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Luxury gite with private pool, wifi and stunning views, sleeps 4+

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom provencale gite with pool set in one acre of mature garden

Rural without feeling remote, this converted stone-built gite set in an acre of gardens offers a haven of relaxation. Views from the pool area are simply stunning. A host of vineyards, medieval villages and outdoor activities are close at hand.

Our gite adroitly blends old and new, a fusion of chic New York loft and provencale farmhouse. As you approach from your own private entrance and parking area, you are greeted by a traditional stone-built house.

The upper storey of the classy, contemporary interior offers an immense airy living area with exposed beams in skipping-stone grey. It has a state-of-the-art kitchen at one end (with induction hob, fridge, microwave and oven), breakfast bar and dining area. Beyond this is the spacious lounge, equipped with log-fire, TV and wi-fi, with expansive views across fields of lavender to the Alps in the distance.

From the lounge step through french windows onto a generous sun-drenched patio with BBQ. Adjoining the kitchen area is a cloakroom with toilet, sink, freezer and washing machine. Stairs descend to two wonderfully cool ensuite bedrooms: each has its own douche Italienne (wet-room) bathroom and french doors opening onto a small patio. The futon in the upstairs living area means that one or two extra guests can stay, with direct access to cloakroom.

The house is well placed to explore a wealth of historic and gastronomic delights: the ancient Roman cities of Avignon, Orange and Nimes; the local markets of Dieulefit, Nyons and Vaison la Romaine as well as numerous medieval towns like Poet Laval and Grignon; and a host of quality restaurants and local vineyards.

For the active minded, local activities abound: mountain hiking and birdwatching in the national park forest of Saou, kayaking on the Drome and Ardeche rivers, cycling; a canopy trail/adventure centre in Marsanne; tennis at local village of Charols; and first class golf at Golf de la Valdaine.

Gardens and pool

Originally adjoining a tractor barn belonging to the farm on the other side of the road, the house is now a totally self-contained property, set into a gently sloping plot of about one acre. Around the main house, the garden is landscaped, with mature trees, raised flower beds, and stone walls.

From the gardens shallow stone steps rise through an archway in the hedge, to the secluded swimming pool. The pool is 11 metres by 5 metres, with steps for toddlers at one end and deep enough to dive the other. The pool area is entirely private and not overlooked, except by fields! It is landscaped with shrubs and a small pool house; wooden sun-loungers are available for guests. Given its elevated position you can take in views of up to 40 miles on a clear day, across to the Ardeche to the west and the Alps to the east. The location is truly breathtaking.

Owners' home

Adjoining the gite, but completely separate with its own patio, entrance gate and car parking is the converted tractor barn for use of the owners. April and Chris tend to be around in April and for periods in July-Sept. We are very glad to offer guidance on local sights and restaurants and answer any questions you may have but we will be non-intrusive and will respect your privacy.

More Details

Property Manager
Chris and April Mabey
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Chris and April Mabey

I am a semi-retired academic and April, my wife, is a retired counsellor. Since we first saw and bought this property, we have enjoyed gradually updating the house and gardens. We have had immense fun designing and decorating the gite which you will stay in, as it has given us a creative project to be involved in together. Now we want you to enjoy the fruits of the project too!

Chris and April Mabey purchased this house in 2003

Why Chris and April Mabey chose Pont-de-Barret

We love the simplicity and spaciousness of this house and gardens. Full of character yet with up to date facilities, this is the perfect place for friends and family to relax in comfort and privacy. With four daughters and a growing number of grandchildren, it is here that we meet up annually as a family. Having soaked up the sun by the pool, a long dinner with local wine on the patio beneath the star-studded night sky is a great way to chill out.

