Émerveillés par l'Ardèche
Bed and Breakfast near te Ardèche River Gorges
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The Ardèche River Gorges

Canoeing & Kayaking ; your trip starts in La Martinade car park. To go down the river takes a day. The rental service picks you up from the car park at 9.00am and brings you back at the end of your day (usually between 5.00pm and 6.00pm). You must book ahead (at least the evening before your trip). You can leave your vehicle in La Martinade car park. Children must be over 7 and everyone must know how to swim.

Flat bottomed punts ; the boatmen of the Confrérie des Bateliers de l’Ardèche will take you down the Gorges in style and comfort – but you have to book a long time in advance. We will be happy to make the reservation for you. You will need to drive your car to their landing stage car park approximately 8km from the house. A minibus will bring you back to your car at the end of the day. Ideal for non-swimmers. Maximum 6 people (minimum four) per boat with two boatmen.

Walking ; there are signposted footpaths on both sides of the river. We will suggest and prepare excursions adapted to your physical fitness and can provide detailed circuit guides and local maps.

Exploring picturesque villages

There are a host of charming, old, picturesque villages to visit within 30 minutes drive from La Martinade, in particular Saint Remèze, Gras, Larnas, Saint Montan, Aiguèze facing Saint Martin d’Ardèche, Labeaume and Balazuc.

Saint Remèze

Á great place to visit, see and taste near our home:

  • Viewpoints on the road along the edge of the Ardèche river gorges (our village has the longest lengths of river banks on the Ardèche: 11kms).
  • The grotte de La Madeleine and l’Aven Marzal nature reserve centre.
  • The old village, castle, lanes and church.
  • Vineyards and wine cellars ; The Chais du Vivarais, La Boisserelle , le Clos de l’Abbé Dubois.
  • The Lavender Museum.

Just a few minutes

Caverne du Pont d'Arc

A little further

  • The region's Gallo-Roman sites like Alba la Romaine, Orange, Vaison-la-Romaine, Nimes and Arles.
  • The music festival in Labeaume.
  • The opera festival in the Roman theatre in Orange.
  • Avignon with its famous bridge, home to the French Popes in the Middle Ages and the international theatre festival in summer.
  • The nearby Cevennes - Les Vans market town, Païolive Wood and Thines village.
  • In the Gard: the Anduze bamboo grove and famous potteries.
  • In the southern Drôme: Garde d’Adhémar village, Grignan village and castle home to the marchioness of Sévigné. All summer long theatre, music, literature and letters festivals.
  • ... and why not drive down for a swim in the Mediterranean just 130kms away.

Exotic escapade