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Guigons de Vezias

My last day in the Ardeche region. Due to the fact that the weather was so bad yesterday, and that it had tremendously improved today it was decided that I would not leave early but by the end of the day. That gave extra time to have a good look around the gite where I had stayed the past days, for another small walk in the village, and for a visit to some caves in the area (see next blog entry).

I had been staying in a very unique place: Les Gîtes des Guigons de Vezias also known as Les Gîtes de l'Oustaou. The gite is almost a small village by itself. It is a huge complex of several ancient buildings clustered together on the side of a hill. Due to the linking and the many ground levels the complex features very picturesque alleys and twisting stairs. The walls of the gites are almost 1 meter thick, and the rooms are built in ancient arch vaults.

The owner of the gite explained that when he purchased the site it was in a state of total disrepair.

Guigons de Vezias
Far worse that the le Chatelas ruins I hiked by two days ago. He spent years restoring it and turning the abandoned and decaying structure into a gite. The complex is subdivided into several separate gites, all equipped with modern facilities (bathroom, kitchen, a fire place, additional heating, etc.) The majority of the gites also come with stunning views on the surrounding mountains. We stayed in te l'Echauguette.

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. 

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On the lands of Guigons de Vezias
On the lands of Guigons de Vezias
View from Gîte lEchauguette
View from Gîte l'Echauguette
View from Gîte lEchauguette
View from Gîte l'Echauguette
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View from Gîte l'Echauguette
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View from Gîte l'Echauguette
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Interior of Gîte lEchauguette
Interior of Gîte l'Echauguette
Interior of Gîte lEchauguette
Interior of Gîte l'Echauguette
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photo by: mdalamers