We booked this property knowing we would have to spend a chunk of time working but wanting it to be a bit of peace and quiet. It was just that. It is a simple home with wonderful views and lots of outside areas or rooms to use and just sit and look or meditate. Joelle is a practitioner of many holistic therapies and the house and outside spaces exude calmness and encourage relaxation.
Joelle has been working in the garden and the pool are is now is fenced off (I believe this is to comply with regulations regarding pools in France) so it doesn't look quite like the photos on the website. Sadly the weather was topsy turvy when we were there and the pool was at a cool 22 degrees but it was the perfect place to get away from the wind in the mornings.
The kitchen area had plenty of crockery and cutlery and pots and pans. There's a dishwasher and oven and halogen hob. We have found that our ageing bones don't like spending too much time sitting on sofa beds, so it did make us get up and wander about. The cushions on the cane chairs around the dining table inside are showing a bit of wear, but this is a home after all.
There is much to do in this area if you can tear yourselves away from the views and Joelle will send you information about the many options.
You do need to bring your own bed linen, towels, soap, shower gels, washing powder etc. The owner will provide these for an additional 50 Euros.
It was not the easiest place to find by SatNav alone, but ours seems to have a vicious streak in it and takes much pleasure in finding single track roads with no passing places....so make sure you have the information from the owner. Communication with Joelle was always quick and helpful.
We were charmed by the two cats that live at the property and they gave us much amusement.
A very restful stay in a beautiful area.
We really enjoyed our stay at this property. The house is located on one side of a valley, giving stunning views. The house is modern, spacious and clean, the pool is great (although not heated) but the stand out for us was the lovely garden. You can sit in sun, or in tree covered shady areas while soaking up the views. If it all gets too much, then swing in a hammock, BBQ, eat and drink under the Verandah (which gets the late afternoon/early evening sun). One highlight of our stay was a late night rescue of a young Hare that we heard splashing around in the pool! The Ardeche region has great driving roads, so if you have a motorbike or a sports car, be sure to bring it with you! Lamastre was a bit quiet (off season) but had a good local Supermarket. Tournon-sur-Rhone was an excellent place to go for eating out and only a half hour drive away. We hired Bikes and cycled on Le Dolce Via (old railway line) from Le Cheylard to Nonieres, which is a gentle uphill 8km ride. We also enjoyed the Train de l' Ardeche "Gorges" route, on open carriages behind a steam train. The owner was very helpful, and was quickly on hand to help with anything we didn't understand, even helping us to choose a good restaurant for our final night. Thoroughly recommended!