House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The gite has been renovated to keep as much of the original character as possible. Much of the furniture was built by the owner’s carpenter cousin, while another cousin painted the watercolours. The house has full central heating.
Guests in Gigondas share access to our laundry room with guests from the other apartments. There you will find a large washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board.
You enter from the terrace into either the kitchen/dining room or into the living room.
The kitchen/dining area is equipped with top-notch SMEG and Bosch appliances, including dishwasher and a huge 5-plate double-width stove. It has a big wooden dining table (made by cousin Simon in the style of a traditional French farmhouse table). The pitched ceiling reaches up to 4m high, has a big Velux window and exposed beams.
The living room has two large sofas (one is a very comfy sofabed) and chairs for lounging about on. There’s a big TV, a DVD player, stereo and wifi access.
Bedroom 3 is also on this floor and has a double bed in it.
Bedroom 2 has a two twin beds that can also be made as a double and an en suite shower room. The master bathroom has a bath and separate shower. Bedroom 1 also has twin beds that join into a double plus two further single beds.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
Weeks usually run from Saturday to Saturday during high season unless by special arrangement. Additional cleaning fees apply, and also 12€ per person for bed linen and towels (or bring your own)
The Rhone/French Alps region
The Ardèche is a region of southern France where many of the country’s finest qualities battle for dominance over its unruly charms.
Here, the high granite mountains of the Massif Central meet the fertile plains of the Rhône Valley, temperate air from Central France meets the warmth of the Mediterranean and ancient forests give way to endless vineyards.
When Robert Louis Stevenson took his broken heart on a trek through the region, his experience moved him to write a book that is still selling today. When we arrived over a hundred years after him, we found this little-known gem of Southern France to be just as he had recorded it – rugged, peaceful and deeply inspiring.
With such a varied landscape and rich history there are a huge variety of adventures to be had. Visitors choose from enjoying the high ridge-top trails of the western mountains, river trips in the famous gorge, broad paths criss-crossing the plateaus and enchanting rambles in the shade of the ancient forests.
Amid the sights and viewpoints we discover the fascinating remains of a complex past. The recently explored vast underground caves re-drew the map of Neolithic man’s migration across Europe.
Their dolmens, paintings and artifacts tell the tale of pre-historic lives in the forests and caves which generations later were to provide refuge for the persecuted Huguenots and WWII French resistance fighters.
The Roman centre at nearby Nimes still has the most complete amphitheater in the world and was nourished by the phenomenal aqueduct at the Pont du Gard. To the east, the Pope’s palace at Avignon is a timeless reminder of Vatican influence whilst to the north, well preserved churches and castles speak of the region’s fractious catholic and protestant history.
In spite of the rugged appeal, holidays in the Ardèche are not only for the tough and the brave. Tourism here is well established and a little spirit of adventure reaps massive rewards.
Simple forest paths reveal fascinating caves and waterways, limestone formations create natural labyrinths whilst vineyards and farms are only too happy to give up their bounty of local produce. With accommodation and expert advice in English provided by us, visitors can choose from accompanied tours or simply find advice and accommodation for a self-guided adventure.
Our Ardèche holidays vary from short breaks and stag weekends to week-long packaged multi-activity trips with accompaniment and transport from our staff. Visitors to the area are treated to wonderful fruits, meats and cheeses from local markets as well as opportunities to witness first-hand the traditional methods of a local community largely unfazed by 21st century influences.
Near to the main centres, the area has become very well known among adventure sports enthusiasts. The novice-friendly white water descent of the Ardèche river is a thrilling day or two-day trip whilst there are also plenty of opportunities for climbing, ropes courses, walking, cycling, horse riding, underground caves tours and, of course, gastronomic adventures!