Welcome at Sophie's in Villeneuve-de-Berg, Ardèche
Isolated in the middle of the woods and shrubland, Le Mas de Fournery and Le Mas de Baraud offer you their "gîtes de caractère" in an exceptionally calm environment, away from any other habitation and any busy street.
To access these two ancient farms built in stone, you follow a sinuous communal road that climbs through woods to reach Fournery (500m altitude) and its immense panorama, then goes downhill to end in a cul-de-sac a few hundred meters further, at the entrance of the domaine of Baraud (40 hectares of woods and shrubland).
Three kilometers away from Fournery is the center of the village: Ecomarché les Mousquetaires, main street with shops, banks, tourist information, cafés, small restaurants, pharmacy, doctors, auto mechanics and petrol stations... Weekly market on Wednesday.
Rent a horse
On location, you have the option to see our three Icelandic mares, our two Aeridienberg and our foals. You can rent our little Shetland to walk your children or (for experienced riders) rent one of our Icelandic mares (Jono or Gribouille) and discover the specific paces to this race.
Pony or icelandic mare rental : 8.00€ / half hour ‒ 13.00€ / hour.
The horse owners can park their horse in our yards (10€ per day).
The gîtes of the Mas de Fournery
Le Mas de Fournery has 2 gîtes of great comfort. Large communal garden with swimming pool and private terrace. It also has a multi-purpose hall for parties, reunions, training courses, meals :
- Gîte La Magnanerie : 80m², for 3 people.
On two levels with a staircase inside the apartment. Weekly rental during the summer holidays, 2 nights min outside the summer holidays.
- Gîte Lavande : 65m², for 2 people.
One-storey apartment. Weekly rental during the summer holidays, 2 nights min outside the summer holidays.
- The Large Room : 75m².
Large multipurpose room with kitchen, toilets and wood stove. Daily rental.
The gîtes of the Mas de Baraud
Le Mas de Baraud has 3 gîte of great comfort. Communal swimming pool and private terraces and gardens. Near the horses.
- Gîte Le Grand Baraud : 3 épis Gîtes de France, 135m², 8 people.
Completely independent building, two floors. Ground floor with one bedroom upstairs. In the attic, under the wooden structure of the roof, with independent entrance from the garden. Weekly rental during the summer holidays, 2 nights min outside the summer holidays.
- Gîte La Bergerie : 3 épis Gîtes de France, 80m², 4 people.
Completely independent building, two floors. Weekly rental during the summer holidays, 2 nights min outside the summer holidays.
Villeneuve-de-Berg in the heart of Southern Ardèche
History of Villeneuve de Berg, capital of the Bas-Vivarais
In 1284, the king of France Philippe III the Bold and the abbot of Mazan sign a charter deciding the foundation of a fortified city. Privileges are granted to the future inhabitants. The creation of this royal "bastide" will play a significant role in the inclusion of Vivarais, then "Terre d'Empire", into the Kingdom of France under the reign of Philippe Le Bel. City of magistrates, of which some have beautiful private mansions, it is the fatherland of Olivier de Serres (1539-1619), renowned agronomist author of the "Théâtre d'Agriculture et mesnage des champs" and of Antoine Court (1695-1760), restorer of Protestantism during the XVIIIe century. Headquarters of a seneschalship, Villeneuve de Berg remains the administrative and judicial capital of Bas-Vivarais until 1789. (free translation from the quarterly review of Drômoises Studies, by Mr. Boulle)
Tourism in Southern Ardèche
For a detailed guide, see ardeche-guide.com.
Gorges of the Ardèche, superb caves (aven d'Orgnac, exposition of the Chauvet cave in Vallon Pont d'Arc), archaeological sites (antique theatre of Alba la Romaine), numerous picturesque villages, Domain of Olivier de Serre, Festival of the documentary Film of Lussas.
Sports activities in Southern Ardèche
Hikes, horseback rides, mountain bike, canoe, kayak, canyoning, rock climbing, caving and potholing, karting, tennis, golf, bathing in the rivers.
Specialities from Southern Ardèche
Viticulture (le Mas d'Intras), apiculture, charcuterie (caillettes), arts and crafts, chestnuts, goat cheese, mineral water.
TOURISME AUX ALENTOURS DE VILLENEUVE DE BERG :
- Office du Tourisme Berg et Coiron
- Comité départemental du tourisme de l'Ardèche : guide du tourisme en Ardèche
- Tourisme en Ardèche
- Portail du tourisme en Ardèche
- CCI de l'Ardèche Méridional : ardèche-tourisme.com)
- Ardèche Découverte
GITES PARTENAIRES ET AMIS : contactez-les de notre part, ils vous accueilleront en amis!
GITES EN ARDECHE MERIDIONALE : Vous cherchez un gîte en Ardèche?
- Gîtes les Princes
LE TERRITOIRE DE L'ARDECHE MERIDIONALE :
GASTRONOMIE ARDECHOISE :
LE CHEVAL ISLANDAIS ET EQUITATION ETHOLGIQUE :
- Fédération Française du Cheval Islandais
* Fédération Française d'Equitation Islandaise
- Chevaux Islandais : le Feu sous la Glace. Forum des passionnés du Cheval Islandais et de son équitation
- Islandic Horse Videos
- Elevage du Massif : élevages de chevaux islandais, éducation Parelli
- PAT PARELLI
- Le Haras Naturel du Plessis : enseignement de la méthode Parelli
- LES PAGES D'AGNES
- Equirodi : Le site des annonces du monde du cheval