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Our base

An historical wood mill in a quiet corner of St.Jean-en-Royans

Located in a quiet corner in the town of St.Jean-en-Royans within walking distance of shops, cafes and restaurants, the setting is an historical former wood mill incorporating the original house (our private residence), three self-catering gites, (rural cottages) three Bed and Breakfast rooms, a barn (Grange), splash pool, canal and a beautiful garden.

Self-catering Gites

All our accommodation are named after our favourite local climbs. Our Self-Catering Gites: Tourniol, Limouches and Combe Laval have modern shower rooms, well equipped kitchens and comfortable beds. Each one has a private terrace and BBQ and are situated alongside a gentle flowing, freshwater canal with a backdrop of the Vercors massif.

B&B rooms

Our three B&B rooms with en-suite bathrooms comprise 2 x 2 twin beds and 1 x double bed. Each have independent front door access, modern bathrooms and comfortable beds. We rent them on a minimum of a 3 night stay. Our delicious self-service breakfast includes 'home made' muesli/cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, jams, fresh bread and pastries, coffee and tea. It is laid out in our large, comfortable barn (grange) looking over our flower filled garden.

We also offer a room only for those guests who prefer to make their own breakfast in the kitchen facilities in our comfortable barn (grange).

The Grange

The Grange is the hub of Velo Vercors where guests relax, eat and socialise. We've filled it with comfortable sofas, a communal eating area, TV, music system and a stocked fridge of beers and wine (honesty box), making it a perfect place to spent time off the bike.

It also incorporates a basic kitchen with guest fridge, 2 ring electric hob and all the utensils for our B&B guests to make simple meals. The kitchen facilities and the large communal BBQ also works really well for groups who want to eat together.

The Garden

As well as cycling, gardening is a passion and much time and love has been put into making the Velo Vercors garden beautiful for our guests to share. The flower beds bursting with perennials and herbs whafting their heady scents into the air from spring to autumn can be enjoyed while lounging in the many sun loungers dotted throughout the garden. The cherry and persimmon trees offers a shady area to relax while the large grassed area catches the sunshine for most of the day. And as the sun starts to set the high bank beside the canal is a perfect place for an aperitif to watch the sun go down.

The Canal

We are so fortunate to have fresh mountain water flowing into the canal running alongside the gites and garden from which we fill by gravity the splash pool and outside shower, as well as water the vegetable patch and garden. Historically, the water from the canal was used to turn the turbines to produce electricity for the wood mill and we live in one of the very few properties in St.Jean with 'water rights' granted in Napoleonic times. The water flows around and below the gites and the house to feed the organic trout farm next door where you can buy direct for a wonderful fish supper.

The Splash Pool

We are fortunate enough to be able to fill the pool with fresh mountain water from the canal. Perfect for a dip after a ride and not as cold as the canal.

Our House

We live in the main house built at the end of the 19th century, originally used as a storage building for the wooden items made in the mill. It was one of many wood mills in the region and only stopped production in the 1970's. The previous owners converted the top floor into bedrooms over 40 years ago and we have continued to renovate and make changes over the years. From here we are on hand to welcome guests, available to advise and suggest routes and to make sure your holiday is going well.

Tourniol is 1 of our 2 bedroom gites accommodating 4 people:

  • Small, separate kitchen with gas hob, microwave, fridge freezer, kettle/coffee maker
  • Lounge and dining area
  • Downstairs bedroom with double bed
  • Bathroom with powerful shower
  • Separate toilet
  • Upstairs bedroom with 2 single beds
  • Outside terrace with table/chairs/BBQ

Limouches is the 2nd of our 2 bedroom gites accommodating 4 people:

  • Open plan kitchen, lounge, dining area with gas hob, microwave, large fridge freezer, kettle/coffee maker
  • Downstairs bedroom with double bed
  • Bathroom with powerful shower
  • Separate toilet
  • Upstairs bedroom with 2 single beds
  • Outside terrace with table/chairs/BBQ

Combe Laval is our 3 bedroom gite accommodating a maximum of 6 people :

  • Open plan Kitchen, lounge, dining area with gas hob, microwave, large fridge freezer, kettle/coffee maker
  • Downstairs bedroom with double bed
  • Bathroom with powerful shower
  • Separate toilet
  • 2 Upstairs twin bedrooms (4 single beds)
  • Outside terrace with table/chairs/BBQ

Rousset is a twin room with en-suite BnB with own front door leading from the garden.

Pionnier is a twin BnB room with ensuite bathroom with own front door and direct access from the garden.

Bataille is our BnB room with a double bed. It also has a double pull down sofa bed.

The 'hub' of Velo Vercors to relax, eat and socialise

The house, gites and grange were all part of the wood mill created towards the end of the 19th Century strategically built along the canal utilising the water source flowing from the Vercors and the wood from the forest of Lente. It was one of many wood mills in the area supplying other local businesses and those further afield in the cities of Lyon and Valence. The water from the canal turned 2 turbines - one still remaining in the grange, to create electricity which powered the tools to cut and fashion the wood. Originally, the house was a office/storage area and the gites was one long storage room up until the previous owners made them into gites. The grange was the main work area producing 'draw liners' and other wood products. We believe the mill closed down during the 70's and was then purchased by the Felix family where Mr. Felix made leather shoes and then converted the storage area into the gites.

Great location, super on-site facilities

Our base on the edge of town offers a stress free option for lunch and evening meals with a 5 minute stroll to the local bistros and cafes.

And our on site facilities offers everything you need for a great cycling holiday on and off the bike:

  • Accommodation for up to 21 people
  • Large outside 'grange' where guests can socialise, eat and relax with Communal BBQ, kitchen area, TV and music system
  • Large, beautiful garden with 4m splash pool, loungers and lots of private areas
  • Clear ice cold mountain water canal to bathe aching muscles
  • Parking for up to 7 vehicles
  • Communal Washing machine, washing tablets and drying area
  • Large, healthy breakfasts including homemade organic muesli, yoghurt, juice, daily fresh croissants and bread, jams, eggs from the Velo Vercors hens, Yorkshire Tea and 'bean to grain' coffee.
  • Safe bike storage, bike workshop and tools
  • Well stocked fridge of ice cold beers and wine (honesty box)
  • Massage upon request