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We had a wonderful week in Maité's beautiful gite with our dog in late September. The photos here really don't do it justice.
The property is situated on one side of the valley overlooking the village of Arette and the mountains beyond. Maité has clearly put a lot of thought into the conversion of this old sheep barn; it's a good combination of rural charm (exposed beams and wonderful views) with the practical needs of her gite guests (a spacious and well-equipped kitchen, separate living room and huge utility area which is great for walking and dog gear.) The two balconies mean you can breakfast with the morning sun and enjoy your apéritif as the sun sets over the mountains.
Arette itself is a charming village with everything the visitor needs - a village shop with all the basics and fresh fruit and veg (there's a larger supermarket in the next village), post office and a couple of bar / restaurants. This is a really comfortable base for exploring this beautiful part of France. It's also incredibly good value.