Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 4, Ratings 2 9.7/10
|Gite 1||Self Catering||Flexible||1||4||1|
We purchased the farmhouse in 2006 and slowly, lovingly and sympathetically to tradition, restored it over the years. The old barn has been converted into 2 gites, which are now available for rental. What initially attracted us to the area was a love of the outdoors, as we are keen walkers. The flora and fauna is amazing and views to die for. It was love at first sight.
Early retirement from the teaching profession has enabled us to divide our time between France and England.
The gite is located in a beautifully restored old farmhouse set in the medieval rural village of Roche-en-Regnier at 900 metres. There are wonderful views of the Ardeche mountains and the St Jacques de Compostelle walking trail passes directly in front of the house. Walk from the front door into beautiful unspoilt countryside. Wildlife abounds. Peace and tranquillity and a sense of bygone days.
Your holiday gite has stunning views over the surrounding undulating countryside - the perfect setting for your restful break from the hurly-burly of modern life. Ten mins to Vorey-sur-Arzon for good restaurants, shops, swimming pools, canoe hire. Ideal place for exploring the area. Activities include fishing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, hang-gliding, riding, swimming, winter skiing (downhill and cross country), husky dog trips from the village, snow shoeing. Visit the historic town of Le-Puy-en-Velay, see the source of the River Loire at Mont Gerbier and the internationally acclaimed town of Chaise Dieu renowned for it's classical music concerts. You can visit the lava flow of La Coulee de Lave close to the unique forgotten village of Chateau de Chalencon. The region offers so much for tourists, both in winter and summer.
Gite 1 is contained within a modernised old barn. Comprising a living room with tv/dvd player, free wi-fi, sofabed and coffee-table. The integral kitchen is fully equipped and has an electric hob and oven, fridge-freezer and dining area with table and chairs. The bedroom has a king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
The bathroom has a handbasin, wc and shower. A washing machine and drying facilities are available free of charge. All bed linen, towels are provided and changed twice per week.Guests have full use of the shared covered summer terrace with lounge, dining table and barbecue facilities along with use of a sunny terrace with tables, umbrellas and sunloungers etc.. ample safe parking.
Our road ends just after the house so this is a very peaceful and relaxing spot with very little traffic, yet within easy reach of shops and entertainment. As the property is situated on the St Jacques de Compostelle walking route, there are walkers who pass by, or other visitors to the medieval village.
The gite offers a peaceful holiday with outstanding outdoor pursuits on the doorstep. If you love the countryside and the outdoors this is the place for you.
Dining table with seating for 4. Very well equipped kitchen with plenty of crockery and cutlery. Fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee-machine, scales, saucepans, electric oven and hob. Welcome pack provided. Milk, tea bags, coffee, sugar etc along with condiments, washing up liquid etc
Comfortable sofa, which converts to a double bed, coffee table and a wall mounted flat screen tv. Selection of books and games are available, together with maps, guides and tourist information handbook of the area.
The gite has a bedroom with a king size bed, bed side tables with reading lamps, double wardrobe and large chest of draws. A sofabed is also available to allow for more guests if needed.
The bathroom has shower cubicle, wash handbasin, with large mirror and shaving point, low flush toilet and heated towel rail and a hairdryer.
Radiators. The property is very well insulated and benefits from solar panels for hot water.
Tv, dvd player and wifi
Private and shared sunterrace with loungers. Lovely enclosed shared gardens with flower beds and shrubs. Plenty of garden furniture for use in full sun or shade. Covered shared summer terrace with barbecue and lovely cane furniture. The gite has it's own dining area with a table and chairs for 4. In addition to this guests have use of a large dining area on our covered terrace, as well as al fresco facilities.
Covered parking in the courtyard.
The gite is popular with families with children but couples regularly and repeatedly book just for themselves to enjoy the tranquillity that this setting affords.
