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Country tranquility: 400 yrs old, 6 bedrooms, sleeps 14-16, private pool/sauna

Brett Rierson

Member since: 2003
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Bedrooms 6
Half Baths3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Country tranquility: 400 yrs old, 6 bedrooms, sleeps 14-16, private pool/sauna

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


St Laurent sous Coiron Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

6 bedroom, private pool & sauna, splendid isolation only 20 min away from town

The 300+ square meter, 400 year old Mas on the west edge of the Plateau de Coiron overlooks vineyards and lavender fields, and on the horizon, the Cevennes. Luxuriously restored first in 2002, then again in winter 2011 with a new pool deck, a jacuzzi, new Finnish sauna, new indoor and outdoor kitchens, and a complete renovation of the adjoining barn, the Mas sleeps 16+ in its six large bedrooms - five with queen size beds, one a bunk style room that comfortably sleeps up to six children in four beds. Five of the bedrooms overlook the 10 x 5 meter salt-water swimming pool and adjacent 6-person jacuzzi, the Ardeche river valley, and the sunset horizon 80km to the west. The remaining bedroom one the first floor is wheelchair friendly, with a handicap access shower and toilet. There are three full baths, all with separate toilets (continental European style). The kitchen is fully equipped, ready for the epicurean gourmands, and as of spring 2012, there is a second, outdoor kitchen next to an outdoor dining pergola. Private garden is surrounded by raspberry and blackberry bushes, and basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, verveine abound...

Morning Markets:

Saturday: Aubenas, Les Vans, Privas

Sunday: Alba-La-Romaine, Vals les Bains

Monday: Vogüé – (July and August)

Tuesday: Jaujac, Largentière, Viviers

Wednesday: Joyeuse, Villeneuve de Berg, Privas

Thursday: Vallon Pont-D’Arc

Friday: Jaujac, Thueyts, Ruoms

Evening Markets (summertime!)

Tuesday: Villeneuve de Berg, Les Vans, Vallon PontD’Arc

Wednesday: Aubenas

Thursday: Vals les Bains,

Friday: Largentière

Sunday: Joyeuse

Our favorite places:

Balazuc – Beautiful, and great place to swim. Much less crowded than Vallon Pont D’Arc. Other water sport favorites are the streams that descend from the Massif Central – towards Antregues, and Le Puy. Pont de Diable is great – go early to beat the crowds.

Villages: Our favorites include: Alba-La-Romaine, Miribel, L’Argentiere, St Pierreville, Avignon, Viviers, Uzes, Vals les Bains

Ardeche is the world chestnut capital. The beams of the house are chestnut, many of the trees outside are chestnut. Visit the 'Museum de Chataignes' in Joyeuse. Enjoy 'marron glaces' (candied chestnuts), or simply a salad l'Ardechoise (with chestnuts & goat's cheese!)

Bourganel – Ardeche’s local beer – you can tour the brewery in Vals-les-Bains. They make lager (blonde), and then several local varieties; chestnut, blueberry, miele de chataigne, verveine. Closed on Mondays.

Vineyards - There are many local vineyards, and local 'caves', (collectives) in the villages. Southern Ardeche is home to the Cote du Rhone appellation, the oldest wine growing district in France...try the Grand Ardeche from Louis Latour. You can visit Latour’s chardonnay caves in Alba-la-Romaine.


Tél. +33 4 75 39 36 67

Fax: 33 4 75 39 36 67

Portable: 06 08 98 22 92

Caves - There are huge caves and spectacular grottos, majestic valleys, canoeing and white water rafting, spelunking, mountain climbing, gliding and parasailing, and on the many quieter streams, fly fishing. Nearby is 'la Grotte Chauvet', evidence of one of the earliest European settlements.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Brett Rierson (Owner)
Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english, french, mandarin, Chinese
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Calendar last updated:
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About Brett Rierson

We live in Beijing. Brett is the UN World Food Programme Representative to China, and Rosa is a recovered banker who is now a fitness professional running her own yoga studio.

Brett Rierson purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house is gorgeous and the view is truly breathtaking.

We came for christmas with friends and seven kids. We were prepared to have a not so relaxing holiday but the house is so huge and so well designed that everyone found his place.

We made beautiful walks to the village and in the mountains and in the evening, the children were quietly watching a movie before going to bed (bunk beds, they loved it) just nextdoor.

As for us, we did the same thing every night : sauna, walk-in shower and a glass of rum in front of the fireplace, it was heaven !
Dec 2012
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Bedrooms 6
Half Baths3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
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Country tranquility: 400 yrs old, 6 bedrooms, sleeps 14-16, private pool/sauna
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 15 reviews
Colchester, Essex, England

The Old French Cottage

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful setting and lovely house. Everything is as described and better! The Ardeche is stunning particularly the gorge and Pont du Diable and the house in such a peaceful area. My young kids loved Firestone, the neighbour's dog, and the pool. The information you sent us was spot on. I will happily recommend this property to friends. Thank you for a superb fortnight. Jack, Amelia, Will and Jonny

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
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Lovely place in a lovely region...

