Gites at La Greze

THE GITES - Les Orchidées and Les Lavandes

Les Lavandes & Les Orchidées are mirror images of each other, but furnished in different styles. Designed for couples with a pair of soundproofed connecting doors so that they can be let as one for up to 4 people.

The lounge-Les Orchidées
The lounge-Les Orchidées
The pool
The pool
La Greze & the gites
La Greze & the gites
The terrace-Les Lavandes
The terrace-Les Lavandes

Each gite has a large, light and airy double bedroom, an open plan living room/kitchen and a luxury bathroom with full sized bath, separate shower, washbasin and WC. The kitchen has a full range of units with an integral oven and hob, a refrigerator, dishwasher and a dining table. The lounge is comfortably furnished with a sofa (one with a double sofa bed), easy chair, sideboard and coffee tables.

Patio doors lead to a private terrace for outdoor dining and we have a BBQ and picnic area in the shade of an old walnut tree. If you’re lucky you may just see one of our resident deer coming to take a drink at the old “lavoir” nearby.

All rooms have electric radiators for those cool autumn evenings or winter lets. A radio/CD player and a selection of books and games are provided, to help you while away a leisurely evening.

There are laundry facilites available and we have a "wifi" hotspot for which we make no charge.We also provide hairdryers.



THE GROUNDS


La Greze is set in 17 acres of rolling meadows and woodland, with superb views across the valley to the village and the Foret de Gresigne. You are more than welcome to stroll through the meadows.

One of the great joys of the South West of France is the abundance of wild orchids that can be found in the fields and forests in the spring and early summer. In the Tarn, with its unique geographical location and both Mediterranean and Atlantic weather influences, over 50 varieties of European orchids have been identified.

La Greze lies within an area surrounding the Foret de Gresigne which has the highest concentration of orchids, with at least 35 varieties. In our own meadows we have identified over a dozen to date, including some quite unusual examples such as the “heart flowered serapias” (serapias cordigera) and the “lizard tongued orchid” (himantoglossum hircinum). There are also a number of examples of the Ophrys family, one of the best known being the “Bee Orchid” (Ophrys apifera). We believe we have at least 5 different varieties but are still trying to differentiate between them all!

The best time to see them is usually mid April to mid June (this does vary a little with the climate of course), so maybe you would like to come and help us put names to faces so to speak!



THE POOL


The 12 m. by 6 m. saline pool, surrounded by meadows full of wild flowers, affords wonderful views across the surrounding countryside.

There are loungers and umbrellas for relaxing in the sun and watching the many birds of prey soaring overhead, or you could take a stroll through the meadows and try to identify some of the wide range of wild flowers.

We usually open the pool before the end of April and it is normally in use until early October. These times are of course variable depending on early and late weather conditions.



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