Château de Fontblachère

St Lager Bressac, Ardèche
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)4 75 65 15 02
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€105 - €260
per night

A treat to stay in a genuine 1550s French château and garden in deep countryside with rolling hills, lovely views and a charming owner


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

€105 - €260 per night

The Experience

Framed by a forested valley and mountainous horizons, this 17th-century château marries Provençal peace with deep comfort and style. Eric greets you in a courtyard whose manicured hedges and white roses dissolve into parkland: a panoramic pool, Japanese fish pond, an old tennis court… Under vaulted ceilings are more treats: a log fire, piano, candles, art, and Turkish cushions in the orangery where you may dine on iced melon soup and quail. Sprightly Eric pours and chats all the while. Immaculate rooms have space for families and the valley cries out for walking, riding and fishing in the Rhône.

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We think you'll love

  • The fascinating history of the building and learning all about it from Eric
  • Walking and cycling in the peaceful countryside, returning to the pool with views
  • Eric - he's welcoming, charming and interesting
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You should know

  • It's a friendly, fuss-free home - not a hotel - so if you're looking for shiny perfection you shan't find it here
  • There's no lift so probably not best for those with any problems on stairs


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €105
Singles €100-€255. Extra bed/sofabed available €30 per person per night. Tourist tax €0.77 per person per night.
1 Twin/double
From €105
1 Double
From €105
1 Family room for 3
From €135
1 Family room for 4
From €155
1 Suite for 5
From €155


Booking information

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3 nights minimum in high season.
November till Easter.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner by arrangement with wine €35. Restaurants 3km.


Eric was very welcoming and had made delicious meringues, just for me! He gave me lots of tips of how to turn out the perfect one! The Château is very relaxed and the sense of history is ever present. The views are wonderful and all you can hear is birdsong.

Alison, Sawday's Inspector

This beautiful chateau set in the French countryside provides a warm welcome. Eric is a wonderful host and the atmospheric house has very comfortable rooms which in summer, keep cool against the hot sun. The pool is well maintained and the courtyard tranquil. Breakfast is taken in the courtyard and the food is excellent. We have visited twice with our young family and had a restful and inspiring stay.

Pippa, Reigate

A beautiful house and a special place to stay. Very accommodating to our three young children who were made to feel very welcome and loved playing in the pool. Monsieur booked us a fantastic, reasonably priced local restaurant for dinner which we’d never have discovered on our own. The family room was well laid out with more than enough space for the five of us. We would love to return and definitely recommend. It is set high in a stunning position with magnificent views around the valley. Wonderful.

Susie, Farnham

Great fun stay with Bernard and Eric in their beautiful house and beautiful garden. The rooms are historic but very comfortable, the sunny outdoor breakfast was perfection, and they very kindly provided us with a delicious dinner too. A special place to stay.

John, London

We were made very welcome and our delightful hosts laid on a spontaneous lovely evening meal after our long journey. What made it so special for us was eating with our hosts who were very interesting and stimulating company. The chateau is well situated, with a lovely courtyard and terrace in peaceful surroundings. The interior is rather grand in a rustic sort of way. We would happily stay there again.

John, Cheshire

A truly delightful experience. The owners create a very welcoming and open feel to this characterful and romantic chateau. It is brimming with treasures and artefacts from around the world and the walls adorned with colourful paintings by the host. The pool is a treat with fabulous views of the surrounding rolling countryside. Excellent restaurants nearby for supper and the hosts provide a delicious fresh breakfast. Eric is truly passionate about the chateau and is an excellent and engaging host.

Margaret, Andover

The sunny courtyard has flowers everywhere, with tables, chairs and a relaxing lounge area. The lovely old house has old worn stone steps and terracotta tiles, airy rooms and period features. Outside are terraces with sun loungers, a carp pond, a tennis court and good size heated pool. Stunning views across the valley appear at every corner. Eric, Bernard and Patrick couldn’t have been nicer or more gracious hosts. Sitting down for dinner with them in the evening was a delight. It felt as if dining with friends. We only stayed one night. But there’s always next year…

Peter, Newbury

A wonderful spot close by to the Autoroute A7 between Orange and Lyon. Very welcoming and relaxed hosts, a beautifully decorated house whilst still retaining many original features. A large swimming pool. Dinner (when available) also highly recommended. An oasis of calm with great views over the surrounding countryside. All in all a great stay.


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The neighbourhood

There are lovely walks and cycles on footpaths, including the ViaRhôna cycle track 15 minutes away. Visit an ancient abbey at Cruas, 20 minutes by car (also with a nuclear power plant.) There are lots of medieval villages like Saint-Vincent-de-Barrès, 8 minutes. Eat at some superb restaurants in Coux, Mirmande and in Cliousclat. The Drôme region is just the other side of the river for exploring.

Local points of interest from Eric Dussiot

  • Good country surrounding for walks, hikes, cycling, rock-climbing – river fishing – horse riding stables in the neighbourhood.
  • Small provincial town with all trades, shopping, market : Privas (14 kms). We are also part of the 'Vineyard & Discovery' group and can help you explore the wineries around us.
  • Valence (36 kms) – Montelimar (21 kms).
  • The Château overlooks the Chomerac valley and provides a quiet escape.
  • Enquire about our themed weekends with courses, painting and writing classes and meditation.
  • We are 800m from bicycle tracks which will take you all over Ardèche: the Via Rhona. You can easily visit our neighbouring towns and cities by bike. Hence our "Accueil Velo" label!


Eric Dussiot

Eric (half English, half French) lived in the States for many years, is a qualified architect and engineer, and designed both Aix-en-Provence and Avignon's TGV stations, as well as many others around the world. He paints too and has a studio here - you'll see some of his work on the walls. He loves cooking and runs cooking, writing and painting courses from time to time.