Gîte L'Armandine at Monestier is a spacious, very comfortably furnished, traditional stone cottage set in extensive grounds with lovely pool area and a private patio. The area is well served with good restaurants and a large supermarket a short drive away. There is lots to do and see. The owners are very welcoming and helpful.
I was welcomed to the property by Patrick who showed me around the place, explained where to find things etc. The first thing I noticed was the size and cleanliness of the property - a very large lounge dining area, a large bedroom, a good sized well-equipped kitchen and a bathroom with an enormous shower.
Everything was spotless and there was a welcoming drink, nibbles and fresh grapes on my arrival. The property is set in a very rural environment with vineyards all around but the directions provided took me right to the door without and problems.
Outside the lounge there is a patio with table, chairs and umbrella so I enjoyed many meals outside even though I stayed in October. The swimming pool is large and cleaned every day however not being a good swimmer I did not make a lot of use of it.
As mentioned earlier, the kitchen had everything I needed to prepare meals including a few essential items salt, sugar, coffee etc. Plenty of cookware and crockery for 4 people and everything worked as it should.
There are extensive well maintained grounds including a coarse fishing pond and I was able to sit out many times relaxing and reading or walking around. There is a television which I only switched on the night before I left and a radio/cd player - but take your own selection of music.
The only downside from my point of view was the wifi and mobile signal because of the rural location, I often had to go outside to get a good signal.
It would not be so suitable for anyone wheelchair bound as the kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bedroom are on different levels. But for me it was totally relaxing and enjoyable.
Christian and Dominique were often seen around the grounds but never intrusive.
All in all, a wonderful place to see in a region with so much to see and explore.
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