Country Tranquility: 400 Yrs Old, 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14-16, Private Pool/Sauna
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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, a jacuzzi, new Finnish sauna, new indoor and outdoor kitchens, 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 salt-water swimming pool and adjacent 6-person jacuzzi, the Ardeche river valley, and the sunset horizon 80km to the west. The remaining bedroom on the first floor is wheelchair friendly, with a handicap access shower and toilet. There are three full baths, 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. The private garden is surrounded by raspberry and blackberry bushes, and basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, verveine abound...
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.
Tél. +33 4 75 39 36 67
Fax: 33 4 75 39 36 67
Portable: 06 08 98 22 92
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.
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Member since: 2003
- 300 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
- Renovations complete in May 2012!!! Please note to avoid any confusion - the 4 bedrooms have beds that are, by US & continental European standards, Queen sized beds, with a width of 63 inches. It's the Brits who call them 'large doubles'! Then one bedroom has a bed that is 56 inches wide; the kids bunk room has two 140 cm beds below, and two 90cm beds above. Downstairs bedroom has ensuite shower/bath combo. Pack n play cot available, stored downstairs in the Ground Floor en-suite bedroom....moreless
Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms, 3 Half Bathrooms
- All new - 2012 renovations: New 200cm x 170cm Scandinavian sauna, twin sauna showers + WC. Interior connection to the main salon and it's new open hearth fireplace. Sauna accessible from the outside. New upstairs bathroom with two sinks and long 180cm bathtub/shower combo. Good for tall people. New upstairs shower room with two sinks - two shower heads in same, large stall. WC's intentionally located near, but separate from the shower / bath facilities throughout the house. Downstairs bedroom has ensuite shower/bath combo. Outdoor jacuzzi and pool heating added spring 2015....moreless
- The new sauna is accessible from both inside and outside, near the pool. Meter-thick walls keep the mas cool during the summer, and warm during winter. As the mas is at 550m elevation, it is high enough in the summer to beat the severe heat of the valley, but hot enough to enjoy a dip in the pool. Have a sweater onhand for pleasantly cool evenings. The downstairs bedroom is ideal for anyone with access challenges - there are wide double doors, no stairs....moreless
- Audio Tape Player
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- Game Room
- Games For Kids
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Autumn Foliage
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 16 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning
- Broadband Access
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Mini Refrigerator
- Pantry Items
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Wood Deck
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Hot Tub
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2017
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Mar 31 - Apr 13, 2017
2 night min stay
May 30 - Jun 23, 2017
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Jun 24 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 2 - Oct 13, 2017
3 night min stay
Dec 16 - Jan 5, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
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* This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.
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Ardeche is home to one of the world's most celebrated ancient caves, the Grotte Chauvet. In April 2015, a €55 million replica of the cave opened in Vallon-Pont d'Arc, 45 minutes south of our home in St Laurent sous Coiron. It is amazing. This is a highly accurate reproduction of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet, which was granted World Heritage status last year and which has never been open to the public.
Visitors to the site will see more than 1,000 faithfully reproduced paintings and carvings, including 425 charcoal or ochre drawings of animals and hand prints dating back up to 36,000 years, while experiencing the smell, humidity and even stalactites and stalagmites of the original cave. Even the temperature has been set to match that of the original, which has featured in a documentary by Werner Herzog, which you can see here:
Each August, in the valley just below St Laurent sous Coiron, the village of Lussas hosts one of France's most important documentary film festivals, the Etats generaux du film documentaire. More details on their website:
The official Ardeche tourism website is well done and full of useful information:
http://www.ardeche-tourisme.com/ (en Français)
http://en.ardeche-guide.com/ (in English)
Ardeche is among the most tranquil areas in France (the only department in France with no rail or Autoroute), yet it is still easy to access by either air, TGV, or by road. The Valence TGV station is only two hours from Paris or CDG Airport, and the car rental agencies (Avis, Hertz, Eurocar, National, Alamo) are conveniently located next to the station. The mas is a beautiful 60 minute drive from the TGV station. Coming from the north, you'd take Exit 16, Loriol, on the A7 Autoroute de soleil, and then the D104 up to the Plateau de Coiron. From the south, via Montelimar, you'd take the Route de Teil and the N102 direction Aubenas. We will give you detailed driving instructions.
Nearest airports: Nimes - 135km, Lyon -150km, or Montpellier -180km
Try Google Earth (maps.google.com). Look for the pool. If you search for “Dazy, Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, France”, you will land just north of the house.
According to Google earth, exact coordinates are:
North 44’ 64’ 93’ 76’
East 04’ 48’ 31’ 51'
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: We live in Kamplala, Uganda. Brett runs the UN World Food Programme's Global Centre for Post Harvest Loss Eradication, helping farmers across Africa to handle and store crops effectively. Rosa is a recovered banker who is now a fitness professional with a focus on kite surfing, yoga and pole dancing.
Why the Owner Chose Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, France:
We fell in love with Ardeche. After many years of living in dense urban environments in Asia, St Laurent sous Coiron was the perfect remedy. Fresh, open, peaceful, slow-paced. When we bought the property it was with the intent to start using it immediately, but with some part of the house we could renovate, and put our own 'stamp', or personality into the house. The renovations of the barn took over two years...but it is worth it.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
There is really no way to put 'the view' into a photos. From the 5 bedrooms facing the pool deck, and of course, from the pool itself, you have an ... enormous sky - a 180 degree panorama overlooking the Ardeche valley, and to the south, over 100km away, you can see the mountain ranges that are just off the Mediterranean coast. We had no desire to be closer to the crowds, the noise, and the traffic of the cote d'azur. At night, there is so little light pollution that you can see the satellites passing overhead...even more fun when you have just come out of the sauna, and are lying face-up in the pool.
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incredible skies...big dipper above the pergola...
...late afternoon calm. Gin and Tonic anyone? We recommend Hendricks.
Fully equipped gourmet kitchen...hungry?
Salle a manger. Table has two extensions which comfortably seats 16.
Cool evening? no problem...
Chambre 2, Valley / pool view
The 'bunk' room. Comfortably sleeps 6 children. 2x140cm beds, 2 x 90cm beds.
Master Suite, looking towards valley terrace
New bath, overlooking valley
Choices...you can find local markets everyday...
Ground Floor - new barn renovations!
St Laurent in the near distance, with the Ardeche river valley below...
Another Cevennes sunset, wisteria reflections
Ready for your creativity...fresh markets everyday
Salon, next to sauna and salle a manger
Chambre 1, Meadow view, morning sunrise
Chambre 3, Valley / Pool view
Master Terrace Suite, Looking towards east meadow
Chambre 6, with fireplace and ensuite bath
Morning view over the meadow from the playroom
St Laurent sous Coiron, one kilometer to the south
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