Commanding dramatic views over the Rhone Valley to the French Alps, La Mirande sits in perfect isolation on a plateau 700m above sea level. Surrounded by farmland and a large private orchard and garden, it is a restorative island of great tranquility where guests are free to roam and relax.
The house is spacious with a very warm living situation. Guests staying for a week or more in the cottage or the two B&B; suites receive a welcome dinner included in the price of accommodation. On other nights a table d’hote dinner of freshly cooked local produce is available. A four course dinner, including regional wine, is 49 euros for two people and 89 euros for four people, bookings 1 day in advance.
La Mirande is part of an old farmhouse first built over 200 years ago. It has been renovated using the skills of local artisans who have a deep respect and understanding of the traditional building techniques of the region.
The interiors combine traditional features with contemporary standards of design, reflecting the owner’s background in the arts. He is now a qualified cultural tour guide and guests are offered the option of accompanied days out to explore the secrets of the region.
Guided day trip options
Caves and prehistory of the Ardèche – river and rock scenery, the cathedral-like Orgnan Cave, hidden caves, Vallon Pont d’Arc and the amazing Chauvet story
Avignon - City of the Papal Palace, the famous bridge of the song and great restaurants and shopping, followed by nougat at Montelimar
Romans and wine - the amphitheatre and Roman museum at Alba, the fabulous Pont du Gard aqueduct, modern and Roman vineyards
Day trips are 150 euros for two people and 220 euros for four people, transport and picnic included, bookings 1 day in advance.
The La Mirande Short Break option
Get away from it all for the weekend and leave the car at home!
Fly to Lyon then take the TGV train from Lyon airport to Valence. Or take the Eurostar train from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille to connect with TGV to Valence, to be met at the station.
Stay three nights with dinner, bed and breakfast, take time to relax and enjoy guided outings to any of the above destinations.
Ask the owner for prices and more information on day trips and short breaks.
The nearest town, Privas is only 15min drive away and offers everything from country markets to high class supermarkets, outdoor pools and, just outside the town, a riverside swimming beach.
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation at The Garden Suite:
The Garden Suite-Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast. Accommodation in the Ardeche with optional table d'hote, guided excursions and short breaks
The Garden Suite consists of two interconnecting rooms, a private bathroom, separate toilet and its own terrace, 37m2 of space not including the terrace.
The main bedroom has a Queen sized bed and is comfortably furnished with period furniture.
Lounge or 2nd bedroom is set up as a private lounge but can be equipped with two single beds to accommodate two friends. This room has French doors that open onto your terrace with wonderful views into the garden.
Bathroom 1 private bathroom
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation at The Orient Suite:
The Orient Suite is arranged on the upper level and consists of:
One large bedroom with a generous ensuite bathroom
A separate toilet
Your private deck with the best views
The furnishings and color schemes give the suite a touch of the Orient.
Orient Suite prices are higher than for the Garden Suite:
May 1 - Oct. 31 = 130 Euro per night including breakfast for 2
Nov. 1 - Dec 14 = 100 Euro per night
Dec. 15 - Dec. 31 = 130 Euro per night
Communal Social Areas
One of the main attractions of the house is its open living area with original stone walls and a 7m high wood ceiling. A centrally placed monumental open fireplace becomes the point of focus in this dramatic open space. A mezzanine gallery runs around this central space, which was originally the barn of the old farm house. It accesses an intimate lounge, a library with a fascinating collection of books and a well-equipped office for those unfortunate people who are followed by their work. It also supplies the access to The Orient Suite. The dining area is found on the ground floor and the famous monumental fire place provides a wonderful setting for after dinner coffee and liqueurs....Read more
Luxury B&B and Table d’Hote in the Ardeche Rochessauve, Rhone-Alpes, France
Additional Location Information
Commanding dramatic views over the Rhone Valley and the French Alps,
La Mirande sits in perfect isolation on a plateau 700 m above sea level.
Surrounded by farm land, it has 6000m2 of private orchard and garden.
It is indeed an island of tranquility pocketed between the French Alps
and le Massif Central.
Spending time at La Mirande gives you the feeling that you are A B O V E I T A L L.
About Rochessauve in Ardèche, Rhone Alps
Located at 700m on a plateau, 2 hours south of Lyon, 15min from Privas and a 2 hour drive to the Mediterranean La Mirande offers you intimate contact with nature, spectactular views and absolute tranquility.
The town of Privas, capital of the Ardéche is a thriving regional centre with super markets and charming local shops. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays offering a great opportunity to buy all the wonderful fresh local produce. There are many restaurants in the region ranging from top class Michelin stared establishments to charming local bistros where you eat what the proprietor has to offer on the day. If you prefere to eat at home you can pick up a famous Picadon goats cheese from the neighbouring farmer and enjoy with a good Ardéche wine from your local vineyard.
