House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
A large, detached Maison Bourgeoise-style villa situated within just a few minutes walking distance of Montelimar, a lively market town with excellent night-life including high-class restaurants, bars and cafes.The house and gardens have been sensitively refurbished and modernised in recent years (including new swimming pool).
All rooms are of substantial size with high quality, comfortable furnishings.The enclosed gardens are spacious and provide a safe place for younger children to play, or for adults to practice their skills at Boules. The attic room - with separate TV, CD player, single beds and "hang-out" area - will be attractive to teenagers who enjoy their own "space".
An ideal location for exploring the beautiful Drome valley and the more rugged Ardeche hills by car or bicycle (a Saab convertible is available and ladies and gents bicycles are provided at no charge). A beautifully manicured 18-hole golf course is just a 5-minute drive away (2 sets of golf clubs and one chariot provided at no charge).
As this luxury residence is situated so close to the centre of Montelimar, visitors of all ages can choose from a range of evening entertainment (live music, cinema, bars, regular arts festivals, etc.). More mature 'teenagers' (age 21+) might like to try one of the local nite-clubs (for example, l' Hacienda Club - very sophisticated apparently - a short taxi-ride from the house).
However, if relaxing is your preference, then just lounging by the private pool in the summer sun, reading a book and sipping a chilled cocktail during the day will probably be your choice. A fully-equipped BBQ and al-fresco dining area within the sensitively floodlit gardens, under the evening stars and with the sound of the cicades all round, provides a very appealing evening experience.
Being somewhat off the main UK tourists' trail, Montelimar allows you to experience the 'real' France while also offering sophisticated shops and contemporary restaurants. The local market is held twice a week (Saturday's is the best one).
An ideal base for a summer holiday, a winter golf break, for keen photographers, or for wine buffs....
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lyon and Marseille 140 km, Nearest railway: Montelimar 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors||
* Saab convertible car available for use
* All rooms are spacious
* Original flooring throughout
* Large working fireplaces x 2
* Excellent kitchen/dining room
* Central heating and Air conditioning
* Large cellar space for storage (including wine!)
* Modern appliances throughout
* TV (x2) + selection of DVDs
* CDs - selection available
* Board games provided (Cluedo, Scrabble, Monopoly, etc)
* Boules provided
* Books - a large and varied selection of books provided
* Large attic space for teenagers to hang out
* Toddlers travel cot, buggy and chair seat
* 2 sets of golf clubs (left and right-handed) available
* ladies and gents bicycles provided
|Further details outdoors||
Excellent for cycling (Drome/Ardeche), kayaking (Ardeche Gorges) and golf (5 minutes); for lovers of wine (Cotes de Rhone Villages) and food (Montelimar has restaurants to suit all tastes); and for those who enjoy exploring ancient hilltop villages or just walking through lavender fields (June/July).
* Automatic entrance gates
* Lots of parking space
* Car (Saab Convertible) available
* Gardens and pool professionally managed
* Sensitive outdoor lighting around trees and scrubs
* Purpose-built barbecue area
* Private, floodlit pool area with automatic safety cover
* Sun trap area around pool, with sun-loungers and a variety of pool chairs
* Outdoor, floodlit al-fresco dining area (with table and 8 chairs)
* Front verandah (ideal for aperitifs)
* Bicycles (2 men's, 2 ladies), 2 x golf clubs (1 right + 1 left-handed) + 1 x golf trolley available
* Logs for fire (and axe) on site
The Rhone/French Alps region
Also known as Drome Provençal, the area around Montelimar is blessed with the weather of the Cote d'Azur while enjoying the influence of the food "gastronomique" of Lyon (Montelimar is also France's most famous producer of Nougat). Rich is history, with ruined and restored castles perched on its many hill-tops, and with beautiful villages linked together by a network of quiet roads (ideal for cyclists), Drome Provençal presents the newcomer with an experience of France that has come straight out of the tourist guides - but without noisy tourists.
Summers are hot and dry (with the occasional spectacular electric storm) while the dry windy winters make the front-room log fire such an alluring place.
The rugged hills of the Ardeche with its spectacular gorges - all just a short drive away - provide a fascinating contrast with the rolling valleys of the Drome. To the south, while Avignon is always worth a visit (too crowded if you ask me!), the Roman aqueduct near Nimes (Pont du Gard) the beautiful town of Arles and Vincent van Gogh's St Remy de Provence, are amongst the places you should take time out to see. I particularly recommend the 'wine route' which will take you to Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Chateauneuf du Pape - each town worth a visit - where you can sample wines before buying.
This part of France has everything. Recent editions of French Property News included the following:
"The southern Ardeche and the southern Drome are truly magnificent, generous and seductive, stretching either side of the Rhone river just north of Langedoc and Provence respectively." (Sept 2008).
"The southern Drome is even more beautiful than the southern Ardeche. The quality of its produce is excellent, going from Cotes du Rhone and Coteaux de Tricastin wines to top-class olives, apricots, cherries lavender and truffles." (Sept 2008).
If you enjoy golf (10 minutes), cycling (Tour de France 2007 overnighted in Montelimar), kayaking (Gorges de l'Ardeche) or just sightseeing (quiet villages, lavender fields), then Montelimar (population 33,000) has something for you.
"With more than its fair share of mountains, lakes and rivers, the Rhone-Alps is unsurpassed for the range of sports and outdoor activities on offer including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding and canoeing. The vineyards, lavender fields and olive groves to the south are ideal for cycling and other pursuits." French Property News (Jan 2009)
"Montelimar has been changing for the better at a rate of knots. The centre feels vibrant, and pedestrians have priority in the spruced-up streets and squares. the shops are enticing, going far beyond the nougat places for which the town is famous across France." French Property News (Sept 2008)
"Montelimar is known as the gateway to the south (Portes de Provence)... It's a very Provençal town, with cafe terraces and pedestrianised streets in the old town, and plenty of good shops." French Property News (Nov 2008)