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My wife and I were slightly nervous about taking a gite where the owners lived downstairs, but we needn't have worried as Christiane and Roland were discreet and welcoming hosts - think an aperitif on their terrace on arrival and a pot of still warm home made jam thrust into your hand. The house is spacious and lovely. Roland built it himself (he is a joiner by trade) and he and Christiane lived upstairs to begin with. More recently they converted the garages and moved downstairs. That feeling of it being a really well built, solid family home persists, and it was a very relaxing environment to be in. We particularly enjoyed the generous balcony with plenty of space to eat outdoors (and use Roland's ingenious device for positioning the parasol in exactly the right place) and have the most wonderful view of the Chartreuse mountains. We enjoy self-catering, so having a decent boulangerie (there are three apparently), weekly Thursday market of fresh vegetables, cheese, meat etc, as well as a decent supermarket all in nearby St Laurent du Pont was fantastic. St L du P is a well equipped town. We love walking and found the Chartreuse hills even better than the Bauges area to the North, where we had spent a couple of holidays. Christiane was very helpful in suggesting walks. We both speak good French so chatting with them was a delight. They were always keen to hear our exploits for the day! So all in all we would highly recommend this house (and hosts) as the perfect base for exploring the Chartreuse.