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Jane Marston

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La Petite Grange - Converted vaulted barn in the Ardèche (Rhône-Alpes)

26 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Lablachère holiday barn

Vaulted living/dining area and kitchen with 2 en-suite bedrooms. Sleeps 4

La Petite Grange is a welcoming two bedroomed converted barn ideal for two couples or a family. It has a large terrace and barbecue to fully enjoy the mild Spring and Summer nights and the wonderful colours of Autumn, shaded by an awning and a beautiful fig tree.

The ground floor is open plan with a custom built vaulted kitchen, stairs to upstairs and a further vaulted lounge/dining area. The downstairs bedroom is very large and has a double bed which converts into two single beds and an en-suite shower room. There is a door to a small gravelled garden with table and chairs. The upstairs bedroom is spacious and houses a double bed with a shower, wash basin and WC en-suite. There is a child gate at the top of the staircase. Both bedrooms have plenty of space for a baby's cot. La Petite Grange has 1 metre thick walls and so is very temperature neutral throughout the year.

We also let La Magnanerie (Property number 1074115) which is an adjoining gite with two bedrooms for 4 people, so if you wish to come as a group, both properties can be let at the same time, subject to availability.

In addition to the terrace, there is a shared grassy garden area with sun loungers, benches and a parasol.

• La Petite Grange is situated almost half way between Lablachère and Joyeuse in the South of the Ardèche.

• Lablachère has three boulangeries, two bars/cafés, a hotel, an award winning charcuterie/boucherie, an épicerie, a takeaway pizzeria, a greengrocers and our local cave which sells award winning wines. Markets are held every Sunday.

• Joyeuse is an ancient small market town with an old town containing craft shops, restaurants, Musée de la Chataignerie and House of Caricatures. Markets are held every Wednesday and craft markets on Sunday evenings in the summer.

• The Ardèche is an unspoilt area with stupendous mountains and gorges and views to die for!

• Close to some of the “most beautiful villages of France” including Balazuc, Naves, Thines and Vogue.

• Superb base for exploring the Cevennes Mountains and National Park, the Camargue, the Mediterranean coast, Provence and the Alps.

• Close to La Caverne du Pont D'Arc Ardèche -a UNESCO heritage site

• Stunning underground caves at the Aven D'Orgnac and the Grotte de la Cocalière

Local outdoor activities – canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, walking, cycling, mountain biking, canyoning, caving, paragliding, swimming, horse riding, tennis, boules, high wires, golf, skiing and bird-watching.

• Bois de Paiolive, amazing primeval forest of white oaks and petrified rocks with labyrinth walks

• Gastronomy, fine wines and local produce, regular markets and wine tastings.

• Carrefour supermarket in Joyeuse. Netto supermarket at Lablachère. Intermarché and Lidl supermarkets at Rosières. Super-U Hypermarket at Ruoms and Les Vans and LeClerc at La Chapelle sous Aubenas

• Aubenas is our nearest large town with an abundance of individual shops and a beautiful chateau which is open to visitors.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jane Marston (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks english, french

About Jane Marston

Until 2009, my husband Alan was an architect in Cumbria. We had already bought La Petite Grange as a potential holiday home and had started to do it up, but that was too much of a long term project so Alan decided to take the plunge and get his hands dirty so moved to France with a view to setting up our gite business. His first job was to completely renovate La Petite Grange (whilst living in with all the mess) and then to do the same with the adjoining property, La Magnanerie.

Jane Marston purchased this barn in 2005

Why Jane Marston chose Joyeuse area

When we first saw the property, we fell in love with it and its views across the valley of the hills and forests, together with the stunning view of the Tanargue mountains beyond.

