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La Magnanerie - Fantastic views, perfect base for the Ardeche and Chazzezac

Bedrooms 2
Space 64 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Light And Airy Living Area With 2 Bedrooms And Bathroom Sleeps 4.

La Magnanerie is a welcoming two bedroomed converted silk worm factory ideal for two couples or a family situated half way between Lablachère and Joyeuse..

The property is at first floor level, entering by a tiled staircase with a baby gate onto the large wooden balcony/loggia set out with table and chairs for the superb views where you can fully enjoy the mild Spring and Summer nights and the wonderful colours of Autumn. The living area is open plan and comfortable with two sofas with a separate area which houses the fully-fitted custom built kitchen with 5-burner, two oven cooker and washing up machine and a dining area. Open stairs lead upstairs to two bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with two single beds. There is space in the double bedroom for a baby bed or cot which we can provide, subject to prior notice and availability, at a small fee. Similarly, a baby's highchair can also be made available for you on the same basis. The bathroom contains a toilet, sink and large shower. There is a baby gate at the top of the stairs. Please note there is limited headroom on the upper floor.

Wi-fi connection available. French and English television, DVD player and music centre. Parking for one vehicle only.

We also let La Petite Grange (Property number 1000462) which is an adjoining gite with two en-suite 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.

The properties share a grassy garden area with sun loungers, benches and parasol.

More Details

Jane Marston
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Jane Marston

My husband worked as an architect in Cumbria for twenty seven years but always wanted to do something more physical in the sunshine. We had already bought La Petite Grange which we imagined we would retire into. In 2009 Alan had the chance to do something different, so he moved to the Ardèche with a view to building and converting properties which we would run as gites. He lived in La Petite Grange whilst he restored it and we then bought the other part of the building, La Magnanerie, from our neighbour so that we could let out La Petite Grange and live in La Magnanerie whilst we built our new home. Alan spent the next year converting La Magnanerie and we lived there very happily for two years before moving into our new house in the summer of 2013. Alan's next project is a further barn conversion on the other side of the village so he certainly has his work cut out for him!

Jane Marston purchased this barn in 2009

Why Jane Marston chose Lablachère

It is light and airy with fantastic views in all directions and just a wonderful place to live.

What makes this barn unique

When we first walked into La Magnanerie we could see a beautiful space with shafts of light coming through the (then rotten) shutters. Opening them up was a magical moment as the space was so light and airy, with wonderful views.

An old stove was rusted up against a wall. The owner told us how his family had been evacuated to La Magnanerie during the war and the stove was his mother's only source for cooking and heating water. He kindly gave us the stove which we have since cleaned up and is in the living area.

We have since converted La Magnanerie and lived there for two years. The first floor has a feeling of light, openness and space and the terrace provides a large outside space with lovely views (and particularly lovely sunsets). Upstairs is more cosy with limited headroom.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dès le début nous avons été bien accueilli à notre arrivée.

Nous avons pris rapidement nos marques dans ce petit cocon fort charmant.

Nous avons visité les villages alentours typiquement ardéchois et cela nous a beaucoup plût, même si la météo a été capricieuse.
Dec 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Lablachère, France

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 64 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The bathroom houses a toilet, sink, large shower and heated towel rail. The bathroom also has restricted headroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , There is space for a baby bed/cot in this room
  • Bedroom 1 has a double bed, pillows and duvet (bed linen is included and the bed is made up for you before your arrival), bedside tables, lamps, chest of drawers and hanging space Bedroom 2 has two single beds with pillows and duvets as above with two chests of drawers. Please note that the upper floor has restricted headroom. A cot for a baby or child up to 3 years old is available subject to availability and notice for a small fee.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
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. Similarly, we will be happy to reserve taxis and tables at restaurants for you if you wish. The television is set up for British and French TV stations. There are child gates at bedroom level and from the outside stairs to the terrace. A cot for a baby or child up to 3 years and a highchair can be made available for weekly fees of 10€ each subject to advance notice and availability.


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La Magnanerie - Fantastic views, perfect base for the Ardeche and Chazzezac
average rating of 4.5625 based on 23 reviews
Danbury Essex

Comfortable, clean and perfect home from home

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location for exploring the surrounding areas. Brilliant communication from the owners always respondsing very quickly to help with any enquiries. Very clean comfortable house with everything you may need for your stay. Wonderful views from the terrace overlooking vineyards. Would definately recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 06/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it Mandy - come again!
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French home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I came to stay in the Ardeche in April and picked La Magnanerie as we wanted the joys of the countryside, whilst being able to easily wander into the little towns of Lablachere and Joyeuse for the markets and meals out without always having to drive everywhere.

