The gite (officially classified as a 4 star accommodation) is part of a water mill of which one part is inhabited by the owner while another part (the part that is located on the bank of the river) is set up as an independent gite. The gite has a private entrance and a number of terraces with total privacy. The house is situated on a 8 acre wooded and hilly estate. Your car can be parked on the other side of the river from where a bridge gives you access to the house. There is also a balcony overhanging the water with a dining table. There is also a fenced terraces so that small children are not able to reach the river. A small branch of the river runs under the house. The water flow can be regulated via a lock further upstream.
The gite has a spacious kitchen with all the amenities of a normal house: stove, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, toaster, coffee maker (Nespresso and also a regular Melitafilter device), iron and ironing board. The sitting room has a 3-seater sofa, a two-seater sofa and an armchair. There is satellite TV with access to the Dutch Canaaldigitaal ' Entertainment package ' and a WiFi internet connection throughout the house.
Bedroom # 1 has an en-suite bathroom with toilet, bathtub and separate shower. This bedroom has panoramic views of the beautiful old bridge and the cascading waterfall. The murmur of the river can be shut out entirely by shutters and double glazing, if you wish. You can also sleep with the windows open and enjoy the sound of the running water. You don't have to be afraid for mosquitoes because there are none. The only thing that might bother you is the ticking against the window of the yellow wagtail or the rare white-throated dipper.
Bedroom # 2 has a view of the 'courtyard' where the sound of the river is not noticeable. This bedroom is directly connected to the small kids room (# 3) with bunk bed (see picture). Also bedroom # 2 has an en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower. All beds are equipped with high-quality queen size mattresses and down duvets.
Sometimes, if it has not rained for weeks, the river can dwindle to a quiet rippling stream where one can wade through or place a deck chair in in the water. However, there are always deeper parts where one could swim if the cold mountain water is not an effective deterrent. After a heavy rain the river can swell to a ferocious torrent. Every now and then you can see fishermen walking in the river.
Our village is a 5-minute drive from the larger town Oloron Sainte-Marie where one can find all tyhe known French supermarkets as well as the little butchershopss, the many bakeries, fish and vegetable shops. Friday morning is market day.