The Ardèche National Park surrounds the Ardèche River in south central France, and is known for its spectacular gorges, rugged character and winding roads. This is a wonderful place to drive through the verdant countryside with views at every turn.
The most iconic image of Ardèche is the Pont d’Arc, a stunning natural 60 meter wide archway over the Ardèche River. The area is popular for sunbathing, swimming and kayaking and has a gorgeous sandy beach. There are also a number of very beautiful château in the region, and Mont Gerbier de Jonc, a volcanic mountain with three springs at its base, one of which is the source of the Loire river.
Flying to Lyon is the best way of reaching this area, with EasyJet offering direct flights from Gatwick and British Airways from Heathrow and then rent a car. Alternatively drive down towards the South of France in your own car. We have picked 5 luxury hotels in the region that are worth travelling to and that will help you enjoy this beautiful region.
Tucked away in a quiet side street, Hotel de la Villeon (pictured above) is situated in the picturesque town of Tournon-sur-Rhone, and ideally situated for exploring both the beautiful countryside and world famous vineyards of the Rhone Valley. Hotel de la Villeon is an 18th century mansion which has recently been converted into a luxury hotel. Extreme care has been taken with the process and many stunning original features have been preserved, filling the place with a real feeling of living history. The décor exudes an elegance of a bygone age – think marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, wooden floors and wing chairs. In the old stables, a contemporary, minimalist wine cellar and meeting area has been created, perfect for wine tastings and corporate events.
The hotel offers sixteen guest rooms, four of which are suites. Standard facilities in all rooms include free Wi-Fi, flat screen satellite TV, air conditioning and ensuite marble bathrooms with hairdryers and Molton Brown toiletries. Décor is tasteful in neutral tones and many of the rooms boast antique furniture and flooring as well as fragrant scented candles – a lovely little extra touch. With its intimate ambience and little courtyard area, bar Le Gabriel is the perfect spot to enjoy some of the world renowned local wines or a cocktail or two.
This is an elegant 4 star property with a gorgeous lakeside setting. Simple rooms are generously proportioned and decorated in natural hues. A lovely infinity pool flanked by stylish decking looks out over the beautiful lake. The view couldn’t be more idyllic! The acclaimed restaurant here serves modern French cuisine. All this plus plenty of activities in the surrounding area makes this hotel ideal for families. This is a great place to relax and hike.
An elegant property in the charming little spa resort of Vals-les-Bains, in Ardèche, produces the famous Eau de Vals, a sparkling mineral water which is rich in bicarbonates, enjoyed both for its taste and its digestive properties. Large rooms at the hotel offer floor to ceiling windows, traditional furniture and meticulous attention to detail. Delicious regional cuisine is served in the restaurant and there is also a beautiful swimming pool at the hotel surrounded by shaded terraces.
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