Fascinating, large, old house with secluded pool.

Sleeps: 16
Bedrooms: 8
Weekly price guide: £3055-£4978
Pool: Yes
Type: House
Property Ref: MAS1929

General Description

The fascinating, large, old house, was built in the late 17th century. It consists of two substantial wings linked by a 20 metre long Hall on the upper floor with galleried mezzanines and a covered balcony. On the ground floor the stunning vaulted kitchen and dining room opens onto a walled front courtyard and garden. Guests can take advantage of the secluded pool up above the house with wonderful views of the lush valley. The house is furnished to a high standard with a mixture of traditional antiques, and hand-made furniture in Indian hard wood. It is filled with rich silk curtains throughout and fine soft Indian furnishings. The property sleeps 16, with 8 double/twin bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. The pigeonnier beside the pool houses a further simple, but romantic, bedroom and shower room.

Accommodation Facilities

Bedrooms: The Prades wing has one double bedroom with en suite shower room. There is also one double, and one twin-bed room, which share a bathroom.

The Lalevade wing has 5 double or twin/triple bedrooms each with its own bath or shower room (3 are en suite, 2 are sole use but across a corridor). In addition both mezzanines in the big upstairs hall have beds.
Bathrooms: En-suite and private bathrooms.
Kitchen: The kitchen is fully equipped for a party of 16 or more including; 2 fridge/freezers, 5-hob gas stove and electric fan oven, 2 dishwashers, microwave, toaster, 2 washing machines and one tumble-dryer.
Living Rooms: There are 6 rooms for everyone to come together or for individuals to relax on their own. There is a TV and DVD in the main hall/library with Wi-Fi access throughout the house.

There is an elegant salon facing the garden, next to it is a small dining room, often used for breakfast in winter. This is adjoined to the huge converted stables with vaulted, kitchen/dining room.

Guests of all ages can take advantage of the games room in the vaulted semi underground cellar with table-tennis, or enjoy the substantial collection of English language books found in the library, study and hall.

Linen/Cleaning/Towels etc: All linen and towels are included in the rental price. Linen and towels are changed every Saturday.
Outside: Outside the south-west facing garden offers stunning views up the valley to the mountains. It is an ideal spot to enjoy al fresco dinning at the teak table and chairs. There is also a secluded courtyard round the corner, looking up at the pigeonnier, good for shady eating in the day, or an evening BBQ.

The pool located above the house and reached by stone steps with outstanding views across the valley. The Pool house provides another shady place for lunch with teak pool side furniture. The pool is child safe with a hard electric cover and a gated access.

Across the village lane, is our large walled (and gated) garden, overlooked by a superb 'threshing terrace' that we use for evening drinks. A stream runs through the lower property - this was the watering system for the original farm.
Additional notes (if any): There is central heating throughout the property for guest comfort, plus open wood fires in the salon, dining room and hall. Traditional wood burning stoves can be found in the kitchen/dining and hall.

- There are scorpions around the garden, typically under stones or sometimes in the cracks of doors to the outside. We have never been bitten, but are told that they hurt, like a bee sting (but not worse).

- There are no snakes in our immediate area, although there can be adders in the wild, beware when walking.

- There are uneven old stone stairs all over Fabrias, inside and out. Please take good care, we take no responsibility for falls.

- Dustbins: If not outside already, please put them outside in the lane on Sunday and Thursday nights – collected very early on Monday and Friday.

If you require any of the following, please enquire at time of booking:

Maid service/extra cleaning
Local day-trips or tours
Airport pick-up/drop-off
Babysitting service
Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £500. This is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Energy costs included in the rental price.
Pets welcome under some conditions.
End of stay cleaning included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it and please return items, such as books, to where you found them.
Changeover day Saturday.
No smoking indoors.
Insurance: It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Local Area / Activities

The house is nestled at the start of the Upper Ardeche gorge, where the Massif Central gives way to the Rhône river basin and Provence plain. It is surrounded by wonderful scenery and is an excellent centre for outdoor activities such as kayaking, swimming, hill walking, cycling and tennis. For outdoor–lovers Try canoeing or kayaking on the Ardeche (20 minutes to the main base). Or swimming in the crystal clear –but bracing – upper Ardeche as it tumbles down from the mountain into big rocky pools. There is a sandy beach on the Ardeche in the village (gentler water here). Tennis courts too. Endless wonderful hill-walking, including out from the house. Cycling – and sampling - through the nearby Ardeche vineyards and olive groves. For the Tourist The Ardeche is famous for its special old restored villages. Aubenas is a fine old medieval town (good shops and markets too). Avignon and Nimes are just over an hour away, as is the Rhone/Provence valley with all its Roman antiquity (Alba la Romaine is 15 minutes). For the Gastronome Good restaurants in Aubenas, Vals, and many villages. The local Ardeche wines are fun and interesting, if not grands crus. Goats cheese, mushrooms, fabulous fruit, and chestnuts are among the local specialties. There area has plenty of activities to keep you entertained during your visit. You can try walking, swimming in the local river and lakes, Tennis and Tours to Aubenas, Le Puy, Avignon, Uzes and Nimes. There are also many delicious restaurants close by. Closest Airports - Lyon, Marseilles and Grenoble (2 hours drive). Nimes or Avignon (1.5 hours). Local Amenities Nearest Airport Lyon, Nimes, Marseilles (Over 100 km) Nearest Ferry port Calais (Over 100 km) Nearest Village Lalevade/Prades (1 km) Nearest Town/City Aubenas Montelimar (7 km) Nearest Restaurant Aubenas or nearby villages (7 km) Nearest Bar/Pub our two villages Nearest Beach Mediterranean (Over 100 km)

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £3055
High Season: £4978

Key Features

  • Exclusive Property
  • Swimming pool
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Internet access
  • Fire / Stove
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Close to local amenities
  • Walk to village
  • Suitable for young children
  • Near river beach
  • Near lake
  • Tennis nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Watersports nearby


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