The house is lovely, cosy: a real home away from home. I love the mix of traditional French local architecture with the stone building and the wonderful job the owners have done of renovating it to include all of the modern amenities without losing the building's character. The rustic open kitchen and living space is excellent - love the beams and comfy sofas - and you can't really beat views over French countryside on three sides!

The bedrooms are cosy and light, with wooden floors and low sloped ceilings. You can hear a bit of traffic noise in the master bedroom at times, but it's mainly during the day so not really an issue - the area is really quiet at night time.

The large terrace that adjoins the living space was a huge selling point for us - it's a stunning place to sit and enjoy a meal or just relax, and it gets a fabulous sunset view every night over the vineyards.

The owners, Alan & Jane, were really friendly and helpful, along with the huge info pack in the house - there's so much to do in this area! We can highly recommend kayaking down the Ardèche and the market at Les Vans.

All in all a fantastic holiday - can't wait to come back next year hopefully!

  • Review Submitted: 30/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely little place

  • 5 of 5

The gite was clean and comfortable and the owners were very helpful. Located in a good spot in between Lablanchere and Joyeuese, it was nice to have a few provisions like tea bags, soaps, washing powder etc and the bottle of wine was appreciated! As there is an upstairs and downstairs gite, it's also ideal for 2 families holidaying together.

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, location

  • 5 of 5

Great location for touring the Ardeche region. Lovely views from the terrace and pretty lounge, sunny, light , and everything provided for a comfortable stay. It was really helpful to get local knowledge and useful tips from Alan.

We'd go back.

  • Review Submitted: 14/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable gite in stunning region

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this well appointed and pretty gite while attending a family wedding in the Ardeche last month. It has all the comforts of home, is clean and has a lovely setting with views through the vineyard to the mountains.

The gite is easy to find on the road between Lablachere and Joyeuse and is a good base to visit these and other local villages such as Les Vans, Aubenas and Baluzac. The not-to-be-missed prehistoric Cave de Pont d'Arc and the natural bridge of the Pont d'Arc over the Ardeche river are within an easy drive. Uzes, Nimes and the spectacular Pont du Gard aquaduct are also worth exploring.

The Ardeche is a stunning region, whatever your bag, be it watersports, fishing, walking, climbing, exploring the area or just relaxing in the sunshine with a glass of local wine, there's something for everyone. Alan and Jane are very welcoming hosts and can provide a wealth of information on their surrounding area. We had a great wedding and a good holiday here.

  • Review Submitted: 09/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bon séjour

  • 4 of 5

Dès le début nous avons été bien accueilli à notre arrivée.

Nous avons pris rapidement nos marques dans ce petit cocon fort charmant.

Nous avons visité les villages alentours typiquement ardéchois et cela nous a beaucoup plût, même si la météo a été capricieuse.

  • Review Submitted: 05/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
103 Kilometres
Nimes + Montpellier, Marseille + Lyon nearby
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Cafe du Siécle and Cafe de L'Etoile, Lablachère
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Domaine du Bournet, Grospierres
Nearest Train
48 Kilometres
Ales, also Montélimar
Nearest Motorway
75 Kilometres
A7 Junction 17 before Montélimar
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Hotel Europe + Le Grain de Malice, Joyeuse
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
La Croix de Beauzon, Borne
Nearest Beach
134 Kilometres
La Grande Motte + the Mediterranean coast
Car: recommended

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

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

Lablachère houses La Perle D'Eau, a spectacular new swimming pool complex and has a large playground with tennis court and pétanque courts.

• 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 and Vogue.

• Close to La Caverne du Pont D'Arc Ardeche (formerly called La Grotte Chauvet) - a UNESCO heritage site.

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

• Nearby stunning grottoes 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, skiing, golf, pétanque and bird-watching.

• Bois de Païolive, 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 in 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 visit.


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
High season
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
High season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
High season
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Mid season
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low season
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$156.57
Stay tax AU$0.94 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

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. Tourist tax of 0.60€ per adult per night is payable in cash in advance on arrival.
Please note our cancellation policy as set out in our rental contract.
We accept Cheque-Vacances.
We also rent out the adjoining property, La Petite Grange, a two bedroomed property sleeping 4 which can be let at the same time, subject to availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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