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Luxury gites in charming stone house from 1890 - river, pool, garden, terraces - La Petite Cave

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



La Petite Cave

With a floor area of 45m², 'La Petite Cave' provides comfortable accommodation for 2 adults and up to 2 children. It has one mezzanine bedroom with a 160cm x 200cm double bed and the living room includes a sofa which pulls out to make two single beds - ideal for children. The ground floor has a well-equipped kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathroom with shower. The terrace is equipped with garden furniture, a parasol and a BBQ.

About the property

La Rastelayre Gîtes

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. There is also a small charge for dogs.

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)

More Details

Property Manager
Irene Houlder
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, dutch, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Irene Houlder

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

Why Irene Houlder chose Saint-Pierreville

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Weekend très reposant dans un endroit inoubliable. L’hospitalité de nos hôtes vont cinq étoiles. Maison exceptionnelle, tout le confort nécessaire. Nous vous remercions pour le petit déjeuner, très apprecié. Merci. Nous reviendrons et le recommanderons.
Nov 2016
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Our rents are all inclusive, only tourist tax charged separately and heating costs in winter. We supply bed linen, bath towels and take care of the end-of-stay cleaning. See our website for further details -


Saint-Pierreville Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The living room has a sofa bed which pulls out to become two single beds (90x200cm). This is recommended for young children only. A travelcot and highchair can be supplied, if needed.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The garden, river and pool, including garden furniture and terraces by the river and pool, jeu des boules area, hammocks , garden and pool toys etc. are available for use by all our guests. During the summer months we run a bakery service, so that you can sleep in!


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La Petite Cave
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Gemütliche, gut ausgestattete Ferienwohnung in einzigartiger Lage direkt am Fluss

  • 5 of 5

Wir verbrachten eine erholsame Woche in La Rastelayre. Dank dem Brötchenservice begann der Morgen jeweils sehr entspannt bei Kaffee, Croissants und Baguettes. In der näheren Umgebung gibt es schöne, meist einsame Wanderwege, die wir mit unseren zwei Hunden erkundeten. Am späteren Nachmittag genossen wir jeweils den einzigartigen Garten direkt am Fluss, in dem das Baden besonders Spass machte. Luxus pur! Auch Aussichtsfahrten lohnen sich sehr, in der hügeligen Gegend tun sich immer wieder atemberaubende Ausblicke auf und alle Liebhaber von kurvigen, engen Bergstrassen kommen voll auf ihre Kosten. Die Ferienwohnung (La Petite Cave) ist sauber und gut ausgestattet und auch im Sommer angenehm kühl, was wir besonders zu schätzen wussten, da das Thermometer bei unserer Ankunft auf über 30°C gestiegen war. Wir können La Rastelayre allen wärmstens empfehlen, die abseits der Massen in einer wunderschönen ländlichen Gegend im Herzen des Naturparks Monts d’Ardèche entspannen und Neues entdecken wollen.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was also our pleasure to welcome you here. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our little piece of paradise!
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Sehr ruhig und entspannend

  • 5 of 5

Wunderschön ausgebauter Keller, sehr ruhige Lage direkt am Fluss mit Zugang. Die Vermieter sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Un gîte confortable, paisible et bien tenu

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons eu le plaisir de séjourner à La Rastelayre, dans la Petite cave, du 22 au 25 septembre 2016. Nous tenons tout d'abord à souligner l'accueil chaleureux mais non envahissant des propriétaires, Irene et Graham, qui entretiennent leur propriété avec soin et amour.

La Petite cave est un gîte charmant qui peut accueillir deux à quatre personnes dans un confort tout à fait acceptable. Tout fonctionne et rien n'y manque, sans compter les petites attentions d'Irene (jus, confitures maison, etc.).

Le gîte est situé au coeur de l'Ardèche, dans une forêt de châtaigniers et sur le bord d'une petite rivière. Plusieurs activités «nature» sont disponibles sur le site et dans les environs. Nous le recommandons particulièrement à ceux qui aiment la randonnée et le vélo de montagne, et qui veulent se ressourcer dans un cadre paisible et enchanteur.

Un bémol: les services sont à distance. Deux restos et une boulangerie-dépanneur à St-Pierreville (5 min) et deux épiceries, en plus de quelques restaurants à Saint-Sauveur Montagut (20 min). Il faut donc être prévoyant et faire ses provisions avant d'arriver pour s'éviter des déplacements sur les routes de montagne.

L'accueil et le site valent assurément le détour et un séjour de quelques nuits.

Marc Simard et Lucie Daignault

Québec (Canada)

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Appaisement, ressource, et beauté des lieux

  • 5 of 5

Merci à vous deux pour votre hospitalité et pour la qualité de votre gite (petite cave pour notre famille de 4).

Un séjour consacré à se ressourcer, à vélo…. et à profiter en famille d’un repos bien mérité !

Bien à vous et j’espère à bientôt

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci! À bientôt!
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Einfach nur toll!

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben zwei wunderschöne Wochen auf diesem tollen Anwesen verbracht. Der direkt angrenzende Fluss ist ein Traum zum Baden, Entdecken und Entspannen. Zusammen mit der kinderfreundlichen Anlage, einer Umgebung an der man sich nicht sattsehen kann und nicht zuletzt den supernetten Gastgebern fanden wir in unserem Fall die perfekten Voraussetzungen, um die ganze Familie glücklich zu machen. Wir waren bestimmt nicht zum letzten Mal dort....

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
St. Pierreville
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Valence area
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
44 Kilometres
Les Estables
Nearest Beach
225 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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

Wool museum

Chestnut museum


Summer Festivals

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

Valrhona Chocolate

The Peaugres Safari Park

The Vivarais Little Train


Cross-country skiing (winter only)

Crocodile Farm


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