  • 5 of 5

We had a really nice stay in this place! The house is awesome, everything was clean and pleasant. Brett & Rita are very kind and always available to answer your questions. The view is worth it! It's quite easy to make yourself at home in such a place! All of us were very happy of our holidays there. Don't hesitate!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Quietude and charm

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for one week in May 2012. We were very happy with our stay. We were travelling with our 9 month old baby as well as 2 other small children and the house was quite convenient for that. I would recommend this property for families who are interested in outdoor activities, as the region is well known for its hiking, kayaking and cycling. I would also say that it is good value for the quality, as the area is not as popular with foreign tourists.

The house itself is located in a quiet village; we heard none of the neighbors the entire time we were there. The house is spacious, with a large pool area and a big lawn overlooking the sunset, which was beautiful. There are many plum trees on the property which looked like they would deliver wonderful fruit during the summer. It was great having the pool and lawn there for the children to run around in. There was even a small garden which we were able to pick fresh herbs from.

The rooms were large and comfortable, with plenty of closet space. It was a bit chilly while we were there but the heating worked well. We did a lot of cooking and everything in the kitchen worked well. We were only a group of 6, but the house could have easily fit more, and I understand the barn next to the main house is going to be converted into more rooms.

We were able to do some lovely hikes within a 30 minute drive of the house. Along the way there are many beautiful chestnut trees; during the fall this area is famous for its chestnut products, which we unfortunately missed. It was easy to visit the local markets for ingredients for cooking, and there are grocery stores in the next main town.

Overall we were happy with our stay and would consider staying here again if we were to return to the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Intimate immensity

  • 5 of 5

Gaston Bachelard spoke of this idea in Poetics of Space, when we experience vast beauty and warm comfort within the same space, and this thought kept coming to me during my visit. From the edge of the pool there's more than 180 degrees of uninterrupted view of stunning rolling mountains. The home is incredibly large, spacious and solid yet still warm and inviting. There are all kinds of nooks to hang out in and read a book or spaces to gather together. It is beautifully designed yet still very natural and relaxed. This is probably down to the hosts who are generous and welcoming, and who take care of every detail. This is clearly a home not a house, and a very special one. The space is very private and totally quiet. If you need a reason to leave the pool, natural beauty and good company, there are also great markets, restaurants and fun activities dotted all over town. Evenings are best spent over long dinners followed by a sauna and dips in the pool then laying flat on one's back looking up at the sky literally filled with stars. Magical.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Great Comfort, Charm and Culinary Joy

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed an amazing long weekend in the house in St Laurent sous Coiron and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who is looking for a true French countryside experience. The area has all the makings for a perfect holiday: serene environment, a wide range of activities for all ages and great climate.

Foodies like us, particularly enjoyed the abundant farmer's markets where tapenade, cheeses and salami of all varieties (blueberry salami anyone?) could be picked up and aspiring photographers could practice capturing the perfect shot of bundles of asparagus and garlic strands. There are plenty of good restaurants in the surrounding quaint little towns or why not go straight to the source; tastings at the local vineyards was easily booked. If you have a sweet tooth, you are really in heaven; glace aux marrons, tarte aux pommes, and crème caramel, not to mention the proximity of the Valhrona Chocolate factory can offer you all the indulgence you are seeking.

The house (use a GPS to find it) offers as much charm as comfort. The size and layout allowed for privacy even when occupied by several families. We particularly enjoyed the location and stunning views, ideal for sun-downers and stargazing, the refreshing pool and having the choice of both outdoor and indoor kitchens for culinary adventures. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. For those of us who are not fully able to shut down from the modern world (or risk missing the Olympics), international channels and Internet connectivity was a blessing. While we were there in the summer, I would love to come back during the colder months to find comfort in the fireplace and sauna after a long day of hiking and antique browsing.

Before leaving, don't forget to pick up some local goat cheese and honey, a couple of bottles of Chardonnay, lavender and Savon de Marseilles - the smells are sure to make you want to return to Saint Laurent cous Coiron soon again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Un lieu magique et paisible

  • 5 of 5

La vue est incroyable. La maison est très belle, bien agencée et bien équipée.

Nous étions 13 personnes avec des âges allant de 2 ans à 80 ans, famille et amis.

Nous avons tous trouvé notre place dans cette énorme maison et pu vivre à notre rythme, nous retrouver autour de la piscine ou de l'îlot central de la cuisine, lire tranquillement dans nos chambres, manger dehors sous la pergola. Nous avons trouvé très pratique le petit salon des enfants, à l'étage, où ils ont souvent regardé un bout de film ou de dessin animé avant d'aller se coucher, pendant que nous nous retrouvions devant le feu ouvert du salon.

