The village “Saou” in the Drôme

The village of Saoû is located in the department of Drome, between the Alps and Provence.

Saoû: 6,000 years of history, its forest

We can not talk about the Domaine du Roc without involving the village of Saoû, we can not talk of the village of Saoû without associating  the Saoû Forest.

>>  Saoû story

Saoû, a village from above!

Issue of the TV program “Des Racines et des Ailes”
spring 2015

>> Link youtube video

Saoû honored

(the TV news at 1pm on TF1)

Saoû, a village next to a captivating, immense and mysterious forest

>> Watch the video

Saoû, a mystical forest

A mystrical forest, rare in Europe.

Saoû, a exceptionnal forest …

>> Video Link

Saoû and its restaurants

5 ‘ by car or 15’ walk from the old path, and you will be in the center of the village where you no longer will be spoiled for choice.

Arthur and Aurelie, Thierry, Jerome, Bernard, Christine and Martine await you in the 3 restaurants, the local bar and creperie for you to discover the products of this superb terroir in Drôme, the first organic department in France. And if you prefer to stay at the Domaine, enjoy small catering dishes at Magalie’s l’Amuse Papilles.

>> Web link

Restaurant / Thierry :
Restaurant / Christine et Martine :
Restaurant / Magalie :

Saoû and craftsmen

Come and meet the craftsmen in the village. You will share a special moment with Adelaide, Joss, Aurélie and Vincent, Carole, Sandrine, Bernard,  passionate and fascinating people.

>> website Link
Joss :
Adelaide :
Carole :


On foot, by car or motorbike to explore the old villages or go in search of local produces, by bike, on horseback, on water, or with a harness … Or up there … you are spoiled for choice! Without forgetting the swimming pool of the Domaine du Roc …

On foot …

Ideally located at the edge of the  Saoû forest, the Domaine du Roc is an ideal base for hiking. Roche-Colombe, St. Médard chapel, the Grand Pomerolle are the aims of  half-day or full day hiking. And after a few kilometers drive, the 3 Becs mountain or Couspeau Summit await you … unless you would better explore the magnificent gorges of Omblèze at the gate of Vercors. Click here for loading  our selections of hiking.

By car or motorbike to explore the old villages

At the gates of the Drôme and Diois, discover the heritage through these small hidden roads ideal for a day drive.

  • Heading South: Poet Laval, Dieulefit, Grignan, the church of Comps, the old village of Bourdeaux
  • More to the south: the Mont Ventoux, Baronnies, Nyons
  • Easting: Marsanne potters villages, Cliousclat, Mirmande
  • To the north: col de la Chaudière, Die Valley Barsac the birthplace of Clairette

Or go in search of local produces

Discover local produces and let you be guided by your desires : Chocolat Valrhona, wines of the appellation Grignan les Adhemar or the Brézème, Nyons olive oil,  Eyguebelle syrup, Montelimar nougat …
Beyond each of these products, you will meet men and women who love to share their passion for this exceptional terroir.

Cycling …

With a lot of little roads  and the site of the Saoû forest , this spot of Drome is a perfect playground for cyclists on the road or off-road:

  • 5 marked forest trails, 15 to 32km, from 400 to 1400 vertical meters: You choose your biking trail
  • On the road, the playing field is almost infinite. For example, the 65 km forest tour by the Pas de Lauzun and the pass of la Chaudière. Or riding along the Roubion Valley up  to the “Gorge de 30 pas”, and return by the Cabre pass in 85km.

On horseback, on water, or with a harness …

Canoeing down the Drome,  sensations at Acro Pole Adventure in the forest of Comps, a horseback ride around the edge of the forest or the river, an aquatic hike to La Motte-Chalancon or climbing among the 850 scales of the forest site with Tom: the hardest part will be choosing!

Or up there …

At sunrise or sunset, Oscar will make  you discover the forest and cliffs from his balloon for an unforgettable journey.
For thrill seekers, the volunteers of Aubenasson will make you discover the extraordinary feeling of freedom during a glider flight initiation.

Oscar :
Base Aubenasson :