An old fortified farmhouse surrounded by nature
in the Ardèche mountains natural park

Chirols, Ardèche Rhône-Alpes FR
bed & breakfast, Rhône-Alpes

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

It was important for us to find somewhere at the heart of a nature reserve. Ardèche is one of the rare regions to have preserved its fauna and flora. We are very lucky to live here.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

At six hundred and fifty metres of altitude in the Ardèche mountains nature reserve, we give them the opportunity to gain a bit of height and enjoy the calm and beauty of unspoilt nature. The stays that we offer are primarily for relaxation and well-being. Massages, saunas and scented hydrotherapy tubs are available on site. In the mornings, we take great care in preparing the breakfast with pastries, homemade jams and fruits from the garden. If guests order one day in advance we also offer a gourmet platter of charcuterie, local cheeses, seasonal veg, farmhouse bread, local wine and, of course, Ventadour mineral water at any time of the day.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

La Calade is an old fortified farmhouse with foundation stones that date back to the 15th century.

Places you would personally recommend

There are stunning hikes up to the ridges of the mountains right on our doorstep. Without even having to take a car it is easy to find a spot to eat or take a break within a fifteen kilometre radius. Many farmhouse inns such as the wonderful Champs d'Aubignas and more traditional restaurants offer organic cuisine or meals made with garden produce.

What is its history ?

It was first used for farming, then served as a main home from the middle of the 19th century onwards; La Calade has only been open for tourism in the last ten years.

Our opinion

Whether in the shade of the sturdy stone walls that this house is named after, or on one of the many terraces that provide panoramic views of the stunning green landscape, La Calade offers a welcome break for mind and body. Indulge in the pleasure of a skillful massage from Dominic, the property’s owner come qualified masseur, or simply enjoy a spot of contemplation as you reconnect with nature. In the land of chestnuts, wild plants and honey, the charm is in the simplicity. This farmhouse has endless qualities.

Prices

between 80 € and 85 € / night

Ref 876592

Open from 1st January to 31st December

Accommodation capacity

5 2 2

Restored with natural and environmentally friendly materials such as wood, hard oil, stone or lime, our two guest rooms have independent access with their own bathroom, shower and toilet. They also have access to the shared living room which is reserved exclusively for our guests.

Facilities and amenities
  • spa bath
  • Baby bed

Languages spoken

English

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