La Pourcaresse: individual, natural, secluded

In our carefully renovated farmhouse, between the Ardèche Gorge and the Cèze Valley in the department of the Gard, you will find peace and relaxation in a family setting. The special appeal of the landscape will cast its spell on you: quietness broken only by the chirping of the birds, cicadas and crickets, unspoilt nature, wonderful scents, mediterranean skies and clear starry nights. We welcome you to holidays without the stresses of civilisation.


Large Holiday apartment for 4 – 7 people

2 bedrooms, living-room, fully-equipped kitchen, 100 m² living space, bath/shower, sep. WC, large terrace, swimming pool


Guest room for 2 – 3 People

1 bed-/living room, 26 m² living space, bath/WC/shower, kitchen, seating area and terrace, swimming pool


Guest book notes

Nous gardons en tête votre adresse pour des escapades dans le calme

Nicolas, Aude, Juliette, Louise & Augustine | August 2023

Nous nous souviendrons longtemps des couchers de soleil

Anahatta, Atossa & Geoffroy | August 2023

Wir haben uns hier sehr wohl gefühlt …

Walter & Bettina | Mai 2023

Guest book

The House, the Hosts and some History

A typical « gardois mas »

An idyllic combination

Our gem began as a typical « gardois mas », the traditional farmhouse of the western Rhone valley. The carefully-restored house combines old and new and comprises a small group of buildings nestled in nature with extensive gardens, pool and wonderful views over the tree-covered hills of the Cévennes.

Environmental conservation is very important to us : our electricity is provided entirely by solaire energy. We are not connected to the national grid. Our central heating boiler is fueled by wood pellets which come from sustainable forests in the Cevenne Mountains. The 17 acres of land surrounding the house are maintained organically, as are the olive grove and vegetable garden.

Real Hospitality

We, Florence Ponthieu and Florian Besset, want to create a timeless  ambience for you at la Pourcaresse, with a family atmosphere. We are also very happy to care for your physical well-being and will advise you in English, French or German before and during your stay on travel routes or excursions to places of interest.

To cut a long story short

Around 1880, a farming family of 10 lived at la Pourcaresse; amongst other things, they were occupied with rearing silkworms. «Magnanerie», from the local word «magnan» for silkworm, was the familiar name and also described our gem. Traces of those times are still seen here and there as the mulberry trees reveal their lush leaves and berries.


Location and directions


Our house lies near the hamlet of Alleyrac in Issirac (department of the Gard), nestled between the Cèze Valley and the Ardèche Gorge, just 19 kilometres away. In view of its isolated situation, our house is best reached by car.

Arriving by car

The nearest motorway access is in Bollène on the « Autoroute du Soleil » (A7). From there, you reach our house in 30 to 40 minutes` drive via Pont-St-Esprit, Laval-St-Roman (D 901) and Issirac (D 301). We will send you a detailed map with your rental agreement.

Arriving by train and bus

The nearest TGV-Station is Avignon TGV. Cars can be hired there. If you prefer to be without a car for your holiday, we will gladly come and collect you, given sufficient advance notice. The nearest regional station is Bollène-la-Croisière.