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Sadly the weather was cold and wet but our dear host did everything in her power to overcome our discomfort. Sadly the wood burning stove smoked, the new induction hobs had no pans that worked. However on the plus side the place is fabulous had the weather been good the pool would have been great it was lovely. We were taken to see our host’s cheese making facility which was fascinating. Her generosity and help were way beyond what one would normally expect . We ate very well on both her recommendations. The Gite was delightful if a little bohemian. It was not easy to find initially but in a delightful setting. A great place for good weather.
Very few issues with the villa and contents and generally just minor wear and tear. Overall the place is clean and well maintained. An internet connection would have been a useful addition as well as owners' instructions for the satellite TV (since we only managed to play DVDs using the manufacturers' separate leaflets!) The short dirt-track driveway up to the villa can be tricky (our people carrier struggled with grip).
Pool was the best we have had in any rented villa - a reasonable size, no chlorine and excellent all-round seating area offering sun and shade. The pool cleaning robot was a sight in itself and worth the effort of setting up. Recommend putting the pool cover on overnight to keep up water temperature.
The 2-3-seater kayak was easy to blow up and transport - we had a couple of fun days down by the river and decided not to bother with an organised canoe trip. Managed pine/eucalyptus/oak forest around the house offers excellent walking/running and blackberry picking.
Local bar was walking distance and amenities in Tabua an easy 10min drive. Beautiful surroundings with plenty of towns and villages to visit within 40mins. Eating out was very cheap though menus perhaps lack the range and variety of French cooking. Pastries however are excellent everywhere and the wine and coffee always good.