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The Domaine de Blacons is a pleasure to behold and a welcome rest for the soul. Harmony emanates from the simple yet elegant mansion, warm light dances on the planes that line the terrace and a sense of calm radiates from the majestic trees planted in the park. The Trois Becs in the distance, which can be admired from the pool, quietly watches over the estate. This spacious and bright family home has managed to combine the traditional lifestyle of its past with the pleasures of modern comfort. The Drôme Valley, where nature mingles with the hum of cicadas, has so many treasures to offer. The Domaine de Blacons is one whose undeniable charm and elegance radiates through the foothills of Vercours.
This property has been in our family for several generations and we wanted to preserve it. Our love for sharing and our attachment to the beautiful Drôme Valley region convinced us to continue the project that our parents started almost 40 years ago.
Located in the heart of the Drôme Valley (between Vercors and Provence) this 17th century house is typical of the region and consists of two large buildings that overlook a three-hectare park from the top of a hill.
It was in 1642 that Hector d'Armand de Forest, having sold his stronghold in Blacons of Roche-Saint-Secret, carried this toponym to the territory of Mirabel and named the Domaine de Blacons which had previously been known as the "château". During the 18th century, the Florentines had paper mills installed in Blacons on behalf of the Marquis de Blacons. In 1788, Henri François Lucretius d'Armand de Forest (Marquis de Blacons) was a representative of the nobility at the Assemblées du Dauphiné in Vizille and Romans. As an ardent supporter of the abolition of privileges, he was in favour of the third state. In 1790, he signed a protest petition against the excesses of the Revolution. In 1791, he sold all his goods and ran away to South Africa and then the United States, where he got married. Having already changed hands, the Marquis’ former belongings were on sale in 1806. They were sold in two lots, the first lot (which included the "château" of Blacons) went to André Charles Antoine Gailhard. The second (which included the mills and the grounds) was bought by our ancestors Paul René and Barthélemy Lombard-Latune, two brothers who were industrialists and cloth merchants in Crest. It was in 1901 that our family, owner of the paper mills, acquired the "château" which is now known as the Domain de Blacons.
The estate is an authentic guest house where our main priority is to warmly welcome visitors and make them feel at home. With the rush of the stream and the hum of cicadas surrounding the three hectares of the landscaped park, the estate offers a relaxing break in the heart of a well-preserved natural environment. It is an authentic and rural setting where comfort, elegance and delicacy sway to the same rhythm. A place that takes you back to the gentle pleasures in life and reminds you of the importance of relaxation and well-being. Much of this is possible thanks to the heated outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi that overlook the field and offer a panoramic view of the Trois Becs. Completely renovated between 2010 and 2013, the estate has been decorated in a sleek, chic and natural style that favours muted tones and natural materials including Ethnicraft. We love making our guests happy, we ensure they have everything they need and recommend some excellent restaurants. Our aim is to create a warm and friendly atmosphere that our guests can feel completely relaxed and at home in.
The estate is located opposite the Trois Becs mountain in the heart of the Clairette de Die vineyards, an ideal area for nature lovers and outdoor activities. White water sports can be enjoyed in the Drôme river or the valley of Roanne. Visitors can also try paragliding, gliding, horse-riding, mountain-biking or explore the many hiking trails nearby. Not far from here is the forest of Saoû with its famous " synclinal perché ", it is also a great place for climbing, horse-riding and hiking enthusiasts. The village of Mirabel-et-Blacons is another gateway to the Vercors Regional Nature Park and the Gervanne Valley. Biodiversity is particularly rich there thanks to a favourable climate and well-preserved agriculture – the Drôme is France’s first organic department. Fresh waterfalls, stunning cliffs and green landscapes await. The medieval tower of Crest is worth the detour for history lovers. Artists and craftsmen in the nearby villages offer a wide variety of creations.
On the ground floor, three vaulted rooms with furniture can accommodate up to one hundred and ten seated guests (adaptable rooms equipped with a projector and a sound system). In addition, a large south-facing terrace is a lovely space for outdoor cocktails and meals – tents and marquees can also be installed here. A professional, bright and functional kitchen lends itself to all kinds of menus. Sixteen en-suite rooms (which can accommodate a total of forty-nine guests) can be booked for the occasion. The three-hectare park with a heated swimming pool and spa are also available for guests to enjoy. Private parking for up to twenty-five cars is available on site.