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The Garden Suite - Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rochessauve, Ardèche, France
Self Catering or All Inclusive Holiday in the Ardêche
Commanding dramatic views over the Rhone Valley to the French Alps La Mirande sits in perfect isoloation on a plateau 700m above sea level. Surrounded by farm land 6,000m2 of private orchard and garden, it is an island of great tranquility. Even though the house is spacious it offers a very warm living situation. La Mirande is part of an old farm house first built over 200 years ago. It has been renovated using the skills of local artisans who have a deep respect and understanding of the traditional building techniques of the region. The interiors however reflect more contemporary standards of design.
The nearest town, Privas is only 15mn drive away and offers everything from country markets to high class super markets
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation at The Garden Suite
The Garden Suite-Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast. Accomodation in the Ardeche with daily excursions - all meals included - professional tour guide to introduce you to this beautiful region and destination further south.
My focus with the "La Mirande above it all" holiday idea is directed towards clients who for various reasons do not want to drive all the way to France or contend with driving on the ‘wrong side of the road’. I pick you up at the Valence station after an easy train trip with the Euro Star, London - Lille and the TGV Lille – Valence. From that time on till I bring you back to the station for your return journey home you can forget about driving, finding your way in a different country and dealing with summer traffic. Which of course is also on the ‘wrong side of the road.’
All inclusive does not only mean all your meals and the accompanying wine but also to be invited to partake in daily excursions. There are so many wonderful things to see in this beautiful corner of France. The way this works could not be simpler. In the evening before dinner as we enjoy an aperitif with a glass of wine and a taste of some locale charcuiterie I explain the possibilities that we have for the next day and we all decide which one of these interesting excursions we would like to do. In the morning after breakfast with a fully packed picnic hamper we set off on our adventure. In the late afternoon we return to La Mirande in enough time to prepare for dinner. (I would be delighted to give you more detailed information and examples of these excursions.)
Holiday week at La Mirande, how does it come together ?
SATURDAY Arrivals around 4pm Valence station. Transfer to La Mirande, 6pm welcome drink and introductions followed by dinner.
SUNDAY Breakfast from 8.00am, 9.30am departure for the excursion of the day, picnic lunch, 7.30pm Aperitif followed by dinner.
MONDAY and TUESDAY The same basic plan as Sunday.
WEDNESDAY After breakfast we visit a local market and buy what interest us for dinner, 6.30pm You are all invited into the kitchen to help turn what we found at the market into a great dinner.
THURSDAY Breakfast at your leisure from 8-10.30am, A day of rest. Optional walk over the plateau. A light lunch perhaps on your own terrace, 7.30pm gourmet barbecue dinner.
FRIDAY Breakfast from 8.00am, 9.30 Final excursion, 7.30pm Farewell Gala Dinner.
SATURDAY Transfer to Valence station
What about the food? You may ask. Here is the menu proposition for a week’s stay
Day 1 - Mushroom ravioli with rocket salad. Orange Duck breast with creamy baked potatoes and roasted cherry tomatoes. Chestnut ice-cream with peaches warmed in red wine.
Day 2 - Creamed auberigine with thin strips of marinated salmon. Chicken Caesar salad. Gateau Mousse au Chocolat.
Day 3 - Gateau de crepes a la Florentine. Hot Smoked Salmon with avocado and tomato salsa. Tarte Tatin.
Day 4 - Surprise market day dinner
Day 5 - Tomato mozzarella salad. Coq au vin with parsley potatoes. Fruit salad with crumbled meringue.
Day 6 - Large mixed salad. Gourmet Barbecue - chicken, pork and beef with assorted roasted vegetables. Rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice-cream.
Day 7 - Baked local goats cheese on a Saracen crepes. French Snails in garlic butter. Lemon Sorbet. Slow roasted shoulder of lamb with roasted sweet potatoes and peas. Mirabel tart accompanied by a Mirabel liquor cream.
Each main is served with different green salad every night. A selected cheese arrangement accompanies each menu. For the Gala dinner the favorite cheeses of the week are reintroduced. Two wines, usually a white and a red are selected to accompany each menu.All these proposals are subject to availability and could be modified any time.
