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Beautiful restored stone holiday home in Silhac, Ardeche, Southern France

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Converted stone barn with stunning valley views in Parc Regional Monts d'Ardeche

Le Chiat is a restored and extended stone barn; part of a pretty hamlet, amongst chestnut and pine woodland, in the hills of rural Ardèche. The south facing garden enjoys all day sunshine and has beautiful unspoilt views across the valley.

Le Chiat is a split level house and has 3 floors. The lower entrance is down a few stone steps into an open plan living, kitchen and dining area with high ceilings, a contemporary fitted kitchen with breakfast bar, and a log burner.

The connecting old barn - comprising bedrooms, games room and bathroom - is reached either via the mezzanine or up a couple of steps from road level.

There is a covered patio outside with large table and lighting for Summer evening dining. There are also sun loungers for relaxation - it’s a great place to sit and read.

Le Chiat is at the end of a cul de sac and there is ample parking.

More Details

Lynn Potter
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
November 1, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Jeff and Lynn

Spent two glorious weeks in your barn at Le Chiat. It was everything we expected and was very well kitted out. My favourite spot in the whole house is your covered patio. I am sure there is a fancy name for it ! Some evenings you could sit out till late and on one we actually lit the log fire.

We soon found our bearings and explored the whole area and beyond, though going up from Duniere on the first night was quite daunting and we felt that we were going to be more isolated than we actually were. I even cycled from the house to the top of Mount Ventoux and back the following day on week two.

You have lovely neighbours, especially Olivier and his wife and the Dutch family who both invited us to swim in their pools. The lady from the end of the road, whose dog keeps going awol even offered Ann Marie jodhpurs to go horse riding.

Your info folder was excellent and we completed most of the excursions. The activities on the Eyreiux were just as good as the Ardeche and Aquarock were an excellent company and very efficient. Their climbing park was a big hit.

We tried all the swimming spots and have to say that the one in L’Olieres was the most popular with our kids.

The one thing that struck us is that all the locals that we met were extremely friendly and helpful, one of the advantages of visiting a less touristy area. The Eryieux valley has everything that the Ardeche has except less people.

We rented bikes for the kids from a lovely man on the way into Vernoux. The same shop that does quads and motorbikes.

Finally Estelle was very nice and helpful.

Again many thanks and we have brought home fond memories from the Eryeiux valley.

Kind Regards

David and Ann Marie
Jul 2010
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Le Chiat is situated in the commune of Silhac in the Parc Regional de Monts d'Ardeche, at an altitude of 600m. We are about 20 miles west of Valence, which is a small but chic city in the Rhone valley on the main A7 Autoroute.

The nearest restaurants are at Chalencon, a pretty hillside village about 5 minutes drive away, where there is also a cafe tabac and a boulangerie.

The nearest town is Vernoux en Vivarais, about 15 minutes drive, which has two boulangeries, a large supermarket, a selection of shops and several restaurants. Vernoux also has a municipal swimming pool with outdoor water slide and sunbathing area, and a swimming lake (with lifeguard in the summer).

The climate in Ardeche is hot in summer and mild in spring/autumn. Le Chiat is situated in a forested area (mainly chestnut and pine) and in autumn the golden colours of the trees are quite spectacular, as well as being a good time to collect chestnuts.

We are only 15 minutes drive from the popular Eyrieux Valley where there are beaches for river swimming, canoeing and other watersports.

Local activities: If you like walking, the opportunities in Ardèche are endless and there is a Grande Randonnee (national walking trail), which passes through the forest 200m from our house.

For horse riding, there are stables only 5 minutes away at Sarnoux, where Jean Daniel will gladly take guided tours with parties of all abilities.

There are several nearby locations for river swimming, the best being at St Sauveur de Montagut in the Eyrieux Valley, or more locally at the Duniere gorge. At les Ollieres you can hire canoes or go to the Aquarock adventure park.

This is a popular area for cycling - both on road and MTB, but you need to be reasonably fit as it is quite hilly!

Bicycles are available for hire in nearby Vernoux, as well as motorbikes and quad bikes.

In late summer/autumn mushroom picking is a favourite activity for the locals - Chanterelles are particularly abundant and sometimes ceps. In October you can pick up more chestnuts than you can carry.

The local Market is at Vernoux every Thursday morning, where there is a wide selection of local produce and cheeses.

Day trips from le Chiat: There are numerous places that can be visited within a day, including:

Avignon with its famous bridge and Palais des Papes;

The Ardeche Gorge with organised canoe trips;

Nimes with its Roman amphitheatre;

The Camargue with its flamingoes and beaches;



Getting to le Chiat: By Car - We are situated about 45 minutes drive from the A7 Autoroute at Valence

By Train - Valence is just 5.5 hours train journey from London using the Eurostar and TGV trains. You can board the train at either the new St Pancras International or Ashford Station, and check-in only takes 10 minutes. Car hire is available at Valence TGV station, which is about 10km outside Valence, and the drive to our house takes just under an hour.

