French Gîtes: 2010
The French countryside is particularly easy to enjoy when bathing in the hospitality of a rural farmhouse. What is your experience staying at gîtes in rural France? What is your favorite and why? Please include the REGION in the subject line.
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I have stayed in about a dozen gites in Southern France, mainly Provence. I can't recommend them highly enough. For someone who likes to shop in the local markets for truly fresh food, a gite is a must. Welcome to leisurely breakfast with warm croissants fresh from the oven in the bakery down the street. We usually cook every other night and go out for dinner alternate nights. It is great to be able to collect and carry along a picnic lunch during daily sightseeing and know that everyday you have your own "home" at the end of the day. Vive la France!
Wheat Ridge, CO USA Mon 11/08/2010
Accomodations in France
My husband and I just got back from 3 weeks in France. We stayed at a few really wonderful places. If you are going to the Dordogne region, we highly suggest staying at Moulin de Fresquet. It is central to Dordogne and the Lot Valley. We loved our stay and wish we had stayed longer. If you're going to Provence, we suggest L'Eveche in Vaison La Romaine. The B&B was beautiful and Vaison is a peaceful and interesting little town. Both places offered peaceful and beautiful accomodations. Both are also central to regional highlights and the owners are more than happy to assist with day trip planning.
Denver, CO USA Mon 10/18/2010
Hostellerie de la Reine Jeanne (Provence)
Unfortunately, I need to list a poor review of Hostellerie de la Reine Jeanne in Les Baux (Provence). I was sorry disappointed if not disgusted by my stay at this inn. I've traveled around the world and am used to "rough" accomodations, but this was really bad. The room we were given should not have been rented at all: the shower head was broken, the bathroom tiles broken, discolored and unclean, the furniture was broken, the patio was a storage for broken window frames, the carpet that had once been white was black, dingy and unclean, and I don't think the sheets were clean, as they had black smudges and blood stains. It was truly disgusting. Since Les Baux is on the top of a mountain and there aren't other accomodations, we were pretty much stuck there. Also, there aren't any other restaurants, so we had to eat at the hotel. I think my dinner was a frozen "tv dinner", it was just awful. Rick should seriously take this place off his accomodation list for the area.
Denver, CO USA Mon 10/18/2010
Perfect place in PROVENCE
If you are looking for a centrally located place in Provence, this is it. We just stayed at the 100 year old newly renovated farm house in Provence and loved it. It is right off the A7 highway and really close to Avignon, Les Beaux, Aix, Nimes, and all the other RS recommended places. The French couple that run it speak broken English, are very friendly, and serve a great breakfast. http://www.mas-cassaireu-dauseu.com/en/1024/accueil.html
Austin, TX USA Fri 09/24/2010
Perfection in Normandy
We rented Le Pigeonnier at Le Manoir de Herouville as a gite. The exquisite photos on the website are 100% accurate. Sue, Lizzie, and "the Dave's" were wonderful hosts. Lizzie cooked a pre-arranged French dinner for our anniversary, with special attention to pleasing our girls' palates, and it was absolutely fabulous. Sue was an engaging and well-read hostess. Dave's tour of his WWII arsenal was a real pleasure for my husband. We enjoyed the pond, the animals, the quiet, and the beauty. Very romantic. Easy access to Bayeux, WWII battle sites, Mont St. Michel and more (must have rental car).
San Diego, CA USA Sun 08/22/2010
B & B near Sarlat
I recommend La Bard in Montford near Sarlat. Very peaceful, great hosts.
Columbus, NC USA Mon 08/02/2010
Vue de Rance near Dinan, France
A beautifully restored home, this gite sits on a hill with a magnificent view of the Rance River. It's conveniently located just a few miles outside Dinan. A great location for touring Brittany and visiting Le Mont St. Michel.
Richmond, VA USA Fri 07/23/2010
Loire Valley countryside
Our family just stayed at Chez Ania, at Les Limornieres 37350 le Grand Pressigny in the Loire Valley countryside. It was wonderful and we would highly recommend it. It is great for families with children, but adults as well. The hosts, Nicole and Alex, are warm and welcoming. We drove in from Paris and arrived to find local treat waiting: wine, bread, butter, jam, fresh eggs, milk, OJ and coffee! What a delight. The gardens are gorgeous, there are chickens and a bunny for the kids to play with. There is also a play area with a trampoline, swings, hammock, tether ball, etc. We had such a lovely time that we wished we could have stayed longer than just 3 days. Please e-mail me with any questions, as I would love to encourage anyone to stay and enjoy themselves as we did.
Portland, OR USA Fri 07/16/2010
We LOVE the Dordogne region and have fallen even more in love with the Gite at Les Charmes de Carlucet. The Edgars make you feel as if you are members of their family. The grounds are amazing as is the accomodations. We returned to Carlucet with our toddler daughter and it could not have been more perfect. The sunsets on the grounds will take your breath away! The Black Duck offers great food and wine and is only a five minute walk away. Eric Edgar (the owner) offers great sight seeing options and is quite the wine connoiseur. You will undoubtedly fall in love with this gite, the Edgars and the Dordogne region of France!!!
Plano, Tx USA Thu 07/15/2010
Flexible family friendly accommodation
les Limornieres 37350 le Grand Pressigny - Loire Valley countryside.
Great with kids (mine 12, 5 and 3)
Paris, France Wed 07/14/2010