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At la Grande Maison, you can almost hear the sound of children playing around the pool or the pitter-patter of their feet on the steps. You almost find yourself straining to hear them, wanting to press your ear against the wooden doors as you listen for the squeaking of chalk against the chalk board in bedroom five. Every one of the bright guest rooms is tempting and inviting. They make you want to throw open the shutters and breathe in the fresh air of the garden, filling the room with the perfume of red roses whose striking colour serves as a common thread throughout the house. More than anything, you will dream of making this place your own, of filling it with your belongings and bursting with happiness. Such is the charm of large houses, and this one is certainly no exception.
Having spent 25 years in Grenoble, we wanted to move back to the Drôme region where we were born.
La Grande Maison dates back to the middle of the 19th century. It is in typical bourgeois style with large volumes, moulded ceilings, adjoining rooms and a beautiful staircase.
The origin of the house is still unknown to us. It seems that a Valentinois dentist had it built as a family holiday home before the land, ponds and buildings were acquired by a family of horse dealers around 1910. We bought it from this same family and proceeded to spend 18 months on a full renovation of the property.
Relaxation and calm are our key values at la Grande Maison. Of course, they would never be possible without the grounds with a twelve by four metre swimming pool and tall trees, or the living spaces inside the house. We welcome our guests as friends and ensure that they feel at home, but this goes without saying.
Our nearest restaurant is ‘La Pangée’ in Beaume-Cornillane. The staff are very friendly and the food is delicious. Just a little further away are several beautiful villages in the Drôme region, they offer some excellent restaurants such as ‘Les aubergistes’ in Marsanne, and ‘L'oiseau sur sa branche’ or ‘Cerise et vinaigrette’ in Saou. There are also plenty of walks and attractions in the area, not to mention some great spots to go for a dip in the Drôme or the Roanne rivers. A medieval dungeon and market can be found in Crest, whilst Saou offers a forest and the Richard oil mill.
135 € - 155 € per night
Common rooms such as the dining room and the living room are found on the ground floor of the house. There are five bedrooms on the first and second floors of the same building – three double rooms and two family rooms. Each has a private bathroom and a separate toilet. Although they are all unique in terms of layout and decoration, you will find the same atmosphere in each of these east-facing, spacious rooms – two of the rooms, along with the outdoor terrace, look towards the south as well as the east. A remarkably large summer kitchen completes the house.