Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4903: Gites Beauregard, Les Chenes
2bed/1bath apartment near Clansayes, Rhone-Alpes
16 october - 23 October 2010, 1 week
Our rental this week was on a lavender farm near the small village of Clansayes, which has no shops or restaurants. This is the Drome region. We shopped in St Paul Trois Chateaux (a small friendly market on Sunday) or other places we visited. We came upon a couple of small markets and bought some lovely goats cheese and olives and shopped at the friendly charcuterie at the nearby village of Montsegur. Clansayes itself has a very impressive tower which can be seen from a distance. The owners were very friendly but do not speak much English. In fact, Jean-Francois visited several times for a chat which seriously tested my schoolgirl French on strikes and fuel shortages! A bottle of local wine and some yummy lavender honey awaited us on our arrival.
They have two gites and we had Les Chenes. It is advertised as a one bedroom but there is a second bedroom with two single beds accessed by a ladder/staircase. The main bedroom is large and airy with plenty of storage. There is a large sitting/dining/kitchen with a couch, table and four chairs and TV (French). There was no Internet. There were quite a few tourist brochures but no specific information about things such as scenic drives (JF did tell us of some places) or restaurants and there was no guest book (which I enjoy reading and contributing to) and no books to read.
Every thing was clean and well maintained and the kitchen was well equipped with a full stove and dishwasher. The bathroom was large and also had a washing machine. By this time it was starting to cool down and the Mistral was blowing so we could not sit outside under the trees.
Despite the wind we enjoyed our stay here. The gite was very comfortable, but could be a bit out of the way for some people. We visited several Plus Beaux Villages and lots of other lovely places as well. There are lots of things to see that never make it into guide books. We had already been to places such as Nyons and Vaison on a previous trip but they would be quite accessible from here. We drove along the Gorges of the Ardeche and also drove down to Avignon. It would be beautiful when the lavender was flowering.
We paid €280 for the week, which is probably out of season for most people and am not sure what a high season price would be. I did enjoy chatting with Jean-Francois and found I became more confident with my French, and this is a lovely area.
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