Nous avons particulièrement apprécié la piscine, la cuisine extérieure et le sauna.

Nous reviendrons, c'est sûr !

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
135 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
47 Kilometres
Domaine de la Valdaine
Nearest Train
80 Kilometres
Valence TGV
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
A7 Loriol, exit 16
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
130 Kilometres
Mont Lozere, Massif Central
Car: necessary

Ardeche is home to one of the world's most celebrated ancient caves, the Grotte Chauvet. In April 2015, a €55 million replica of the cave opened in Vallon-Pont d'Arc, 45 minutes south of our home in St Laurent sous Coiron. This is a highly accurate reproduction of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet, which was granted World Heritage status last year and which has never been open to the public.

Visitors to the site will see more than 1,000 faithfully reproduced paintings and carvings, including 425 charcoal or ochre drawings of animals and hand prints dating back up to 36,000 years, while experiencing the smell, humidity and even stalactites and stalagmites of the original cave. Even the temperature has been set to match that of the original, which has featured in a documentary by Werner Herzog, which you can see here:

Each August, in the valley just below St Laurent sous Coiron, the village of Lussas hosts one of France's most important documentary film festivals, the Etats generaux du film documentaire. More details on their website:,6.html

The official Ardeche tourism website is well done and full of useful information: (en Français) (in English)

Ardeche is among the most tranquil areas in France (the only department in France with no rail or Autoroute), yet it is still easy to access by either air, TGV, or by road. The Valence TGV station is only two hours from Paris or CDG Airport, and the car rental agencies (Avis, Hertz, Eurocar, National, Alamo) are conveniently located next to the station. The mas is a beautiful 60 minute drive from the TGV station. Coming from the north, you'd take Exit 16, Loriol, on the A7 Autoroute de soleil, and then the D104 up to the Plateau de Coiron. From the south, via Montelimar, you'd take the Route de Teil and the N102 direction Aubenas. We will give you detailed driving instructions.

Nearest airports: Nimes - 135km, Lyon -150km, or Montpellier -180km

Try Google Earth ( Look for the pool. If you search for “Dazy, Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, France”, you will land just north of the house.

According to Google earth, exact coordinates are:

North 44’ 64’ 93’ 76’

East 04’ 48’ 31’ 51'


Rates & Availability

From €500 Per night

St Laurent sous Coiron Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Early Summer
May 30 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 28 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 13 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €1,000.00

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St Laurent sous Coiron Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Ground Floor ensuite - combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Kitchen WC - toilet
    Sauna Showers - shower , Two overhead showers near sauna, accessible from salon
    Sauna WC - toilet , accessible from salon
    Upstairs WC - toilet
    Upstairs bathroom - combination tub/shower , Two sinks, two showers / one enclosure
    Upstairs showerroom - shower , Two sinks, 180cm bath
    Poolside Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , Poolside (cold water)
  • All new - 2012 renovations: New 200cm x 170cm Scandinavian sauna, twin sauna showers + WC. Interior connection to the main salon and it's new open hearth fireplace. Sauna accessible from the outside. New upstairs bathroom with two sinks and long 180cm bathtub/shower combo. Good for tall people. New upstairs shower room with two sinks - two shower heads in same, large stall. WC's intentionally located near, but separate from the shower / bath facilities throughout the house. Downstairs bedroom has ensuite shower/bath combo. Outdoor jacuzzi and pool heating added spring 2015.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Chambre 1 - meadow view - 1 double , 200 x 140, room size 12.2 sq meters
    Chambre 2 - valley view - 1 queen , 200 x 160 room size 17.5 sq meters
    Chambre 3 - valley view - 1 queen , 200 x 160, room size 16.5 sq meters
    Chambre 4 valley view bunk room - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , lower beds 200 x 140, upper beds 200 x 90, room size 15.2 sq
    Master suite w private terrace - 1 queen , 200 x 160, terrace, 23 sq meters
    Chambre 6 with ensuite bath, fireplace - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 200 x 160, room size 16 sq meters, fireplace, wheelchair ok
  • Renovations complete in May 2012!!! Please note to avoid any confusion - the 4 bedrooms have beds that are, by US & continental European standards, Queen sized beds, with a width of 63 inches. It's the Brits who call them 'large doubles'! Then one bedroom has a bed that is 56 inches wide; the kids bunk room has two 140 cm beds below, and two 90cm beds above. Downstairs bedroom has ensuite shower/bath combo. Pack n play cot available, stored downstairs in the Ground Floor en-suite bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The new sauna is accessible from both inside and outside, near the pool. Meter-thick walls keep the mas cool during the summer, and warm during winter. As the mas is at 550m elevation, it is high enough in the summer to beat the severe heat of the valley, but hot enough to enjoy a dip in the pool. Have a sweater onhand for pleasantly cool evenings. The downstairs bedroom is ideal for anyone with access challenges - there are wide double doors, no stairs.

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