La Mirande, Luxury self-catering cottage and B&B in the Ardêche
The property has been featured in the Times in January 2014 and in Living France magazine. To read more please click here.
Commanding dramatic views over the Rhone Valley to the French Alps, La Mirande sits in perfect isolation on a plateau 700m above sea level. Surrounded by farm land and a large private orchard and garden, it is a restorative island of great tranquillity where guests are free to roam and relax.
La Mirande is part of an old farmhouse 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.
Inside, the house is spacious with a very warm living situation.The interiors combine traditional features with contemporary standards of design, reflecting the owner’s background in the arts.
Guests staying for a week or more in the cottage or the two B&B suites receive a welcome dinner included in the price of accommodation. On other nights a table d’hote dinner of freshly cooked local produce is available. A four course dinner, including regional wine, is 49 euros for two people and 99 euros for four people, bookings 1 day in advance.
Guided day trip options
Your host is now a qualified cultural tour guide and guests are offered the option of accompanied days out to explore the secrets of the region:
Caves and prehistory of the Ardèche – river and rock scenery, the cathedral-like Orgnan Cave, hidden caves, Vallon Pont d’Arc and the amazing Chauvet story
Avignon - City of the Papal Palace, the famous bridge of the song and great restaurants and shopping, followed by nougat at Montelimar
Romans and wine - the amphitheatre and Roman museum at Alba, the fabulous Pont du Gard aqueduct, modern and Roman vineyards
Day trips are 150 euros for two people and 220 euros for four people, transport and picnic included, bookings 1 day in advance.
The La Mirande Short Break option
Get away from it all for the weekend and leave the car at home!
Fly to Lyon then take the TGV train from Lyon airport to Valence. Or take the Eurostar train from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille to connect with TGV to Valence, to be met at the station.
Stay three nights with dinner, bed and breakfast, take time to relax and enjoy guided outings to any of the above destinations.
Ask the owner for prices and more information on day trips and short breaks.
The nearest town, Privas is only 15min drive away and offers everything from country markets to high class supermarkets, outdoor pools and, just outside the town, a riverside swimming beach.
Part of a 200 year old farm complex this renovated barn has an open living concept of accomodation:
- Kitchen on the ground floor with stairs leading up to a
- Large living space with high wood ceilings giving the space a wonderful openness
- The house has a large bathroom with shower and toilet.
- There is a second toilet on the lower level.
- Approximately one quarter of the main living space supports a mezzanine level which supplies the main sleeping area
- Second large room with good exposure for winter sun has large windows and skylights making it a wonderful area to take advantage of all the winter sun, write or read and enjoy the incredible views. Because of its privacy this space can also be used as a second bedroom (15€ per extra person per day)
The floors of the whole house are tiled in beautiful blue grey tiles heated in winter by geothermal floor heating. This geothermal system also supplies the energy for the hot water reducing electricity costs considerably. There is a wine cellar and work space on the lower level of the building. Plenty of parking is available.
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 dirty. 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.