Local Heart, Global Soul

May 30, 2011

Gîte Inside and Take a Look Around…

Filed under: Accomodation,FRANCE,Reviews,Traditional — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

So, back to our Easter trip to France… in yesterdays post I showed you around the outside of our gîte, our holiday home from home for the next week.

There is a decent sized living area, with sofa,  indoor dining table, kitchen with fridge freezer and oven, and outdoor dining table outside through the back door so we can choose al fresco dining or indoors as we wish.

There are two large bedroom, our main room with the double bed has a 3/4 bed at the end (good to move into the second bedroom and sleep an extra kid if you need) and French doors leading out the front, plus shutters for warmer summer evenings.

The second bedroom contains two single beds and a seat that I forgot to investigate further, but may have been a extra fold-out bed since the gite is advertised on the website to sleep six,  but it’s biggest bonus is that it’s a very large room indeed so extra beds could easily be put into it if you wanted four kids in the one room.

The bathroom contains a large open shower, no steps or inside bath arrangements for me to struggle with on crutches and the toilet is invalidity sized and could  accommodate a wheelchair if needed.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There’s a washing machine for doing laundry, a massive stack of local information in the folder provided and it’s supposed to have wifi if you need computer access.

The computer access was the one and only negative of this gîte…  I know from two of our three sets of French friends that internet connection in rural areas of France is very hit and miss.

One of them has reliable internet and a strong signal almost all the time. Another has next to none most of the time and almost never bothers to use their computer, and the third has a strange mixture of the two, the connection being perfectly fine at some moments and practically nil the next.

At this gîte the signal  never showed more  than one bar of signal strength and the error message that I could paraphrase as  ” signal too low, unable to connect to server”  became the daily message that I got used to. Every now and again the signal strength was just enough for me to  see email for a few minutes but it was frustrating trying to find that window of opportunity.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I used the computer as a photo dumping site  instead and for writing up posts and ideas for posts and was pleased to have had posts in the schedule for this week, otherwise it would have been very annoying indeed.

If  this area is one of the unlucky spots, lost in the dark ages of internet connectivity, then there isn’t much the gîte owners can do… they have to make do with whatever connectivity there is.

For us the weather was unseasonably glorious, with an average temperature of 25 C so we could comfortably eat outside in the evenings even though it was only April.  Whilst I love my laptop, I could also take an enforced break and enjoy my ‘off-line-life” as much as I do my one-line one.

The lack of internet also definitely  helped to improve my French as the TV  here receives only local stations:  there were some good movies on the box that gave my gray cells a workout as I furiously tried to keep up with the twists and turns of the plot.

So, space inside and garden outside, there’s even a table-tennis table in the garden,  my kids are already making friends with the gîte owner’s children in spite of them speaking no French and the other kids almost no English. (The oldest girl had a few words in English as she had just begun to study it in school but preferred to stretch my French to the limit as she felt very shy trying her few words out on a native speaker)

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The gîte owners wife is brilliantly friendly and soon after settling in we feel like we have been here for days instead of hours.

The silence is broken only by children’s laughter and birdsong.

Bliss!

2 Comments »

  1. Gorgeous!! What a lovely way to spend time with the family!

    Comment by ZaraBear — May 30, 2011 @ 5:06 am | Reply

  2. Great that you’ve added so many pics. Especially for nosey people like me.

    Comment by sarsm — May 30, 2011 @ 10:29 am | Reply


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