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It is not quite the mountain Jean Ferrat sang about, nor Giono's Provence, but it certainly looks like them. Might it be the image of the Trois Becs massif jutting out on the horizon on the foothills of the Vercors mountains? Or the foundation of the buildings, firmly stood at the top of the hill? Or even the surrounding nature battling against the sun and the wind? Whatever it may be, the property will inspire all imaginations. Especially now that this old farm has invented a new story for itself. A happy mix of materials is laid over the bare stone – wood, metal, glass, straw, rattan, stretched canvas, fabrics, and furs – through the objects, trinkets and furniture that take you on a voyage with a single glance. Whether with family or friends, allowing yourself to be guided by the house is all that is needed to feel at home.
We were looking for a house an hour and a half from Lyon, and we fell in love with this place and the building in ruins. It is located between Valence and Montélimar in the heart of the Drôme valley. It is an old farmhouse at the top of a small hill with a breathtaking view of the Vercors massif and the Trois Becs. After more than three years of building works that were respectful of the building, we restored its original appearance and thus safeguarded this rural heritage.
The building is out in the countryside surrounded by twenty-five hectares of fields. According to the needs of the farm, buildings were added and attached over the years giving it a unique "cubist" architecture. It was built with stones found in the fields during ploughing. The various buildings are arranged around two courtyards in order to protect them from the north wind.
The farmhouse was built over time and originally consisted of a stable, a sheepfold and a hayloft. The ensemble was then completed with a house for the farmer, a house for the owner, and a pigsty. With our architect, we had to find a way to connect all of these elements and create harmonisation as well as a new circulation within the house and all the adjoining spaces.
Spacious guest rooms. A unique setting in the heart of nature. A place to recharge your batteries, decompress and enjoy a swimming pool with a view of the Trois Becs. It is also a place to meet many local producers, visit beautiful exhibitions, go on walks and attend concerts. The breakfasts are made exclusively with local or homemade products. Guest meals can also be booked on request.
In Saou, take a walk through the famous forest, visit the Saturday morning farmers' market and the Markus beer tastings. In Crest, take a tour of the Tower (former keep of the medieval castle), explore the charming Pépites flea market, and visit the Galerie Duvert and the centre of contemporary art. In Mirmande, classified as the most beautiful hilltop village in France, explore the exhibitions in the Sainte-Foy church at the top of the village, have a look around Le Passage (a decoration shop), try Margot (a restaurant) for its traditional and refined cuisine with exotic touches, and the Café Bert which is a bar, gourmet restaurant, bookshop, and grocery store selling local products all rolled into one. Cliousclat, a potter's village, features a workshop and museum, and is also home to restaurants La Fontaine, which serves traditional and bistronomic cuisine, and the Treille Muscate with a menu that changes according to the seasons and the markets.
100 € - 140 € per night
The rooms are located in the main building. The ground floor bedroom has a double bed and two single beds, a bathroom and a separate toilet. On the first floor, there is a 46m² bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom and separate toilet, and two single beds that can be added if needed. In the outbuilding is a second 26m² double bedroom with a bathroom but no toilet. On the second floor, in the attic, is a 26m² room with a shared bathroom and toilet, a double bed and two single beds, and a further 15m² bedroom with a double bed.