Our 300sqm restored Provencal Mas on the Plateau de Coiron overlooks vineyards and lavender fields, and on the horizon, the Cevennes. With its pool, Finnish sauna, 6 person jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor kitchens that sit 12+, it sleeps 16+ in its 6 large bedrooms and is the perfect place for friend and family get-away
The 300+ square meter, 400 year old Mas on the west edge of the Plateau de Coiron overlooks vineyards and lavender fields, and on the horizon, the Cevennes. Luxuriously restored first in 2002, then again in winter 2011 with a new pool deck, new Finnish sauna, 6 person jacuzzi, new indoor and outdoor kitchens that sit 12+, and a complete renovation of the adjoining barn, the Mas sleeps 16+ in its six large bedrooms - five with queen size beds, one a bunk style room that comfortably sleeps up to six children in four beds. Five of the bedrooms overlook the 10 x 5 meter heated salt-water swimming pool (no chlorine!), the Ardeche river valley, and the sunset horizon 80km to the west. There are three full bathroom, all with separate toilets (continental European style). The kitchen is fully equipped, ready for the epicurean gourmands, and as of spring 2012, there is a second, outdoor kitchen next to an outdoor dining pergola. Private garden is surrounded by raspberry and blackberry bushes, and basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, verveine abound...
Full use of the whole house including the two kitchens (one indoor fully equipped, one outdoor with dishwasher, sink and refrigerator) the heated swimming pool and sauna
Interaction with guests
Cathy and Babeth who lived close by will take care of the cleaning of the Mas as well as anything that will require immediate attention. They speak only very limited English, so prepare to practice your French!
Other things to note
Saturday: Aubenas, Les Vans, Privas
Sunday: Alba-La-Romaine, Vals les Bains
Monday: Vogüé – (July and August)
Tuesday: Jaujac, Largentière, Viviers
Wednesday: Joyeuse, Villeneuve de Berg, Privas
Thursday: Vallon Pont-D’Arc
Friday: Jaujac, Thueyts, Ruoms
Evening Markets (summertime!)
Tuesday: Villeneuve de Berg, Les Vans, Vallon PontD’Arc
Thursday: Vals les Bains,
Our favorite places:
Balazuc – Beautiful, and great place to swim. Much less crowded than Vallon Pont D’Arc. Other water sport favorites are the streams that descend from the Massif Central – towards Antregues, and Le Puy. Pont de Diable is great – go early to beat the crowds.
Villages: Our favorites include: Alba-La-Romaine, Miribel, L’Argentiere, St Pierreville, Avignon, Viviers, Uzes, Vals les Bains
Ardeche is the world chestnut capital. The beams of the house are chestnut, many of the trees outside are chestnut. Visit the 'Museum de Chataignes' in Joyeuse. Enjoy 'marron glaces' (candied chestnuts), or simply a salad l'Ardechoise (with chestnuts & goat's cheese!)
Bourganel – Ardeche’s local beer – you can tour the brewery in Vals-les-Bains. They make lager (blonde), and then several local varieties; chestnut, blueberry, miele de chataigne, verveine. Closed on Mondays.
Vineyards - There are many local vineyards, and local 'caves', (collectives) in the villages. Southern Ardeche is home to the Cote du Rhone appellation, the oldest wine growing district in France...try the Grand Ardeche from Louis Latour. You can visit Latour’s chardonnay caves in Alba-la-Romaine.
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Caves - There are huge caves and spectacular grottos, majestic valleys, canoeing and white water rafting, spelunking, mountain climbing, gliding and parasailing, and on the many quieter streams, fly fishing. Nearby is 'la Grotte Chauvet', evidence of one of the earliest European settlements.
Smoking is strictly forbidden inside the Mas.
The swimming pool conforms to French law for security, and has a cover that both help keep it warm at night, and safe - provided our guests actually use it!
Please leave the house as you found it with dishes in the dishwashers and the linen (bedsheets and towels) taken out of the beds.