Auberge de Thorrenc

Guest rooms B&B in Ardèche

Thorrenc’s guest house b&b

Along the secondary road between Andance and Annonay (Ardeche Verte - south France), at the village of Saint Etienne de Valoux, the sign "Thorrenc" invites you to turn into another world. A narrow road snakes along the mountain’s flank through woods for three kilometers.

And then – the enchanting and protected world of an "ardechois" village appears out of history, still hanging onto the rock on which, and of which, it is built. Along the winding road, you have already seen the 12th century partly-restored castle framed by the valley. A stone bridge, under which a stream sings discreetly, faces the Auberge Hotel’s entrance.

The guesthouse itself is also a kind of little castle, leaning against the mountain with its three levels of rooms and garden terraces.

This is here, in this picturesque village, that your hosts Isabelle and Eric, propose you their comfortable and spacious five rooms, and their restaurant where you can taste regional products, with full of flavours.

An ideal place to drink “Côtes du Rhône” ’s wines which grow all around. (Saint Joseph, Condrieu, Côtes Rôties, Hermitage).

The guest house b&b is at less than one hour by car from Lyon.

The rooms

The rooms’ names and decor evoke local stories of the small paradise that constitutes Thorrenc, the village in Ardeche, where is the b&b.

- "Les Vignettes" refers to the nearby hills, some terraced a thousand years ago, where we harvest grapes of the blissful Saint Joseph.
- "Le Bois de l’Ane" recalls the conifers and hardwood mixed forest which was not accessible to all horses but perhaps to a hardy donkey.
- "Le Jardin d’Alberta" honours the cascading, yet planned, jungles that adorn the stone houses across the river.
- "Le Suc de Camard" is a local name for something no local can now remember, but its name is remembered nonetheless.

Well... That’s very Thorrenc!

Open your window and you will see the real Jardin d’Alberta. Or, the gorge that the little stream has cut out of the mountain over millions of years of hard work. And sometimes you’ll see a peacock strut by in its finery.
Certainly, the tempting smells emminating from the eminent restaurant that adjoins the hotel will beckon you from your room.

And so to the Auberge’s own restaurant, where you can taste cuisine like no other. Something was once said of the Auberge, which we will print with embarrassment. People travel from many lands to enjoy the cuisine of France. The French themselves travel to Lyon, for its famous cuisine.

And, where do the people of Lyon go? You have guessed it – to the Auberge of Thorrenc of course! The number plates of gastronomes from Lyon and foreign lands line the little road of this hamlet of just 16 people.

PRICES: 65 to 110 € depending on the room and the number of people.

The rooms are all equipped with wireless Internet access, refrigerator, microwave, coffee and teas available.

Size : 25 to 35 m2.

Le Jardin d’Alberta

Old furniture and rural farms apparent enough to the frame decoration. The view from the window overlooks the Alberta’s garden which is beautiful in the spring. Hidden from view and overlooking the village, terraces levels await you for relaxation. (...)

Le Bois de l’âne

The view overlooking the small river that runs through the village: The Thorrençon. The bathroom, spacious, decorated with a frieze artisanal "raku" (pottery technique) gray and blue. The garden is a stone’s throw away for a short nap under the trees. (...)

Le Château

The castle overlooking Thorrenc rooms deserved dedication in one. This is the most spacious (4 people). The mezzanine bedroom is cozy, decorated with pastel colors boutis. Few steps to the garden for breakfast on the terrace under the acacias. (...)

Les Vignettes

Light colors for walls and decoration of this triple room, upstairs. The view overlooking the small river that runs through the village: The Thorrençon. The bathroom, spacious, decorated with a frieze artisanal "raku" (pottery technique) gray and blue. The garden is a stone for a short nap (...)

Suc de Camard

Four stone steps to reach this double room, located on the ground floor. Bright colors, wood and stones adorn this pleasant room overlooking the town square between the castle and the whisper of water Thorrenson. The garden is a stone for a breakfast in the morning sun. (...)

The restaurant

The cuisine of Eric Dechavanne plays, like all great cuisine, with obvious contradictions. Tradition and invention, classic and seasonal products, regionalism and universality....
We will also add: quality and price, whose ratio is exceptional.

Isabelle’s welcome – she is the mistress of the house – is at the same time delicate and simple. Their secret: they like what they are doing and they like the people they receive. At Thorrenc’s Auberge, we are quickly considered a friend.

In the summer, meals are served on the different terraces, beneath the fresh smell of the wisterias to the sound of the little stream.

NB: The three menus of the restaurant change according to the seasons. Most of the products are of local origin and stemming from breedings or from cultures close to Thorrenc.

We are lucky to have around us an important and varied wine area. It extends from Vienne to Valence : Saint Joseph and Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Saint-Peray and so much prestigious wines which make the enjoyment of the amateurs.