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Mayres, Provence
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On the hills overlooking the village of Mayres crossed by the Ardèche and La Borne rivers, this charming, detached, holiday property has a terrace with a BBQ

On the hills overlooking the village of Mayres crossed by the Ardèche and La Borne rivers, this charming, detached, holiday property has a terrace with a BBQ. It sits in a mature grounds with shrubs, chestnut trees, wild flowers, roses and irises. It offers a comfortable interior and an outdoor swimming pool, and lovely views of the Ardèche Mountains. Located in the Ardèche Mountains Regional Park, in the beautiful region of the Seven Lakes. Visit the many surrounding attractions including the basaltic lava flows of Tanargue, or those in Thuyets offering an unforgettable view of the valley. Shop and restaurant 350m.

Approximate distance to Nîmes airport is 156 km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. First floor: 1 twin bedroom, plus single bed.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, outdoor swimming pool (private, 50m², open mid May-mid Oct weather permitting), ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Nearby
    Restaurant Nearby
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Villa

Customer Comments

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2017
    First the positive: the cottage has a nice open plan layout, with thick walls and a tiled floor that keeps it cool when the weather is hot. It is quiet and secluded, set in a sizable garden above the pretty valley of the upper Ardeche. There are a number of good (but quite strenuous) walks straight from the door. The cottage had ample crockery and cutlery, although there were a few odd admissions, like no oven glove (we bought one and left it there). However, a number of the fixtures and fittings seem rather fragile - one of the single beds collapsed whilst we were there - and even dangerous: one electric socket was literally hanging out of the wall and we would have been very worried if we had had young children with us. The owners are Dutch and the instruction book was all in Dutch (even if it had been in French, we would have understood it better). Support was available from the caretaker and her husband who lived next door, but we have to say that it was rather begrudging. Our French is basic "O" level/ GCSE" standard and they had no English. However, we have been in this situation in French cottages before and with a bit of patience and goodwill (and a lot of gesturing) have always had a very amicable rapport. But on this occasion, these attributes were in short supply. The first thing was that the Calor Gas stove would not keep alight and when we asked for help we were told that it was because we had not switched it on (we had, but had turned it off again as a safety precaution). The next thing was that the bed collapsed, which we were told was our fault because my son had lain down on it. To be fair, the caretaker's husband did take it off and mended it but my son did not dare sleep on it again (luckily there were more beds than people in our party). But the final straw was when all the lights and electric sockets, except for those in the lounge, kept shorting out. We were told that this was because we had been using the electric stove at the same time as having all the hall and bedroom lights on (we only had one light on). After going to bed in the dark (luckily we had brought torches) we contacted the agents for the property. M. le caretaker returned and announced that the short was in fact caused by a cracked swimming pool filter (which was apparently 20 years old) leaking water into the electric pump. This was disconnected and we got our electricity back, although we were unable to use the swimming pool again for the rest of our holiday, as it was awaiting repairs. As the weather had got chillier, we said we were OK about that. Frankly, we were just relieved that the caretakers were a bit more pleasant from that point on, possibly because the very helpful Novasol rep might have said something to them about the importance of maintaining the "entente cordiale". We have had cottages before where the electricity went off, or the water heater did not work, and the local contact has always been sympathetic and at pains to assure us that they would do everything to sort the problem out as quickly as possible. We have never been in a situation where we ourselves were blamed for some fatuous reason. Together with the other problems, it significantly marred our enjoyment of the holiday. Maybe, somebody with fluent French would have managed better, although we feel it was as much an attitude as a communication problem. For this reason, we could not recommend the cottage to any other British holidaymaker.

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