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Traditional stone house with blue shutters in the Monts d'Ardeche.

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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
7 guests
7 nights minimum
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With a terraced garden boasting incredible views over the Monts d'Ardeche, this house built into the mountainside in the village of St Pierreville is perfect both for a relaxing holiday of sunbathing and al fresco dining in a peaceful rustic setting and an ideal base from which to go hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming. In hot weather you can cool off at a lovely river beach a short drive away. Kayaking is available on the River Eyrieux or you can cycle 'La Dolce Via' running alongside it. You can also cycle the Via Rhona along the Rhone valley. You may want to tackle the more challenging mountain cycle routes near our house in St Pierreville. The famous Ardechoise cycle race passes right in front of our house in June and you can have a grandstand view of the riders from our balcony. Th...With a terraced garden boasting incredible views over the Monts d'Ardeche, this house built into the mountainside in the village of St Pierreville is perfect both for a relaxing holiday of sunbathing and al fresco dining in a peaceful rustic setting and an ideal base from which to go hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming. In hot weather you can cool off at a lovely river beach a short drive away. Kayaking is available on the River Eyrieux or you can cycle 'La Dolce Via' running alongside it. You can also cycle the Via Rhona along the Rhone valley. You may want to tackle the more challenging mountain cycle routes near our house in St Pierreville. The famous Ardechoise cycle race passes right in front of our house in June and you can have a grandstand view of the riders from our balcony. The walking around St Pierreville is fantastic and varied in length and difficulty. It is a perfect base for hikers as well as bikers. There is an Outdoor Adventure Centre on the banks of the Eyrieux river between St Sauveur and Les Ollieres, complete with zip wires and rock climbing possibilities. It is a 5 minute walk into the village where guests will find a butcher, a baker and a small shop/newsagent. There are several good bars and restaurants and a Sunday morning market throughout Spring and Summer selling fresh local produce, mountain cheeses, olives, local honey and jam plus nougat from Montelimar. You can relax with a drink in the square and listen to live music when you have finished your market browsing. There is often an interesting exhibition to wander round in the small gallery on the square. All rooms in our house look out over the valley, the chestnut woods, the village below + the mountain ridge. On the ground floor is a comfortable lounge/diner with a wood burner + a well-equipped kitchen with w. machine + dishwasher + a cloakroom with toilet and washbasin. On the first floor there are 2 bedrooms and a shower room with washbasin and separate toilet. On the second floor is a newly converted attic double bedroom with en suite. From this floor the back door leads to the first of the terraces which is gravelled with a small herb garden. Here there is a selection of loungers and garden furniture to use on any terrace. There are 5 terraces in all. Steps lead up to a second terrace with decking and a garden area. The views from this terrace are fantastic and it is a great place to sit and sip a drink/eat a meal. Another set of steps lead up to a third terrace where there is another small seating area under a cherry tree. This also has fantastic views and they get better the higher you go! Steps lead up to a fourth terrace with plenty of space for loungers and/or games. The topmost terrace can be used for parking a vehicle and there are also parking spaces in front of the school just down the road. A set of boules and a badminton set are available for use on the top 2 terraces. All of the terraces are great places to sunbathe. It is important to note that because our house and garden have a large number of stairs and steps, people with limited mobility may find it difficult. There are board games in the house and plenty of fiction plus books and maps of the area. There are also folders of information about the house, walks in the surrounding area and activities. Having your own transport is essential since the nearest town is 14 kilometres away. Excursions within driving distance are to Mont Gerbier, Mont Mézenc, Lac St Martial, Lac d'Issarles,The Ray Pic waterfalls, The Gorges d'Ardeche. The city of Valence is just under an hour's drive away. Directions to and from the house can be made available on request. We love the fantastic views and setting and the peace; the lovely light and mountain air: our friendly and welcoming village; that there is plenty going on in season; the beautiful starlit skies and minimum light pollution; the great local produce in shops, markets and restaurants; that we can walk to local shops, bars and restaurants and don't need to get in the car; the great local wines and chestnut beer; that we can go walking straight from the house; that there is plenty to do for our teenage grandsons with kayaking, tennis and swimming. There is a village tennis court behind our house and also a recreation field with goal posts. Whatever your holiday preference, whether it is active and outdoors; enjoying the peace and the views; a combination of the two with some sight-seeing thrown in, the house with blue shutters in Le Couvent is a great base for enjoying and exploring the Ardeche region.More
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About the Owner
Julie C
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2017
Interaction with guests
When we're in England our house is looked after by our guardians, Yvan and Genevieve who live a few doors down the road . The keys to the house can be collected from them. They are friendly and helpful always. There are folders in the lounge with lots of information about the house and local activities, plus guide books and leaflets. There are a number of events in the village itself, well-advertised in the village square outside the Mairie and in shop windows. There is a small gallery in the square which has art and pottery exhibitions by local artists and a larger gallery in the river valley next to the Pont d'Aleyron. A number of local artists welcome visitors to their ateliers. Plenty of outdoor activities are included in the folders.
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Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay in the house in St Pierreville. It’s a lovely, quite rural mountain village. You definitely need a degree of fitness to cope with the hills up and down to the village and the stairs and steps within the house. The...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Heather597
Management response:Responded 24 August 2018

Thank you so much for a great review and we are very pleased that you enjoyed the house, village and surrounding area. The monts d'Ardeche are beautiful and we are delighted to be able to share their beauty with others.

Reviewed 28 May 2017

We had a great stay in this lovely house. It's more like staying at a friend's place than a gite. Everything you need is there. The village is small and friendly with a couple of shops and cafes. You really do get away from the...More

Date of stay: September 2016
1  Thank jonathantQ947NV
Management response:Responded 30 May 2017

Thanks so much, Jonathan. So glad it worked for all of you.

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Reviewed 24 May 2017

It was pleasing to discover a lively French village with a real sense of community in such a remote location. The winding drive up from St.Saveur gives an inkling of the beauty of the surrounding scenery but it is a surprise the enter the village...More

Date of stay: June 2016
Thank Heather L
Management response:Responded 30 May 2017

Thanks so much for your review, Heather. I'm glad you both enjoyed it as much as we do.

Reviewed 31 August 2018
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Housekeeping Included
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Water Views
Freezer
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Deck
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About the neighbourhood
There are a number of lovely and varied walks direct from the house along the river valley, through the chestnut woods, up to the mountain ridge and beyond. Details of a number of walks can be found in the folder in the lounge. There are also details of walks further afield. The village itself is in a spectacular location with 3 restaurants and a couple of bars, all within easy walking distance of the house. The village has its own chestnut museum since St Pierreville is a centre of chestnut production and its own atelier of wool production with museum, cafe, shop selling beautiful woollen goods and restaurant. Locally made delicious ice cream can be bought in the village. Great swimming, cycling and outdoor adventure are within easy reach.
Getting around
The best way to get around is by car, since local transport stops at St Sauveur de Montagut, about 14 kms from the village. A number of buses each day pass through St Sauveur going north to Le Cheylard and south to Valence. Trains from Valence go north to Lyons and south to Avignon .45 minutes to drive to Valence train station. There is supermarket shopping and fuel at Carrefour in St Sauveur where there is also a CA bank and cash machine. St Sauveur has a great market on a Saturday morning with fine cheese and olive stalls. St Pierreville has its own market on a Sunday morning often with live music in the square during Summer. St Pierreville has its own shop, butcher and bakery, so there is no need to get in the car unless you want to.
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