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Apartments in beautiful stone buildings with panoramic views. - Small gite

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Description

Small gite

The small gite/cottage is a separate unit with its own front door and has all amenities. It is ideal for two people. It has a double bedroom and kitchen/living room leading onto a private terrace which overlooks the village and the hills beyond. The terrace is big enough to have a table and chairs. The kitchen is equipped with cooker, fridge and microwave The kitchen and bed linen is provided, but not swimming towels. There is a portable bar-b-que and a laundry service is available. It is ideal for renting with the large gite making it accommodation for 6 people.

Each apartment has the use of the swimming pool situated on a lower terrace of the garden. The pool is 9 m. by 4.5m. and 1.5 m. deep with steps at the shallow end.

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About the property

Very old stone house in hamlet

We have two self-catering gites leading from an interior courtyard, each with its own private, raised terrace overlooking the village and hills beyond. Availability all year. The small gite with all amenities is available as an extra space to be included when there is a larger group of people, maximum 6. Ideal for your family or friends wishing to holiday together. Portable bar-b-que available and table and chairs on each balcony.

The swimming pool is situated on a lower terrace of the garden. and is 9 metres long 4.5 metres wide 1.5 metres deep with steps at one end. Plenty of space to lounge & with a shaded decking area with a fridge to keep your drinks cool. The village offers all amenities, a ten minutes walk to buy fresh bread and croissants. Other shops include, butchers, epicerie, tabac, bank, chemist, restaurants and pizzeria. A bank with cash point, tennis courts for hire. 2 roadside cafes plus a restaurant called "131".

The garden leads directly into miles of peaceful chestnut and pine forest, ideal for ramblers & off road cyclists. There are well marked walks around the village with lots of historical interest, eg The Lavoirs and The Dolmens.

Walkers & Ramblers: St Paul le Jeune is situated on a geological fault which shows significantly in the vegetation. One side of the valley is calcium where the Dolmens are sited & the vegetation is typically stunted oak trees, juniper and box bushes and there are cultivated olive trees. On the other side of the valley where the village has developed, it is sandstone & until 50 years ago the hillside was dominated by chestnut trees. These were cultivated for the sweet chestnuts but after they became diseased & there was a decline in the working population the land gradually became dominated by pines. The chestnut trees still exist but are no longer cultivated commercially here. The pine forest provides a home for wild boar, small deer, squirrels and tracks for ramblers! The village of Banne, has the ruins of a chateau, the top part of which was destroyed by fire the year after the French Revolution. At this site there is an orientation table. There is a restaurant called "The Auberge de Banne" in the village square, 5kms from St Paul.

Walking: There are at least 6 walks leading directly from the house varying in length from 1 to 4 hrs. You do not have to drive anywhere. There are many routes to follow of varying degrees of difficulty. Two walks through the village and into the forest are historic in that they show the lavoirs ,(old communal laundry basins) with sources of water which were used until the early 20th century, at which time the houses were supplied with piped water. Another route takes you further back in history to see the Dolmens which date back 4000 or 5000 years. In the printed guide it says the dolmens were built at the time of the pyramids but are,' "more modest". This route traverses the limestone on the opposite side of the valley to our property & there are several burial sites, plus a shepherds shelter. The limestone can also reveal fossils. Another walk leading directly from the house climbs to a small chapel, St Sebastien which was built by the commune of Courry as a thanksgiving for having escaped the plague in the 14th century.

Antique Market: During the weekend of Easter and around the bank holiday 15th of August every year there is a well known Antique's Market 'Marché de Brocante' held at Barjac which is just 20kms from St Paul le Jeune. People from all over Europe and beyond converge on this very attractive town to see the streets full of old furniture and antiques (bric-a-brac) of all descriptions.

Restaurants nearby well worth a visit. "La Table des Oliviers" on warm evenings sitting under the trees and if you don't want to drive you can walk to it along a track avoiding the roads. It takes 15 minutes avoiding the main road. Directions are available plus torches for the return journey. Another called the "Auberge des Enclos" on the road leading to St Ambroix takes a slightly longer walk 25 minutes to reach that one. Also "L'Olivier de Païolive" on the road to Les Vans. that also has tables under the trees. There is a roadside restaurant in the village called the "131" a 10 minute walk from the house. It is always best to book in advance at all the restaurants.

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Owner
Jill Baxter. Les Monedes, 07460 St Paul le Jeune, Ardeche, France.
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

About Jill Baxter. Les Monedes, 07460 St Paul le Jeune, Ardeche, France.

Colin and Jill

We both grew in up Huntingdonsire and later spent several years living in north London where Colin was studying at Hornsey Art College. We lived in Lancashire before moving to France in 1989. The property was a near ruin and needed a lot of work to make it habitable and we did it ourselves with more than a little help from family and friends. Having sold our house in England we intended to make our home in France. We have three children, the youngest of whom came with us to start a new life here. He was just under 11years of age. Our other two children remained in the UK to continue their education. They came to stay with us and helped with the manual work during holidays and evidence is here of their creativity. We have tried to keep the feel of the old stone building and the entrances to the two holiday gites open up into comfortable homes which we like to keep in good order and feeling cosy.

