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Following a week of camping in the Pyrenees, we arrived at Panjas ready for some relaxation and were immediately awed by the beautiful setting. The garden is large and varied and very well maintained, with a backdrop of the local farmers' maize and sunflower fields. The pool is cleaned every morning by Malcolm and was perfect for cooling off and keeping our 8 year old entertained. The gite is very well equipped - I can't think of anything which was lacking, and Yannick was the perfect host giving a thorough tour round and ensuring everything was to our satisfaction. A bottle of the local aperitif 'floc' was left for us, together with some water and soft drinks in the fridge (though the tap water is fine for drinking).
The balcony was decorated with lovely hanging baskets and perfect for spotting wonderful insects (hummingbird moths, big black bees, butterflies, etc) and it was great to see so many bees around the abundance of lavender at the foot of the entrance staircase. Lizards were also aplenty and intriguing to watch.
We ventured out to a couple of local villages/ towns for markets and food shopping which were 10- 20 minutes away by car and had everything we required. I had a few early morning jogs down the lane and back along the road to Averon-Bergelle, seeing perhaps 2 cars each time. It really is such a haven of peace and tranquility, I can't stress enough how relaxing we found it.
Yannick and Malcolm were great, usually on hand to offer advice if we needed it, but leaving us to ourselves for the most part, as we weren't really bothered about going anywhere much! I would definitely recommend this gite to those who crave slipping away from it all and whiling away the hours, though I'm sure there is plenty to go and see locally should the urge take you! We will definitely be back sometime...