From the minute we arrived, we were treated so special. Catherine greeted us at the door when we knocked to get the keys. She and Christian are two of the warmest persons we've met during our stay in France. After sharing 3 bottles of their home grown champagne, she searched thru her stack of restaurant business cards and found us a 9pm reservation at a restaurant in Epernay on a Saturday night. We could not have felt more welcome. She and Christian walked us over to the studio and I can't tell you how charming their home is. The studio that we stayed in is situated above their garage. While the stairs up to the studio are a bit steep and just a tad narrow, they in my opinion added to the experience. The studio was so clean, spacious, and bright. The bed was so comfortable, the sitting area was so quaint, the kitchen had everything that we needed and, in fact, had way too much such that you could cook meals if you wanted (I of course saw that as such a bad thing because I didn't want to cook a single thing, but so nice that they had everything that you would need if you wanted to cook). The WC and the shower were immaculate. The TV was small but I am telling you, that was a blessing because there is no way anyone should sit in the room watching TV when you have that beautiful view out the window. The studio was even equipped with a nice fan which I am sure comes in handy on warmer days. Sleeping was so comfortable that I didn't even want to get up to explore the amazing towns nearby. The windows are equipped with electronic shutters so you could close out the day if you wanted to. And I would recommend that if going out, you do close the windows/shutters as being in a fruity/vegetated area, you will get some bugs in the rental. Driving out of the village where they live, Champillon, we realized how beautiful this whole area is. I've always said that it is all about the LOCATION...and this rental is perfect for exploring the many small villes, caves, and just enjoying the winding roads thru the Vineyards of Tribaut, Moet & Chandon, etc. So, while you might probably find something more luxurious, maybe with a pool, or maybe with a bigger TV, this rental comes with what you won't find in any other place. You get Christian and Catherine and if you are lucky, as we were, you get to meet Alain, Catherine's brother, and his wife. Alain is a very talented artist who is making a name for himself with some very bold, strong colored paintings.
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