La Rouvière

Bonnevaux, Gard

Dotted amongst the oaks and atop a long, winding drive, the house is secluded and delightful. Find pine bedsteads, spring-fed pool and bliss


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5


Not for party animals! This secluded place is reached via a long, long winding drive: you arrive and the beauty of the place suffuses your soul. The word rouvière comes from the Patois for ‘oak’ and the hillsides are full of them. No hint of civilisation to be seen: just the slate roofs of an old farmhouse in the valley below. Come in May and June for the wild flowers, in autumn for the trees, in summer for buzzing bees, cicadas and birds. This is almost a hameau, with the lovely old house, the barns and the terraces on many levels. Living rooms drift into a terrace, there are two sofas, a fireplace, a round dining table, a polished floor; easy to make this one’s home. The kitchen with grey-painted cupboards is well set-up; bedrooms have pine bedsteads and beams (a secret double room lies beyond the terrace). There’s a spring-fed pool with spa jets and a hammock under a fig tree: gaze on vast views and dream. The owners live next door, leave you a basket of local apple juice, goat’s cheese and honey and create walking paths for exploring; the wonderful Saturday market in Les Vans is close by.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from €83
Weekly price
from €580
1 House for 5
From €833 bedrooms


We had a lovely, relaxing week at La Rouvière and would definitely recommend it to others. Claude and Annette were extremely kind and helpful. The gite is well furnished and comfortable, and equipped with everything you need. The pool has amazing views and is kept spotlessly clean. If you have limited mobility this is not an easy place to access and use; there are lots of steep steps and stairs, and luggage has to be carried quite a way from where you park. However, if you want to get away from it all this is a great place to relax and unwind.

Jenny, St bees

The owners were incredibly hospitable, friendly and helpful The Josts took us shopping and they also took us to hear a local choir in an ancient v cold church. Thanks to you.


We drove along narrow, mountain roads and arrived at a lovely stone gite high up in the Cevennes. We were greeted by the delightful owners Claude and Annette who could not have been more kind and helpful. Plenty of information was provided on walks, places to visit and restaurants to try. The setting of the swimming pool was amazing with its view out over the mountains. This is the place to relax and get away from it all. We will be back!


After a drive along quite narrow roads, you will be rewarded by a quiet, roomy, nicely furnished and fully equipped hillside gite surrounded by chestnut and oak woods, and a warm welcome from the owners Annette and Claude. They were always on hand to help but never intrusive. We made quite a lot of use of the swimming pool which is kept as warm as possible by solar panels. A useful folder has walks nearby. We tried two of them, and had great fun. Les Vans has little shops, restaurants, and a lively market on Saturday. La Rouviere was the sort of place that you would want to go back to again.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Claude & Annette Jost

  • Tree huts: Claude has built a few tree-huts around the gîte on the property. Up there among the branches you can read in peace, dream or with a bit of luck watch , film or take photos of wild animals at dusk, boar, fox, badger, pine marten ...
  • Bonnevaux is part of the "Parc National des Cévennes", as such we benefit from the preservation from all kinds of pollution: pure air, quietness, natural landscapes ...and from the proximity to typical places: Mont Lozère , sources du Lot, Gorges du Tarn.
  • Rivers with fresh pure water where you can swim, spend the day with a picnic are something becoming rare. We will help you chose the best places. In less than an hour drive lots of possibilities: la Gagnière, Cèze, Luech, Chassezac, Ardèche...
  • Villefort: the lake and medieval village: la Garde Guérin. The lake has a beach, with restaurant, boat renting offers, a via-ferrata climb worth a try, a 9 hole golf course up the plateau next to la Garde Guérin, with a gorgeous view and good restaurant.
  • Guide files: you will also find more help in the gîte on a variety of files we have prepared for you: locals markets in the neighbourhood, hiking possibilities, other activities...and more on demand !
  • Luminous sky at night...La Rouvière is an excellent spot for watching the stars by clear nights. No artificial lights will pollute the view, it is just there on your terrace, a few steps to take, splendid and silent oll over the place.