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La Jouanade has really impressed us. The cottage and its surroundings look even more beautiful in real life than in the pictures! Dom and Fay are wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. They were always available if you had a question and asked multiple times if we were enjoying everything, but they also really respect your privacy.
The cottage itself is just perfect. It is well equipped and beautifully decorated. The terrace in treehouse style is so cool, never had something like this before. In the evening this is the perfect place to have dinner while enjoying the sunset. Oh and not
to forget the comfortable bed and amazing bathroom!
The cottage as well as the pool (which has a cleaning robot) were spotlessly clean. Besides being clean, the pool is quite large, and has amazing views!
Because of the rural location, you have to drive at least 15/20 minutes to get to a somehwat bigger village or road. We already knew this before going so for us it was absolutely not a problem. There are many things to explore in the region - think of cities like Najac (which has a cool adventure park where you can climb in trees or go kayaking), Cordes sur Ciel and Albi (Dom and Fay have provided their guests with lots of information brochures and maps). But we also really enjoyed the days of afternoons at La Jouanade, swimming and relaxing... it didn't get boring at all!
Millie the dog is super cute! She came to say hello a few times, and she really likes cuddling and playing in the garden. Also the chickens were nice, we didn't know we could enjoy chickens that much!
Overall it was just perfect! If we would have to give some feedback, the only thing that came to our mind is that it would maybe help to install some insect screens before the windows. This would prevent insects (mosquitos, spiders, centipedes) to get inside. Furthermore it was a pity that the previous guests did not clean the BBQ at all, allthough the hosts explicitely pointed out in their 'house rules' that everyone should clean it after use. Nevertheless we really enjoyed our BBQ!!
From the first five minutes of arrival we knew we had picked a gem. Such an idyllic beautiful location, the owner Barbara was waiting for us although we were a couple of hours early before the alloted check in time this was not a problem and the Gite was ready for us.
The Gite is furnished to an exceptionaly high standard with everything we needed for our stay. To us it was five star all the way.
Barbara is the perfect host even taking time to purchase provisions for our first night as a we arrived on a Sunday when all the stores are closed.
During our stay it was our twins birthday and Barbara went to the trouble of making a delicious chocolate cake. (Thank you again Barbara). Nothing was too much trouble.
A stream runs alongside the Gite which is shallow and safe and you must do some cray fishing.
We used this break as a relaxation holiday to get away from the pressures of everyday life, and to rejuvenate, our children are aged from 15 to 22 and it was great to see them all enjoy the amazing pool together and just "chillin".
We had an amazing time. A car is required because it is remote.
The nearby canoeing and paddle boarding at the Tarn Gorge was fantastic about 1.45 hours away. Do the 11km it's great fun and beautiful.
We had fantastic hot weather and wanted for nothing.
We visited a couple of the local markets which were great.
We used the bbq every evening for our family meals despite a fully equipped new kitchen being available.
We shall hopefully visit again.
Anyone holidaying in this Gite whether it be as a family or a group of friends cannot be anything but satisfied, 100% recommendation.
Go for it you won't be disappointed.