|Gîte du Rouquet en Cévennes||Self Catering||Saturday||1||3||1||Sofabed in living room suitable for 1 person|
Are you looking for a wildlife holiday in the South of France or would you like to explore the best of hiking and outdoor sports in the Cévennes?
The Gîte du Rouquet is in the Cévennes National Park – a World Heritage Site and is also in a Natura 2000 protected zone. A gîte-apartment, situated on the lower level of our ancient “Mas” (farmhouse) which is built on the side of a hill. We (Henry & Valerie) live in the house all year round, so are available if you need anything, including advice on the local area and things to do. We are English so you will have no problems communicating if English is your mother tongue.
In addition to the unspoiled wildlife in the Cévennes, in just over an hour by car you can get to:
The Camargue to the South, famous for white horses, black bulls, pink flamingoes and other birdlife.
The Gorges of the Tarn and Jonte rivers to the north have some rare species of plants, insects and birds including 4 species of vultures.
The Grandes Causses (limestone plateaux above the Cévennes) is one of the best sites to see orchids in France in May, June and July.
The Garrigue, between the Cévennes and the Mediterranean, presents an astounding array of flowers in the spring and interesting reptiles in the summer.
There is a wealth of sites and vineyards to visit and numerous outdoor activities to make your holiday memorable:
Foraging for edible plants.
An ideal holiday rental for two.
The gîte-apartment was renovated in 2016 and is furnished with a mixture of stylish antique and modern furniture and fittings and provides everything you might need for your stay including wi-fi internet and Satellite tv (English and French).
There is access to our 20 hectares of land with woods, meadows, streams and waterfalls. You are just a short walk away from some impressive hiking routes.
We provide hiking maps and brochures, binoculars, baskets and several reference books to identify flora and fauna. We also have a selection of brochures for you to decide what to do and where to go.
You may have travelled far without the opportunity to buy food for your evening meal and of course you are on holiday! We provide you with a welcome hamper so you can enjoy a simple evening meal with wine and breakfast the following morning, without having to visit the shops.
Your bed will be made ready for you with high quality 100% cotton bedding. Towels are also provided.
Languages spoken: English, French.
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A propos and sorry …
Smoking is not permitted in the building
Our friends the dogs are not accepted (we have cats).
The gîte is not suitable for children as there are many waterfalls and terraces on the land which are dangerous for small people.
A large open plan living room/kitchen with:
Double sofa bed, coffee table, TV (French and English channels), video player, sound system, table and chairs and free unlimited wi-fi access.
The kitchen has an induction hob, combination oven/microwave/grill, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, sink, cupboards, food processor, pans, kettle, cutlery and crockery
Guests have access to our utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board and iron if needed.
An open plan living room with corner kitchen
A bedroom with:
Double bed, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe and an en-suite shower room with integral wc.
An en suite with mosaic tiled walk in shower, toilet and marble wash hand basin.
There is electric heating in the property.
There is satellite TV (British and international/Astra but not Sky paid-for), loudspeakers for playing music, a BluRay video/CD player, films in English and French.
We provide you with walking maps, tailor made walking brochures, binoculars, baskets and several reference books of the local flora and fauna. Brochures of things to do and places to go are also available.
There is free unlimited wi-fi in the gîte and on the terrace.
The south facing patio is private, allowing beautiful views of the Cévennes hills and furnished with teak steamer sunloungers, table and chairs, cushions and a parasol.
There is a Weber BBQ (charcoal provided free of charge).
You have free access to our 50 acres of land with green oak, pine and chestnut forest (hills), meadows, streams and waterfalls. You are just a short walk from some lovely hiking routes.
Parking on the property.
You have access to one of our lockable cellars if you need to store bikes etc.
The gîte primarily suits couples or two friends sharing. There are many terraces, steps and waterfalls on the property and the land is terraced so sadly the gîte is not suitable for people with disabilities.
As you may have travelled far without the opportunity to shop (and of course you are on holiday) we provide you with a welcome hamper to enable you to enjoy an evening meal and breakfast:
Locally produced wine
Home made jam
Local goats cheese (“pelardon”)
Various home produce when in season
We also believe it helps to have free access to all those little essentials when staying in a gîte, so we supply: Washing up liquid; Cleaning materials; Toilet rolls; Kitchen rolls; Herbs; Salt & Pepper; Hand soap and hand cream.
Your bed will be made ready for you with quality 100% cotton bedding, towels and facecloths are also provided.
Mobile phones rarely work here as the gîte is not within line of sight of any telephone transmitters. If you need to make phone calls you are welcome to use our landline where calls to USA & European landlines are free of charge.
I am passionate about nature, foraging and walking. A pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled and I very much enjoy sharing our "Paradise" with like minded people.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||It is truly Paradise on earth!|
|Unique benefits of property||It is so peaceful here - our nearest neighbours live 2km away. We have beautiful views, a thoughtfully renovated, furnished and equipped gite apartment with a private terrace and easy access to some of the best walking routes in the Cévennes. We are surrounded by nature and our 50+ acres of woods, streams, waterfalls and meadows. Away from the road - it is truly a Paradise for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy the benefits of nature and walking in the protected Cévennes National Park.|
Just walk out the door and explore the Cévennes National Park on foot. We are close to several GR tracks (grand randonnées - walking paths which cross the whole of the country) with fabulous views and historic properties to visit.
Very peaceful, beautiful setting in the Cévennes. Valerie and Henry are charming, considerate and very helpful. They go out of their way to make you welcome. Valerie, as a biologist, is an excellent source of information regarding the flora and fauna of the area, which was particularly useful for us (especially where to find cardabelle thistles!).
Thank you so much for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure welcoming you both here and we are so pleased you enjoyed the Cévennes as much as we do! Kind regards, Valerie and Henry