|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
With a floor area of 65m², 'La Grande Cave' provides comfortable accommodation for 4-6 people. It has two mezzanine bedrooms, one with a 160cm x 200cm double bed, the other with two single beds (90cmx200cm). The living room includes a sleeper couch (Ikea) which pulls out into a large double bed (160cm x 200cm). The ground floor has a well-equipped kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathroom with sunken bath and shower. The terrace is equipped with garden furniture, a parasol and a BBQ.
La Rastelayre is situated on the beautiful Gluyere river in the heart of the 'Parc naturel régional des monts d’Ardèche'. The original stone building, built in the late 1800’s, contains modern, comfortable self-catering apartments which have been completely refurbished.
Each apartment (gîte) has its own south-facing terrace where meals can be enjoyed in the relaxed style typical of southern France. While La Rastelayre has a large swimming pool for our guests to use, the river also offers its own selection of natural pools for swimming and paddling in. There are plenty of shady and sunny spots for picnics or just relaxing in the sun.
La Rastelayre is close to the picturesque medieval town of St. Pierreville. It is bathed in peace and tranquility while also being close to local attractions to provide a good holiday for every need. It is a wonderful area for walking, cycling, as well as touring the area by car.
Approximately 50km from Valence, La Rastelayre is best reached by car. It is situated along the D102, beside the Pont du Perrier, at an altitude of 480m. This charming old stone house is situated less than 5 minutes from St. Pierreville in the heart of the Ardéche 'Parc Regional', alongside the picturesque Glueyre river. It is surrounded mainly by chestnut woods and the Glueyre river, a class 1 category river, runs along the property. The river has many different types of fish including trout. Beavers and crayfish can also be found and there are many natural pools for swimming in. The beauty and tranquility of the surrounding hills add to the peacefulness that can be enjoyed there.
A warm welcome awaits you at La Rastelayre! The old 'cave' has been converted into two fully fitted luxury apartments which are cool, quiet and spacious. The old 'atelier' has been converted into one very large three bedroom apartment with two full bathrooms as well as a fully fitted kitchen.
Our gîtes each have a south-facing terrace, kitchen with modern appliances, good, large beds and modern bathrooms.
Use of linen (bed, bath towels and kitchen) is included as well as final cleaning and energy and water costs.
Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board are available for use.
Babies: We have a high chair and a travel cot available for use.
Dogs are allowed, however, we have a limit to the number of dogs on the property. For this reason it must be agreed at the time of booking.
We have a NO SMOKING policy inside the gîtes.
Most gîtes have a cosy fireplace (closed system that burns gas) to warm up the cool evenings during the winter. (Extra charge for heating costs)
Originally from South Africa, we were looking for a place that felt like a home from home. A place for family and friends to meet. A place to retire to one day....... We found it!
Irene Houlder purchased this apartment in 2000
Having rented our fair share of gites and apartments around Europe, we knew exactly what we would be looking for to enjoy a great holiday. La Rastelayre had the potential to become such a place and we have been busy since 2001 turning it into the ideal holiday place.
Peaceful and quiet surroundings with a river running through it. A fantastic place for nature lovers, but still close enough to go exploring and visiting places of interest in the surrounding area. Most of our visitors are just happy to stay and relax, and recharge their batteries! Kids of all ages love the river, whether boulder hopping, swimming, balancing on the ropes, fishing, paddling or making sand castles.
Nous avons passé un merveilleux séjour dans votre petit paradis, et avons pleinement profité de la piscine, des hamacs, de la rivière et du gîte ! Merci beaucoup, ce fut un séjour inoubliable ! Plein de bisous de Belgique !
We have just returned from a weeks stay in the Grand Cave. The photos show the accommodation well and it was well suited for a family of 4 (in our case 2 younger children 8 &11). The river is idyllic for swimming, paddling, rock hopping or just watching. The hosts were attentive, friendly and relaxed. Currently there are 2 other properties which provides some company but no crowds.
The property is situated in the countryside but several villages can be reached by car in just a few minutes (e.g for the morning bread). The drives, walks and views are all interesting and for the more adventurous there are various canoeing options (including the 24km ardeche - full day trip)
I would really recommend this to someone who wants a quieter break in a stunning setting away in the countryside.