We purchased the farm house in 2006 and slowly and lovingly, sympathetically to tradition, restored it over the years. The old barn has been converted into 2 gites,which are now available for rental. <br/>What initially attracted us to the area was a love of the outdoors, as we are keen walkers. The flora and fauna is amazing and views to die for. It was love at first sight. <br/>Early retirement from the teaching profession has enabled us to divide our time between France and England.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||The gites are popular both with families and couples.Guests return for the tranquility that this setting affords.
For walkers the St Jacques de Compostelle passes the house and there is easy access to numerous walks and trails straight from the house without the need to drive. The house offers stunning views of the nearby Ardeche mountains from the terrace.
|Unique benefits of property||For us the house is unique, set in a medieval village, fantastic walking, stunning scenery and restaurants to die for all on our doorstep. We are sure that you will fall in love with it too!|
Half day or full day canoe trips on the River Loire from either Retournac or Vorey sur Arzon. Contact Ecole de Pagale du Velay. Also in the area the beautiful Allier Gorges offer magnificent opportunities for canoeing and rafting.
There are many interesting churches and chapels in the area, many dating back to the 11th century. The church at St Bonnet le Chateau has famous mummies. There are Cathedrals both in Chaise Dieu and Le Puy, as well as lovely local churches such as Chamalieres, Chalencon and St George's Lagricol and of course not forgetting our pretty little church in Roche.
There is excellent cycling in the area for all abilities, including many way marked cycle trails through forests. Bikes can be hired locally in Vorey.
The area has many local festivals, which transform small and sleepy villages. In the Summer each village seems to have it's own festival. The local town of Craponne has an international festival of country music in late July and Chaise Dieu hosts annual international classical music concerts. Le Puy en Velay is transformed in September with the Fete Le Roi des Oiseaux with people in medieval costume and plenty of street animation.
There is a local trout lake at Villedieu, which is well stocked, permits available in the village. There are endless possibilities for river fishing on the rivers Loire, Ance, Arzon and Allier.
In spring and early summer the meadows are awash with wild flowers, there is everything from cowslips to orchids.Birds are varied, we see a lot of kites, Falcons and buzzards as well as a variety of smaller birds. We feed the birds in the garden and we get an array of birds feeding such as marshtits, wagtails, house sparrows etc. In late Summer and Autumn the local forests are full of edible mushrooms. Great fun trying to find them but check them with the locals after.
There are so many historic castles to visit such as Le Chateau de Polignac, Le Chateau de Rochebaron, Chateau de Lavoute sur Loire,La Tour de Roche en Regnier, Le Chateau de Chalencon just to mention a few.
There are many weekly markets of varying size and you could go to a different one each day. However we love the following: Vorey on a Sunday morning, Yssingeaux Thursday, the largest in the area and our favourite Craponne on a Saturday. A little further afield is the Friday market in Le Bonnet en Chateau. There are also smaller evening markets in Vorey and Chomelix selling local products , sometimes with performances of Auvergne music and dance.
Explore the medieval village of Chalencon. We call it the lost village as it seems lost in time, situated high above the Ance river. Spot the carved statues, visit the old church and then walk down to the old bridge Le Pont de Diable.
Visit the Goat Farm in St Maurice de Roche and sample the local cheese. Husky Dog trekking in St Maurice de Roche See the Eagles at the Chateau de Rochebaron Visit the old flour mills, beautifully restored, Les Moulins de Blanhac. Sailing, rowing and pedals at the Lac de Lavalette. Via Ferrata near to Le Pertuis 2 circuits possible.
There are many excellent restaurants to suit all pockets from Bistro style to fine dining. We recommend the following: L'Air du Temps in Confolens for fine dining, but they offer an excellent value lunchtime menu. Auberge du Lou Pinatou situated in the village of Solignac. Excellent value for money, using local produce. Le Kitch'N in Monistrol sur Loire next to a lovely church- Bistro wine bar offering lovely seasonal home cooked food. La Vieille Ferme in Beauzac good for hearty food at lunchtime, always full of locals.
