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We arrived an hour early, so the owners, Beatrice and Christophe, directed us to the nearest town, Bedion, which is 5 km away to get some groceries. Arrived back at the gite and were given all the information we needed concerning this beautiful property by the owners. The house is so much more than we could ever have expected. It is very roomy, immaculate, with everything that we needed in the kitchen area in order to make some dinners. The patio, which we could access from the main living area or our bedroom was large and comfortable. The pool was huge, but unfortunately when we were there it was late October and cool. But in the morning I would sit by the pool in a comfortable lounge chair with my tea in complete quiet. My husband loved this gite because he is a big man and it was a perfect fit for him.
On Monday, we went to Bedoin for the open air market. It was much bigger than we expected with all kinds of vendors. There was a large pottery display which my husband was immediately drawn to. He is the cook in the family and coordinates the beautiful Provence colored pottery with his meals. We bought 6 pieces of the pottery. As we walked around we purchased cheese, sweets, meats and just enjoyed the local people as they lounged at the cafes. After 2 hours we drove back to the house and took some of the food we purchased outside on the patio and enjoyed a beautiful day with our delicious food. Doesn't get any better than this. Next day we drove to Roussillon and visited the "le Sentier des ocres. We walked the path to view the ocher. We read the history of it and how it related to the region. We would recommend visiting this place. The next day we visited the Pont du Gard, which the Romans built 2,000 years ago. It is hard to describe but this is a "must see." The area is conducive to walking as it is a huge area and the Pont is spectacular. Next day drove to Mont Ventoux, which is 6,000 feet high, and took a moderate hike through beautiful scenery for 6 km. On our last day we visited Vaison-la-Romaine which has Roman ruins and a pont from the first century. Saturday as we got ready to leave Christophe and Beatrice came to say goodbye. We should have booked this place for 2 weeks. Beautiful and so much to see. Glenn and Eileen Warkala, Milford, New Jersey, USA
There were four of us on this trip. We each felt a sense of relaxation and calm. We spent meals outside on the terrace and we spent the days chatting by the pool. The location is great, nestled amongst vines, secluded enough to feel the serenity, close enough to Vacqueyras (and all other towns) for easy jaunts to pick up provisions. Henri joined us for a chat one afternoon and it was lovely. I look forward to renting again.