The Cévennes is an area of great natural beauty lying about fifty miles north of the Mediterranean. It has a great variety of natural landscape: from the wild flower covered high "causses", cut by deep valleys and gorges, to the vineyard covered garrigue; from the bare granite of Mount Lozère to the soft limestone of the southern Cévennes. The area is an ideal location for a rural holiday, with tranquil unspoilt towns and villages to explore and a wide range of outdoor activities available.
Le Vieux Mas is in the heart of the historic "Cévennes des Cévennes" of the Camisards, with its beautiful chestnut-wooded ridges and valleys admired by Robert Louis Stevenson in his "Travels with a donkey". The six pictures immediately below were all taken within 20km of the house and show a little of the essence of the area.
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Above: the tiny hamlets of the Cévennes nestle on steep hillsides, seeking flatter land for cultivation between the deeply-cut rivers and the often bare ridges of this jagged landscape.
Below: where higher land was grazed, there are some lovely meadows, and there are many peaceful places on the rivers despite the autumn storms.