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Make a holiday rental property or gite in Ardeche, France your home away from home

Ardeche is a simply beautiful, natural department in the Rhone-Alps, a mountainous region in the southeast of France. Consisting of mountainous foothills and turbulent rivers, Ardeche is both beautiful and perfect for activity and adventure holidays. Taking a rural Ardeche gite can be either a hub of adrenaline fuelled activity or a peaceful, picturesque Ardeche retreat. Each year, hundreds of adventurers descend on Ardeche property rentals hoping to conquer their ambitions of climbing, kayaking, walking or simply enjoying the Ardeche countryside.

Things to do on holiday in Ardeche, France

Ardeche activity and adventure holidays are what have made Ardeche gites such highly regarded holiday properties. Accommodation in the Ardeche countryside gives the tourist an unrivalled opportunity to divulge in a huge range of outdoor activities and adventure. Ardeche is famous for its natural sporting arenas, from the maze of gushing rivers to the shear rock faces and caves which can be found near almost every one of the Ardeche cottages throughout the area, regardless of their exact location.

Climbing in Ardeche is big business. Climbers merge from around the world into Ardeche gites in order to tackle some of the more famous climbs in the area like those around the Pont d’Arc. Due to the different rock types in the area, (including granite, limestone and phonolite), there is climbing in Ardeche suitable for every level of climber, and many guides and climbing schools to help too.

With four main rivers running through this rocky landscape, an Ardeche property also acts as the perfect accommodation for those wishing to take an exhilarating trip through the gorges and canyons of the department. Kayaking and canoeing in Ardeche are hugely popular, and can take many forms, from a tranquil paddle down calm waters to the manic plunges through rapids set deep in gorges. Whatever level of fear you wish to reach in a canoe, Ardeche will be able to oblige!

In order to explore the Ardeche countryside, you certainly do not need to get the adrenaline flowing if you do not want to. Whilst activity and adventure in Ardeche is one option, taking a peaceful, rural Ardeche retreat is an excellent option. The glorious scenery and wholesome gastronomy mean that it is very easy to relax and recharge from Ardeche accommodation, whether it is a small, cosy Ardeche cottage or a luxurious villa in Ardeche’s plains. There are over 6,000km of walking and hiking trails in Ardeche too, as well as bridle paths and cycle routes, making it perfect for mountain bike or horse riding holidays too.

Places to holiday in Ardeche, France

There are a disproportional number of delightful villages across Ardeche which cannot fail to endear tourists. The beautifully maintained mediaeval village of Labastide de Virac still stands proudly on a rock outcrop overlooking the Cevennes Mountains, and houses two of the best restaurants in Ardeche. If you have taken self catering accommodation in Ardeche, you will undoubtedly visit the commercial centre of Barjac, a delightful town which hosts a number of fares and festivals throughout the year. Berjac’s Friday market is also worth visiting.

Weather in Ardeche, France

The climate of Ardeche is delightful for the vast majority of the year, meaning you can enjoy the great outdoors whenever you decide to stay in your Ardeche accommodation. In summer, temperatures average over 20°C from the beginning of May until early November, with daily peaks well into the 30’s (°C) during July and August. Even winters are mild, with average temperatures in the coldest months remaining above 15°C.

Flights to Ardeche, France

Depending on the exact location of your holiday property in Ardeche, there are a number of airports close by. Ryanair provide flights to Nimes (FNI), Flybe fly from the south coast of England to Avignon (AVN) and there are a range of option from the UK to Lyon (LYN), Montpellier (MPL) and Marseille Airports (MRS), although these last three are all around 2 hours from an Ardeche gite.

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                                                                                                      Clean and comfortable accommodation in eye-catching location

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                                                                                                      A well presented gite with good standard of living accommodation in an extremely convenient and beautiful position just outside the town of Les Vans. Ideal for access to the Southern Ardeche region with many local amenities close at hand. Walking, cycling and water sports (kayaking) on the doorstep with excellent communications to other areas of the Ardeche. Our hosts Katelyne and Eric were most friendly and helpful in providing suggestions and highlights for local places to visit and activities. Would not hesitate in recommending this gite as an ideal base for those wanting to explore the southern region of the Ardeche in depth.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

                                                                                                      The Little House at Jaujac - a wonderful experience

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                                                                                                      It was magnificent, well appointed, clean with excellent walks from the house to the Coupe de Jaujac, the village and the hills opposite. The Little House was lovely with everything we needed and the terrace offered magnificent views across the Lignon valley to the peaks of Ladenne and Courcoussat. I thoroughly recommend this property to anyone wanting a restful (or energetic) holiday in the Ardeche. The village offers a wide range of facilities with two excellent boulangeries - one selling a wide range of 'bio' goods and home made excellent sweet chestnut biscuits. For a long day out aimed at rail enthusiasts (like me) then there is the Vivarais Railway operating from Tournon sur Rhone station - we drove over the hills via Vals les Bains, Mezilhac, Le Cheylard and Lamastre. Wonderful metre gauge railway the surviving part of a once extensive system. We shall definitely plan to stay at the Little House again. Thank you Kim and Claude. Richard & Alison Watts
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017