What makes this barn unique

La Petite Grange has a lovely atmosphere with the vaulting and the really thick walls which makes it a haven when the summer sun gets too hot (which can be the case in July and August). The terrace has wonderful views over the hills beyond and the shade of the fig tree which we had initially cut down to ground level but which had no intention of giving up and is now considerably bigger than when we started.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nous avons passe une semaine merveilleuse dans votre "petite grange". Situe au coeur d'une region magnifique, votre petit duplex est un havre de paix ou il fait bon vivire. Detente, repos et le plein de soleil nous ont fait beaucoup de bien. Merci pour votre acceuil et vos conseils precieux
Aug 2014
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Reviews

4.7
based on 26 traveller reviews

La Petite Grange - Converted vaulted barn in the Ardèche (Rhône-Alpes)
average rating of 4.6538463 based on 32 reviews
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Formidable séjour

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit and this time we came with friends and the new ground floor bedroom with cosy en-suite made this possible and worked very well as we were separate and private. It even has its own private outdoor area so we were never on top of each other.

The Barn was very clean and well furnished, with a small kitchen, great for making meals, breakfast etc. With a very sunny terrace immediately outside with a retractable sun canopy for alfresco eating.

Alan and Jane were very welcoming and helpful going the extra mile literally when we could not get tickets to visit the Chavet Caves by organising the tickets for us.

Will be back as this is a lovely part of the world with lots to see and do and not too busy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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5

Excellent property!

  • 5 of 5

The barn had been converted beautifully to a very high standard. Clean and well maintained and owners very helpful. Would definitely recommend the property to others. Very good restaurants and activities nearby - especially around the Ardeche Gorge.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Perfect homely property in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

My partner, baby and I stayed at le petite grange in May for a friends wedding. The gite itself was absolutely perfect for us, it had everything we needed and was well laid out with a really homely feel to it. It was quiet and peaceful and had a very relaxing atmosphere. Our baby who was a crawling 11M old at the time stayed in the travel cot provided on request and the property was a safe, clean environment for him to explore. The seating area outside the property was a sun trap which was lovely for eating any time of day and also had a sun canopy. The views while eating outside were beautiful!

The location was easy to find and the routes we took went through beautiful landscapes.

The nearby villages of la Blachere and Joyeuse were a short 15 minute walk with plenty to offer. There are also many beautiful places to visit within the Ardeche and we hope to return and explore more in the future.

The owners, who live on site were very welcoming and helpful and have set out the two properties in such a way they are not imposing on each other. The driveway and gardens were well created and cared for and helped create this beautiful site perfect for anyone to spend time in this scenic location.

I would go back in a flash and highly recommend this gite!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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5

Still our favourite holiday rental in the South of France!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the lovely Gites Marston several times over the past few years and we always have a fantastic time. La Petite Grange makes the perfect home away from home for a relaxing holiday and its location, being walking distance from both Joyeuse and Lablachere, makes it the perfect property from which to explore the area, whilst also being able to make the most of the countryside with a lovely big terrace, a beautiful sunny garden and a view over the vineyards, which is to die for.

The house itself is cosy, homely and finished stylishly to a high standard, with a beautiful kitchen that's fully equipped with everything you need. The barn renovation is gorgeous, with stunning original features such as the vaulted stone ceiling downstairs, which is so quintessentially South France, paired with modern amenities such as new bathrooms, flat screen TV and fast internet.

Since our last visit, the property has actually been extended to include a second bedroom, which is absolutely stunning and comes complete with its own bathroom and a lovely secluded terrace on the side of the building; it's now the perfect property for two couples or a family. We stayed as two couples and a baby and it was the perfect layout; with one bedroom upstairs and the other downstairs, both rooms felt secluded and private.

The owners, Jane and Alan, are wonderful! They went out of their way to ensure that we had everything required for our stay, and as always, provided huge amounts of information about the area. They're the perfect hosts as they're available if you need them, but really appreciate the value of leaving you in peace and giving you the privacy to enjoy your stay.

All in all, another amazing stay at Gites Marston!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Très belle grange restaurée

  • 4 of 5

Nous revenons tout juste de notre séjour en Ardèche. La location est belle, typique et très bien située par rapport aux sites touristiques. Nous vous conseillons vivement cette location. Les propriétaires sont accueillants et très sympathiques ! Nous gardons cette location dans nos tablettes pour notre prochaine visite en Ardèche !

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Un plaisir : une adresse à retenir

  • 5 of 5

Un vrai plaisir !

La petite grange est un excellent gite, superbement restauré, confortable et parfaitement équipé pour accueillir un couple qui désire découvrir l’Ardèche du Sud.

