3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms sleeping 7, on edge of village with mountain views
- English, French
About Julie Coulter
We are retired teachers of Drama, Theatre Studies and Performance Studies at secondary school and 6th form college level and we live most of the time in Norfolk. We discovered this beautiful area of the Ardeche in May 2012 on holiday in our campervan. We fell in love with it there and then and decided that this would be where we would buy a holiday home and the search began. We returned to the same campsite in September 2013 to look at likely properties. We found our house in much need of TLC, but with lots of potential. We have been enjoying it ever since along with visiting family and friends. We let it for the first time last Summer and our guests seemed to enjoy it as much as we do.
Julie Coulter purchased this House in 2013
Why Julie Coulter chose Saint-Pierreville
We love the mountain walking and river swimming; the fresh local produce, often grown just down the road; our lovely neighbours and the friendliness of the village. We love sitting on our terrace sipping Ardeche wines and enjoying the view ; going to our village bakery for fresh bread and wonderful cakes ; going to the Sunday market and chatting in the sunshine or popping into the little gallery on the square to enjoy the latest exhibition. We love the peace and fresh air; the starlit nights where the stars are so clear because there is little light pollution, but we also love it when we have friends and family to stay because there are so many great places to visit and things to do, even for our teenage grandsons!!
What makes this House unique
Our house is special to us because it is very typically French with its blue shutters and little balcony which looks out over the village and valley. We have kept the original features like wooden floors and staircases and the tiling in the kitchen; the wood burner in the lounge and we have a huge mirror at the top of the stairs on the 1st floor which we found tucked away behind an old cupboard. We also love our garden terraces with their cherry and chestnut trees providing plenty of shade, but plenty of space in the sun too, but most of all we love the views!
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Pas mal !
Maison avec un certain charme et propre. C'est agréable d'avoir les lits préparés en arrivant. Rien à redire sur les services et attentions préparés. Nous avons peu profité du jardin en terrasse : trop de marches... Il faut franchir 34 marches en montée pour aller de la cuisine à la terrasse extérieure offrant une belle vue sur la vallée. Autant dire qu'il ne faut pas oublié le sel ! Endroit calme sauf quand Bob Marley s'en mêle à minuit...
Quelques problèmes de dialogue via Abritel avec Julie, mais tout s'arrange à la fin.
Il faut bien faire attention qu'une Livre anglaise ne vaut pas un Euro !
Fantastic area for walking, cycling, swimming, water sports and outdoor adventure. Details of all of these are available in the folders at the house.
Great markets with produce grown locally, a variety of mountain cheeses and olives of every kind. Sunday morning market in the village and Saturday morning market in St Sauveur, the local town.
Ardeche rosé is superb served chilled on our terrace enjoying the view and the peace. The Ardeche red is fruity and robust and we fully recommend both, particularly since they are not easily available in the UK. Good value too!!
A little further afield are the wines of the Rhone valley and the sparkling Clairette de Die.....within an hour's drive of St Pierreville.
St Pierreville is a lovely village in its own right with a number of walks varying in length and difficulty, but another favourite is the village of Gluiras, a short and very pretty drive from our village. There are several walks from Gluiras too, but our favourite takes two and a half to three hours, depending on whether you stop for a picnic lunch. The walk begins in the centre of the village and takes you on woodland paths with spectacular views over the Eyrieux valley and towards the mountains of the Vercours on the other side of the Rhone valley. Details of walks are available in the folders at the house and are in French and English. There are also maps of walks slightly further afield.
20 minutes away is a great river beach. A large swimming pool is created in the river with plenty of rocks to jump and dive from with a shallow sandy area for smaller children. There is good parking here, a cafe for drinks and frites etc, a large picnic area with tables and benches, a loo and some evening entertainment too.
There is another larger river beach near Privas, the departmental capital, which is signposted off the approach road close to Privas. Larger supermarkets than the ones in our local town can be found on the outskirts of Privas by following the road to Montelimar. Privas is about 50 minutes drive away. It is a lovely drive too.
Cycles can be hired in Les Ollieres and, if mountain biking is too strenuous and challenging, a much more relaxing ride along the Eyrieux valley could be just the thing. Close to the cycle shop it is possible to take the old railway track which follows the river valley for many kilometres. You can book the cycles for a whole day or half a day, stopping at a cafe for lunch en route or taking a picnic. Lightweight rucksacks are available at the house for picnics and drinks.
Higher mountains, lakes and waterfalls are all within a 90 minute drive as are the gorges of The Ardeche with river swimming, rafting, the Pont d'Arc and lovely villages to explore. We particularly recommend Balazuc with great river swimming, pretty cobbled streets and an excellent restaurant with terrace which is very reasonably priced.
Close to the Pont d'Arc are the Chauvet Caverns with their wonderful cave paintings. Details are at the house and it is possible to book online. It is worth combining the Caverns and a visit to Baluzac as a day trip.
Another great day out is a trip to Mont Gerbier, a conical volcanic mountain. It is privately owned, but free to visit and climb with plenty of free parking too. The climb is a tough one, in places with ropes, but with spectacular views from the top. Older children, aged 8 and upwards, would enjoy this; adults too.
Another great day out for the whole family is the velorail along the valley of the river Doux. One journey is made by steam train and the other journey pedalling on the velorail....great fun!! Detailed information is available at the house.
St Pierreville is within easy reach of Valence, Montelimar, Orange and Avignon, if you would like to include a city visit. Montelimar is very manageable for children and teenagers with a large park and plenty of nougat shops!! Good galleries in Valence; Orange has its Roman theatre and Avignon is a beautiful, small walled city with a great deal more to enjoy than just its famous bridge.