La Fontanita (country retreat in the Ardeche, France)
My mother bought this place when I was thirteen, and I have been spending all my summers there ever since.
My ties with the place and the soil and the people are very strong.
La Fontanita (the little spring) is a place to relax and restore your energy. That happens by just being there, but we can also provide coaching , ,artistic activities such as painting or making music and for children a art carousel can be organised. A strong connection with the Caribbean can also be felt in the atmosphere of the house. On part of the land (1 ha) a collective micro system of perma-culture is realized; it is also possible to camp.
Wonderful large gite, with spacious living room with six French doors. Three cool bedrooms of which two in the lower ground floor, also accessible from the terrace. Well equipped kitchen, bathroom with bath tub, wash basin and WC, separate fountain in the hall way, and another separate WC and separate shower. Terrace in front of the living room and large table in the garden below, under the apple tree.
The gite is situated in the back house of a historical property, which was used as a workshop. (the oldest part of the house is about four centuries old.) Evidence of this are the remains of a wood oven, and the impressive number of beams in the old living room, which ensured the attic could house the heavy machinery for flax processing. The huge chimney in the house also bears witness to this past. Moreover, the property is far too big to have been used just as a residence in this traditionally very poor region.
The house is located on the top of a hamlet with panoramic views, at the start of the Ardeche valley. Here nature is very rough, with rocks and chestnut trees, and the Ardeche is only a stream. Near the house is also a stream, and this makes a nice play area under the trees for children.
Almost every day of the week there is a market somewhere in the area, where you can find the finest ingredients for a good meal with a glass of wine. Of course there are also numerous restaurants, a little further into the valley.
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