Activities in southern Ardèche

Activities in southern Ardèche. The arch of the Pont d'arc

First, this farmhouse and its immediate surroundings are a privileged place…
This comment from the Guide to Charming Guest Houses (Ed: Payot) attests to this. It frees us from an overly personal description, of questionable evidence:

Then this allows us to calmly say (as also evidenced by most of the opinions posted by our hosts…See bottom of page) that a stay at Mas d’Issoire promotes rest. It is akin to a momentary refuge, from a particularly stressful and anxiety-provoking society…
What’s more, and this is worth emphasizing, because we ourselves resist!
In particular to the ongoing dehumanization which attempts to reduce us to simple QR codes!
And then there is a sumptuous country all around (southern Ardèche)…! And when we know how to get off the beaten track of mass tourism (luckily limited: July 15 to August 20] which remains a still preserved territory. IIt’s good to linger, discover improbable places or simply wander around according to the desires of the day!
The list of possible activities is too long to list here (natural sites, villages, sporting activities, cultural visits, etc.).But we consider that guiding you (if you wish) is fully part of our concept of welcome and, it is a ritual every morning, depending on your desires and the weather, to offer you what seems best to us more appropriate for that day.

And now an overview of the possibilities nearby…

Here are three but there are many others… Which we will not fail to tell you during the morning “briefings”

  • The village of Thines in the heart of the Cévennes
    Thines in the heart of the Cévennes
  • The Pont d’Arc and the Gorges de l’Ardèche obviously! Unmissable but popular…Do not consider doing the descent in season in case of agoraphobia !
    But we can show you how to hike down there, from the other bank and enjoy its magnificence peacefully, even in summer…
  • Les Concluses near Lussan (old medieval town). Impressive!
    And as it is in Gard very little indicated…
  • Finally Le gour de la Sompe or the source of Font de Garou…A little frequented place, easy to access and surprisingly beautiful!
  • The arch of the Pont d'Arc in southern Ardèche
    The arch of the Pont d'Arc

Ardèche is perhaps not the first destination we think of for education, but that is in fact a prejudice to be put aside…

Firstly because humans lived there tens of thousands of years ago.
And then its geological age is counted in the millions and its subsoil conceals sometimes astonishing wonders…
Some examples :

  • The great Site of Aven d'Orgnac: A visit not to be missed!
    Aven d'Orgnac

“Avens” are natural chasms dug by water in limestone soil. In addition to caves, the Ardèche plateau is full of them, there are many to visit and most of them are worth it. But the immensity and splendor of the Orgnac site make it unique and a priority! Furthermore, and this is a rarity, its management is remarkable for its commercial sobriety! The welcome, provided by locals, is very warm, the activities captivating and its museum (The City of Prehistory) fascinating! And every summer, high-level plays are performed there. .

So here we change the model… It is undoubtedly worth seeing because the reconstruction is beautifully made… But (there is one big one) it is more about marketing than Culture! Unwilling to endorse a commercial “attraction” hidden under a pretty cultural veneer, we published, in the summer of 2015, some elements of analysis capable of alerting us to what we consider to be a deplorable farce. (In French)

Fifth in the list of the most popular artists is a recognized and established figure in the world of contemporary art… In 1992, in Barjac in the Gard, he bought and transformed an old spinning mill into a vast work space of 35 hectares, called “La Ribaute”. He lived and worked there until 2009 and decided in 2016 to create his foundation there, which he called “The Eschaton Mission”…
Open to the public in June 2022 and given the international notoriety of the character, it is obviously a cultural place which cannot be omitted in this section. In fact, Wim Wenders has just released a film about himself and this foundation (“Anselm – the sound of time”), a bit hagiographic but which undoubtedly allows you to have the desire or not to visit it.

Here is a quick overview of possible activities in southern Ardèche and around us. We would of course have to add all those that we find, unsurprisingly, in all the busy tourist places.
Implicitly, this page perhaps first serves to reveal a little about who we are and to allow you to consider (or not) meeting us.

Nicole Lartigaud
Nicole Lartigaud
A conseiller absolument ! 2 personnes charmantes vous accueillent ds un lieu où règne à la fois le calme et le dépaysement. Écoute et discrétion caractérisent le charme de ces hôtes .
Walter Gerber
Walter Gerber
Nette und freudliche Gastfamilie. Sehr gutes Bio Essen. Sehr ruhig und keine Hektik.
Morgan Lartigaud
Morgan Lartigaud
Cadre magnifique en pleine nature. Dépaysement total. Chambre parfaite et spacieuse. Quant aux hôtes, ce fut pour nous une première expérience en chambre d'hôtes et ils ont été parfait, accueillant, souriant, intéressant et d'une gentillesse incroyable. On recommande à 300%
Jochen Krakowski
Jochen Krakowski
Eine wunderbare Unterkunft: sehr schöne geschmackvolle Zimmer mitten in der Natur der Ardeche, superleckeres Abendessen von den Gastgebern liebevoll präsentiert, dazu einen nachhaltigen Wein aus der Ardeche, sehr faire Preise . Was will man mehr?
Nous avons passé une petite semaine extraordinaire chez Simone et Bernard. L'accueil, le confort des chambres et le site sont parfaits. Leur gentillesse et leur "vision" de notre monde nous ont fait chaud au cœur. Un vrai bonheur. A bientôt peut être.
frederic tudela
frederic tudela
Accueillis comme en famille Bernard est une mine d’information dans tout les domaines autant Manuel qu intello.Simone une bonne cuisinière.Nous y retournerons très vite
brigitte soriano
brigitte soriano
Accueil chambre maison gentillesse Bernard et Simone un couple généreux qui aiment recevoir nous faire découvrir leur région discuter avec leurs hôtes nous y reviendrons tout était parfait
Sophie Le Bris
Sophie Le Bris
On vient de passer 3 jours chez Bernard et Simone(malheureusement absente donc on n a pas pas pu faire sa connaissance. On ne pouvait pas être plus au calme. Bravo pour tout :la chambre pour les bons petits plats préparés par Bernard. Une adresse à retenir absolument. Si l occasion se représente on revient ici sans se soucier à chercher une autre adresse. Merci pour ton accueil. Pour ta gentillesse pour tes conseils. J ai peut être été épargnée d une noyade
Camille Voituriez
Camille Voituriez
En vadrouille en Ardèche, nous avons séjourné plusieurs nuits au Mas d'Issoire, un endroit merveilleux reculé mais pas isolé, où il fait bon vivre. Rénové par ses propriétaires, le mas est aussi confortable que chaleureux, les chambres spacieuses, et la terrasse avec vue - où l'on déjeune très volontiers - est juste magique. Nos hôtes Simone et Bernard nous ont accueillis avec beaucoup de gentillesse et de prévenance. Leur cuisine est délicieuse et leurs conseils avisés pour découvrir la région. Nous gardons un très bon souvenir de nos échanges avec eux et reviendrons avec plaisir si l'occasion se présente à nouveau.