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  • Quiet, rural area with some agricultural activity

The late medieval, characteristic, robust GITE MALFAY is detached and consists of 2 parts. The old house is built of thick stone walls and is built against the mountain, containing 4 bedrooms and 2 simple shower rooms with toilet. The garden house containing a kitchen, living room and adjoining terrace is located opposite the old house. The gite is beautifully situated at the end of a steep mountain road with a few vicious bends at the end, quite a challenge the first time. The Gite is surrounded by several terraces with trees and magnificent views over the Ardèche mountains. Around the Gite are several seating areas. The swimming pool is 1.40 deep with a diameter of 8.40 metres and a sun terrace with 4 loungers and 4 ordinary chairs. On a clear day, the snowy peaks of the Alps can be seen in the distance. The Gite is suitable for 2 to 8 people who love cosy simplicity and peace in nature.

Gite MALFAY has a ground floor and an upper floor. The latter with a single wooden plank floor. Both the upper and lower floors can be entered from outside via a private entrance.

Layout of Gite Malfay:

Ground floor:
In front of the master bedroom there is a terrace with a table and 5 chairs.
The large living kitchen has a sofa bed, The living kitchen has a kitchen, a large wood stove, a seating area and a table with 4 chairs.

Next to it is a room with a double bed; (2.00 m by 1.60 cm)

Between the rooms a basic bathroom with stone walls and a simple shower, toilet and sink.

First floor:
A large room with four single beds; ( 1.90 m by 90 cm).
A small room with a double bed; ( 1.90 m by 1.40 m).
A room with storage for the beds of the chairs, Containing, between walls of large stones, a toilet, simple shower with sink and washing machine.

At Gite Malfay, a separate 'garden house has been built under the cherry trees , with spectacular views. It houses a kitchen and a living room. The kitchen has a small dining table (6 to 8 people) with 8 chairs. As a rule, this outdoor kitchen is used as a dining room, but the terrace is also very suitable for this purpose. The outdoor kitchen is equipped with a fireplace, a large fridge/freezer, microwave, simple gas cooker with oven and a dishwasher.
A terrace (with a table and 6 chairs) adjoins the outdoor kitchen at the front and from there there is also a beautiful view of the Ardèche mountains.
In the living room you will find a 3-seater sofa, a 2-seater sofa and 2 easy chairs from where you can marvel at the beautiful sunrise and sunset over the mountains. The living room opens onto the rear terrace where a table with 4 chairs and a parasol await you.


  • Independent
  • Local contact
  • Suitable for large groups
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • With swimming pool
  • Private pool

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Gite Malfay is located at an altitude of 840 m in the Parc Régional de l'Ardèche (protected nature reserve). It stands in a beautiful mountainous and wooded area. For lovers, this place offers peace in an authentic and romantic environment. The gite belongs to the village Saint Prix. This is situated between the villages Lamastre, Saint Agrève and Le Cheylard, in the northern part of the Ardèche. The area lies on the edge of the plateau with the Mont Mézenc (1753m). From the gite you will find hiking trails directly into the forested mountains behind the gite.
For shopping you can go to Lamastre (15 minutes by car). In Lamastre there is a market twice a week. It has many amenities, including a supermarket, many different types of shops, hotels, restaurants, pizzerias and sports facilities. In addition, all medical facilities: general practitioners, vets and pharmacies.

  • Rural
  • Mountainous
  • Hilly
  • Meadows and woodland


Malfay has received 2 reviews over the past 4 years with an average of:

9.5 stars
  • 9 stars

    Wij houden van afgelegen, privacy, rust en natuur en dat is precies wat je hier krijgt. Altijd spannend het laatste stuk naar een onbekend plekje, en deze staat door de laatste steile bochten wel in de top 3 van onze vakantie adressen! Maar als je er eenmaal bent is het dan ook een fantastisch uitzicht. Welgeteld 5 verschillende zitplekken in de omgeving van het huis en bij het zwembad, onder een boom of in de zon. Mede hierdoor en de verschillende gebouwtjes een speels ensemble waar iedereen een plekje kan vinden om te lezen, een spelletje te doen of gewoon van het uitzicht te genieten. Omgeving uitdagend en mooi voor wielrennen.

  • 10 stars

    We hebben een heerlijke vakantieweek gehad in dit prachtige vakantiehuis. Wat een mooi uitzicht op de berg. De rit naar boven is de eerste keer even spannend, de tweede keer ben je al gewend. Het verblijf boven voelt ook heel speciaal, doordat de keuken en woonkamer zo'n mooi uitzicht hebben. Dat is echt genieten. Het zwembad was ook lekker. We komen graag nog eens terug.

  • Joke from Alphen aan den Rijn,

    9 stars

    Toe aan een weekje rust; gekozen om buiten het hoogseizoen naar Malfay te trekken. Dat voelt steeds meer als thuiskomen. De weg omhoog wordt steeds gemakkelijker als je hem eenmaal gewend bent. Zelfs voor onze 5 m. lange bus zijn de bochten haalbaar! Heerlijk het houtkacheltje in de huiskamer stoken en genieten van de mooiste luchten. Met de lokale gerechten van de markt in Lamastre zoals wijn, kaasjes, paté en olijven bij de hand heel goed vol te houden. Vanuit huis een wandeling op de berg maken en daar zomaar herten treffen. Daarna vlees grillen op het houtvuur in de keuken.
    Steeds als we hier komen zien we weer verbeteringen aangebracht zonder het originele karakter van het huis aan te tasten. Het blijft gelukkig “a la campagne” anders dan thuis en daar komen we voor...

Restaurants, food & wine

In the vicinity are several farms producing local specialities. There are also a number of artists who open their studios to visitors.
In many local restaurants, you can have an excellent meal with a choice of local dishes in beautiful locations. A three-course menu costs between 12 and 16 euro.


Gite Malfay is very suitable for the ultimate peace seeker, hiker, birdwatcher and nature lover.

There is much to do in the area. In the summer there are regular cultural activities in the area with a varied offer of concerts, exhibitions and festivals.
In the vicinity you can choose from various marked walking routes, horse riding routes, the area is also very popular with cycling enthusiasts. At the local tourist office several walking- and cycling routes are available.
In Désaignes (near the camping Le Retourtour) a 'plan d'eau' (natural swimming place) with a picnic place has been made and bicycles can be rented.

  • Bicycle
  • Near hiking trails
  • Near ATB trails
  • Near riding

Further remarks

Gite Malfay is suitable to rent during all seasons.

Additional price info and offers

Outside the summer months, July and August, we charge €50.00 per week extra for the wood to be used for heating.

Price includes

Cleaning fee

To bring by the guest


Price exclusive

  • Safety deposit € 150.00
  • Price bed linen per person (optional) € 12.50

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