(from May 1st, 2009)
There are many interesting places to visit in the area: St Jean du Gard, Anduze and the bamboo plantation, Florac and the Causses with caves and grottoes, the Tarn gorges with picturesque villages, Mount Lozère and the source of the river Tarn, as well as the local and religious architectural heritage (Romanesque churches).
In the area known as 'les vallées Françaises' a popular summer activity is to go bathing in the rivers; especially around the villages of St Etienne vallée Française, Ste Croix vallée Française and St Germain de Calberte.
If you enjoy canoeing or kayaks there are lots of opportunities for this in the Tarn gorges.
There is an active local social life in our area. Many festivities and activities are organised during the summer season (e.g. concerts, shows, short courses in music and in dancing, and even courses for children to learn some circus skills).
In the autumn there is the 'Fête de la Chataigne' (Chestnut Festival) and also the 'Festival de la Randonnée' especially for walkers. Also, mushroom enthusiasts come to this locality in search of cêpes, oronges, girolles and trompettes de la mort (botanical names: cepes, Caesar's mushroom, chanterelle, horn of plenty), all of which are to be found. If by any chance you want to hear the sounds and bellowing of deer in rut you can hear them and sometimes see the deer at nightfall in the forest of Fontmort between 15 September and 15 October.
We organise cooking courses in 'cuisine sauvage' during which you can learn to recognise and cook the wild plants that are to found growing locally in the valleys around. The variety of wild edible plants is wider than you might believe.
The family accommodation is in a quiet spacious room, with en-suite wash basin, shower and toilet and a terrace outside. It is situated well away from the dormitory and from the dinning room.
The dining room/sitting room can be used at any time (board games, chimney and wood stove in winter months).
Outside, there is an enclosed courtyard with garden furniture.