La Source de Castagnols | Bed & Breakfast in Lozère | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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La Source de Castagnols - Bed & Breakfast in Lozère

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Lieu dit Castagnols, 48220 Vialas, Lozère
Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Marjoleine & Henk-Jan Spruijt

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+33 (0)4 66 41 05 79(landline)

A remote, authentic stone-and-timber Cévennes farmhouse with lovely hosts, good food, great walking, river swimming… Nature reigns supreme

Here, in deepest France, clinging to a Cévennes hillside, is this ruined stone farm rebuilt by your amazing eco-hosts, Henk-Jan, architect and carpenter extraordinaire, and Marjoleine, decorator and great cook. Their commitment to nature, their hamlet and house is impressive. In a huddle of stable, piggery, and chestnut dryer, the warm woody interior embraces you: rafters, panelling and floors, ingenious shutters and ladders are all hand-made from reclaimed local timber, the shelves are sparkling slices of local stone and the beds are superb. Peace is total, harmony reigns. Walk with a donkey, return for good food.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Marjoleine & Henk-Jan Spruijt:

Local points of interest from
Marjoleine & Henk-Jan Spruijt:

  • The Cévennes is an excellent region for hiking and mountain biking. Its landscape is highly varied and breathtakingly beautiful. The landscape is perfect for hiking or mountain biking.
  • Wherever one cycles, the steepness of the slopes and the hairpin bends compete for the attention demanded by the beauty of the surroundings. You will find little valleys with rushing streams and secret spots, high wide plateaus with rough boulders.
  • There is no need to use your car at all, although you will find it rewarding to explore the area further by car. There are nearby streams and water courses where you may swim, jump, dive and construct dams.
  • There a number of outdoor sports to be enjoyed, such as canoeing/kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, and hiking with a donkey, as described by Robert Louis Stevenson in his Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.
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  • 5 Twin/doubles
Price:(i) 81 to98 per night

Extra bed & cot available.

Booking info:


Dinner, 3 courses with wine, €25 except Friday. Restaurants 10km.


15 October - 1 May.


Lieu dit Castagnols, 48220 Vialas, Lozère

B&B 5 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) 81 to 98 per night

Marjoleine & Henk-Jan Spruijt

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+33 (0)4 66 41 05 79(landline)