|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
La Grange is a house on two and a half levels for six to eight people. It is the original barn of the mas; the goats had only just left the bottom floor when we started restoration!
The entrance at road level leads into the kitchen and dining area, with a shower room behind. Above, there is a large mezzanine with two single beds. The living room, with a magnificent view towards the Tour de Brison in the south, is through a stone archway from the kitchen. Just in case you choose to take our holidays out of season, there is a large fireplace for the long winter evenings.
The two main double bedrooms are downstairs, where the goats used to be! There is also a luxury bathroom and a 'cave' complete with washing machine.
Outside, there is a large stone-paved patio with a walled flower garden; it is fully equipped with furniture and a BBQ.
The Mas de L'Elze is a rambling collection of old stone buildings, clinging to a sun-drenched, south facing slope on the edge of the Ardechois Cevennes. In the past, these buildings served a multitude of purposes typical of the local countryside: a silk-worm loft, a drying and smoking area for chestnuts, a barn for storing hay and raising geese and ducks for the 'gavage'. Now, they have been lovingly transformed into a set of completely independent luxury houses, from which you can fully appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding countryside. There are 3 gites at L'Elze. Two - La Clede and La Magnanerie - are small, open plan houses for 2/4 and 2/3 people respectively, while the third - La Grange, is a larger house which sleeps 6-8. All are completely independent and have private terraces for al fresco dining. For large groups it is always possible to rent a number of the gites together.
All houses share a large 15x5m swimming pool and jacuzzi and gym and there is a free wi-fi connection to fast ADSL.
The local bar at just 2 minutes drive or a 20 minute walk does a great steak-frites and wonderful pizzas. But if you don't want to expend the effort just eat in! We'll provide a gourmet meal if you give us 24 hours notice.
We spent a week in La Grange - two families, four adults and four children and had a lovely time here - exploring the nearest area, hiking and biking, swimming in the pool, admiring the breathtaking views from the terrace and from the living room's windows. The library is very well equipped - I had a real problem trying to decide which book to read or DVD to watch. The dinner prepared by Carol and Bill was delicious and the children were over the moon having a chance to practise their English with the hosts. We cycled down the Dolce Via biking route and went on a canoeing trip in Ardeche Gorge. Thank you Carol and Bill - we all enjoyed our stay enormously!
Location is breath taking. Never got fed up of staring out of the window. Carol and Bill took great care of us and the food was exceptional. Take your walking shoes and fully explore the area. A lovely remote gite but not too far away from it all. We will be back. Made some friends for life staying in the adjoining gite.
We stayed in La Grange for a week and it was a wonderful escape. La Grange was a great size- having the two bedrooms downstairs and a mezzanine for our boys. The views over the valley were spectacular and then there are the stars!!
To top it all we booked some meals that Carol (the owner) cooked for us. Local produce cooked superbly and topped off with some chestnut liquor. Bill also ensured our glasses were never empty!
Facilities are also excellent with a pool, Jacuzzi and the odd game of boule as well.
Over all a fantastic stay and thank-you to Carol and Bill.
My wife and I spent a week in La Magnanarie and it is just right for two people who want a quiet holiday away from it all and with relatively easy hill-walking straight from the front door. The views are great and the gîte has everything you need - and it is of a very good standard.
Carol and Bill excellent proprietors – there when you need them, but not when you don’t! Carol is also a very good cook, so do treat yourself to at least one of her meals. For your own cooking, visit a supermarket on your way to the gîte – it’s a long way back down narrow zig-zag roads with few passing places. A great week in a great place. Many thanks.
Our family of five, including three teenagers, enjoyed a wonderful holiday in this stunning location. The house was very clean and the welcome very warm.
The situation and views from the property are glorious and the hosts, Bill and Carol, were very attentive, making us feel like honoured guests. The pool is just as beautiful as the pictures and our kids made the most of the other facilities - table football, gym equipment and the hot tub. This area of France is truly beautiful and the house, whilst quite remote, offers everything necessary for a relaxing break. There are not loads of 'attractions', but we liked the peace and tranquility.
My wife and I stayed in La Magnanerie for a week and it was perfect. Stunning property, stunning views and great people.
Carol and Bill are excellent hosts. I would definitely recommend taking up the option of having an evening meal cooked by Carol whilst there as her cooking is amazing!!!
For cyclists this is a great part of France to ride in. Not as hilly as the Alps or Pyrenees but don't let that put you off. The hills are still challenging enough!!
The Mas de L'Elze is right in the middle of the Ardechois Cevennes - magnificent countryside with rolling hills and rugged mountains, dropping down to crystal clear rivers in deep gorges. L'Elze faces due south so there is always sunshine. We are located at 550m so even when it is hot there is usually a refreshing breeze.
L'Elze is situated roughly halfway between Largentiere and Valgorge, some 30 kilometres south-west of Aubenas, in the Department of the Ardeche. We are between Provence and the Cevennes and the scenery is wonderful. There are far fewer tourists than in either of these more well-known areas.
The newest thing to see in the Ardeche is the Caverne du Pont D'Arc, the recreation of the famous Chauvet Cave which has been designated a UNESCO World heritage Site. You can find full details at http://en.cavernedupontdarc.fr/ and you can buy your tickets online.
Other Activities: river canoeing, jacuzzi, Gym, bar, restaurant, table-football