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Esparron was a really pretty village with spectacular views over the lake. Although the weather was mixed, we enjoyed walking in the hills, and visited Moustiers, Riez and Lac de St Croix. Meals had to be planned ahead as the restaurants in Esparron were closed due to rain and storms! . However, we enjoyed great boat trips on Lac d'esparron and Lac de St Croix and have lots of lovely memories from our stay. We will certainly be coming to Provence again.
We spent a lovely week here in April and were blessed with better than average weather for the time of year. The house is very well equipped with good quality appliances and furnishings, a real home from home. The bed we slept in was the most comfortable I have ever used in over 12 years of holidays in France. Each of the four bedrooms has an en suite toilet and bathroom too. We used the wifi and it was very good when it worked. The router had minor conection problems but this was with the outside network which was apparently playing up for a few days, after this initial hiccup it worked fine. The raised patio surrounds half of the house so you can chase the sun arround for the best part of the day and there is a lovely eating area outside under the canopy. The living room is very airy and bright with two sets of doors leading straight out onto the patio.
This was our first holiday in the Provence region (we normally go to the Languedoc & Pyrenees) and we found the surrounding countryside very peaceful and beautiful and local people were friendly. Everywhere is a drive away though, with a limited amount to see and do in the immediate area. This was not a problem though as the drives are full of lovely things to take in as well. We had our dog with us and spent the majority of our time in various parts of the Verdon Gorges. It is a must see place with plenty there to see and do and is breathtakingly beautiful. Try the pedalos, great fun and pooches were made welcome here. We found the coast not very dog friendly so didn't come back after our initial visit.
So why 4* and not 5? I try not to give reviews in the rose tinted afterglow of a holiday to keep things in perspective. The house is beautiful, comfortable and in a lovely location, however there were a few very minor maintenance issues which prevents 5*. Please note though that I am being very picky. The question is, would I return? Absolutely, in a heartbeat!