We had the privilege of exchanging with this lovely family and their exceptional home in the Basque region of France. In a word, the home is magnificent. It's a large 18th century 3-story home that's been meticulously restored and decorated with beautiful flair. The home is in the heart of the Pyrenees, with farms and charming villages dotting the peaks and valleys. We love exploring, and between all the nearby castles, hikes, villages, and scenic escapes, this area is an adventure playground. Arriving at their home was like a dream come true. There was a lovely welcome basket and personal notes to make us feel at home. A friend of theirs met us at the house and gave us a warm welcome and great information about the area. It was really nice knowing there was someone nearby who was an english-speaking resident to help us along with any difficulties (there weren't any :)). Perhaps best of all was coordinating the exchange with this family. In the planning, they were very organized, yet easy-going, and made arrangements a breeze. And it just got better during the exchange. They're terrific communicators also, letting us know they arrived and the goings on while we were away, which was very much appreciated. They took care of our cat, Omar, while in our home. We couldn't have asked for more loving and responsible caretakers. The two boys showered our cat with attention to the point that our return was met with our cat's indifference! Our home was in perfect shape when we returned. This generous family left a lovely note and kindly left a bottle of our favorite champagne and other mementos. We can't recommend an exchange with this family and their gorgeous French country home enough!