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Guidebook to the Drôme Provençale

David

Guidebook to the Drôme Provençale

Sightseeing
The gateway to Provence (and birthplace of Nougat) Montélimar is a wonderful, sleepy town that hasn't really changed in 30 years. Absolutely worth the visit ! Wonderful market Saturdays & Wednesdays
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Montélimar
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The gateway to Provence (and birthplace of Nougat) Montélimar is a wonderful, sleepy town that hasn't really changed in 30 years. Absolutely worth the visit ! Wonderful market Saturdays & Wednesdays
A beautiful 15 minutes drive from the house this village is an absolute MUST. Beautiful chateau and great shops and restaurants. Bikeable from the house - for nutters.
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Grignan
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A beautiful 15 minutes drive from the house this village is an absolute MUST. Beautiful chateau and great shops and restaurants. Bikeable from the house - for nutters.
Whether you feel like canoeing the Ardeche river - or just driving the incredible road along its banks - this is a must do !
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Natural Reserve of the Ardèche Gorges
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Whether you feel like canoeing the Ardeche river - or just driving the incredible road along its banks - this is a must do !
A classic fortified village - book into La Treille Muscate for lunch or dinner.
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Cliousclat
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A classic fortified village - book into La Treille Muscate for lunch or dinner.
Now here's a great walk ! Climb the cobbled streets to the old ruined abbey and then wander back down for a little lunch at Les Aubergistes.
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Marsanne
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Now here's a great walk ! Climb the cobbled streets to the old ruined abbey and then wander back down for a little lunch at Les Aubergistes.
For the sporty, grab a bike and cycle up to the old ruined château of Rochefort-en-Valdaine - a solid 10 kms from the house and mostly uphill - but absolutely worth the sweat. The downhill is bliss.
Rochefort-en-Valdaine
For the sporty, grab a bike and cycle up to the old ruined château of Rochefort-en-Valdaine - a solid 10 kms from the house and mostly uphill - but absolutely worth the sweat. The downhill is bliss.
The magnificent home of the Marquise de Sévigny. Unmissable !
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Château de Grignan
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The magnificent home of the Marquise de Sévigny. Unmissable !
Overlooking Montélimar and the Rhone valley - worth the trip.
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Château de Montélimar
24 Rue du Château
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Overlooking Montélimar and the Rhone valley - worth the trip.
Well worth a visit - the drive (or bike ride if you're nuts) from the house is simply beautiful.
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Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle Abbey
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Well worth a visit - the drive (or bike ride if you're nuts) from the house is simply beautiful.
The name literally means 'God made it' - and that about sums it up. Go. And be sure to climb the tower.
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Dieulefit
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The name literally means 'God made it' - and that about sums it up. Go. And be sure to climb the tower.
Visit the magnificent Vercors mountains - home to the French Resistance during WWII. Visually stunning - and only 20 minutes away from the house by car.
Vercors Massif
Visit the magnificent Vercors mountains - home to the French Resistance during WWII. Visually stunning - and only 20 minutes away from the house by car.
A beautiful, unspoiled 'village perché' on the top of a hill just 5 kms from Espeluche - a wonderful bike ride, and there's a little hotel / café in the village to have a Pastis or maybe even lunch.
Puygiron – Village
A beautiful, unspoiled 'village perché' on the top of a hill just 5 kms from Espeluche - a wonderful bike ride, and there's a little hotel / café in the village to have a Pastis or maybe even lunch.
Visit the old village - just magnificent !
La Laupie
Visit the old village - just magnificent !
Don't miss this village ! Also the local monastery, just outside the village, has resident musicians and wonderful outdoor classical music concerts in the Summer - ask at the tourist office.
Saint-Gervais-sur-Roubion
Don't miss this village ! Also the local monastery, just outside the village, has resident musicians and wonderful outdoor classical music concerts in the Summer - ask at the tourist office.
A tiny forgotten medieval village on the top of a hill overlooking the village of Condillac. Take some walking shoes and explore the 'foret de Marsanne' from here - hours / days of beautiful walking.
Lachamp
A tiny forgotten medieval village on the top of a hill overlooking the village of Condillac. Take some walking shoes and explore the 'foret de Marsanne' from here - hours / days of beautiful walking.
Everything Else
Quaint and unspoiled Provençale village - great little bar and restaurant.
Espeluche
Quaint and unspoiled Provençale village - great little bar and restaurant.
Another terrific cycle ride from the house (less testing than Rochefort) and much flatter. Visit the old village of Allan - and be sure and stop at the Chateau Bizard on your way back for a tasting
Allan
Another terrific cycle ride from the house (less testing than Rochefort) and much flatter. Visit the old village of Allan - and be sure and stop at the Chateau Bizard on your way back for a tasting
Food Scene
More than just another Provençale hill village - a real discovery. Book into the hotel / restaurant Chez Margot for a delightful lunch.
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Mirmande
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More than just another Provençale hill village - a real discovery. Book into the hotel / restaurant Chez Margot for a delightful lunch.
Award-winning 18-hole golf course - with a good restaurant and bar.
Domaine de la Valdaine - Golf, Hôtel, Restaurant
1075 Rue du Monard
Award-winning 18-hole golf course - with a good restaurant and bar.
The largest truffle market in France (in season from mid-December to March) - but even out of season go just for the restaurant O'Rabasse in the centre of the village. Remarkable.
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Richerenches
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The largest truffle market in France (in season from mid-December to March) - but even out of season go just for the restaurant O'Rabasse in the centre of the village. Remarkable.
A beautiful Michelin 1 Star - and worth a visit. Ask for a table outside on the terrace if you can get one. Unpretentious but sophisticated food and charmng staff.
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LE CLAIR DE LA PLUME
2 Place du Mail
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A beautiful Michelin 1 Star - and worth a visit. Ask for a table outside on the terrace if you can get one. Unpretentious but sophisticated food and charmng staff.
Just go !
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Les Aubergistes Hôtel Restaurant
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Just go !
Arts & Culture
You simply must do a wine tasting here. A little bijou château (+/- 80,000 bottles a year) that turns out some wonderfully well-rounded wines. A short hop on a bike - or 10 minutes in the car.
Domaine Château Bizard Wine Grignan the Adhemar
You simply must do a wine tasting here. A little bijou château (+/- 80,000 bottles a year) that turns out some wonderfully well-rounded wines. A short hop on a bike - or 10 minutes in the car.
Another obligatory wine-tasting stop. You can do this by bike from the house - but it's quite a long ride and you can't bring much back ! Beautiful wine farm and some terrific CDR to keep you going.
O.et H.Bour - Domain Grangeneuve
Another obligatory wine-tasting stop. You can do this by bike from the house - but it's quite a long ride and you can't bring much back ! Beautiful wine farm and some terrific CDR to keep you going.
Drinks & Nightlife
Simply a must after the market on a Saturday morning. Grab a spot on the terrace, order a Pastis and watch the market pack up. Check-out the wonderful colours of the shutters and the stucco.
La Taverne
93 Rue Pierre Julien
Simply a must after the market on a Saturday morning. Grab a spot on the terrace, order a Pastis and watch the market pack up. Check-out the wonderful colours of the shutters and the stucco.
Shopping
Wonderful, wonderful hand-made pottery. Say Elisabeth, Isabelle and David sent you !
Poterie du Château Mr Chelly Zouhir
15 Rue Montant au Château
Wonderful, wonderful hand-made pottery. Say Elisabeth, Isabelle and David sent you !