For everyone who loves sports, outings, culture or just doing nothing, the Mère Biquette is the spot for you!
Make the most of the peace and quiet here and the equipment, facilities and our 4 ha woodland park. When the sun is hot, enjoy our swimming pool with panoramic views over the valley.
- A 13 x 5.5m outfall swimming pool open from 15/05 to 15/09 (depending on the weather), deep in natural surroundings, above the Saint Pons valley with panoramic views and totally calm,
- “Pétanque” (French bowls) ground,
- A kids’ adventure playground,
- A four hectare shady and flower-filled estate,
- Shaded terraces,
- Mountain and trail biking,
- Maps and circuit maps for hikers and mountain and trail bikers,
- Documentation about the Ardèche and its surroundings,
- A library,
- Board games.
Remarkable places to visit nearby
Got an urge to move?
Southern Ardèche has a rich cultural heritage and unique natural surroundings. It is a treasure trove for lovers of authenticity, unspoilt landscapes and local produce.
The imposing panoramas in this land of contrasts are made up of age-old chestnut groves, medieval villages, rivers, ancient (extinct!) volcanoes, forests, gorges and green valleys.
The Volcanic plug (Neck basaltique) of Sceautres (5,5 km)
The small village of Sceautres and its pretty stone houses is the site of Europe’s biggest volcanic plug. Crowned with a statue of the Virgin Mary and overlooking the Coiron plateau, the Neck de Sceautres is one of the most remarkable geological sites in Europe. You can walk to it on foot on signposted paths from the Mère Biquette (IGN map n° 2938E).
The Balmes de Montbrun (13,5 km)
On the Coiron plateau, above Le St Jean Centenier, these caves were inhabited by troglodytes in the middle ages. This archaeological site is remarkably unspoilt and from it you get stunning views towards the Mirabel mesa. A unique outing featuring basaltic flows alternating between limestone and marl and the remains of cave-dwellings.
Alba la Romaine, its château, Roman ruins and its festival
The medieval village of Alba la Romaine and its unique Gallo-Roman site is only 15 minutes from La Mère Biquette.
The Sunday market features locally grown produce.
During the first fortnight of July, the festival of Alba stages live shows with circuses and street performers.
And without forgetting…
- The classified Ardèche villages including Balazuc, Vogüé and St-Thomé perched on its rocky outcrop…
- The green valley of the river Ibie with its idyllic bathing beaches (only 25 minutes away by car).
- The famous Chauvet cave (37,000 year-old wall paintings) (45 minutes by car), the Aven d’Orgnac, the Madeleine cave, etc…
- And, of course, a canoe trip down through the Ardèche river Gorges.