We have just spent a glorious and relaxing week in 'Rouquette' one of the well equipped gîtes in Blanc Sur Sanctus. The hospitatity so readily provided by Carlos, David and Sandy () is superlative. They have an extensive knowledge of the neighbourhood and of the region and willingly share these - invaluable if, like us, you have little awareness of this remote and wild part of France. 'Away from it all' does little to prepare you for the experience.
We had not really used gîtes before this but I'm pretty certain not all are as well kitted out with comfortable beds, dishwasher, washing machine, fully fitted kicthen (including microwave as well as standard cooker) plus a huge bathroom with bath and shower. There's even TV and a DVD library, surprisingly good mobile phone coverage and even access to wifi!
Food shopping is a drive away. The further you drive, the more choice there is. However with a little careful planning you can combine stocking up with food with stocking up with sights. The local wines, especially Faugères, drink here beautifully (David and Carlos only too happy to advise).
The real treat is the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the peace and quietness. Being November the weather was, er, inclement. It did not rain on one day and, if like us, you take this into account when preparing your stay, then it's not a problem. But take note, we were here in November at the very end of the season. Spring, Summer and early Autumn will be dry and warm to hot (there is an outdoor pool). We took full advantage of the modern (efficient) log fire in the gîte - you just help yourself freely to the mountain of chopped logs which Carlos maintains.
Bring good walking shoes, clothing appropriate to the season and pleanty to read for an invigorating and relaxing holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The medieval village of Blanc is built around the remains of a 10th century château, and includes five houses available for rental, comfortably furnished and equipped with modern conveniences. Hidden deep in a wooded valley, 6km from the nearest town, it's an ideal spot for walkers, nature lovers or anyone looking to get away from it all. ... more less