Privas Apartment Rental Photos and Description
A large self-contained apartment with swimming pool, garden and beautiful views
Set in tranquil countryside near Privas, but close to shops and other facilities, this luxury apartment has an abundant 200 square metres of floor space, with four large bedrooms. The apartment has its own separate entrance and is situated on the upper floor, with spectacular south-facing views across the river gorge in which the property is situated. There is an outside swimming pool.
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Three bedrooms have double beds and the fourth has two single beds. A child's cot is also available. The apartment includes a kitchen, dining area, large lounge, two bathrooms and entrance hallway.
There is shared access (solely with the owners) to the terrace (before noon) and to the swimming pool and the large gardens. The garden area is about 0.4 hectares and borders a river. There are many quiet corners for reading and sunbathing. The swimming pool has its own kitchen and dining area for exclusive use by guests. Children are welcome.
This apartment has the advantage of being set in beautiful countryside, with great views from the property, while being within walking distance of a town with shopping and dining facilities. Motorways and high-speed railways. are a short drive away, giviing easy access to the local region and even Paris.
Privas is about 8 hours drive by car from Calais. Closest airports are Lyon, Grenoble and Nîmes. The greener option is to use the regular fast train service (TGV) to Valence (40 kilometres away). The whole journey from London St Pancras to Valence TGV station takes about six hours, changing at either Lille or Paris. The train takes little more than 2 hours from Paris. There is a regular bus service from Valence TGV station to Privas. There are car hire agencies at Valence TGV station.
BEAUTIFUL TOWNS AND VILLAGES
Beautiful villages within an hour’s drive include Alba-la-Romaine (Ardèche), Cliousclat (Drôme), Coux (Ardèche, 1km away), La Garde Adhémar (Drôme), Le Poët-Laval (Drôme), Mirmande (Drôme), Rochemaure (Ardèche), and San Montant (Ardèche). A little further away are the equally lovely Balazuc (Ardéche), Vogüe (Ardéche), Largentière (Ardèche), Séguret (Vaucluse), and Gigondas (Vaucluse). Many interesting towns and cities – including Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Aubenas, Avignon, Le Puy en Velay, Lyon, Nîmes, Vaison la Romaine, Rochemaure, Vienne and Viviers – are no more than 100 minutes away. The nearest cities are Montélimar (40 minutes) and Valence (40 minutes), where there are cinemas and several good restaurants.
SOME LOCAL HISTORY
There is a Neanderthal cave at Soyons (30 minutes). Roman remains are visible in Alba-la-Romaine (40 minutes), Vienne (70 minutes), Vaison-la-Romaine (80 minutes), Nimes (90 minutes) and elsewhere. There are numerous magnificent medieval castles, including Cruas (Ardèche), San Montant (Ardèche) and Crest (Drôme). The region became Protestant in the sixteenth century and Privas was beseiged by Cardinal Richelieu, who sacked the town in 1629, during the Wars of Religion, Subsequently the area became a centre of the silk industry. The Moulinage was built as a silk mill in 1853.
RAY MEARS ON THE ARDECHE:
'I love the Ardèche in south-central France. It is the perfect environment for canoeing, with the warm weather and warm water. But it is also an ideal walking area, with endless stunning limestone-cliff scenery and designated trails spanning 256km. In the national park you can spot wild boar. The range of wildlife in the region is impressive – scorpions, snakes, praying mantises, frogs, lizards and slow worms – and in the gorge there are often eagles, kites and beavers. The region is also famous for its prehistoric artwork and dolmen burial sites. Make sure you take a camera, as there are 12 designated panoramic viewing spots, including the impressive Pont d'Arc, where the unruly river flows under a natural arch.'
From a Guardian article on 'The world's best walks – by the experts': (27 April 2012)
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Geoff Hodgson
My wife (Vinny Logan) and I now work part-time, but spend as much as possible of our summers in this house in France.
Geoff Hodgson purchased this apartment in 2003
Why Geoff Hodgson chose Privas
When my wife and I found the Moulinage in 2003 we were stunned by the exceptional views. We knew that the old house was a restoration project, but after several years we have created a spacious and comfortable home with a separate apartment upstairs, where it is possible to relax and enjoy the French way of life.
What makes this apartment unique
Apart from the pool area and the views of the river valley, we enjoy the accessibility - we are in easy reach of a small market town, the A7 Autoroute, airports, high-speed trains, vineyards, mountains, the Ardèche Gorge, Avignon, Provence etc..