What makes this house unique

Apart from the luxury accommodation, what is priceless about Le loft des Lavandes is the location. Opposite a farm on a quiet country road, you feel like you are in your own private paradise. Yet within 5 minutes you can be buying croissantes, choosing wine or be sitting in a bar. The mediteranean is one and half hours drive south but you probably won't want to leave the pool with its stunning panoramic views.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"What a wonderful time we have had. The accommodation was exceptional and we enjoyed the local area. Chris and April were excellent hosts. We are leaving feeling rested and relaxed. Thank you so much!"
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Pont-de-Barret in Drôme

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two bathrooms each with Italian douche (walk-in) shower and washbasin and toilet. There is a further cloakroom with toilet and sink in the cloakroom on the first floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The two ground-floor bedrooms, one with double bed , one with two singles, each have an ensuite bathroom. There are french doors from each bedroom onto a small, shaded terrace. A travel cot/extra bed is available on request.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
What guests appreciate is the location (fantastic views), the tranquility (private and not overlooked because you are up high) and the facility to walk out into open countryside. Good restaurants abound in all directions (3 -10 kms).


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average rating of 4.8 based on 7 reviews

My version of paradise

  • 5 of 5

A perfect getaway - a lovely stone building, beautifully modernised and in a stunning setting. A cool interior, particularly the bedrooms, meant a perfect antidote to the hot and sunny days we enjoyed around the pool.

Chris and April were perfect hosts - welcome advice and homemade apricot conserve. What a combination!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

What a little taste of heaven this place is, from our arrival driving through perfect little villages towards the mountains, entering le Loft des Lavandes as the sun shone highlighting the field of lavender next to the house. It was the perfect start to our holiday. …we have loved the past two weeks, the pool, the food, the views, the vineyards, exploring medieval villages, walking through Saou forest. We have felt relaxed and refreshed, the house itself is fantastic, great size with all you need. It’s a little haven. Can’t wait to visit again and explore more of the area.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning location and peaceful, dreamy days

  • 5 of 5

This newly built and furnished gite was perfect for our family. With close up views of the mountains that ring this stunning valley, and a lavender field you could touch from the patio, we felt refreshed, restored and "repointed". It had everything we could wish for, from spacious en suites, a fully equipped modern kitchen, and a lovely host family next door (NB not always there) who were able to tell us some incredible sites to explore. These included an off road track to a ruined medieval village (you can do this in a 4x4 car), and two mountain walks with breathtaking views of two different valleys. The property is peaceful and remote yet within 10/25 minutes drive of fresh bread, wine and various towns with all the eating out and sightseeing you could wish for. Definitely coming again, the best rental in France we have ever used. See what we mean and visit!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jolie propriété, entourée de champs de lavandes et au calme. Excellent pour se ressourcer.

  • 4 of 5

Jolie mas ! Champs de lavandes et collines entourent cette belle propriété attenante aux propriétaires.

Après une journée de balades ou de visites sous le soleil, un plongeon dans la piscine privée permet de faire descendre la température et de se détendre.

Vacances idéales pour se ressourcer.


  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, tasteful and wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at Le Loft des Lavandes. Such peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings made us all relax and regain our long lost energy.

April and Chris are the most perfect hosts - always there discretely, ready to help and very easy to talk with. The welcome package of basic groceries, bread, milk etc was just one of many small gestures - thank you so much.

The gîte is very nicely decorated with everything you need. Clean, tidy and very modern. And having the bedrooms downstairs is a brilliant idea - nice and cool even during the hottest day.

All in all our very best recommendations and hoping to see you again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Aivignon, Nimes, Montpellier, Lyon, Marseilles
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Pont de Barret, Cleon d'Andran
Nearest Ferry
750 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Gold de valdaine
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Montelimar, Avignon, Valence
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Auoroute de sud
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pont de Barret, Charols, Cleon d'Andran
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Car: necessary

We are located 15 min drive from Montelimar where there are large supermarkets and a wide range of shops. Each day of the week local markets take place in different villages. This area is blessed with a range of fine restaurants and if you like wine, you will be spoilt for choice as the Cote de Rhone vineyards are just south of our property.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Pont-de-Barret, Drome

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
high Season
26 Jun 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £89.25

We let from Monday (arrive after 4pm) to Monday (depart before 10am) so that guests can take advantage of lower travel costs and/or less traffic.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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