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Character Gite in Southern France. Stunning Views, Pool, River Swimming

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Last updated: 11/15/2014
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St.-Jean-du-Gard cottage description

L'Elzet Gite, a unique château-style country home nestled in the foothills of the Cevennes National Park by the Stevenson Trail and overlooking fantastic panoramic views of the valley below and beyond. Great village amenities and bar-restaurant, just 1km walk or 1.5km drive. The nearby gorgeous crystal clear aquamarine spring-water river swimming, with beaches, cascade, rock-pooling, paddling, and even a bar-cafe-restaurant at the beginning of river walk, where you park your car make this an idyllic holiday!

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The Tower is one of our gites available.

LAYOUT: Ground floor kitchen and living area with a spiral staircase leading up to the bedroom with a kingsize bed. Then continue up the staircase to the amazing bathroom with a large corner bath and stunning views across the valley.



Shared outdoor areas:
Large garden with shaded banquet area, tables and chairs and BBQ, sun beds, shared swimming pool all with beautiful panoramic views over the valley and beyond. Parkland and woodland trails.
A lovely tranquil, relaxing and evocative setting


We have a small menagerie of child friendly pet farm animals and 2 gorgeous donkeys!

This is also an ideal retreat outside of school holidays for those who want tranquility and lifting of their spirits, or to recuperate. It is infinitely inspiring for artists, photographers, and walkers, and the famous Stevenson Trail (Robert Louis Stevenson 'Travels with a donkey in the Cevennes') passes through the valley here.

Every season has its beauty in this idyllic location nr St Jean du Gard and the magnificent Cevennes National Park. There is so much to do locally, for families and couples alike.

Our village is a typical Cevenol community where you can experience authentic friendly french life, and is just a 1km walk or 1.5km drive. We have a Mairie where local events often take place, well stocked mini Spar supermarket, specialist bakery-patisserie, butcher, takeaway, bar restaurant(s), tennis, football, horse and donkey riding; and local school. The crystal clear river swimming is either by our village or 3.4km from here. There are lots of clean often white beaches, with paddling, and rock-pooling, all in a wonderful oasis, both with bar-restaurant close by.

Many of our visitors have called it a paradise. We have countless great reviews and many visitors come back year after year!

There are great local markets such as nearby St Jean Du Gard Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Thursdays at historic Anduze, which sell not just traditional local cullinary products but a wealth of colourful artisan made products and wares to tempt you.

This area is a jewel in the diverse region of Languedoc in the South of France. Visit Spring and Autumn- each and every season offers a very different holiday experience and you are more inclined to be adventurous when it is less hot.
Just in case - all gites have heating. Two of our gîtes have a cosy log burner.

Being located in the South East of the Cevennes, on the border of both Lozere and Gard means we are ideally placed for not just the National Park, but also Nimes and the nature reserve of the Camargue, or south to Montpellier and the sea, west to Uzes, the roman Pont du Gard and even visit Avignon just over the river in Provence.

There are too many adventure activities in the Cevennes to mention - walking trails, hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, canoeing. rafting, water tubing, tree assault courses, and exciting caving to name a few.

The CEVENNES NATIONAL PARK is a UNESCO protected Biosphere and World Heritage Site. The rugged beauty and diversity of granite meeting limestone means sheer ridges, deep gorges gouged out by crystal clear rivers, and dramatic limestone caves to thrill. The scenery is breathtakingly spectacular. There are more than 2400 animal species and unique flora from Mediterranean through to alpine species. You will find a classic way of life here, with its mix of mountain, valley pastures, farmlands and many ancient villages and the total of all of this, and its culture, is protected by the UNESCO Biosphere and now a WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

The border of the park has been extended to include Saint Etienne Vallee Francaise which is also in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is part of the Stevenson trail (GR70) and many other beautiful walks.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the book 'Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes'). You can find a link to read this book, or read more about the Cevennes and its rich history including that of the Camisards, Hugenots and famous people from this region who made their mark in its culture and history on our website.

The Wines of the Cevennes & Languedoc: The Languedoc vineyards of the Southern Cevennes produce some of the best wines in Languedoc including organic wines.

For more information visit our own L'Elzet Gites website http://www.cevennes-holiday-gites.com

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 0 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

          • Massage

          Suitability

          • Events Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed:

            We have tame pet farm animals here so we cannot accept your pets even though we love all animals...moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          • : 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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          • Bedroom 2: 2 child bed

            Bunk beds...moreless

          • Details: Lovely bedroom, king size bed

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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          Other Amenities

              • The local river swimming is just gorgeous. Owner hospitality at hand makes all the difference to your holiday. You can stay designated couples only weeks, and family holiday weeks, self-catering, or some meals a La Ferme. Massage, or Qi Gong Master in the village. Babysitting. L'Elzet Gites is suitable for those seeking an idyllic, tranquil evocative setting, During school holidays means children may be having fun. Families love to visit the river and cascade, or go on the many walks, or visit the many places of interest , or local steam railway, museum, colourful markets, bambouzerie park, caves. The magnificent Cevennes National Park has dramatic scenery and many activities.. We believe L'Elzet and the Cevennes will combine to make a unique and special holiday. We respect your privacy, but there are also opportunities to join in group BBQ's and/or drinks and have a laugh if you choose to :) ...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • CD Player
              • Games:

