What a fantastic week, middle of October and the weather was sunny all week and a maximum temperature of 25 Celsius, just like a good English summers day. The Kiwi terrace is the perfect place to watch the sunrise as you can see for miles and watch as the sun rises in the east, in the evening it was warm enough to sit out till late sampling the bread and cheese from the local markets as well as the local wine from the "wine cave", 1:50€ for a litre if you bring your 5 litre container to be filled !
The location is right on the edge of the national park so it was perfect to set off early for a stunning 4 hour walk through the pine forests, there are many well marked paths and Mike provided a map with points of interest. After the walk you can come back for lunch at one of the excellent restaurants in the local towns, some of which are medieval with lots of little alleys and passages. Market days are not to be missed, its where all the locals get together so the town comes alive, great produce and a great atmosphere.
The house is lovely, so much history but it has been updated very sympathetically to create a lovely place to stay. The village is very quiet, here in the South East of England we don't know what quiet means, but at Le Clede in October you do find out. Sitting out at night you could hear a pin drop on the other side of the valley, something special to experience.
A lovely holiday, we are now fully chilled.
Clive and Joanna - October 2017
La Clede is a beautiful stone house in a lovely peaceful village, which has been sympathetically updated to an extremely high standard and has a really ‘homely’ feel to it. If you can tear yourself away from the house, and step outside, you are going to have a great choice of places to sit and relax in the garden, with views across the countryside to the mountains. Breakfast on the terrace is a must!
Joyeuse is the place to go for the Wednesday market which is HUGE! You are spoilt for cheese and, you are in goat cheese heaven! The falafel man is also to be recommended. You can wander up to the macaroon shop, to sample, and then purchase enough to keep you happy for your stay.
Barjac is a 45 minute drive away but worth it for the architecture and the organic café which has the most delicious chocolate, chestnut and cream dessert.
If you are happy for a longer drive of around 1 hour and fifty minutes, go to Avignon and yes, stand ‘sur le pont’. Great place with more lovely views and a delight if you want to go shopping as well.
I had the most relaxing week in warm weather up to 27c, in September. The house is not only fabulous, it also has an extremely well-equipped kitchen. I can thoroughly recommend La Clede as the perfect place to stay up in the Ardeche mountains.
Ann B. - September 2017
Catherine H. - 25 Jul 2017
We spent 2 weeks dreaming at La Clède. Ribes is a small village full of charm 10 minutes from Joyeuse where you find everything you need. Located on the hill, the property has a splendid garden and flowers in terraces with view on the church of the village and further the mountains. As for the house, there was nothing wrong with it at all. Great congratulations to Mike, the owner, for the renovation work. The house is really nice, and its freshness is very appreciable the days of strong heat. As far as equipment is concerned, nothing is missing, the pans and pans are of a very high quality. We really could fully enjoy this beautiful area. Swimming, canoeing, small villages, cycling for the followers of the beautiful climbs. Many points of bathing in the rivers are possible by car not far from the hiring. A big thank you to Mike for his kindness, availability and discretion throughout the stay. We hope to come back.
8 Jul 2017