Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Set in 25 acres of evergreen oak woodland, surrounded by cherry and apricot orchards and the vineyards and caves of the St Joseph and Hermitage AOC's.
Le Vitrier offers a wonderful environment for couples and families looking for culture, adventure and relaxation. The gite is separate from the main farmhouse with private access. There is ample parking space and a lovely garden full of roses, lavender, flowers, fruit trees and herbs.
Both the Ardeche and the Drome departments have a wealth of activities, sights and events to suit all tastes and budgets. Locally the Doux valley offers swimming; fishing; a wealth of hill villages; gastronomic treats; wine tasting and Val Rhona chocolate to experience and enjoy. Day trips to the cities of Lyon, Avignon and Orange are easily accessible by train or car.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Grenoble/Lyon/Nimes, Nearest railway: Tain L'Hermitage 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The gite has a well equipped kitchen for more adventurous cooks. Meals can be shared inside or outside in the adjacent garden under the shade of cherry trees. June is cherry season and guests are welcome to pick and eat as many cherries as they like. Local markets have fresh seasonal produce grown on our doorstep and the resident hens are happy to provide fresh eggs on request.
Bedrooms are comfortable with adequate storage. One with a king sized bed and the second is a twin with 2 small double beds. The lounge is spacious with a beamed chateau ceiling and a comfortable place to relax on hot days and evenings, with beautiful views of the Vercors mountains and Doux river valley. A wood burner in fireplace and a large flat screen television with satelite UK viewing provide cosy evenings in the winter months. The area is celebrated for cycling and June/July sees the Ardechoise one of the largest road races in France. Guests wishing to bring cycles are welcome to store them in the secure outbuildings on the farm, local rental is also available.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is private and surrounded by cherry and apricot orchards with outside furniture for relaxing and eating and a barbecue area with gas barbecue. Outside space is particularly important to us in this part of the country as much of the year is spent outdoors in garden, fields, orchards and vinyards for pleasure and work.
Walks on the Grand Randonee 42 are accessible from the doorstep and the wider area is celebrated for walking to suit all standards.
A security deposit of £200/€250 is required on arrival, refundable to guests on departure.
The Rhone/French Alps region
The Ardeche is a well known holiday destination for the French and offers some exciting opportunities for the adventurous. However, it also offers quieter, more sophisticated treats for wine lovers, gastro buffs and historians. The neighbouring department of the Drome is celebrated for its scenery and geological treasures in the hills and grottes of the region.
Tournon sur Rhone
The towns of Tournon sur Rhone and Tain L'Hermitage offer year round spectacles to visitors. Valence, the capital city of the Drome, is within a 20 minute drive of Tournon. Wine tasting, caving, canoeing, walking, swimming, horse riding are all easily found locally throughout the year. Chocoholics will delight in visiting one of the world's most distinguished chocolatiers Val Rhona in the adjoining village of Tain.
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4 Aug 2013
"Gîte et accueil chaleureux avec vue imprenable"
On y est comme à la maison. Rien ne manque, on y est au calme, la vue est splendide, Candy & Tony sont extrêmement accueillants et à l'écoute.
La maison a 2 vues, l'une sur la vallée (splendide), l'autre sur le flanc de la montagne : petit jardin tondu, bbq au gaz, endroit très calme et totalement reposant.
Nous sommes très étonnés qu'aucun français n'y ait séjourné avant nous depuis 2008. La langue n'est pas une barrière ou une contrainte car Candy & Tony résident en France depuis 10 ans. A la limite, c'est d'autant plus dépaysant : un gîte en France avec un accueil à l'anglaise.
La rivière Doux est dans la vallée, accessible depuis la route (~10mn) ou à pied (sentier GR ombragé très agréable même si très pentu - ~25mn en descendant, probablement 45mn à 1h en remontant).
Une excellente adresse pour des vacances en famille (et notre chien a aussi été très très bien accueilli).
26 Jul 2013
To think we found this wonderful place by surfing the internet!! You should go here, it was divine. Myself, my wife, and our two daughters age 21 and 18 were guests and it satisfied us all without exc… More
15 Jul 2013
"Outstanding views of the mountains with a glass of something cold, watching the sun go down. No better way to end a day."
