Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 5477: Holidays Lagrasse, Balcony Gite
2bed/2bath apartment in Lagrasse, Languedoc-Roussillon
November 2012, one week
The gite was in the small village of Lagrasse. It was located in the old portion of the village, circa 1300's. It was in an attached building and was in a lovely area of the village with a view of the river from the dining room and bedroom.
We could walk to several restaurants, boulangerie, and a couple of very small grocery stores. To do any major shopping, we drove about 20 minutes to Lezignan-Corbieres. The nearest restaurant was about three minutes walk but it appeared to be closed while we were there. It was about five minutes to the nearest grocery store and not much further to open restaurants.
The building was very old, had three foot thick walls and had been restored in a very lovely manner. The building had three other apartments upstairs from ours and a common game area when you entered the building.
We entered "our" gite into a quite large living room that was attached to a dining area and kitchen. The bedrooms were on either side of the living areas and bathrooms were attached to each bedroom.
We heard children in the game area and on the stairs a couple of times but otherwise it was very quiet.
We had a lovely balcony that was for our use only. It looked over a small river and 1300th century bridge. It was amazing. There was no pool, but I understood that the river was used for swimming in the summer.
The furniture was in great shape and was very comfortable. There were two full couches plus three chairs in the living room and the dining room had chairs for six. It was clean and very attractive.
The bedrooms were very nice and the beds were comfortable. One bedroom had an archway of stone - I'm assuming from the original building. The bathrooms were spacious but the showers were fairly small. There was a large tub in one bathroom.
It was a lovely kitchen with plenty of pots and pans and dishes. There was a dishwasher and washing machine in the kitchen. There was a lovely stainless, five-burner stove that was a joy to cook on. I did cook a couple of times and had adequate pans, utensils, etc.
Problems or Bonuses
It was much larger than the pictures depicted and much more lovely.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked with the owners, who live onsite. They were responsive to emails and while there, were very helpful in making dinner reservations, helping with the DVD player, etc. English is their first language which made communication extremely easy.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay in the gite again and would recommend highly to anyone. The only hesitation might be that Lagrasse in the off season is very quiet. If you are looking for a lively area, this is not it - especially in November. The owners did warn me that some of the restaurants might not be open at this time. I totally enjoyed the gite and kept saying to myself, "I could live here."
Things to do in this area
We visited Carcassonne, Collioure, spent time in Lagrasse and visited some of the weekly markets in the area. There were many more villages that we didn't have time to visit. One favorite shop was a jewelry shop that made 'chainmail' jewelry. It was very unique and the owners/jewelers were delightful.
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