If one takes the small lane, which winds downhill past meadows and wooded hillside,the first glimpse you have is of the red tiled roofs of a group of old stone houses,lying spread out below you. You have arrived!
Built on the southern slopes of a beautiful, peaceful valley, situated between the villages of Dieulefit and Bourdeaux in the Drôme S.E France. We can offer you two houses to rent, either separately or together.
Neither house overlooking each other, both with their private gardens. One sleeps 7. The other 4. They can be rented together or (email hidden)is is the description of the house for 4 people."A Special Place, away from it all"
This house has a comfortable,bright, well equipped kitchen/sitting room with wood burning stove. Bathroom ,with bath, hand held shower, W.C & handbasin. All on the ground floor.
Upstairs there is one double bedroom with old brass double bed.( W.C en suite)
One twin bedroom with two single beds, which is suitable for two children
Outside one can laze by the blue waters of the (shared) pool, relax in the garden,under your own shady covered terrasse, lie in the hammock swung between mulberry and walnut trees, cook your own delicious "al fresco" meals on the barbecue.
With only a few farms across the valley,there is not much more to be heard than the tinkle of sheep bells and the cry of birds in the summer months. In the Spring the nightingales beautiful song can be heard in the woods nearby.
Our nearest villages are, Bourdeaux (4kms) and Dieulefit (8kms) So the morning croissants are not too far away. Both these villages have all you need for your daily shopping needs.We have good restaurants , both simple local fare and gastronomic ,in easy distance.The area is rich in a large variety of places of interest to visit. There are colourful local markets.Crystal mountain rivers where you can swim.Good area for walking ,mountain running, cycling,horse riding and for bird and wild flower lovers.There are also excellent Côtes du Rhône vineyards to visit and to sample some of the delicious wines they offer!
We cannot be reached by public transport to the door, but as far as either of our nearest villages ( Dieulefit or Bourdeaux)
If you are looking for a place that is rather special......
The pool is yours to enjoy!
Shared with other guests.
Interaction with Guests
We are on hand to help, and to give good tips and advice when needed so you can enjoy the area to its fullest.
For mountain runners, Bernd would be happy to show and share with them some of his favorites!
This is an area that has stayed pretty well unchanged throughout the years.
To the north one has the wild sweeping limestone mountains of the Vercors & Diois. Hidden valleys with turquoise blue rivers, mountain villages clinging to rocky outcrops.
A wealth of wonderful mountain walks !
To the South, opens out the landscape of Provençe, with the warm perfumed blue of the lavender fields,along side the rows of dark green vines.Historical villages, and chateaux. Colourful local markets!
Public transport (bus) will only get you as far as the nearest villages.Trains can get you as far as Montélimar, (nearest station)
Car is advised as we are in the middle of the countryside!
Other Things to Note
A great area for nature lovers! Fabulous walking country, and good for outdoor sports.Interesting wild flowers and birds.
Delicious Côtes du Rhône wines in the area to discover, many organic!
Places of historical interest. Summer music & drama festivals.
We ask our guests to take care of the house and its contents as if it was their own home ,to return the property in a clean and orderly state.
Not to let dogs sleep on the beds or go upstairs to the bedrooms. Well behaved animals only.Dogs that do not chase sheep or cats! No lighting of fires, fireworks or smoking in un-designated areas in the hot dry summer months because of the fire risk. House sleeps 4. no more!
Children not to be left un supervised by pool.
tout d'abord une très bonne année 2015.
Nous avons passé un moment très agréable dans votre maison et voulions vous remercier encore pour le petit sapin, qui nous a rendu une ambiance très sympathique.
Votre gîte est très accueillant, une seule petite remarque: nous manquions un peu de vaisselle (poêles, assiettes......) pour faire la cuisine pour 4 personnes.
Nous recommanderons votre maison sans hésiter.
This is the most beautiful place I have ever seen with so charming dawn and country view. The hosts are so kindhearted and have a so smart dog, I like him so much
Jane and Bernd are fantastic hosts and to stay at their place in France was a very special treat for us, a family of 4. The house is situated in a beautiful and peaceful location that allows you to go on so many trips to picturesque villages and wonderful walks. If you prefer to be lazy, you can also do that sitting in the sun under the trees or at the pool, which we and our kids enjoyed enormously. Our kids especially enjoyed Jock, the dog, and being able to play on the estate.
Bernd and Jane made gave us a very warm welcome and were always helpful. They even rooted up a table tennis table just because I inquired about that before our trip.
If we decide to go to France again, we will definitely check if Jane and Bernd might be able to offer a place for us again.
We had a fantastic stay at Bernd and Jane's wonderful Gite. The pictures really do not do it justice and both Jane and Bernd could not have been more helpful and friendly. We will be back and will be recommending to friends and family! Thanks again Bernd and Jane!
True to the photos and description, Bernd and Jane's farm is a special place. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Drome/Rhone-Alpes, surrounded by medieval towns and hamlets, its a great place to spend a peaceful time exploring the country-side, local villages, or just stopping for a while with a good book and a glass of red. Jane gave us a welcome (and send off) that you would expect from an old friend, and provided lots of ideas for restaurants, local markets and wineries which were all winners. Don't miss Chez mon Jules in Vesc in particular. Overall highly recommended, and I can only hope we will return one day.
My wife and I came to stay for three days, but fell in love with the area, the valley, the house, and most especially with Jane & Bernd. Having the fire going on our rainy arrival day was such a considerate treat. After a day or two, we knew we just HAD to stay longer, and we did. In fact, with their help, we stayed in this special little area of Truinas for 10 days and had no urge to leave - other than for meals at the great restaurants that Jane recommended (she has a perfect record of 7 for 7 in terms of recommendations). We loved walking the sheep with Bernd, and getting to know his incredibly well trained sheep dog, Jock. At our age (late 50s) we don't necessarily expect to find special people, while travelling, who just feel like old friends. It was definitely the case with Jane & Bernd, and I know we will spend more time together in the future. We not only felt taken care of by them, we looked forward to sharing a bottle of wine together at the end of the day's exploring. Honestly, how much better could it be?
Bernd et jane ont été absolument adorables , tout en restant très discrets, ils ont été présents et extremement gentils pour nous donner des conseils sur les visites alentours , les domaines de vins bio , les marches sympas ....
Je recommande chaudement ce lieu magique , la vue y est sublime, c est calme et apaisant , parfait pour se ressourcer !! Et la region alentour est toute aussi belle ...les maisons sont evidemment magnifiques, tres bien équipées et confortables ... J y retournerai avec un tres grand plaisir !!
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Bernd,originally from Nord Rhein Westfalia, Germany, studied in Berlin at Art School. . Together with his wife,Jane,.Have just retired from farming. An organic sheep farm,in S.E of France,up in the beautiful hills of La Drôme.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome guests to this lovely & un spoilt corner of France, and are able to show and share with them some of the rich variety that this fabulous area has to offer!