We know that we have to arrive and depart on days that suit the owner's convenience, which isn't necessarily ours.
We know that we have to pack the car to the roof with tea towels, cleaning materials, loo rolls, sharp knives, kitchen equipment, store cupboard items, books, maps and all the rest.
We've even had to stand to attention while someone counts every every teaspoon, glass, plate and pan on the morning of our departure.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Who wants to spend their holiday shopping for basics and cleaning materials? We stock your gîte with all sorts of things you'll need so you don't have to.
Inclusive prices with no hidden extras, and a single price all year; there are no high season hikes.
We like to spread out, use different spaces at different times, have plenty of room to breathe. We assume you do too.
FLEXIBLE ARRIVAL DAYS
You decide which day of the week to get here - not us; that way you can take advantage of cheaper flights and ferries.
THE PERSONAL TOUCH
No anonymous agents, no impersonal managers or cleaners or employees ... whatever needs to be done, we do it ourselves!
Experience two different - and distinct - parts of the eastern Pyrenees on the same holiday by booking a 2 centre holiday with us.
We don't make a song and dance about it, but we are. You can, if you like, read about our green policy here.
We've been welcoming guests for a very long time - Kalba for over 20 years (gulp!) in several different places. And we still enjoy it.
If walking or birding form part of your holiday ideas, you'll benefit from our personal interest in both and in lots of resources to help you plan your stay.
We live here, we know our way round, we know the good, the best, and the places you'd struggle to find without help.
AND TEN THINGS YOU WON'T FIND HERE
Noise. Unless you count cow bells as noise pollution.
Children. Maison Grillou is that rare thing: a peaceful and tranquil holiday getaway just for grown ups.
Ashtrays. The house and grounds are completely non-smoking and we have an unashamedly strong preference for guests who don't smoke.
Notices everywhere telling you what you can and can't do.
Wild night life. Or any night life at all, beyond marvelling at the moon and the Milky Way and hooting back at the owls.
Takeaways or pizza deliveries.
Street lights. Or even a street.
Anything chintz or twee, rose petals on beds, formality or airs and graces.
Sterile gardens and manicured lawns. This is a living, breathing place, wild in parts and shared with all manner of other living, breathing creatures.