A short drive to Vallon Pont Arch takes you to the touristic centre of the Ardéche and the sensational Gorge de Ardéche. Lyon, one of the gastronomic capital of the world is a 1,5 hours drive away when you feel like more sophistication or would like to visit the Opera or take in a Show. A day on the beach at Camargue can be enjoyed without any difficulty. The famous ski fields of France are also only a few hours away.
But the main charm of La Mirande is its location. Looking down onto the Rhone valley and across to the Alpes, a place to rest, take long walks and find new energy from the old volcanic rocky soils of the region.
How To Get To Rochessauve in Ardèche, The Rhone Alps (SE France)
The nearest TGV station, Valence is a 0.5 hour drive away and from there a 2.5 hour train ride to Paris. A direct line also runs to Lille connecting with the Paris-London channel train. The nearest important Airport is Lyon with connection avialable to all European centres. By car the main French north south highway passes close by with exits for Privas just south of Valence.
Left on 08/12/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 12, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
La Mirande is a nice and poetic place to find rest. The tastefully furnished house and the big miraculous garden adapt themselves perfectly in the nature and the look in the valley is phenomenal. Gray is an attentive and winning host, his cookeries and his excursions are excellent. And thus a stay in his house is like balm for the soul.
Thanks Gray for your hospitality!
Left on 07/25/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 25, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
La Mirande is a peaceful and happy house, with lots of good walking and interesting places to visit. The view is outstanding and the food is plentiful and delicious, with lots of local produce. I came away feeling relaxed and refreshed, and can recommend La Mirande to anyone who wants to get away from the heat and bustle of the lowlands for a while.
Left on 07/25/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 25, 2013Stayed Jul 2012
La Mirande situated on the foot hills on the west side of the Rhone valley will provide an opportunity to see and enjoy parts of France not usually part of a travellers itinerary.
You will be imbedded in the rural life of this most traditional farming area.
Your convivial host Gray Veredon will share his vast knowledge of the history and culture of this region and one will leave in the knowledge that the experience will be one of the most enduring of your journey.
The accommodation La Mirande, is quite unique and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, along with the food and service which is of a personal nature.
The ability of being able to use la Mirande as a base provides the opportunity to use Gary's intermit knowledge of the region to visit a much wider areas of this part of France with day excursions from Lyon to the Mediterranean
Left on 07/24/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 24, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
Gray has beautifully renovated his old cottage into a luxury country retreat.
It is secluded and comfortable.
You can fill your day with activities guided by Gray as a tour guide with his extensive knowledge of the area. There are wineries, markets, 5000 year old caves or just walk to the neighbouring goat farm to buy his yummy cheese.
Or you could choose a peaceful spot on the property to read, contemplate or just chill.
Gray created some gourmet delights for us but you have the option to self cater. Our whole family enjoyed it.
We should have stayed longer.
Left on 07/15/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Bo GerthReviewed Jul 15, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
Fridfullt lantliv i omväxlande landskap. Många behagliga strövtågsmöjligheter.
Välrenoverad äldre lantgård till dagens standard.
Gray tar väl hand om gästerna sina med stor välvilja.
Många möjligheter att välja inriktning på vistelsen.
“Beauty, comfort, and adventures in "la France profonde"”
Left on 07/14/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Meredith and Wright SalisburyReviewed Jul 14, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
My husband and I have visited La Mirande twice, once for a week in May 2008 which we spent in the self-catering gite. It was enormous for two people, beautifully furnished and equipped, and everything totally up-to-date. It was marvelous to be in the middle of the tranquil "campagne" of "la France profonde", surrounded by farms, beautiful scenery, good walking paths and roads. And the property itself is very spacious, nice to sit out in the sun reading for a day of quiet. There are many interesting day-trips in the region - canoeing on the ardeche river with its great stone arch and the exhibition of the Caves de Chauvet with their beautiful drawings, older than Lascaux, I think, (recently featured in a film Cave of Dreams by Werner Herzog), Valence, Vienne, Aubenas, Le Puy en Velay in the auvergne, etc. We have kept in touch with the very friendly owner, Gray Veredon, and we spent several days in the big house in late March 2013 in one of the new suites. We were able to sample his wonderful cuisine over three days. His neighbor Jacky raises goats, pigs and horses, and the cheese and sausages are delicious. Although we have not been on any guided tours with him, Gray is a professional tour guide, fluent in French, German, and of course English. He will be offering day trips to his guests, especially for those who may not be comfortable driving the curvy roads in the region. This is definitely a great place to stay,
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