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Before we set off and in the months leading up to our break, I was very happy with the level of contact we had with the owners. Kay graciously and unsolicited provided plenty of details about the area, things to do and see and made some recommendations of what to do too.
We arrived on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon in August, on the slopes of the mountains. As we drove through the very narrow winding streets of Rigarda admiring the houses, we rounded a corner to a beautiful, peaceful, planted up paved area next to the house. We were impressed. The setting was superb, the house is sympathetically modernised but keeps features of the older house. It was immaculately clean throughout too. Every room has a bathroom to itself and we never felt in each others pockets. The kitchen was well equipped and had a good store of dry goods, tea and coffee for guests. Plenty of crockery and cooking equipment to help cater over the week. Washing and drying facilities too.
We spent some relaxing afternoons on the patio, enjoying meals and sunbathing.
The local area has plenty to visit, it is not too far from the coast and if you are willing to drive there is much to be explored locally. Villefranche De confluent is close and is also near an underground grotto. The grotto was wonderfully cool in the summer and very popular!
We also found the neighbours welcoming and spent an evening in conversation (in our rudimentary French) with them and the mayor, enjoying a beer.
A splendid place, as a base, to enjoy our holiday at. We would definitely come again.
Having stayed in many villas and gites, all of which have been perfectly fine, this won hands down as our favourite. It really had the wow factor, with its rustic charm, views, mod cons and location. On arrival there were gasps of excitement from all my children who went about trying to bag the best room, but all being equally lovely, they quickly agreed and ran for the pool. The views are exhilarating and can be enjoyed on 3 levels, upstairs is the living area which is large and well equipped and the balcony was a joy to sit on and relax with a glass of local wine. The pool was ample sized and spotless clean. As a family of 6, it felt like there was plenty of space to get away from each other and enjoy the peace and quiet, while at the same time it was secure and safe. It’s a lovely area, beaches, mountains and Spain all within a short drive. Thanks Steve and Fran for great communication, good instruction and thinking of all the things needed to make a holiday house a home. We were sad to leave and already miss being there, and hope to return for longer next time.