyard with

toast with 3 pates: sweetcorn and artichoke, spicy carrot & walnut mushroom and spinach

views to the hills beyond. We enviously imagined an evening meal being served outdoors in the tranquil surroundings but will have to wait for another time in better weather to experience this ourselves. The area is full of beautiful walks/cycling opportunities, and many interesting places to visit. For visual appeal, historical interest and welcoming people, St Suzanne is highly recommended, with views from the ramparts of the castle looking back towards La Haute Fariniere.

Dawn’s website will tell you of the health benefits of a raw food regime and all the additional services she offers for your well-being.”

Review by M & G

The Barn in Hampshire

New Forest pony

The Barn is a vegan B&B situated in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire.

It’s a great place to visit on the train as it is only 5 minutes walk from Ashurst train station (and they offer a 10% discount if you arrive by train and stay 2 nights or more).

If you walk only a few minutes from The Barn you’ll find yourself deep in the New Forest – which is 200 square miles of ancient woodland. Much to our delight we saw many herds of deer, donkeys and wild ponies grazing in the forest during our stay. We took our bikes as there are miles of mainly flat cycle paths, it is great way to explore more of the Forest, but it would have been equally enjoyable strolling through the woodland on foot.

Southampton is only a short distance away, as is Lymington, an idyllic sea-side town with narrow cobbled streets, where you can also catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight for a day-trip.

The Barn has two en-suite rooms and one twin room. Everything is vegan, even the toiletries in the bathroom.

They serve a delicious vegan cooked breakfast, with scrambled tofu, freshly made soya milk, and Okara Croquettes made from the soya bean pulp which is leftover from the milk-making!

There is a option of having an evening meal, which we’d recommend, as the food was so good. Sample menus and more details about The Barn are available on their website.

Review by I & J

Have you been on holiday to a vegan-friendly destination? Send Gloucestershire Vegan Group your reviews and they’ll be added to this article.

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