La Grange is a house on two and a half levels for six to eight people. It is the original barn of the mas; the goats had only just left the bottom floor when we started restoration!
The entrance at road level leads into the kitchen and dining area, with a shower room behind. Above, there is a large mezzanine with two single beds. The living room, with a magnificent view towards the Tour de Brison in the south, is through a stone archway from the kitchen. For larger parties there is a very comfortable double sofa-bed. Just in case you choose to take our holidays out of season, there is a large fireplace for the long winter evenings.
The two main double bedrooms are downstairs, where the goats used to be! There is also a luxury bathroom and a "cave" complete with washing machine.
Outside, there is a large stone-paved patio with a walled flower garden; it is fully equipped with furniture and a BBQ.
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 8, 3 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, Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
La Grange is a house with two double bedrooms, a mezzanine with 2 single beds and a lounge with wonderful views to the south with a sofa bed and a wood-burning fire. The kitchen has a cooker, microwave and a dishwasher. The shower room has a sink, shower and loo while the bathroom has a bath, bidet, sink and loo.
We can provide linen and towels if required for a small extra charge.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a sheltered terrasse with a BBQ.
The pool is BIG - 15x5m - and we supply inflatables.
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.
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 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.