Rock climbing is possible on the Rocher du Costaros, near to the village of Chamalieres
Wonderful site seeing in the area Visit the historic city of Le Puy with its famous monuments and Cathedral. Le-Puy-en-Velay, you'll be rewarded by your steep climb to Chapelle St-Michel d'Aiguille - perched on an outcrop of lava, high above the town. La Chaise-Dieu - worth a visit for its gargantuan Romanesque/Gothic abbey church complete with tapestries and ivory Christ. Drive the scenic Gorges de l'Allier, follow the majestic route of the Allier river from Langeac. Stop off at beautiful perched villages such as la chapelle de Rochegarde and Chateaugues.
Enjoy downhill at Mt Mezenc, as well as pistes for cross country and snow shoeing. Cross country is also available at Yssingeaux. Further downhill skiing is also possible at Super Besse or Super Lioran and Chalmazel ski area.
there are open air swimming pools both in Vorey and Retournac, both have a selection of pools and chutes etc. There is also natural swimming in lakes and rivers nearby. Our favourites include Chaise Dieu, lac d'Issarles and the Plan d'eau in Ambert
There are several tourist trains, some open topped, that run along very scenic routes in the area. For a day out we often go to Ambert for a swim and picnic lunch and then we take the scenic train to Chaise Dieu. Other possibilities include Dunieres to St Agreve and Ambert to Olliergues. The Velo/rail are also popular, these are self propelled bicycle carriages that run on disused railway lines through the forest.
Drive through wonderful mountain country into the Ardeche to see the source of the River Loire at Mont Gerbier. Climb to the top of the mountain for stunning views of Ardeche and Auvergne.
So many varied walks of different lengths straight from the house. Auvergne is a walkers paradise. We are keen walkers and have walked extensively over the years. We can advise on walks and we have a library of walking guides, maps, books on local history, flora and fauna for you to borrow.
We had a delightful week in Gite 1. Andrew and Sue were excellent hosts and gave us loads of advice and information which enabled us to do some brilliant walks and birdwatching and we had some excellent meals out. The gite is very well equipped and comfortable. We spent most of our time there lounging outside on the terrace or in the hayloft. It was incredibly hot that week but La Roche en Regnier is set very high at over 900m altitude and with the gite's thick walls, shuttered window and fans we were very comfortable.
This is La France Profonde and we took a few days to get to grips with the fact that many restauramts in the local area only open at lunch time. Such good food though at very reasonable prices. There are no restaurants or cafes within walking distance of the gite. Thanks to our hosts we visited several local towns and villages, Le Puy en Velay, Issingeaux and Chaiise Dieu were memorable. We also spent a lovely days by a lake and on Mont Mezenc, both well worth visiting.
It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and we shall certainly explore further. It does involve quite a lot of driving but the plus side is that there is not much traffic.
Thanks Sue and Andrew for making it such a great week.
Thank you both for your kind review. We loved welcoming you to our region and so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and would love to welcome you back to Roche. Sue will send you some updated photos of the view from our garden when everything is finished. Thank you again for your review.
The gite was very comfortable and well equipped, plus had good heating which we needed for the cool evenings/mornings during our stay. The owners were very welcoming and extremely helpful in their recommendations for walks, places to eat and intersting areas to visit. The gite was spotless and had a lovely outlook over the surrounding hills and valleys when sitting outside. Unfortunately there was a limlted view from within the gite itself. The village, when we visited towards the end of May, was very quiet with the nearest shops, markets etc in the nearby town about 15 minutes drive away. This may have been disappointing for some visitors, but we enjoyed the peace and quiet.
This is a beautifully unspoilt part of France with plenty to do and friendly locals.
Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure meeting you and if you are ever in the area again you will pop in and see us. Thank you for leaving the Gîte so tidy, it was well appreciated.