An oasis of peace in France's fabled wine country

Discover this luxury stone mansion nestled on 15 acres of orchard, and bordered by a hilltop of oak woods, in France’s Côtes-du-Rhône wine country, near Valence in northern Provence, at the foot of the Alps, central to acclaimed wineries and gourmet restaurants.

A center for personal and cultural development

We welcome workshop conductors and their participants, and will happily help organize a number of cultural activities such as French cooking workshops, African bronze sculpting, art shows, and more.

There are several renowned wineries within walking distance, and historical monuments, museums, caves, and horseback riding are a mere block away. The nearby Ardèche River is world famous for its white water canoeing, while about an hour away are vintage train rides and Alpine skiing. You can also windsurf and water ski on the nearby Rhône River. Cap off your day with an unforgettable dining experience at one of France’s top restaurants, just minutes away.

Hosting workshops

We can host up to 20 people in a workshop for as little as one weekend or as long as two weeks. We help you plan your event, your travel, and your exploration of the region’s numerous attractions.

We are located just north of Valence, southeast France:

  • One hour south of Lyon, the capital of gastronomy

  • One hour west of Grenoble, in the Alps

  • One hour north of Orange, with its Roman ruins

  • Two hours from Marseille, on the Côte d' Azur

Local airport: Lyon Saint-Exupery

Alternatively, you can take France’s high-speed TGV train from either Paris Charles de Gaulle airport or Marseille–Saint-Charles train station.

Train station: Valence TGV. Indulge yourself and take the ultra-fast TGV train, just two hours from Paris, 25 minutes from Lyon, or 35 minutes from Marseille. We can arrange for a pickup at the train station, a mere 10 minutes away.

Arrive by car: Take the A7-A6 motorway (autoroute) which crosses France and exit at Tain L'Hermitage or Valence Nord. We will provide you detailed directions.

Annick and Herve Da Costa