Le Dérot Moulinage : tous les plaisirs de la Drôme réunis dans nos Chambres d'Hôtes.

The surrounding area.



The river.

The Gervanne rises high into the western edge of the Vercors at the "Col de la Bataille”. Its basin opens to the south over the valley of the Drôme. It runs generally from north to south and joins the right bank of the Drôme at the village of Mirabel-et-Blacons, six miles above the town of Crest. The Gervanne borders our property to the east (see photo). The crystal clear water and its temperature are a refreshing invitation to swim - for the bravest!

La Gervane, rivière qui passe à côté des chambres d'hôtes

The hill and the walks.


The hill, 100m from the house, is one of the closest walks. We call it "the walk of the ridges” (IGN 3137 OT). Walking there in late afternoon is a treat: an appetizer walk (walking or biking) that allows enjoying the sunset with a panoramic view over the valleys of the Gervanne and Sye.

  

  

Hikers can easily reach the GR9 (2.5 km in the village of Vaugelas) and go straight to Saint-Amour (Jura) as far as the Mediterranean ... The Gervanne is one of seven natural regions that make up the Regional Natural Park of The Vercors. Crest (10km) is one of the entry towns. You'll be spoiled for choice between the 2850 km of hiking trails and 1268 km of mountain bike trails that the Park of The Vercors offers.

The power plant.

A small hydroelectric plant adjacent to the property allowed the old manufactory o produce its own energy. It was put back into production in 2004.

  

The Canal.

From the power plant’s intake on Gervanne, water reaches the plant via a canal that winds through fields and woods for about 1400 m. The landscape around the river, below the water level, is a cool area where you can relax.

  

You can walk in the canal. If you are very quiet, you might see beavers.


Montclar sur Gervanne.

Montclar-sur- Gervanne is a town of about 170 inhabitants, fifteen of them live in the village throughout the year. A fortified village, with over 500 inhabitants in the early 20th century, the Medieval castle disappeared in 1474. The only remains are: the walls (ramparts), the guard-house and the chapel. The village is so called because it is lit by the sun from morning to evening, which is not so common in the valleys of the foothills of the Vercors. Montclar watches on the “Le Moulinage” like a lit sentinel. At the bottom of the village, near the Gervanne, remains Vachères Castle, built in the 16th century on the site of the old manor.
  

The stars.

In summer, on a clear night, which is more frequent than not, you will enjoy watching the shooting stars and the Milky Way. No light pollution disturbs nocturnal observations.