We had a wonderful week in Irene and Grahams "cave". There are many facilities and activities for both adults and children. The village is very friendly and close by. There are many things to see and do and see in the surrounding area.
Eine fantastische Ferienwohnung. Sehr gepflegt und sauber, komplett und modern ausgestattet, liebevoll gestalteter Garten direkt am Fluss. Bei Jan und Tineke haben wir uns schnell sehr wohl gefühlt. Alle Mahlzeiten haben wir auf der Terasse unter den Weinranken eingenommen. Wir haben die Ruhe genossen wie den ganzen Tag Sonne. Schöne Wanderausflüge von Gluiras aus (gekennzeichnete Rundwege) ca. 5 km von Rastelayre entfernt. Characterorte wie Chalencon, über D120 von St Sauveur de Montagut aus anfahren, sollte man sich nicht entgehen lassen. Überall gibt es schöne und ausgefallene Galerien zu entdecken. Wandern ist in der Gegend nicht anstrengend und gut zu machen. Entfernungen sollte man jedoch wg. der Strassenverhältnisse nicht in km sondern in Zeit veranschlagen. Insgesamt - wenn es nicht so weit wäre - ca. 970 km von Köln entfernt - ein idealer Ort zum Entspannen sowie für Sportaktivitäten jeder Art wie Boule spielen, Federball, Schwimmen, Rennrad und Mountainbiking. Sehr gempfehlenswert. Leider konnten wir nur eine Woche bleiben. wir fahren sicher nochmals in die hügelreiche Nord-Ardeche.
Many of our guests spend most of their time hanging around at La Rastelayre as it makes for a very relaxing holiday with beautiful surroundings and enough to do. However, if you are more the adventurous or active type, there is plenty to explore.
For ice cream and sorbet lovers we highly recommend a visit to Le Moulinon’s Terre d’Adélice where you can have your all-time favourite flavour or try some very exotic ones like lavender, goat’s cheese or wasabi! All the ice cream is made on the premises and contain only the best, natural ingredients. Just browsing through the vast array of different flavours makes the trip worthwhile.
La Rastelayre is situated near the towns of St Pierreville (2,5km), Albon (6,5km) and St. Sauveur-de-Montagut (12,5km). The area is known for it’s chestnuts, bilberries, goat’s milk cheese and scenic mountains. The Gluyere river provides many river pools for swimming, picnic spots, and fishing.
The local cuisine is varied and inexpensive with many restaurants dotted around the local villages. Most villages have a small general store and practically all have a good baker with fresh bread baked daily. There is a large supermarket and other grocery stores available in St Sauveur-de-Montagut. For a hypermarket experience you will need to visit one of the bigger towns like Valence, Le Cheylard or La Voulte. There are also local markets where local farmers sell their fresh produce including vegetables and fruit, cheeses, sausages and meat, honey and various other local delicacies as well as clothing, fabric and table cloths, herbs and spices and wine.
There are two ‘Syndicat d’Initiative’ (tourist offices) nearby, one in St.Pierreville and one in St. Sauveur-de-Montagut. They have a wealth of information on what is going on in the region. There are a number of museums, castles and ruins in the area that are open to the public during the summer months.
Some of the things to do in the Immediate Surroundings:
Ice cream and sorbet shop
Canoeing on the Eyrieux river
Cycling, swimming, hiking and walking
Some of the things to do Further Afield:
Canoeing on the Ardèche river and visiting the Ardèche gorges with their numerous caves
Visiting towns such as Avignon, Montelimar, Nyons, Le Cheylard, Orange, Valence, Le Puy, Tain l'Hermitage …..
Lavender fields of the Drôme region; canoeing also possible in the Drôme area and a lot less crowded than the Ardèche river
The Ardèchois plateau with extinct volcano – Gerbier de Joncs, the source of the Loire, the Ray Pic waterfalls, Lake St. Martial and Lake Issarlès
Wine tasting routes
The Peaugres Safari Park
The Vivarais Little Train
Cross-country skiing (winter only)