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A lovely apartment very close to the centre of the buzzing centre of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, with it’s daily evening entertainment going long into the night. Shops, restaurants, cafes and bars all starting a 30s walk away from the front door. Sadly we only spent one week there, but nevertheless had time to explore several caves and surrounding villages, and managed to go for walks, go canyoning and canoeing in the Ardèche gorge. All these activities, easily arranged and coordinated from Vallon-Pont-d’Arc and taking little time to travel to. Plenty to occupy all ages and with the town so close, teenage children had plenty of freedom to roam. All in all, a very pleasant week, packed with activities and easily a lot more to fill a second week.
This is a lovely and classic French cottage and I highly recommend it. Plenty of room on three levels and a great small terrace (1st floor) looking out over beautiful Ardeche countryside. The cottage is down a narrow, medieval feeling lane and you wouldn't guess how close it is to the center of the town - really convenient.
As English visitors, this was our first cottage rental in France and the rental contract (including taking out house/contents insurance) was initially a bit of a surprise but it was all fine and actually quite usual in France. The insurance was very easy to arrange (we took out a package for our whole holiday from Aviva for around £40).
Parking is a little challenging and the spot used by the cottage cannot be reached if you have a largish car (my A5 was too long to negotiate the tight alley). Stairs in the cottage would be a bit steep for young children so better with friends or older children.
A long drive from Calais so be sure to leave enough time to travel and check-in.
Overall a wonderful place and I would highly recommend it if you want to stay in Vallon (which is also lovely) which is a good hub for the Ardeche.