By Plane - The nearest airports are Avignon, Lyon, Nimes and Grenoble, all of which are around 2 hours drive, and have regular flights from many UK airports. Marseille and Montpellier airports can also be accessed, both about 2.5 hours away.


Silhac Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The main bathroom is located in the old barn part of the house next to the ground floor bedrooms. The separate WC is located adjacent to the main living area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The connecting old barn - comprising bedrooms and bathroom - is reached either via the mezzanine or up a couple of steps from road level. Families with small children should be aware that the staircase up to the mezzanine is partially open. On this level there is: A large tiled ‘games room’ with ping-pong table. Two double bedrooms From the games room there is a new oak staircase to the top of the house with: One triple bedroom A very large ‘L shaped’ room, with a double and single bed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


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Beautiful restored stone holiday home in Silhac, Ardeche, Southern France
average rating of 4.571429 based on 11 reviews

Roomy, well equipped, clean and in a beautiful part of the world.

  • 5 of 5

We had perhaps our best holiday ever here. The Ardeche is fantastic for beautiful scenery, lots of things to do, good food and peace and quiet. The owners recommended a local gorge for wild swimming and it was sensational - really beautiful and the children had a ball. We also canoed, rented bikes and cycled the Eyrieux valley, went on a steam train, gasped a huge views on rural walks, tried zip wires and climbs over the river at Aquarock, toured Avignon but we kept coming back to the wild swimming. And I managed to read 3 books! A great base for a family holiday. We wished could have stayed for another 2 weeks and crammed even more in!

There are a few compromises - if you want fresh bread you need to be willing to drive 20-30 mins each morning (the bakers in Vernoux are definitely better). Shopping needs planning as you don't want to forget anything and have to go back for it! Neighbouring properties are close by so if you are unlucky to get noisy neighbours you will notice (we didn't and found our neighbours to be very friendly). The gardens do overlook each other, but again this was not a problem for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tom and family, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful holiday and loved our little corner of the Ardeche. We are looking forward to going ourselves in the Autumn. Best wishes, Jeff and Lynn
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Spring break in Ardeche

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and well-prepared for us (family of 6). It's very large and has plenty of room for one or even two families (although only one bathroom). The setting is beautiful in a little hamlet, with only two houses nearby. The decoration is modern and contemporary. The owners were very helpful. Our children enjoyed playing in the garden and horse-riding at the nearby stables. There was a lot to see nearby, although we would have like to have some more good restaurants - one in Chalencon has to be booked in advance "Chataignes et Champignons". Loads of interesting places to visit for day trips, like the new Caverne du Pont du Pont D'Arc. We would definitely recommend this house and this area to visit.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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a perfekt house for 3 generation - we loved it :-)

  • 5 of 5

A perfekt and beautifull house - room for everybody we where 3 generations aged from 6 - 65 and everybody enjoyed it - we loved the mix with French and Scandinavia style. And the aruondisement /the forest the Hills etcifrede where a enjoyablevplace fore tackling - we Will be back :-)

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Belle maison pour un séjour en famille

  • 3 of 5

Très belle région à découvrir, beaux sentiers de randonnée accessibles directement depuis la maison, par contre les spots de beignade en rivière nécessitent de longs trajets en voiture. La maison est agréable avec sa terrasse protégée, mais elle est très rustique et les planchers grincent terriblement. Dommage que la vue soit limitée et qu'il y ait des chiens menaçants à proximité immédiate ainsi que le passage de gros camions de chantier juste derrière ... pas top pour les enfants !

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Très bon séjour au Chiat

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons bien apprécié notre séjour au Chiat, tant côté maison et ses équipements et jardin que côté région qui offre plein de jolis endroits de baignades et autres activités. Un grand merci à Jeff et Lynn pour leurs conseils et disponibilité!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Mooi oud Frans huis met nog wat werk aan

  • 4 of 5

We vonden het een mooie omgeving om in te verblijven, een typisch huis in natuursteen met wat zoekwerk naar de lichtschakelaars. We hadden wel graag wat meer uitleg gehad over het gebruik van een gasfornuis, de TV bleek enkel te kunnen gebruikt worden voor afspelen DVD's, graag hadden we ook wat meer informatie gehad over wat er te doen was in omgeving in de zomer van 2016, een wandelkaart,....

Je moet ook rekening houden met het gekraak van de houten vloeren en deuren. De kinderen vonden de speelzolder zalig, in de tuin was het bij goed weer goed liggen onder de bomen. Boven was het wel warm om te slapen bij hoge temperaturen, zonnewering zou geen overbodige luxe zijn op de velux ramen, kunnen dan ook meteen dienen als zonsverduistering anders ben jij heel vroeg wakker.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $133.16

We accept payment in pounds sterling or euros. Click on the drop down menu to see the equivalent price in the currency of your choice..
Bed linen and towels are charged at a flat rate of £5/€5 per person.
Long weekend lets are available during off-peak periods.
Discounts can be offered for extended stays - please enquire.
We also offer a discount if you book with us direct.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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