Travelled day the French air traffic controllers went on strike so Tony kindly arranged for us to be able to get in at silly o'clock AM. Very helpful and steered us towards some beautiful places to go sightseeing. The Gite was lovely and clean and larger than expected with a fully equipped kitchen, set in a beautiful spot in the hills overlooking the valley and vineyards with places to walk from the door. Really enjoyed the pick your own cherries and the garden was just a delight to sit in and relax each evening following a hard days meandering, the roses were especially lovely.
17 Jun 2013
"Beautiful house, stunning views and great location"
This is a very well appointed, comfortable and spacious house enjoying superb views across the Rhone valley to the Alps. Le Vitrier is set in lovely gardens, at the end of a lane, and with great walk… More
23 Aug 2012
"You will fall in LOVE with Le Vitrier!!!!"
This review should have been written a while back. We stayed at Le Vitrier for one week in June 2012. After driving down from Paris this place was the perfect place to relax and feel at home. We dint … More
21 Aug 2012
"Lovely and quiet - fantastic hosts"
Enjoyed a fantastic 2-week holiday in this lovely gite close to Tournon-Sur-Rhone. Very friendly and helpful english owners. Discrete but always there, when we needed them. The house is wonderful with a very well equipped kitchen - there's been payed great attention to details, that just makes your stay a little bit better. The garden is lovely and peaceful with good possibilities to just soak in the sun or recline in the shadow beneath an old tree reading a good book. Nice walks on the hillsides, and the river great for both fishing and swimming with some quiet and secluded pools. Don't forget to visit The Valrhona Chocolate shop in Tain by the way. And if you get tired of hiking and visiting wineyards, Lyon is only an hour by train from Tain. Would definitely like to return...
11 Jun 2012
"Peaceful, comfortable country house with beautiful view"
We had a very friendly welcome from Tony, who was available to help us with planning our walks and activities. The local cherries were in season, and were absolutely delicious.The farmhouse was well fitted out, with a full kitchen, but only one bathroom for the 2 bedrooms. Overall we had a very relaxing stay, and loved looking out over the valley and mountains to the snow covered Alps. There is a significant drive up windy roads which may be considered a drawback, and the cottage is quite isolated at the end of the road.
23 Jan 2012
"Fantastic Gite, Fabulous Location, Friendly People!"
This was our second stay at Le Vitrier and as the first time (a few years back) our stay was great and met all (already high) expectations. The Gite is really well appointed with everything you need -… More
28 Aug 2011
"A lovely retreat"
A well-equipped gite in a beautifully quiet location. Plenty of walks, river swimming in the Doux valley, and charming hill towns and villages to visit. Even though we visited in August it was fairly quiet - the area seems to be undiscovered by British visitors. Candy and Tony made us feel very welcome and their knowledge of the area was invaluable for ideas for things to do. The layout of the accommodation, including the balconies and gardens, gave us complete privacy but also meant that we could easily ask for help when needed.
10 Aug 2011
"A perfect cottage in a stunning French location - a real hidden gem"
This property is so good we have rented it twice - a real hidden gem.
The garden is tranquil, perfect for sunny eating out at breakfast or into the evening to the sound of cicadas in the nearby fields.
The surrounding countryside is really beautiful with secluded river swimming, fabulous walks (to the river) from the cottage, vineyard visits, winetasting and really authentic markets on your doorstep - as a family of beachlovers we didn't miss the sea at all.
The cottage itself is simply excellent. There is a real chef's kitchen to cook in plenty of space and all the kit to make any sort of cooking a pleasure. The views from the large lounge onto the Alps and surrounding valley from the balcony are fantastic. The beds are new and comfortable and the towels and linen better-than-hotel standard.
There are also lots of special touches: feeding the goats in the owners' nearby field, a survival kit of wine, coffee, bread and cheese and most of all, friendly owners who you sense really do feel the most important thing is for you to have a wonderful stay and provide everything you need.
Overall it is a stunning place to stay in a part of France which appears to be largely devoid of volume tourism and gives the real French experience.
We loved it and our young children loved it.
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