Very old stone house in hamlet
- English, French
About Jill Baxter.
Colin and Jill We both grew in up Huntingdonsire and later spent several years living in north London where Colin was studying at Hornsey Art College. We lived in Lancashire before moving to France in 1989. The property was a near ruin and needed a lot of work to make it habitable and we did it ourselves with more than a little help from family and friends. Having sold our house in England we intended to make our home in France. We have three children, the youngest of whom came with us to start a new life here. He was just under 11years of age. Our other two children remained in the UK to continue their education. They came to stay with us and helped with the manual work during holidays and evidence is here of their creativity. We have tried to keep the feel of the old stone building and the entrances to the two holiday gites open up into comfortable homes which we like to keep in good order and feeling cosy.
Jill Baxter. purchased this Apartment in 1987
Why Jill Baxter. chose Saint-Paul-le-Jeune
We did not know this region of France before coming on holiday in the summer of 1987. We were staying with friends and enjoying our summer holiday but we became curious about the area and started looking in estate agents windows and were surprised at how cheap some properties were. We eventually plucked up the courage to go in and ask. We were shown several which didn't seem right but this one, which the estate agent thought was too much of a ruin, had the right 'feel' about it and with no real idea of how we would plan our future we decided it was too good an opportunity to let it pass. We signed and sealed the deal within a few days and returned to England to think about what we had done.....!
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Perfect place for a relaxing holiday
This a beautifully restored gite, equipped with everything you need for a restoring holiday. Well equipped kitchen , comfortable beds, tastefully decorated, a terrace for outside dining with a view across the town and a secluded pool. Colin and Jill were the perfect hosts, welcoming and informative about the locality. If you like walking, climbing and swimming in rivers you'll find plenty to do in the locality. (Just watch out for the speed traps on the D104.)
Rustic and full of character
Les Monedes is a beautiful place to spend some time. We stayed in the larger gite with our two boys and would love to go back. The apartment has a large terrace for dining with a lovely view across the valley. Beds comfortable and kitchen very well equipped. A short walk through a lovely garden takes you to a secluded and good size pool. Jill and Colin are fantastic hosts, staying out of the way so you feel the place is yours but there to help you with anything you might need. The area is between the Cevennes and the Ardeche gorge with plenty of places to explore, river swimming, canoeing and great walks. Thoroughly recommended.
Thank you for your kind comments. It's always good to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay. It was nice meeting you all and maybe you will visit us again sometime.
A flavour of old France with modern amenities
This was our fourth visit in over twenty years. It has been some time since our last stay, but when we arrived, the quiet and peaceful ambience brought back many happy memories of our previous visits. As Jill and Colin are on site, their helpful advice and experience is readily available to smooth the transition from work to holiday.
Whether your interests are just lazing by the pool, exploring historic sites or more energetic pastimes on foot or cycle, there is plenty to see and do in the locale.
Many of our friends and relatives have stayed here over the years and the fact that we keep coming back is testament to the quality of the accommodation and the friendliness of the owners.
Sixteen years later
We first visited Colin and Jill when our son was just six months old and we both liked the area and the local sights... which led us to return, albeit 16 years later! The wait was worth it: the pool was enjoyed by both our children (now 16 and 13) and the continual days of sunshine made for a great couple of weeks. We found that there wasn't time enough to do everything: it's an ideal site for peace and quiet yet within a stone's through is plenty of activity; whilst a ride of half an hour opens up all sorts of options. Colin and Jill were as charming as ever and extremely helpful: nothing was too much bother for them and they have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the region, and are always able to advise. In short, comfortable, rural accommodation with all the modern trappings, such as Wi-Fi. We'll be back...
Alwyn & Helen Brice
Cosy and comfortable apartment
cosy, comfortable and clean. peaceful setting but only a short walk away from the village. Colin and Gill were friendly and helpful and always there to help, but never invasive.
We had a lovely holiday and would definitely recommend it to friends and family. Great restaurants nearby, medieval villages, vineyards, good walks and great cycling for if and when you became bored with the pool and pretty gardens
Thank you for your review of the time you spent here. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday.
We have stayed in the large appartment twice (in 2007 and 2010) and the small appartment once (in 2009). This gite is probably the best one we have stayed in in France. The area is stunningly beautiful and there are not many tourists locally. We have invariably found the holiday relaxing and the gites are good for adults and children of all ages. It is my teenage daughters' favourite villa (the wifi helps here but they also love the pool) as well as the adults too! The main benefits are the facilities and stunning views but also Jill and Colin. I am always somewhat reticent about staying in a villa where the owners live on site as overattentiveness can prevent a relaxing holiday. It is a fine balance between that and not being available when there are questions. Jill and Colin strike that fine balance perfectly and they are one of the main reasons that this is the only gite we regularly return to in France.
My partner has added: The apartment is very comfortable, clean and well equipped with plenty of space for everyone. We enjoyed many meals (and drinks!) on the large terrace from which there is a fabulous view of the village and hills. We also enjoyed many hours in and beside the lovely pool and felt very ‘at home’. Jill and Colin are extremely welcoming and helpful and we have recommended the apartments to friends. The location is great with a number of restaurants, bars and shops nearby.
Address: 110 Route des Pins, Les Monedes, 07460 St Paul le Jeune, Ardèche, France.
St Paul is situated at the southern most point of the Ardèche to the West of the Rhone valley and on the edge of the Cevennes and Languedoc Roussillon regions, enjoying a Mediterranean climate.
On the D104, 35km south of Aubenas, 28km north of Alès. The nearest airports are Nimes, Montpellier and Marseille. The nearest TGV station is Avignon, at 90km. The nearest train station is at Alès.and we are 13kms from both towns of St Ambroix & Les Vans where there are markets and supermarkets.The village is situated between two geological areas, on one side the terrain is calcium where you can hunt for fossils and follow the path showing ancient dolmens. On the other side it is sandstone with forests and paths for walking & cycling. There is canoeing on the Ardeche, the Ceze and the Chassezac, all local rivers. In the village you can discover the old Lavoirs (stone basins for washing laundry) or walk further to visit the Chapel of St Sebastien and the ancient Dolmens.
Other Activities: Swimming pool, tennis, historic walks, mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking on the Ardeche or other rivers, river swimming. Ideal for walking or biking holidays. 15 minutes away by car there is a bike hire shop, both road and off road bikes