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Make a self catering apartment or holiday rental in the Valence area, Rhone-Alpes your home away from home

Valence is a small but perfectly formed city overlooking the Rhone River and the capital of the French department of Drome. Sight-seeing within Valence is popular, particularly in the Old City to see the architecture, or take a trip into the surrounding countryside for wonderful hikes and mountain biking opportunities. In winter, skiing and winter sports are part of everyday life in the Vercours Mountains surrounding Valence area holiday homes.

Things to Do in Valence, Rhone-Alpes

Holiday rentals in Valence are surrounded by vineyards which produce such acclaimed French wines as Crozes Hermitages, St Joseph and St Peray wines. The city is the perfect starting point for wine tours in the region, including tasting at each winery. Enjoy a stroll along the Grand Rue in Valence to admire the city’s ornate architecture before taking a table for coffee at one of the outdoor cafés lining the narrow medieval streets. The city also has excellent shopping in its many small boutiques. After dark the city has little obvious nightlife other than some high-class restaurants around the Place des Clercs. For a special occasion try the Michelin rated three star Pic restaurant owned by an internally renowned chef, Anne Sophie Pic.

Places to Visit Around Valence, Rhone-Alpes

Start your tour of Valence Old Town with a visit to the Maison de Tetes, a 16th century courtyard decorated with sculpted heads of Ancient Greek nobility. The Roman cathedral of St Apollinaire has some unique features worth seeking out, including the funeral monument to Canon Mistral, which dates back to 1548, and the tomb of Pope Pius VI. The highlight of the city is the Kiosk de Peynet, an ornate bandstand which stands on the Champ de Mars overlooking the decorative gardens and fountains of Park Jouvet below. Visit in the day and return after dark to see the city lit up for a totally different perspective. Other noteworthy places to visit around Valence are Crest, 24 km away; Mirmande, a noted Beautiful Village of France and Tain-l’Hermitage, 14 km away.

Weather in the Valence Area, Rhone-Alpes

Holiday rental homes in the Rhone-Alpes have warm summers with occasional showers and average temperatures reaching 24°C (75°F) in July and August. During the summer the area has an average 8 hours of sunshine per day. The winters are cold with daytime highs averaging 6°C (43°F) in January and freezing temperatures overnight from December to March.

Travel to Valence, Rhone-Alpes

Grenoble-Isere (GNB) Airport is the nearest major airport serving holiday rentals in Valence and is about 59 km from the centre of the city. There are many budget airlines serving this airport including bmi British Midland, Ryanair and easyJet which all offer cheap flights from the UK daily. The Eurostar passenger train runs direct from London to Paris, offering a speedy service which connects with high speed TGV trains which run to Grenoble and Valence.

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                                                  Accommodation in Central Valence

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                                                  Valence is situated between Lyon and Avignon and next to the River Rhone. It is a convenient location for visiting Avignon and Nimes to the south, Lyon to the north. It is near the natural beauty of the Alps and the Ardeche Gorges as well as medieval towns such as Grignan. The town itself has a very pretty pedestrianised historical old part in which this gites / apartment is centrally located. The apartment is literally within 50 metres of 7 restaurants and is near the Place des Clercs from where the beautiful Cathédrale Saint-Apollinaire can be seen. The gite is on the ground floor, is spotlessly clean and comprises a cooking / dining area which extends to a lounge. The bedroom has an en suite shower and wash basin and the toilet is in a separate room between the lounge and the bedroom. Every conceivable item for cooking has been provided including pressure cookers, pots, pans, plates and cutlery as well as a microwave and traditional hot plate oven. A dishwasher is also provided. For washing clothes, a laundry is about 200m away and a dry cleaning and pressing shop is located about 100m away on the Places des Clercs. There is a mini-market very close by as well as a larger supermarket near the Mairie, about 300m from the apartment. Parking a car is a slight inconvenience as the Old Town is a pedestrianised area but only for loading and unloading; there is free parking about 300m away. In summary, the apartment s ideal for short-term visitors to the town and to professionals working in the area. The landlord is very pleasant and erudite, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Drome region. It is highly recommended to tap into his wisdom and he is very easy to talk to as a 6 hour conversation I once had with him is testament.
                                                  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2017
                                                  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                  Lovely home with beautiful swimming pool

                                                  4 of 5
                                                  The property is a lovely secluded house with a perfect pool area for the hot weather. The property is shared with the owner and her mother.
                                                  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                  Beautiful house in a peaceful location

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                                                  We spent a lovely week in this beautifully restored house - the photo book showing the rebuilding of both the main house and the gite was a really interesting bonus! The property is really well equipped and comfortable with a beautiful garden that offers a lot of privacy and helpful owners who are discrete but friendly. It's a very peaceful location but just a few steps to the bakery and the little local supermarket which means you could just sit and enjoy the garden (and the pool if that's your thing) if you didn't feel like going far. It's a short drive to decent local restaurants (we enjoyed La Pangee at La Baume Cornillane) - be sure to check out all the business cards in the little dish near the TV for pointers to restaurants, fruit and vegetables direct from the producers and other local businesses. We'd have no hesitation in recommending this house to anyone looking for somewhere that offers a bit of peace and quiet.
                                                  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2015
                                                  • Date of Stay: May 2015