We needed to find somewhere to stay near Uzes to watch the arab endurance horses training. We found out from our hosts that the endurance course actually goes right outside their house, so if you happen to go on the right day you can watch from your window:
I'm not a massive cat fan and there are cats EVERYWHERE you look, although they are kept out of the bedrooms and are not overly friendly.
Our bathroom was really not clean. There were stains on the loo seat and floor. When I stripped the bed before we left there were stains on the mattress protector and there were quite a few dead insects and bugs around.
It had been a very hot day and the room was sweltering all night. Stupidly, we didn't notice the arty fan in the corner so we didn't have a brilliant nights sleep, but not really the fault of the B&B and the bed was very comfortable.
Bathroom accessories are limited to one (new) bar of soap - no shampoos, conditioners, body wash.
And finally, there was no hairdryer in the room. However, on asking for one, the lovely Monique did find one for me.
We were utterly charmed by Mme Gourbeyre and her husband. He had a wicked sense of humour and such a kind face. He was watering all the plants on arrival at 9pm as we tried to turn our rather large 4x4 around in their very small turning area. It was a bit like a 'sliding puzzle' game, manouvering around the other guests' cars.
M. Gourbeyre showed us up to our room (Yourcenar) - through a very contemporary, arty sitting room, up a little steep, winding staircase into our large spacious and beautifully decorated room. Red is definitely their colour of choice, but it's not too much and really works well. We loved all of their art. Art you'd never dream of seeing in a B&B. Expenses haven't been spared either: a Bang & Olufsen TV (with a large collection of DVDs), a cool floor lamp, a CD player by the bed (which didn't actually seem to work), leather reclining chair, funky bookcase, great shower (but a VERY noisy electric loo). The view from our window was on to harvested fields. It was very quiet and peaceful. I watched a number of her many cats hunting in the grasses as I wrote letters from a chequered table set infront of it...
Their very good local restaurant (which is a 3 minute walk down their track) was unfortunately closed because the proprietor has been unwell but M. G recommended a place in Uzes - Le Terroirs, which was brilliant and a short drive away.
Mme. G gets up very early so you can breakfast whenever you want. It was delicious! Homemade jams, fresh croissant, lovely breads and a board of cheeses. I relaxed by their lovely little pool on a sun lounger until almost lunch time despite it being our last day. Mme. G very kindly said I could stay and relax all day if I wanted...and brought regular glasses of fresh, chilled pressed apple juice, made by a friend of theirs. She is very interesting and very interested (without being nosy). We both instantly warmed to her and will definitely be back for further endurance events despite the room being quite expensive at 120EUR/night.