Swim in our 17-metre pool or just a short drive away are a number of natural swimming holes and rivers. One of our favourite spots is an old abandoned quarry called Gournier, complete with waterfall and enormous rocks. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine. Life doesn’t get any sweeter!
Grab a map and set off into nature. Here on the edge of the Cevennes National Park there’s so much to explore - forests, rivers and viaducts or take a 25-minute hike down the hill to the stunning medieval village of Banne.
Cycling in the Cevennes means miles of unspoilt scenery, wildflowers, wildlife and few human encounters. The local roads are ideal for cycling but don’t forget to save energy for the return journey because it is always uphill coming home!
Why anyone would want to leave the chateau I just don’t know. But if you are the sporty type that just can’t keep still, then bring your racket. You’ll find tennis courts in our neighbouring villages of St. Paul and les Vans.
If there is one thing this area is famous for it’s canoeing. It’s not surprising. Not only are the rivers perfect for canoeing and rafting, but the scenery is truly magnificent. People travel thousands of miles to come here. From the Mazel it’s about 20 minutes away.
Pont du Gard The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50m high, created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.
Uzès Probably our favourite market town in France. Between Nîmes and Avignon, this discreet but oh-so-elegant town is a rare survival. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Don’t miss it!
Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Visit the beautiful walled city of Avignon, where you can learn about the history of the Papacy in France or explore its elegant shops. For lunch head north to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, home to the finest wines of the Rhone valley.
Prehistoric cave paintings Go to the Caverne du Pont d'Arc to experience what cave painting was like 36,000 years ago. http://en.cavernedupontdarc.fr/