In the northern edge of Provence is Le Mas du Chene a charmingly restored stonebuilt silk farm in 3 acres of grounds, set in a tranquil location with fruit orchard, olive trees and impressive views into the Ardeche Mountains.
The sunny swimming pool, 11 x 5m, has wide terraces, sun loungers and a large wooden sundeck and a solar-heated pool shower
Table tennis and outdoor games are available as well as large grassy areas for ball games.
Our cottage has its own private garden and barbecue. Furnished and equipped to a high standard providing comfortable airy accommodation.
The Southern French climate makes Ardeche suitable for holidays from early spring to late autumn – with all the benefits of Provence without the crowds. This part of Ardeche offers many circular walks and dazzling cycle rides. You can go on wine trips, canoe down the rivers, go climbing, walk the treetops or simply relax by the pool.
Places to visit: Vallon Pont D'Arc - natural stone bridge over the river Ardeche.
The Ardeche gorges - the most beautiful gorge in France with breathtaking views for 25 km.
The Plateau du Coiron - beautiful scenery and home made goats cheese.
Vals - spa town with thermal baths, an intermittent spring and casino.
Montelimar - stroll around this lovely provencal town, sample nougat and see how it is made.
Hand made pottery stalls in Dieulefit.
Roman remains in Alba, Vaison la Romaine, Pont du Gard and Orange.
Lyon or Marseille for the big city experience and fine shopping and dining.
Things to do: The ‘Golf de la Valdaine’ is located 14 miles away from the house.
Walking - there are dozens of waymarked circular walks for all abilities starting at le Mas du Chene and nearby villages.
Cycling - every ability catered for. The L'Ardechoise cycle race , 15 to 18 June 2011, is a big event for enthusiasts and spectators with several thousand participants.
Kayaking - make the descent of the Ardeche or Drome rivers.
Tree parks - swing from treetop to treetop in complete safety!
There are many festivals during summer and autumn ; Jazz festival in Crest (August).
Food and wine: Take a wine tour in Cotes du Rhone. There are many way signposted and documented routes - sample the wines from the area. Chateauneuf du Pape; Cotes du Rhone; Hermitage; Cotes du Tricastin; and Clairette de Die to mention a few.
Visit the markets and enjoy the fresh local produce; peaches, melons, olives, cheeses, charcuterie are just some things the region has to offer.
Eat out in some of the fine local restaurants - from bistros to Michelin 3*.