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  • Discover the Ardèche for rivers, mountains, nature and culture

    Want to try a new part of France this year, away from the tourist hotspots but with plenty to do and see? Well, here's a hot tip - plan a visit to the Ardèche. You'll get a taste of the real France and discover one of the country's most varied regions.

    Where exactly is the Ardèche? Well it lies just south of the centre of France and has borders with  Languedoc,  the Auvergne and Provence in the south, where the weather is about as warm and sunny as Provence itself. The landscape is abundant with rivers, mountains and green forests so it's great country for walking, canoeing and communing with nature.

    But this is France, so life's little pleasures and sophistications are not forgotten! The capital town of Privas, for instance, is a gastronome's delight and also the epicentre of the marron glacé (candied chestnut) business. Throughout the department, there are cultural feasts and fun events galore this summer, from a balloon festival in June to chamber music in July, two or three arts festivals that combine the visual with the historic and a medieval pageant.

    Where can you stay? There's a surprisingly wide range of self-catering holiday rentals in this region, many of them oozing local character with stone and timber and most in lovely country locations close to towns and villages. You'll find anything from a country cottage or gite for couples and small families to all or part of an elegant chateau with traditional features so typical of France.

    Find holiday accommodation in the Ardèche

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    The area around Lalbenque in the Lot Valley is famous for its black Truffles.

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    I fell in love with France many years ago with it's wonderful people, language, customs and traditions and of course, the food! There is nowhere that holds this love for me more (except for my homeland of course!) and I recommend everyone to get t

  • We're in The Times top holidays in France

    The Times newspaper has chosen its top holidays in France for 2014 and among the 'Best for Culture' is a holiday offered through French Connections in the Ardèche. At La Mirande, a stylish converted farmhouse near Rochessauve, property owner Gray Veredon, is offering an innovative all-inclusive culture break, which includes transfers from Valence railway station, accommodation, escorted visits and gourmet meals with wine.

    Gray VeredonGray is a top choreographer and originally went to France as director of ballet at Lyons. He bought La Mirande as a weekend escape set in peaceful rural seclusion and, after a career that included working with David Hockney as set designer, he became a professional tour guide and now lives full-time in his beloved Ardèche.

    Southern France is of course rich in wine, food, culture and glorious countryside and the culture break includes accommodation in theatrically designed, luxuriously furnished suites, guided visits to cultural events and locations and home-cooked meals each evening. The farmhouse retains period features with artistic interiors and there is accommodation for just six, so guests can  travel as couples or a small group.

    Guests influence the choice of each day’s destinations and activities, which include shopping at the market for a cookery session and outings to vineyards, lavender fields, Roman sites, ceramic works and music festivals. Also at La Mirande is a self-catering cottage for visitors who prefer a more independent break.

    Read more about holiday options at La Mirande