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La Bergerie is a beautifully restored barn in a very rural area surrounded by hilly countryside with vineyards, olive groves and forested areas. The barn has been converted very tastefully and offers very comfortable accommodation with a large kitchen/dining area with a vaulted ceiling; a large comfortable sitting room; a very attractive master 2xdouble bedroom with a partitioned shower room; a further double and a twin room, all ensuite. The kitchen is very generously equipped with the facilities to do serious cooking if required, and reasonably efficient wifi is available.
Everything was in good condition and spotlessly clean.
Outside is quite spacious and is not overlooked by the hosts, who live in the adjoining (but quite separate) farmhouse. The heated pool is a good size, uniform depth of about 140cm. It is not sheltered so can feel a bit exposed if it is windy. It can be seen from the road so is overlooked but the road is very quiet so this is not really any problem. There is plenty of outside furniture for eating and relaxing.
Vinsobres is a delightful little Cotes du Rhone wine producing village about 4Km to the south with a wonderful traditional french cafe where we had a superb meal one evening (check opening times and reserve before going) and Venterol,7Km to the north, also has a cafe where we had an equally good meal - again check times particularly out of season.
The hosts were most helpful when we needed help and advice but were in no way intrusive, allowing us to get on on our own otherwise. They provide a comprehensive handbook for the house and surrounds, including guidance for a number of walks, mostly starting from the house - we did several of these and found them excellent - fairly easy walking mainly on tracks with wonderful views of the countryside around. There is also a lot of information regarding local attractions, facilities and restaurants.
We would very happily stay here again and would recommended it as a very comfortable house to stay in for 6 or perhaps 8 people, if two couples didn't mind sharing the main bedroom.
Frederic and Suzanne Bonfils were delightful hosts and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The gîte is well designed and had exactly the accommodation and facilities we needed. All the equipment seemed to be new and the bed was large and comfortable. It was good to have a duvet rather than sheets and blankets. We had lovely weather for most of our stay despite having visited rather late in the year. The wine we tasted from the vineyards of Rasteau, St Maurice, Seguret/Roaix and Visan was all of excellent quality and we filled the boot of our car to full capacity with enough wine to satisfy ourselves and our two daughters for many months. We would love to stay at the same location again if we have the opportunity.