6 bedroom, private pool & sauna, splendid isolation only 20 min away from town
Brett Rierson (Owner)
- english, french, Mandarin Chinese
About Brett Rierson (Owner)
I live in Kampala, Uganda and founded African Harvest Ventures, working with smallholder farmers across African to reduce post-harvest losses and practice sustainable agriculture. Prior to that, I had a career with the UN World Food Programme, serving as China Country Director and establishing WFP's Global Post Harvest Centre. My wife Rosa is a recovered Goldman Sachs banker who is now a fitness professional with a focus on kite surfing, yoga and pole dancing. The online management (bookings, inquiries, etc) is managed by the talented Cissy Nansera - she speaks English and a rapidly improving level of French. On arrival, you will be welcomed by Elodie.
Brett Rierson (Owner) purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Brett Rierson (Owner) chose Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron
We fell in love with Ardeche. After many years of living in dense urban environments in Asia, St Laurent sous Coiron was the perfect remedy. Fresh, open, peaceful, slow-paced. When we bought the property it was with the intent to start using it immediately, but with some part of the house we could renovate, and put our own 'stamp', or personality into the house. The renovations of the barn took over two years...but it is worth it.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
There is really no way to put 'the view' into a photos. From the 5 bedrooms facing the pool deck, and of course, from the pool itself, you have an ... enormous sky - a 180 degree panorama overlooking the Ardeche valley, and to the south, over 100km away, you can see the mountain ranges that are just off the Mediterranean coast. We had no desire to be closer to the crowds, the noise, and the traffic of the cote d'azur. At night, there is so little light pollution that you can see the satellites passing overhead...even more fun when you have just come out of the sauna, and are lying face-up in the pool.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 16
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
The owners anticipated all your needs and wishes
We comfortably fitted 18 people including 9 kids. The house offers interesting spaces, from large kitchen for group cooking to 2 living rooms, play areas, the 6-bed kids room and obviously a stunning outside area. You feel like Brett and Rosa are there taking care of you as they anticipated all your needs with a fully equipped house.
Besides a couple of canyoning and speleology activities, we spent most of our time up there at the property, building amazing memories for our extended family. The young cousins will long remember this time together.
Elodie made everything very easy and flawless.
Peace and Nurture in a Wonderful Location
A spacious, clean and well equipped property in a superb location. We enjoyed a peaceful holiday in a rural setting with spectacular panoramic views during the day and amazing sunsets over the hills plus no light pollution giving the star gazers amoungst us clear sky views at night. The pool, hot tub & sauna were clean and well prepared by the "pool man" so when we arrived we were delighted by the cleanliness. After a week of intensive use, the hot tub was clean and clear because we used the bromide tablets provided in the outside kitchen storeroom. The lighting outside is discrete and allows comfortable moving around and outside eating at night. There are two massive fridge-freezers, one in the main well appointed kitchen and the other in the outside kitchen, so it's easy to stock up on food and drinks. Bedrooms are spacious and the beds were comfortable. Supplies can be purchased at one of two well stocked supermarkets within a 20 minute drive. Plenty of independent suppliers of fresh fruit, wine and local produce etc. within a 10 minute drive. Many great places to visit by car and a cyclists' and walkers paradise all around. We were so happy with the villa that we mostly stayed "at home", which is what this lovely villa felt like. A local representative of the owners provides any help or information you may need. We thoroughly recommend this villa to anyone looking for tranquility, comfort and a location you will remember with delight!
This is a fantastic property in a rural location that affords amazing panoramic views. The location is within a short drive to some beautiful villages on the river and scenic mountain gems such as Jaujac. We swam under the Pont D’Arc and endured a brilliant all day canoe down the river.
The owners have thought of everything, the pool and outside kitchen provided great convenience just to chill and enjoy the spa facilities.
We’d all definitely go back, which is probably the best review you can get.
The only downside...if you plan to nip on your bike in the morning to get the bread and croissants you’d better hope that Geraint Thomas is in your party.
We had a lovely week here. Spectacular location looking out over the valley, and a short walk into the village of Saint-Laurent-Sous-Coiron. Nice walks up into the hills.
The house has been very nicely renovated and is a very comfortable place to stay.
We'd highly recommend the Cafe de la Commune, in the village!
We often rent villas out in France and Spain and this was by far the best. Breathtaking views, stunning property and immaculate throughout. There isn't much local to the villa but plenty approximately 20/30 minutes drive. We will hopefully return again! Thank you
Ardeche is home to one of the world's most celebrated ancient caves, the Grotte Chauvet. In April 2015, a €55 million replica of the cave opened in Vallon-Pont d'Arc, 45 minutes south of our home in St Laurent sous Coiron. It is amazing. This is a highly accurate reproduction of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet, which was granted World Heritage status last year and which has never been open to the public.
Visitors to the site will see more than 1,000 faithfully reproduced paintings and carvings, including 425 charcoal or ochre drawings of animals and hand prints dating back up to 36,000 years, while experiencing the smell, humidity and even stalactites and stalagmites of the original cave. Even the temperature has been set to match that of the original, which has featured in a documentary by Werner Herzog, which you can see here:
Each August, in the valley just below St Laurent sous Coiron, the village of Lussas hosts one of France's most important documentary film festivals, the Etats generaux du film documentaire. More details on their website:
The official Ardeche tourism website is well done and full of useful information:
http://www.ardeche-tourisme.com/ (en Français)
http://en.ardeche-guide.com/ (in English)
Ardeche is among the most tranquil areas in France (the only department in France with no rail or Autoroute), yet it is still easy to access by either air, TGV, or by road. The Valence TGV station is only two hours from Paris or CDG Airport, and the car rental agencies (Avis, Hertz, Eurocar, National, Alamo) are conveniently located next to the station. The mas is a beautiful 60 minute drive from the TGV station. Coming from the north, you'd take Exit 16, Loriol, on the A7 Autoroute de soleil, and then the D104 up to the Plateau de Coiron. From the south, via Montelimar, you'd take the Route de Teil and the N102 direction Aubenas. We will give you detailed driving instructions.
Nearest airports: Nimes - 135km, Lyon -150km, or Montpellier -180km
Try Google Earth (maps.google.com). Look for the pool. If you search for “Dazy, Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, France”, you will land just north of the house.
According to Google earth, exact coordinates are:
North 44’ 64’ 93’ 76’
East 04’ 48’ 31’ 51'