La Clede provides comfortable accommodation for 2/4 people. It has a floor area of approximately 55m2
It was originally used to dry chestnuts; a fire was lit on the ground floor which heated the chestnuts on the floor above. Now, the sleeping area is found on this floor with a double and 2 single beds. There is a lounge/diner, an open-plan kitchen and shower room underneath.
Outside, there is a sheltered, south-facing private terrasse under one of the chestnut trees that supplied La Clede with its raw material.
There is a large 15x5m swimming pool and jacuzzi and gym. The gym features a treadmill, cross-trainer, bike, stepper and rower and, for the really masochistic, a multi-gym weights machine.
A free wireless ADSL connection is available in.
We have an organic vegetable garden so fresh produce is always available. In addition, we provide evening meals when required - can be very good on the night that you arrive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nimes 120 km, Nearest railway: Valence TGV 90 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||CD player, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Downstairs is an open plan kitchen and lounge/diner together with a shower room. Upstairs on a mezzanine there is a double bed with two singles.
The kitchen has a 4 burner hob (3 gas and 1 electric), an oven/grill and a microwave.
The shower room has a sink, bidet, shower and loo.
We can provide linen and towels if required for a small extra charge.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a south-facing terrasse with a BBQ.
We have an organic veg garden and free range chooks so fresh produce is always available. The local bar does great steak-frites and pizzas and there are some wonderful restaurants locally ranging from quaint inns to Michelin starred establishments.
The pool is BIG - 15x5m - and we supply inflatables.
L'Elze is on the edge of the Ardechois Cevennes at an altitude of 550m. In summer the normal temperature is in the high 20s or low 30s. Because we are reasonably high there is usually a cooling breeze.
The closest town to the Mas de L'Elze is Largentiere, dating back to medieval times, retaining its walls, gates and ancient winding cobbled streets. En route from there to Aubenas, you will find Balazuc, designated one of the most picturesque villages of France. And it's not the only wonderful village to see - try Thines and Labeaume, for example.
The newest thing to see in the Ardeche is the Caverne du Pont D'Arc, the recreation of the famous Chauvet Cave which has been designated a UNESCO World heritage Site.
The majestic gorges of the Ardeche, famous for their natural beauty, are a short drive away. Closer by are the valleys of the Beaume, Drobie and Chassezac, less well-known, but no less beautiful. The mountain range of the Tanargue forms a backdrop to the setting sun in the west. An unusual natural phenomenon to be found nearby is the Bois de Paiolive, a labyrinth of white rocks eroded into strange and fantastic shapes.
You can enjoy the countryside while relaxing in the sun with a glass of local wine. Alternatively, should you wish to get a little closer to nature there is lots to do.
First of all, you can hike or bike straight from the door. The hiking is on way-marked tracks, both on local ones and on the long distance national (GR) ones. The biking is varied; you can either mountain-bike on the tracks or road-bike on the routes followed by the biggest cycle race in France, the Ardechoise, or do a combination of both if you hire our hybrid mountain/road bikes.
Next, you can explore the rivers. Canoeing down the gorges of the Ardeche or the Chassezac is pretty well obligatory! And once you've done that, the swimming is wonderful - and the fishing is not bad either........... Then you can rock-climb out of the gorges or fly over them on the Via Ferrata (zip wire) at Thuyets.
And for something a little less terrifying, you can try horse-riding or even donkey-trekking.
There are many caves to see in the region including Aven D'Orgnac where there are often son et lumiere events.
Day-trips to Orange, Avignon, Nimes are within easy reach as are vists to the Cotes du Rhone villages where you can sample the famous wines.