Pam Newell owns a delightful house of which the top storey is a Gite. There is a lounge with television and fire and a a galley kitchen. There is a shower room and a large bedroom with a double, a 3/4 bed plus a cot. Entrance to the Gite is through the garage which Pam leaves empty when she has visitors. This means pushcahirs ect can be safely stored in it.
On the 2nd floor Pam has a double bedroom with ensuite. She does B&B and is very welcoming, hence the name Benvinguts. Benvinguts is Catalan for Welcome.
Fosse is a very tiny village, a hamlet. It has an outdoor swimming pool which is open during the summer. There are plan d'eaus at the nearby villages of le Vivier (only for the bold, it's pretty murky) and Vira (purpose built and much nicer).
Everyone knows who Pam is and all you have to do is ask for Pameeela!
Fosse is equadistant between Fennoullit (camp site) and Le Vivier (small shop until Nov 2006). The nearest shopping is in Caudies, okay for both small shopping and wine. If you are walking and not planning to carry much except the odd bottle and hunk of cheese etc then shop in Caudies. It has a really good restaurant. St Paul is the nearest town as such and has many shops and a good sized supermarket. It isn't as pretty as Caudies and is very run down in areas. It has an indoor swimming pool (don't forget to take a bathing cap) and you can get the majority of items there as it has a hardware shop etc. Try the St Paul speciality, almond biscuits (crocquandes).
If you want an holiday from the point of view of burger bars, amusement arcades etc, then forget this area. If you like walking whether long hikes through forests or short rambles along country lanes, if you like waterfalls, horse riding, sightseeing etc then this is the place for you.
The views from house are stunning. From the lounge of the gite on the top floor you can see Mont Bugarach. From the roof terrace there are views over her garden and the garden consists of a lawn with shady tree and some decking and a barbecue of which guests are invited to use.
From the window of the B&B guest room there is a view of a lovely verdant orchard. This room is beautifully decorated, it is difficult to know whether to look out at the scene or gaze at the wallpaper!
As the sun shines for most of the year in this delightful area of France you will find yourself sitting on one of Pam's terraces for many hours, just reading or sipping wine. I can highly recommend it.
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