Jill Baxter. Les Monedes, 07460 St Paul le Jeune, Ardeche, France. purchased this apartment in 1987

Why Jill Baxter. Les Monedes, 07460 St Paul le Jeune, Ardeche, France. chose Saint-Paul-le-Jeune

We did not know this region of France before coming on holiday in the summer of 1987. We were staying with friends and enjoying our summer holiday but we became curious about the area and started looking in estate agents windows and were surprised at how cheap some properties were. We eventually plucked up the courage to go in and ask. We were shown several which didn't seem right but this one, which the estate agent thought was too much of a ruin, had the right 'feel' about it and with no real idea of how we would plan our future we decided it was too good an opportunity to let it pass. We signed and sealed the deal within a few days and returned to England to think about what we had done!

What makes this apartment unique

The initial feelings we had for the building are also expressed by visitors when they arrive. The old wooden gate with it's worn iron ring handle. The huge stones in the walls. The pathway through to the garden beyond. The garden is terrassed and we have developed it over the years to create a grassed area, a fruit and vegetable plot and finally a swimming pool which is surrounded by bushes and walls which give much need shade in the hot summer months and privacy. There is a wooden decking area for added space to relax. The village is close enough to buy all that is needed and the pretty local walks start from just outside the house. A vehicle is needed to explore the surrounding countrysde and market towns. The view from each of the balconies can be enjoyed whilst sipping a glass of wine and anticipating a meal!

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nimes , Avignon, or Montpellier,
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bar des Sport St Paul Le Jeune or Le Dolmen
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Ales
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
Montelimar Nord on the A7
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
"La Table des Oliviers" at Sauvas
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
Mediterranean, Le Grau du Roi, La grand Motte
Car: recommended

Address: Les Monedes, 07460 St Paul le Jeune, Ardèche, France.

St Paul is situated at the southern most point of the Ardèche to the West of the Rhone valley and on the edge of the Cevennes and Languedoc Roussillon regions, enjoying a Mediterranean climate.

On the D104, 35km south of Aubenas, 28km north of Alès. The nearest airports are Nimes, Montpellier and Marseille. The nearest TGV station is Avignon, at 90km. The nearest train station is at Alès.and we are 13kms from both towns of St Ambroix & Les Vans where there are markets and supermarkets.The village is situated between two geological areas, on one side the terrain is calcium where you can hunt for fossils and follow the path showing ancient dolmens. On the other side it is sandstone with forests and paths for walking & cycling. There is canoeing on the Ardeche, the Ceze and the Chassezac, all local rivers. In the village you can discover the old Lavoirs (stone basins for washing laundry) or walk further to visit the Chapel of St Sebastien and the ancient Dolmens.

Other Activities: Swimming pool, tennis, historic walks, mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking on the Ardeche or other rivers, river swimming. Ideal for walking or biking holidays. 15 minutes away by car there is a bike hire shop, both road and off road bikes

Available Rentals

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Notes

PRICES ARE QUOTED IN POUNDS STERLING BUT WE ALSO ACCEPT PAYMENTS IN EUROS.
CLICK ON THE CONVERSION CHART TO SEE THE PRICE.
There are no extras to pay either at the beginning or end of your stay. Arrival times after 4pm and latest departure 10am.
Bookings operate from Saturday to Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of September.
During the rest of the year from the beginning of October


Amenities

Saint-Paul-le-Jeune Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , spacious bathroom with a washbasin, shower and toilet.
  • Spacious room with walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin. Towels provided plus bath mat.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 double
  • One double bed. All bed linen provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Nimes airport is the nearest airport. Ryanair offer low fare air tickets from Stansted/Luton/Liverpool airport to Nimes & Montpellier. Easyjet fly to Nice from Liverpool & Belfast. Air France fly to Marseille from London. The nearest access to an auto-route is at Montelimar Nord and the nearest TGV station is Avignon or Nimes. Car hire available at all airports and TGV stations Our changeover days are Saturday to Saturday but we can be flexible about this during the months October to May. A minimum of 7 day booking. Please contact us by email or phone. We live on the premises and are available at all times for help and advice.

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Small gite
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
5

Perfect for our holiday

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was furnished to a very high standard and very well equipped.It is private in a lovely courtyard setting with its own balcony with views over the valley. Jill and Colin were extremely hospitable and helpful without being intrusive. The pool is large and secluded. A lot of extras were available including, poolside fridge, communal freezer,ice blocks and picnic cool box use of a beautiful garden.

It is close to the town where there are restaurants and bars. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! We have just returned for the 2nd time and once again we have had a wonderful and relaxing time. The apartment is very well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable holiday. We ate most of our meals on the balcony, which has great views overlooking the village. We all enjoyed the pool and our children enjoyed making dens in the forest directly behind the property. Jill and Colin are great hosts and very helpful with information about the area. There is a lot to do for both children and adults alike - kayaking and river swimming being our favourites. There are some good places to eat and visit nearby. All in all, a perfect place to unwind and relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Secluded, comfortable, great price, excellent.

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was absolutely fantastic and better than described, it is very comfortable, clean, all appliances are up to date; it is quiet, light, well appointed and maintained; a joy to experience.

Jill and Colin are wonderful hosts, they are there if you need them and if you don't then they will leave you alone. We would defy you not to want to make friends with them though, they are very hospitable and friendly and keen to know all about their visitors. The area is very picturesque and there are very many lovely walks, especially if you can find it, down to the "viaduct". There are various excellent restaurants in the area, particularly La Table des Oliviers, which was superb!!

We would recommend this gite (not really an appropriate description) to anyone without any reservation at all, you are absolutely bound to enjoy it as we did.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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