A terroir week-end in  Ardèche Hermitage

In the Ardèche mountains, the Rhone river or the hills of the north Drôme, take the time to take advantage of the good times. Sweet moments to taste some typical local products : apricots, peaches, pognes ... but also sharing moments, to meet the inhabitants. A return to the sources, to discover the heritage and its treasures. Spend an authentic weekend terroir in Ardèche Hermitage.

Chaming Villages for your weekend in the Ardèche Hermitage

We all secretly dream of a quiet getaway in an idyllic setting, so why not you have a weekend break? Beautiful stones and amazing landscapes to discover in Ardèche Hermitage, let yourself be  delighted by the friendliness of a charming village.

Boucieu le Roi, village de caractère
Boucieu le Roi, village de caractère

Boucieu le Roi, one of the most beautiful villages in Ardèche

A treasure to discover, its nickname is the village with a thousand secrets! It overlooks the meander of the Doux river. A place that reveals many vestiges to the eyes of the curious travelers. A village labeled « Village de Caractère d’Ardèche », a label aims to promote a remarkable architectural heritage and landscape. Boucieu-le-Roi is also the starting point of the Vélorail, a small pedal car, installed on the railway of the mythical Mastrou steamtrain. An ideal activity for families to discover the wild beauty of the Gorge du Doux.

Discovering Pailharès

Go for a stroll in the village of Paiharès during your weekend in the Ardèche Hermitage, the opportunity to relax in the heart of the north Ardèche. A picturesque landscape with a view of the Daronne river, perched at 450 m altitude. A breath of fresh air, ideal for escaping from everyday life and enjoy listening to nature.

Charmes sur l’Herbasse a village that bears his name.

Cross the Rhone towards Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse. Nestled on the heights of the Drôme des Collines, this village will enchant you with its history. At the heart of 350ha of woods you will discover a Castle of the eleventh century, now property of a young man, who will be your guide to discover this ancestral place. Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse saw the birth of the famous postman « Ferdinand Cheval»l who, years later, built his ideal palace, an original and unique work, only a few kilometers away.

Local specialties to awaken your senses!

In the heart of the orchards, fruit with the juicy and tasty pulp, taste some sweet and savory local specialties. Cheeses, creeks, caillettes and pognes, accompanied by delicious wines from the Rhone Valley ... so yummy !

The Fruits of the Rhone Valley

The delicious scent of seasonal fruits, just picked on the tree, at full maturity, rediscover the true taste. Over the seasons, we are tempted by some cherries, a juicy apricot or some chestnuts. The flavors of the Ardèche and Drôme satisfy everyone, La Drôme which is also the first organic department of France. Buy fruit from the Rhone Valley, at the producers along the roadsides, for a weekend full of flavors in the Ardèche Hermitage.

Cherries from the Rhone Valley
Caillé Doux cheese from Saint Félicien
Caillé Doux cheese from Saint Félicien

The « Pognes » from Saint Donat

Enjoy Ronjat's pogne, a brioche flavored with orange blossom, a family recipe handed down for 8 generations. This local specialty, better known as pogne de Romans is so delicious. The pogne Donatienne is patented since 1910, it is distinguished from its neighbor by its shape and its lightness. Maison Ronjat remains a regional institution, a must for all gourmands! Enjoy all the know-how of one of the oldest baker family in France.

The Caillé-Doux cheese of Saint Félicien

A goat cheese that surprises with its sweetness. A secret production made in Saint Félicien, a curiosity for gourmets to enjoy during your weekend in Ardèche Hermitage. The production however remains rather confidential but we have some good addresses for the cheese lovers who wishes to taste its pretty flowery crust. Go directly to the Amélie farm to discover the breeding, production and especially enjoy great local products.

Vin de la Vallée du Rhône

3 appellations of the northern Côtes du Rhône

For connoisseurs of wine, you are on the right path to taste exceptional wines with world-famous names: Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and Saint Joseph. The slopes  draw our landscapes and make our region a must for your weekend in Ardèche Hermitage. Our winemakers are proud to share their traditions with you. In order to make the most of a magical and authentic moment, come and discover the work in the vineyards with a draft horse, as in the domain of Gouye in Saint Jean de Muzols. A method that is transmitted through the generations, a real return to the sources

One night in a bed and breakfast

For your weekend in Ardèche Hermitage what better than a sweet night homestay, in a bed and breakfast of charm. On the Ardèche moutains, along the river, along the Rhone or in the heart of the Drôme des Collines, couples, family or friends, you will be surprise by the diversity of the offer. More than just accommodation, the bed and breakfast creates sharing moments and conviviality. The owners are always good advice to discover our region differently. These greeters share with you their favorite places: the restaurant where they have their habits, or their lost paradise. A dreamy evening with lots of ideas for your next outings. In bed and breakfast, you can enjoy a sweet night and a rich and gourmet breakfast with local flavors.To make your choice, think about classified accommodation. Several labels guarantee a quality service for a successful stay like « Clé vacances » and « Gîtes de France ».

 

Authentic activities

Visit villages, picnic and taste with fresh local products followed by a night homestay ... continue your weekend with a heritage discovery activity.Walk in botanical garden, visit a castle, travel with a Steam Train ... a day to discover our tradtions

 

Jardin d'Eden Tournon sur Rhône
Eden Garden

Some « jardins remarquables »

Meet two passionate gardeners and come explore relaxing and surprising gardens. The Garden of Eden in Tournon-sur-Rhone is a little corner of paradise in the heart of the old ramparts of the city. A place hidden from view that, by its name, invites to calm and serenity. At Beaumont Monteux, go on a trip around the world, to the land of the rising sun with a Japanese style garden: Erik Borja's Zen garden, labeled « jardin remarquable » . A real curiosity that invites to meditation. Discover a haven of peace to take the time to appreciate the treasures of nature.

Discover the history: visit our castles

The Château de Charmes sur l’Herbasse is nestled in a quiet environment, ideal for discovering this house built in the 12th century. Today taken over by a Nicolas Chenivesse who welcomes you with kindness in this place full of charms.The Château de Tournon is a museum labeled "Museum of France" where you can enjoy collections related to the Rhone, travel through time by visiting the floor devoted to local history or discover a temporary exhibition. A moment out of time to immerse yourself in the Drome-Ardéchoise culture.

Train de l'Ardèche dans les Gorges du Doux

The Ardèche Train, a journey to the heart of our traditions

Embark on a historic train with the famous Mastrou, a nice journey train along the Gorges du Doux. Do you hear the train whistle? This is the sign of departure for a trip to the rhythm of yesteryear. An activity to do as a couple, with family or friends, for locomotive lovers, admirers of old mechanical... Let yourself be amazed by the breathtaking landscape

 

A terroir weekend in the Ardèche Hermitage that will be full of authenticity . An invitation to travel for real moments of sharing and exchange in a setting plenty of calm and relaxation.