Guest house
 "Mas Perché des Oliviers"

Guest rooms, and guest table with a tang of the Provencal soil

This is a restored 18th century old stone house of the Cévennes
 set in a quiet countryside amid 8 acres of land,
 peacefully nestled amongst the vineyards and olive-trees.

Gîte du Mas Perché des Oliviers

The town of Saint Ambroix

The town of St Ambroix is situated in the department of the provençal Gard and next to two other departments: on one side the department of the Lozère only 40 km away, well-know for its well-preserve National park and the south part of Ardèche only 5 km away. Saint Ambroix is also very close to the Camargue and the medieval towns of Nîmes, Avignon and Uzès à it is therefore the ideal place to go sightseeing in this marvelous region of lavender, olives and fruits.

It is a cultural region, in the countryside and offering all kinds of sports activities !  

Saint-Ambroix is a very pleasant town, dominated by the Rocher du Dugas, on which the ruins of the 12th century castle lie opposite a "fairytale" chapel, built in 1867. This geographic situation was privileged between sea and mountain, where work and quality of life, holidays and relaxation are strictly associated. To discover Saint Ambroix, down from the cliff of Dugas is a rich moment of emotion.

Saint-Ambroix is a commercial and tourist crossroads in the country of Ceze. The old town has a population of 5.000 inhabitants and includes now some additional small villages: Courry …

Saint Ambroix is a charming fortified town dating back to Roman times... and perhaps even earlier. Sitting on a hilltop in the foothills of the Cèvennes Mountains and on the edge of the beautiful Cèvennes National Park, Saint Ambroix is a colorful and delightful town. Saint-Ambroix was the capital of silk in the 19th century. Each farm had its own silk spinning mill where the silk-worms were fed with the leaves of the mulberry trees. There are still plenty of mulberry trees in the region: they have very large palmate leaves, they have the shape of an umbrella. You can buy these delicious marmalades prepared with the fruits of the mulberry trees.

A mulberry tree and its fruits  The mulberry tree painted by Van Gogh

The Second World War and the production of artificial silk have completely ruined the region of the Cévennes.

 But since 1970 – 80, the Gard Provençal is the ideal place to spend your vacation.

The region in which the town lies is a wonderland for those who love unspoiled countryside and outdoor activities. It’s a paradise for walkers, horse-riders, cyclists and explorers. The Cèvennes National Park is right on the doorstep. It offers an unrivalled opportunity to enjoy this fabulous and lesser known region of southern France.

Property of Berguerolles (St Ambroix)

Sports : there is a very large open-air swimming pool which is opened from 15 June till 15 September, There is also a sports club, a stadium, a horse-riding club, the very traditional pétanque, a VTT adventure park, kayaks and canoes in the mountain’s rivers under the supervision of the team of "Grand Bois". 


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Adventure park "Accrobranches"

Local market : This market is full of everything you dreamed that a southern French market would be filled with pots of lavender, aromatic herbs for cooking or scents for your house, dusty bottles of wine from the local caves, tasty local gourmet specialties such as pélardon: a delicious cheese, or fougasse: a type of bread, colorful fabrics and pretty pottery.

Antique market of Barjac: during Easter week-end and on the 15th of August.

Celebrations : The « Médiévales » celebrations are taking place from July 13th till 15th: The whole town of Saint Ambroix turns into a medieval village of the 12th century with dressed up artists, dancers, craftmen …  

During the week-end of August 15th there is a local festival, with fireworks and a village fair.

Shopping

Supermarkets : There are plenty of supermarkets, i.e., Champion, Intermarché, and Lidl. There are also many shops where you can buy pots of lavender, aromatic herbs for cooking, dusty bottles of wine from the local caves, tasty local gourmet specialties such as pélardon, a delicious cheese, or fougasse, a type of bread.

Restaurants and bistrots :  the restaurant “l'Esplanade” on the market place is a good choice, the restaurant « Le moulin du roc Tombé » along the river is charming for a romantic dinner, the “guinguette de St Denis »  along the river: the children can swim and play in the river, it’s certainly not a four star restaurant but it has a lot of local charm !

Medical : there are 5 doctors in town, pharmacies, veterinaries … There is also a large hospital in Alès, 18 km from Saint Ambroix.