Between Crest and Die, overlooking a lovely bathing spot on the River Drome,
this ancient silk mill has been turned by Frédéric and Salomé to their home,
including their Sculpture and Glass Studio, and Art Gallery.
Five large guest rooms with views southward onto the River Drôme are avalaible,
dedicated to Art Patterns from Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, Gauguin and recently Monet.
You will enjoy this striking blend of Modern Art
and Oriental Architecture.
We will share dinners on our amazing terrace : a delicious food
featuring mediterranean flavours and local produces.
In addition to numerous bathing spots in the Drôme River (at the bottom of our B&B)
you may enjoy narrow but natural pools excavated by waterfalls into bedrock at Pontaix (12km)
or Veronne (2km). Canoe-kayak is also very easy : in Saillans you may rent a canoe and have a
marvelous day in this soft river bathed by sun, with much less people than in Ardeche.
Hiking will offer you wide panoramas onto the Alps from the highest points (3 Becs at Saou)
reached by the GR9, as well as walks along rivers, such as the Drome or near Saint-Benoit
(gorges de la Roanne 12 km). You may also bike ride on small roads following the Drome as well as
off-road for all levels : climbing on morning, and riding down on afternoon,
back to our terrace before the dinner...
Lavender is plenty, specially from June in the valley up to August on top of our montains,
that we are used to name "plaines" for they are flat and farmed from the dark of times.
Wineyards, specially with the grappe "Clairette", complete the traditional farming whose geometrical lines
strengthen the landscape.
You may fall in love with local produce : the sparkling "Clairette de Die" as a sweety dessert wine,
"Picodon" a goat cheese we are used to prepare with olive oil and herbs, "ravioles", "caillettes"
and organic produce, vegetables and fruits that make the Drome famous in France.
Medieval hilltop villages with their surronding walls (Cobonne or Mirabel, 8 km),
castles among those the Tower of Crest (15km) is the highest in France, numerous medieval chapels and
lovely churches would draw the interest for human settlements and history, from Roman times to Cistercians,
the Knights Hospitaller in Poet-Laval, later the Reformation, then French democracy and the late
WWII with Resistance Movement in Vercors.
Tons to visit and enjoy under one hour driving.
comments from Alastair Sawday's web site :
"an excellent & relaxing place to stay. Lovely rooms, good showers, great views & a great welcome."
"A beautiful location with lovely hosts. Staying with Frederic and Salome was like being in a work of art.
The building has been lovingly restored and there are artistic touches everywhere you look from the soap dish to the walls.
Our only regret is that we stayed just one night.
Frederic was kind to make a reservation for us at a fabulous restaurant up in the hills where we had one of our best meals ever.
Our room was spotless and very comfortable."
"After a long drive from Tuscany we were delighted to find a wonderful and welcoming house in a superb location.
The smells wafting from the kitchen promised a meal to remember and so it was.
Our hosts, the delightful Salome & Frederic joined us and the other guests for the evening meal
and in between delicious mouthfuls of superbly prepared food,
Frederic would regale us with stories of the restoration of the old mill and insightful & interesting facts about the town.
The art-work produced by the couple either together or separately is delightful.
A better place you will not find."
Carolyn & Chris Perkins
"Frederic & Salome are very sociable hosts, the house is fascinating, and our room was excellent with stunning views
down to the river and up to the mountains beyond. Dinner on the terrace together with our hosts and the other guests
was delicious and fun, as was breakfast next morning. "
"Wonderful artist inspired bedrooms. We had a Van Gogh room, with stunning views over the river.
Convivial supper with mixed nationalities. Delicious food. A memorable stay."
Janet & Mike Brown
"From our first minute welcome to our last goodbye two days later, we were spellbound by this
wonderful old building, and its English speaking owners.
It is not just the immense backdrop of the mountains or the river running alongside our bedroom window.
It is the majestic way in which both Frederic and Salome have converted this vast old Silk Mill.
He, a glass artist/architect and cook. Salome an artist of renown and cook/welder.
Yes, they welded their own metal beams during the magnificent conversion.
Our bedroom, Van Gogh, had hand painted pictures, by Salome, all over the room.
There is much to do and see from here, and it is a short walk into town to the Market on a Sunday.
One of the best Clairette de Die producers is just through the tunnel.
Both Salome and Frederic will show you where to go for a special walk or drive.
The breakfast is homemade, and the evening dinner, taken on the terrace, was wonderful.
Visit on the way to Provence and the south.
We will return in 2013."
David and Nicola Hammond from Suffolk.
Our room was spacious and comfortable, the sound of the river lulled us to sleep and the views from its windows were just lovely.
The old silk mill has been beautifully converted.
Dinner and breakfast excellent. Owners kind and friendly as well as very artistic! All for a very reasonable price."
"The owners were fun, interesting and treated us to some of the finest cooking and hospitality we've had in France.
And all served in their colorful and beautifully situated home. Eat, drink and be merry,"
Alastair Sawday Publishing
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