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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The property is compact but comfortable and provided an ideal base for a three week climbing and walking trip in Buis les Baronnies. It came with a fully equipped kitchen for eating in but is only a few minutes' level walk from the town centre when you choose to eat out or go to one of the local bars and cafes to meet friends There is also a supermarket nearby. The patio area was perfect for al fresco breakfasts and relaxed evening meals or entertaining. The garden also has a wonderful view of the spectacular fin of the Rocher St Julien, which dominates the town.
The owners were delightful, endlessly helpful and a pleasure to meet. We found that living next door to such a friendly French family added an extra dimension to our holiday and our experience of Provence.
We have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in recommending it to friends and other holidaymakers - provided they don't take the slot we want for ourselves next year!
The interior of the gite is the most pleasant we have come across in the ten years or so that we have been visiting this part of France. It was light and airy and the open plan gave a wonderful feeling of spaciousness. It was a pleasure to eat in rather than outside, which was just as well, as the steps down to the small outside sitting area would have made it very tedious to set up a meal and in any event, the metal garden furniture and small table set on bare earth was not exactly inviting. The owners were very friendly and considerate but they spoke hardly a word of English despite the fact that the site details indicated both French and English were spoken. This information should be amended. It is true they had a friend, to whom we were introduced, who spoke perfect English, being born and brought up in the UK but he was not living on site. The gite was extremely difficult to find and it did not show up on our Satnav. It is much nearer Nyons than Venterol and if we had not found someone in Venterol who not only knew where the Granjon residence was but was with an American friend who could translate for us, I doubt we ever would have found it. He actually drove there and we followed. The following two days we still got lost trying to find the gite and it was only on the third day that we managed to work out a reliable route. The advert did say the property was unsuitable for the disabled, so we had no-one but ourselves to blame for finding the number of steps we had to negotiate a bit of an effort- my wife is presently walking with a crutch having broken her hip earlier this year and I have arthritis in both knees and ankles. We also found the very low bed and unusually low toilet rather inconvenient but maybe this would not worry fitter and younger guests. Nevertheless, we had a very enjoyable holiday and felt very welcome. The gite is set in a beautiful location with lovely views.