                Boules is very popular...moreless

              • Games For Kids
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Television:

                There is a house television in the library, or bring your tablet or laptop and enjoy streamed television via broadband...moreless

              • Toys
              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Farm Holidays
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Arboretum
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Botanical Garden
              • Caves
              • Churches
              • Forests
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Volcano
              • Water Parks
              • Waterfalls
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Mountain
              • Rural
              • Village

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Rafting
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Skiing
              • Spelunking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Whitewater Rafting

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people

              General

              • Activities Guide
              • Air Conditioning:

                Not required as the walls are 3ft thick and keep the interior cool in the summer, easy to keep warm in the winter...moreless

              • Heating
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Open plan Living/dining room...moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Parking:

                There is car parking close to your gite...moreless

              • Telephone:

                There is a house telephone to receive calls if needed...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Except bath towels. If flying these can be provided at an extra cost of €5 per person. Otherwise please bring your own...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                A laundry service is available, there is no individual washing machine in each gite...moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Stove

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Refrigerator:

                combined upright fridge freezer...moreless

              • Stove

              Outside

              • Balcony
              • Barbecue
              • Beach Chairs
              • Deck / Patio
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Patio
              • Tennis:

                There are tennis courts just down the road this side of the village. Please bring your own rackets....moreless

              Pool / Spa

              • Communal Pool
              • Outdoor Pool

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card

                  Property Descriptor

                      • Detached
                       

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                      EXTRA CHARGES: 
                      Exit cleaning charge of 55 Euro additional to the above depending on length stay. 
                      
                      Weekly rates are for the Clede cottage
                      Weekend rate is for up to 3nts
                      
                      Breakage Deposit is 200 Euros returned at the end of your stay.
                      Laundry Service available 
                      
                      Please contact us about our other gîtes:
                      The Tower Annexe from 300€ - 650€, 
                      2-bedroom apartment sleep (2-6) from 350€ - 950€ Euros. Fabulous views!
                      
                      Christmas & New Year special 2012/2013 -  gîtes are available (cosy with central heating & log fires!) 
                      Welcoming Anglo-French hospitality
                      
                      
                      LONG LETS AVAILABLE LATE SEPT/OCTOBER THROUGH TO 1ST MAY 2014:
                      
                      Perfect as a retreat in beautiful tranquil setting, pet farm animals including gorgeous donkeys.
                      Improve your French. Live in a good community with all you could want in a village - Mairie, shops, bar-restaurant, school, take-away, doctor/air ambulance
                      Breakfast or evening meals may be possilble if arranged in advance.
                      Please contact us for information about our  other gîtes & rental rates.
                      

                      Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                      Last updated: 11/15/2014
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                      Location

                      84 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Nimes 1hr, Montpellier 1hr50 and others
                      1 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Bar-Restaurant 1km walk, or 1.5km by car
                      35 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      Ales
                      30 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      ALES 30km, Nimes 65km, Avignon (Eurostar)
                      40 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      N106 Nimes to Ales
                      1.5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Bar Restaurant in the village (1km walk)
                      56 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ski
                      Mont Aigoual & Mont Lozere ski stations
                      3.5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Crystal Clear River with beaches 3km Med Sea 95k

                      Car: Necessary

                      Tranquil location. Fabulous crystal clear river swimming just 3.5km, Cevennes National Park, walking, canoeing, caves, steam train, many activities. Museums, markets at St Jean du Gard and Anduze. The magnificent Cevennes National Park is stunning ( a UNESCO World Heritage site) in Languedoc Roussillon, We are by the border of both Lozere & Gard.

                      You can just drink in the stunning panoramic views, and enjoy the many different vistas along 5 hectares of our woodlands or you can have lazy days with perhaps a walk to the nearby village, interacting with the friendly community and sit outside the shaded bar-restaurant we have here, this may be enough for you. But fabulous aquamarine crystal clear river swimming is 3.5km from L'Elzet is an idyllic oasis and has paddling, rock-pooling and beaches. The Stevenson Trail (GR70) passes through here and the village (1-1.5km). Here you have tennis courts, horse riding, football, weekly events during the summer, bar/restaurant(s), small 'Spar' supermarket, butcher, bakery-patisserie, school and doctor.

                      The Cevennes is diverse, rich in history, flora, fauna, geology and ideal for birdwatcing, & nature photography,

                      St Jean du Gard 13km colourful markets. Cevenol Museum, Steam Train, Bambouzerie Park, historic Anduze, Activity centre Parc Parfum D'Aventure, Caves de Trabuc, vineyards; cosmopolitan Ales; historic Uzes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier, Mediterranean coast.

                      Visitors fall in love with L'Elzet & this magical region and so will you!

