Five big houses to go as a gang this summer


After months confined and reconfigured, we dream of spending time with the people we missed, of days on deckchairs to remake the world (according to), of dinners until the end of the night, but without running out of space. … In Gard, Burgundy, Normandy, Ardèche, Jura, five houses of happiness to book without delay.

Six cottages around a swimming pool in Ardèche

Le Mas des Arches, located in the heart of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, in Ardèche, offers the perfect balance: six nicely decorated independent lodgings (2 for 6 people, 4 for 4 people) are built around a large sunny collective terrace and a swimming pool for fun “lazing” days. At aperitif time, we all meet around the summer kitchen and the barbecue, while the toddlers play in the garden … and at nightfall, everyone returns to sleep in their lair lightly. . During the day, there is no lack of activities (family or not): swimming in the river, canoeing-kayaking, via ferrata, rafting or even hot-air ballooning. The best of the Ardèche.

The Mas des Arches, Vallon-Pont-d’Arc (07), gîte for 4 people from 240 euros, rental of the entire domain from 2,450 euros per week out of season (30 beds in total).

Magical cabins in Burgundy

The cabins are attached to a medieval mansion.

Do you want wide open spaces and nature? Direction Burgundy, in Corgoloin. In a cereal farm, stands a strange house made of wood, straw and earth, leaning against a medieval manor. In fact, six bright rooms (accommodating up to 12 people) built like a best of Three little pigs, connected by a footbridge to a large kitchen and a common glazed living room. Les Cabanes de l’Oré has everything of virtuous construction: the interior of the rooms is made of raw earth, the floors are insulated with recycled cork, the wastewater is treated by a phyto-purification system, the mattresses, made in France, are soy foam. And… it’s beautiful! You can visit the farm, try yoga classes or educational workshops offered by the manor. And, above all, a series of tastings, because Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Pommard are only a few kilometers away.

The Cabanes de l’Oré du Manoir Equivocal, Corgoloin (21), by Airbnb, from 265 euros per night.

An old water mill near Uzès

Villa Les Mages is a former water mill, which accommodates up to 25 people.

Villa Les Mages, in Saint-Julien-de-Cassagnas, in the Gard, a few kilometers from Alès and Uzès, is the ideal place to organize a huge cousinade or reunion with friends (up to 25 beds ). At first glance, the building, an old 17th century water mille century, impresses. Inside, 500 square meters of living space, eight spacious bedrooms, authentic tiles and colorful walls. Outside, two swimming pools, one of which is heated, with a giant slide, a jacuzzi for adults, a pétanque court and a volleyball court. And, above all, a waterfall river, which flows in the garden, where you can coast on one of the two canoes. To do around (but why go out?), The visit of the beautiful castle of Montalet, the charming village of the Magi, the Provencal market of Uzès and the arenas of Nîmes.

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