Local information

This is a forgotten corner of France, as far as tourists are concerned. So don't be surprised at quiet roads and be prepared to at least try your French with locals.

Surrounding the house is an acre of non-overlooked landscaped gardens, including the shade of a wonderful lime, pencil firs, cherry and fig trees. A gentle incline of steps brings you to a gateway through the hedge to the totally private pool area (about 40 metres from the main house). From the poolside you have uninterrupted 360 degree views: to the west across the Rhone valley and the rolling hills of the Ardeche; across fields of lavender and corn to the south; and to the east, the more rugged mountains ranges of the 'pre-Alps'. The vista is truly breathtaking.

Five minutes drive in any direction will take you to small villages, each with their own shops, bakeries and cafes. Montelimar, of nougat fame, is 15 minutes drive away and has several supermarkets.


Shopping

There are boulangeries and patisseries a few kilometres away in Pont-de-Barret and Charols, and small supermarkets in Cleon D'Andron and Puy St Martin. Montelimar is your largest major town with LeClerc easily accessible on its northern outskirts. Far more fun are the local markets (Pierrelatte, Dieulefit, Vaison la Romaine, Nyons).


Food and wine

Eating out is inexpensive and a great way of exploring proven├žale cuisine. We provide a list of recommended restaurants, from the classy Les Hospitaliers in the medieval hill-top town of Le Poet Laval, to the local and intimate La Roche at Rochebuadin or the eccentric and unforgettable L'oiseau Sur Sa Branche nestling in the mountains in Saou. For vineyards, head south. Before you have travelled 20 kms you will be spoilt for choice. Our favourites are Domaine Mazurd at Tullette, Emmanuel Bouchard at Valreas and M.Chapoutier near les Granges Gontardes off the Grignan Montelimar road.


Day trips

If you are intrigued by history then you'll want to visit the ancient theatre at Orange built in the first century AD, or the magnificent Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, spanning the gorge near Remoulins or the ancient town of Avignon. The beaches of the Mediterranean are also within striking distance.


Golf

Nearby is Golf de la Valdaine, situated in the grounds of an old Chateau, just off the autoroute du soleil by the charming village of Montboucher sur Jabron. The course is as challenging to the experienced golfer as it is welcoming to the beginner.