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1986

                      About the owner: Jeaves Ropero is half French, half English, and grew up in York, UK. She moved to France in 1986 to build l'Elzet with her then husband. For many years Jeaves has built a solid reputation for providing excellent hospitality (and for her meals a la ferme!) L'Elzet has visitor books with countless testimonials, and many many have said they arrive as visitors, depart as friends! Some visitors return year after year, sometimes twice in the same year, to experience the changing beauty of the seasons, friendship, and a home from home.

                      Why the Owner Chose St.-Jean-du-Gard:
                      Jeaves and her then husband used to stay in the local village of St Etienne Vallee Francaise every year from around the beginning of the 1980's. They had fallen in love with the dramatic beauty and diversity of the magnificent Cevennes and its National Park yet have easy access to and from several airports (Nimes less than 1hr drive), the Camargue and the Mediterranean coast. They never tired of it. This is now a unique chateau style property like no other and she began renting out her first gite - the Tower Annexe and has since added the characterful Clede converted chestnut drier cottage, and a super 2 bedroom apartment, with stunning views overlooking the valley below, (on the same level as the garden and swimming pool). There were so many reasons they chose the site - the evocative atmosphere, the many vistas along its extensive woodlands, next to a friendly local village community and its many amenities, not forgetting the central bar-restaurant to mingle with the locals, tennis courts and horse riding, oh, and the fabulous crystal clear river swimming and cascade nearby, the famous Cevennes National Park, - and more.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      Having owner hospitality makes every difference to a holiday experience, and Jeaves is a fantastic host and a great cook, with the help of Manon (she speaks French but gives English a go !). You can be self-catering, or have meals a la ferme. Out of main seasons it is possible to stay for B&B, short breaks, or long let, Visitor feedback suggests you will fall in love with L'Elzet. It is a home from home whilst also having a unique character and evocative atmosphere. The many vistas along its extensive woodlands, next to a friendly local village community and its many amenities, not forgetting the central bar-restaurant to mingle with the locals; tennis courts and horse riding; oh, and the fabulous crystal clear river swimming and cascade nearby, so pure you might not want to swim in the sea again - all combine to make a holiday here special. Everyone should experience the wonders of the Cevennes National Park! We also have our much loved small menagerie of pet farm animals including L'Elzet's own two gorgeous donkeys. All are tame, full of character, and used to all ages petting them. Children adore them but be prepared to have a donkey or goat joint you for dinner or poke its head through the window!


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english, french, Happy to use Google translation service by email

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                      Photos

                      • The Tower Annexe

                        The Tower Annexe

                      • Violon 2-bed apartment balcony (sleep 6)

                        Violon 2-bed apartment balcony (sleep 6)

                      • Stunning views from L'Elzet at 6am

                        Stunning views from L'Elzet at 6am

                      • Sunbathing with a friend

                        Sunbathing with a friend

                      • Taken from the woodland walk to the East of L'Elzet

                        Taken from the woodland walk to the East of L'Elzet

                      • Cevennes National Park

                        Cevennes National Park

                      • Crystal clear river swimming nearby

                        Crystal clear river swimming nearby

                      • Damsel statue, Tower behind & L'Elzet entrance

                        Damsel statue, Tower behind & L'Elzet entrance

                      • Example route Calais to L'Elzet via Reims, Dijon, Lyon and Nimes

                        Example route Calais to L'Elzet via Reims, Dijon, Lyon and Nimes

                      • Jeaves!

                        Jeaves!

                      • The view form the Violon balcony

                        The view form the Violon balcony

                      • Pool with panoramic views!

                        Pool with panoramic views!

                      • Tower 2nd floor overlooking  Le Violon apartment

                        Tower 2nd floor overlooking Le Violon apartment

                      • Violon Master bedroom

                        Violon Master bedroom

                      • Two gorgeous donkeys - take one for a walk

                        Two gorgeous donkeys - take one for a walk

                      • One of our pet animals

                        One of our pet animals

                      • Saint-Etienne-Vallee-Francaise crowned by the old chateau

                        Saint-Etienne-Vallee-Francaise crowned by the old chateau

                      • An Oasis at La Cascade 2.5km

                        An Oasis at La Cascade 2.5km

                      • Canoeing in the Cevennes National Park

                        Canoeing in the Cevennes National Park

                      • November - stunning colours & popular for walkers

                        November - stunning colours & popular for walkers

                      • Our very popular Thursday evenings that turns into a banquet! A night to remember! - Enjoy wonderful food a la ferme!

                        Our very popular Thursday evenings that turns into a banquet! A night to remember! - Enjoy wonderful food a la ferme!

                      • L'Elzet Gites with panoramic views, pool, bordering the magnificent Cevennes National Park

                        L'Elzet Gites with panoramic views, pool, bordering the magnificent Cevennes National Park

                      • La Clede

                        La Clede

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                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

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                      Owner
                      Member since: 2008
                      Speaks: english, french, Happy to use Google translation service by email
                      • Response time: Within 2 days
                      • Response rate: 80%
                      • Calendar last updated: 11/15/2014
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                      +44 7944312886
                      Jeaves

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