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After an easy, 2 hour from Toulouse airport driving through some of France's most beautiful villages, we arrived at our final destination, La Garrigue in the dark and woke up to spectacular, breathtaking views and bird song. It felt like paradise. What a well kept secret! This was La France Profonde and exactly what we were looking for. Everywhere we looked, we could see traces of the old vinyards as Aveyron apparently used to be the best wine district in France until the grapevine pest put a stop to it. The house is 500 m above sea at the end of a 400m long private drive occasionally used by local farmers to check their cattle. La Garrigue (shrub land) is a typical French farmhouse and the owner Randi has done her utmost to maintain its authenticity in a shabby-chique manner with bare floorboards and stone walls, but with all the necessary comfort. We were totally charmed by the house and its surroundings and used it as a base for numerous walks and excursions to nearby villages, amongst them Estaing and Conques on the pilgrim route and pictoresque towns like Espalion and Laguiole. We walked up to the nearest hamlet Campouriez to enjoy a real cordon bleu meal at the local restaurant. The nearest town Entraygues has everything you could wish for and there's no need to go further a field for your shopping. Our only problem was that the nearest boulangerie is also here, so we couldn't just nip up the road for our croissants or baguettes, so Randi gave us a lesson on how to bake bread which I've actually continued with. We've had the most wonderful, relaxing holiday and would very much like to return in the summer so we can make use of the pool.
Merci beaucoup Randi for making us feel so welcome. A BIENTOT