Why not "get away from it all" in our gîtes in the beautiful Languedoc Roussillon, deep in The South of France.
Languedoc is a historic province in southern France, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the south and the Rhône River in the east. MONTPELLIER and TOULOUSE have long been the leading cities. The southern portion of the region, Bas (Lower) Languedoc, is composed of a low limestone plain, where almost half of all French wine is produced.
Montpellier is the capital city of the Herault department, about 125 km northwest of Marseille and 12 km north of the Mediterranean coast.
An area of France largely undiscovered, but full of exciting activities, for all the family to name but a few walking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, wine tasting, bird watching, horse riding, gliding, fishing, cycling and much more.
The Cevennes National Park - the second largest national park in France is a walkers paradise with cross country skiing on Mont Aigoual in winter and horse riding in the summer. It stretches across three departments Lozère, Gard and Ardèche.
For those of you who prefer a more relaxed holiday why not just soak up some of the many hours of sunshine. Start your day with the quintessential French coffee and croissant. Visit high and low mountain villages where little has changed for centuries and travel through sun baked sweeping vineyards that support the region with its famous table wines.
Your stay at the Gîtes would not be complete with out a visit to one on the numerous local markets where you can savour the great smells of the home grown produce, it really is a feast for the senses. Stalls laden with fresh vegetables, sun ripened tomatoes and juicy ripe melons. Don't miss a visit to the stalls devoted to local cheeses. The French markets are full of the best combination of food to prepare the most sumptuous of meals. Perfect home-produced food you will remember for a long time. Further your painting and drawing skills in a relaxed and creative atmosphere, with historic buildings and picturesque old village houses and of course the landscape of outstanding natural beauty. What more could the budding artist require, except of course plenty of sunshine to bring your painting to life.
Silk growing and making was an important industrial activity in the Languedoc region from the 17th to the 19th century, and some of the old silk worm factories (Les magnaneries) can still be found tastefully converted into delightful homes adding to the charm and history of the area.
Languedoc Roussillon, An area of France that has everything for those seeking out true French lifestyle and atmosphere... a truly wonderful region of France that has one of the best records of sunshine days.
The gîtes are situated 3 kilometers from the village of St Martial, a village of character, picturesque and nestled on a rocky peak at 500 metres altitude, famous for its XII century Roman church.
Nestling in a green setting deep in the countryside, Olivier and Stéphanie MAUREL welcome you to appreciate and discover the flora and fauna of The Parc National des Cevennes.
The area is above all for those who enjoy outdoor activities and you will find many hiking trails (easy and difficult) which start and finish close by.