The Garden Suite consists of two interconnecting rooms, a private bathroom and its own terrace, 37m2 of space not including the terrace.
- The main bedroom has a Queen sized bed and is comfortably furnished with period furniture.
- Lounge or 2nd bedroom is set up as a private lounge but can be equipped with two single beds to accommodate two friends. This room has French doors that open onto your terrace with wonderful views into the garden.
- Bathroom 1 private bathroom
Communal Social Areas
One of the main attractions of the house is its open living area with original stone walls and a 7m high wood ceiling. A centrally placed monumental open fireplace becomes the point of focus in this dramatic open space. A mezzanine gallery runs around this central space, which was originally the barn of the old farm house. It accesses an intimate lounge, a library with a fascinating collection of books and a well-equipped office for those unfortunate people who are followed by their work. It also supplies the access to The Orient Suite. The dining area is found on the ground floor and the famous monumental fire place provides a wonderful setting for after dinner coffee and liquor.
About Rochessauve in Ardèche, Rhone Alps
Located at 700m on a plateau, 2 hours south of Lyon, 15min from Privas and a 2 hour drive to the Mediterranean La Mirande offers you intimate contact with nature, spectactular views and absolute tranquility.
The town of Privas, capital of the Ardéche is a thriving regional centre with super markets and charming local shops. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays offering a great opportunity to buy all the wonderful fresh local produce. There are many restaurants in the region ranging from top class Michelin stared establishments to charming local bistros where you eat what the proprietor has to offer on the day. If you prefere to eat at home you can pick up a famous Picadon goats cheese from the neighbouring farmer and enjoy with a good Ardéche wine from your local vineyard.
A short drive to Vallon Pont Arch takes you to the touristic centre of the Ardéche and the sensational Gorge de Ardéche. Lyon, one of the gastronomic capital of the world is a 1,5 hours drive away when you feel like more sophistication or would like to visit the Opera or take in a Show. A day on the beach at Camargue can be enjoyed without any difficulty. The famous ski fields of France are also only a few hours away.
But the main charm of La Mirande is its location. Looking down onto the Rhone valley and across to the Alpes, a place to rest, take long walks and find new energy from the old volcanic rocky soils of the region.
See Local guide and map for information on nearby towns and facilities.
How To Get To Rochessauve in Ardèche, The Rhone Alps (SE France)
The nearest TGV station, Valence is a 0.5 hour drive away and from there a 2.5 hour train ride to Paris. A direct line also runs to Lille connecting with the Paris-London channel train. The nearest important Airport is Lyon with connection avialable to all European centres. By car the main French north south highway passes close by with exits for Privas just south of Valence.
See Local guide and map for information on nearby towns and airports.
Facilities at The Garden Suite
|Type||Farmhouse (Bed and Breakfast)|
|Bedrooms||1 double, 1 twin|
|Living Area||100 m²|
|Suitability||Non-smoking, Pets welcomed, Suitable for children, Suitable for children over 6 only, Suitable for children over 7 only, Suitable for children over 8 only, Suitable for the elderly, Touring motorcyclists welcome, Unsuitable for wheelchair access|
|Internal facilities||CD player, Central heating (electric), DVD player, English satellite TV, Fans in rooms, Hi-fi system, Low allergen environment, Owner on site, Radio, TV|
Large open living space including dining area, open fire place, library, office area, quiet relaxing reading areas. Make yourself at home, open for all guests to enjoy
|External features on site||Garden, Scenic views|
The big garden offers an area for creativity in many aspects; people who are interested may learn how to build stonewalls, maintain a garden, identify herbs and plants and getting their hands durty. For wine buffs we offer the possibility to bottle your own wine. Nearby you can visit a gold medal winning goat cheese farm. We can also organize a coach ride over the Coiron for you.
Availability at The Garden Suite
Availability last updated on: - Tuesday, April 2, 2013
- Booked / Unavailable
|Accommodation rental period||Tariff|
|1 April 2013 - 31 October 2013||
€2,100.00 per property per week
Additional price information
- Prices are per couple and include all meals and beverages, not including sprits. Guided tours and pickup and drop off transfers from and to Valence railway station
- Additional 1,600 € for two extra guests.
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Languages spoken by owner English, French, German
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