Les propriétaires sont accueillant, avenants, toujours disponibles et de bons conseils. Ce fut un plaisir de partager et d’échanger sur la région et l’histoire de la petite grange.

Ce gite est idéalement situé pour découvrir cette magnifique région, des villages pittoresques et des paysages somptueux, à découvrir lors de ballades en voiture, randonnées pédestres et en canoë !

Il y a proximité des commerces pour assurer le quotidien, ainsi que des marchés riches en produits locaux (Vin, fromages, châtaigne, charcuterie, etc…).

Nous ne manquerons pas de revenir lors de nos prochaines visites en Ardèche du Sud.

A&J

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
103 Kilometres
Nimes + Montpellier, Marseille and Lyon nearby
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Cafe du Siécle and Café de L'Etoile, Lablachere
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Domaine de Bournet, Grospierres
Nearest Train
48 Kilometres
Ales + Montélimar
Nearest Motorway
75 Kilometres
A7 Junction 17 before Montélimar
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Hotel de l'Europe + Le Grain de Malice in Joyeuse
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
La Croix de Beauzon, Borne
Nearest Beach
134 Kilometres
La Grande Motte + Mediterranean coast
Car: recommended

• La Petite Grange is a restored vaulted stone barn situated halfway between Lablachère and Joyeuse in the South of the Ardèche which comprises living/dining area, kitchen, large downstairs double bedroom en-suite bathroom with shower and upstairs double bedroom en-suite bathroom with shower and a large shaded terrace.

• Ideal for two couples or a family – suitable for 4 people, two double beds, one of which can convert into two separate beds .

• Near to the stunning Ardèche Gorge, Ardèche and Chazzezac rivers - a mecca for canoeing and kayaking - and the Cevennes National Park.

• Close to Les Vans, Balazuc, Ruoms, Aubenas, Vogue and Vallon Pont D’Arc. La Caverne du Pont D'Arc, Ardeche (formerly known as La Grotte Chauvet)

• Within striking distance of Montélimar, Orange, Avignon, Nîmes, Arles, Uzès, Montpellier, Grenoble, Lyon, the Camargue, the Mediterranean coast, Provence and the Alps.

• Available local activities include – canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, walking, cycling, mountain biking, canyoning, caving, paragliding, swimming, horse riding, tennis, boules, high wires, golf, skiing and bird-watching.

• Regular markets selling Ardechoise produce, craft markets, gastronomy, wine tasting, fabulous restaurants, cafés and bars.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in Lablachère, France

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low season
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
A$105
A$523
 
 
Christmas and New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$105
A$719
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$105
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$144
Tax Rate 10.0%

A cleaning + damage deposit of 100 euros per week rental is required, refundable within 14 days of the end of the letting, subject to inspection.
Please note our cancellation policy as set out in our rental contract.
We accept Cheque-Vacances.
We also rent out the adjoining property, La Magnanerie, a two bedroomed property sleeping 4 which can be let at the same time, subject to availability.
Please note that our minimum let in July and August is one week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Lablachère, France

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Shower, washbasin and WC. Hand towel and bath towel is provided for each person on a weekly basis.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed , This large double bed separates into two single beds
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 double bed
  • Downstairs bedroom - Large double bed which separates into two single beds, bedside tables, lamps, chest of drawers, hanging hooks, dressing table with mirror and handbasin, and chair. Upstairs bedroom - Double bed, bedside table, lamps, chest of drawers, hanging space and large wardrobe/chest. Each bed is made up for your arrival with pillows and duvet (bed linen is included in the price) and if you are staying for a fortnight, fresh bed linen and towels are provided weekly. A cot for a baby or child up to 3 years with bedding can be made available to you, subject to availability and notice, for an additional small charge.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • diving
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
If you would like us to arrange flowers, wine, champagne or chocolates for you for your arrival, let us know and we can arrange this for you at a pre agreed price. We are happy to reserve taxis and restaurants for you if you cannot speak French. The television is set up for British TV stations only, not French. In addition to the terrace, there is use of a shared garden area which is partly shaded during most of the day. The downstairs bedroom can have independent access and has a pretty gravelled area with a table and chairs.