The gite (officially classified as a 4 star accommodation) is part of a water mill of which one part is inhabited by the owner while another part (the part that is located on the bank of the river) is set up as an independent gite. The gite has a private entrance and a number of terraces with total privacy. The house is situated on a 8 acre wooded and hilly estate. Your car can be parked on the other side of the river from where a bridge gives you access to the house.
There is also a fenced terraces so that small children are not able to reach the river. A small branch of the river runs under the house. The water flow can be regulated via a lock further upstream.
The gite has a spacious kitchen with all the amenities of a normal house: stove, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, toaster, coffee maker (Nespresso and also a regular Melitafilter device), iron and ironing board. The sitting room has a 3-seater sofa, a two-seater sofa and an armchair. There is satellite TV with access to the Dutch Canaaldigitaal ' Entertainment package ' and a WiFi internet connection throughout the house.
Bedroom # 1 has an en-suite bathroom with toilet, bathtub and separate shower. This bedroom has panoramic views of the beautiful old bridge and the cascading waterfall. The murmur of the river can be shut out entirely by shutters and double glazing, if you wish. You can also sleep with the windows open and enjoy the sound of the running water. You don't have to be afraid for mosquitoes because there are none. The only thing that might bother you is the ticking against the window of the yellow wagtail or the rare white-throated dipper.
Bedroom # 2 has a view of the 'courtyard' where the sound of the river is not noticeable. This bedroom is directly connected to the small kids room (# 3) with bunk bed (see picture). Also bedroom # 2 has an en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower. All beds are equipped with high-quality queen size mattresses and down duvets.
Sometimes, if it has not rained for weeks, the river can dwindle to a quiet rippling stream where one can wade through or place a deck chair in in the water. However, there are always deeper parts where one could swim if the cold mountain water is not an effective deterrent. After a heavy rain the river can swell to a ferocious torrent. Every now and then you can see fishermen walking in the river.
The gîte has a balcony and terrace right on the water edge. There is a large grass field with a badminton net. Rackets are available. Ideal swimming spots in the river next to the house (depth of water in those spots between 1 and 2 meters)
The gîte has its own entrance and parking place (accross the river) with access via a private bridge. The owners live in a separate wing and are always available for advice, tips and unforeseen problems. Yet total privacy is guarenteed.
The location of the gîte is particularly ideal because there is hardly ever any wind. Often guests ask whether there are many mosquitos. Despite the lack of wind and the proximity of water mosquitoes are virtually absent. So sleeping with windows open is no problem unless the (gentle) noise of the water is not welcome. The double glazed windows will guarentee soundproof bedrooms.
Chris is geboren en opgegroeid in Den Haag en is na zijn studie geologie in Leiden bij Shell gaan werken. Hij heeft dankzij zijn beroep in vele landen mogen wonen en werken maar is uiteindelijk (na het ingaan van zijn pensioen) neergestreken op dit meest idylische plekje ter aarde. Chris is getrouwd met Anna, een Frans/Grieks/Australische vrouw. Samen hebben ze een zoontje, Alec, van 6 jaar die hier in Frankrijk op school gaat. Omdat er thuis Engels wordt gesproken is hij nu volledig tweetalig en spoedig zelfs drietalig want Alec zit op een tweetalige school waar de helft van de tijd in het Frans en de andere helft in Spaans wordt onderwezen. Het Spaans is erg belangrijk omdat Eysus slechts een half uur rijden van de Spaanse grens ligt.