What a charming house in the countryside, and what a friendly couple to share it with us!
To properly tell the story of our visit to the Ardèche region of France, we need to back up a moment. Over dinner in Paris, two nights before we left for the countryside, we received a text message informing us that a different AirBNB host cancelled on us. We were shocked and scrambled to find alternate accommodations on short notice. Fortunately, Jean promptly accepted our reservation and our vacation could continue.
The switch in our itinerary turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The house was peaceful and pastoral. The region offers a lot in terms of little excursions into wineries, nearby historic towns, and markets. Jean gave us privacy but was always there to help out, going so far as to chop firewood for us and offer us a drink and a snack on our last night. We left rested and refreshed.