Our region is named after the eponymous river. Antraigues-sur-Volane lies exactly in the center of this department as you can see on the map below:
We are there where the hills of southern Ardèche meet the mountains of the northern Ardèche. A region with a lot of natural beauty, everywhere gurgling springs with clean drinking water, a delightful climate and beautiful vistas. The Ardèche is also popular with foreigners and French as a location for a holiday home.
Moreover, our L'Angelot is located in the "Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche ". This means that we are in a protected area where strict limits are imposed on agriculture, new buildings, industry etc.
If you drive from L' Angelot 20 minutes to the south you'll feel like you're right in Provence ...
At 10 minutes from L' Angelot, going south, you first pass the spa town of Vals-les-Bains with its past glory of ancient buildings in the Art Nouveau style. The historic city of Aubenas, 5 minutes further on, is definitely worth a visit. Especially on Saturdays when there is a big week market. Directly south of Aubenas begin the vineyards and you can visit a variety of picturesque villages. We mention one: Balazuc, a gem and for good reason chosen as one of the most beautiful villages of France:
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, (40 min) is the most touristic city in the Ardeche. For some, an absolute must: starting point for a descent by kayak through the Gorges de l'Ardeche. Others prefer to drive straight to the natural wonder of the Pont d 'Arc (photo above) or visit the caves of Aven d'Orgnac, named one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in France. And from April 25th 2015 you will be able to visit the replica of the Grotte Chauvet, on UNESCO's heritage list for its unic prehistorical drawings.
If you drive from Antraigues north then you come to the pristine Plateau Ardèchois (1100 m), a vast plateau of extinct volcanoes that have the form of giant gnome hats ...
Above you see the most famous "gnome hat", the Gerbier du Jonc. Here you can find the source of the river Loire, the mightiest river of France. You can climb the Gerbier du Jonc in 15 minutes and then have a spectacular 360 ° view of the mountains.
Nearby there are several tourist attractions such as Lac Martial, a mountain lake where you can linger on the beach or practising water sports (sailing, surfing). You certainly should not miss the Ray Pic waterfall, a river which pours in the crater of an extinct volcano. These are just some notable destinations, however, there are in the area plenty of picturesque villages, festivals, nature, museums, markets etc. Information is available in our B & B.