8 bedrooms, 3 terraces, calm, very luminous, family gatherings, fantastic views,
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About Martine Fougeron
I am a fine art photographer. I like spaces and colors. I was born in Paris, France and presently live in New York. I studied at LFNY, l’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, Wellesley College and the International Center of Photography. The house in the South of France is a family house where i have spent my summers since I was 5 years old. I am a photographer working in New York. This has been my country house where I have spent many summers and it is a perfect contrast from the city life. I like the perfect calm and the luminous space I have in this house with the great views on the rolling hills and the light on the mountains of the Cevennes and the high plateaux of the Causses. This house is my sanctuary. I love the evenings watching the sunset with a glass of rose on the southern terrace, going to the rivers with a picnic, hiking in the mountains.
Martine Fougeron purchased this House in 1967
Why Martine Fougeron chose Bez-et-Esparon
We have owned this property for 50 years. It is our haven. it is a luminous house full of breathtaking views on untouched rolling mountains. A most atmospheric, æsthetic retreat from the busy world, cooled by mountain breezes in the blistering summer, with superb walks, rivers for swimming or canoeing down in the valley, unusual excursions galore - and just 9km from all shopping. The Local market is fantastic with only local products, most organic. Perfect for nature-lovers who love to walk and hike on the great trails, go to the surrounding rivers and picnic. La Bastide d'Esparon is on two floorsL Le Haut, and Le Bas connected by a terrace and an interior staricase. Each floor has a sperate entrance. The Guest House is independant and connected by a terrace. You may rent the Upper House only. I rent the Lower House and or the guest House only to guests who rent the Upper House. So you can all have your privacy while still being together. Breathtaking 360 degree views on the mountains and high plateaux. At sunset, I can never marvel enough with my glass of rose and the local roquefort. Great walks and rivers. Fantastic sun and fresh air. Beautiful medieval hamlet. Untouched region. Few tourists. Perfect calm A haven Living indoor and outdoor For nature lovers Medieval hamlet with 25 Typical Cevenole Houses with XIth century chapel and fountain House is comfortable and refined, high ceilings, big with 3 terraces.
What makes this House unique
Bastide d'Esparon is located in the small and untouched hamlet of Esparon 6 kilometers from Le Vigan in the untouched Cevennes Meridionales. The eagle’s-eye views are amazing, the calm absolute, genuine rural France; Situated in The Parc National des Cevennes in the Departement du Gard (Languedoc Roussillon Region). 40 minutes from Montpellier and Nîmes by train or plane. A most atmospheric, æsthetic retreat from the busy world, cooled by mountain breezes in the blistering summer, with superb walks, rivers for swimming or canoeing down in the valley, unusual excursions galore - and just 9km from all shopping. The Local market is fantastic with only local products, most organic. Perfect for nature-lovers who love to walk and hike on the great trails, go to the surrounding rivers and picnic and yet like to be in a refined home, well decorated which has a very spacious feeling. With its 3 terraces and big windows, you feel that you are living outside in Nature from the house. Located in The Parc National des Cevennes, you can walk in the hamlet without cars, go and see the XI century roman chapel and into a pine forest on the top of the eagle's nest, or head off for one of the many GR Trails which start from the hamlet. Bastide d'Esparon is located in the untouched and intact XI century hamlet of Esparon which is a 'Village Classé'. You are at 700 meters--the eagle’s-eye views are amazing and it is genuine rural France. This part of the Cevennes joined in 2011 the UNESCO World Heritage for it
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Beautiful getaway, up high
This is a stunningly beautiful property in a small hamlet, a real feast for the senses. The interior is full of art, the exterior full of flowers. The views are, as the owner notes, breathtaking. Early morning sounds in late June included owls, (faint) bells from the sheep in the farm below, the buzzing of bees, and birdsong. Between the terraces and indoor living areas, there are numerous spaces for talking, reading, or puttering. Despite the historic ambience, we found modern amenities--dishwasher, washing machine, a well stocked kitchen. You can find three or four hikes directly from La Bastide, with others starting in nearby towns or villages. Le Vigan, 10 - 15 minutes away, is a very nice town with cafes, restaurants, boulangeries, a Saturday and Tuesday market, and a good tourist information center. The owner and caretakers are gracious and helpful with suggestions and directions for excursions--if you can bring yourself to leave.
What a great place! run by nice people. We were 7 of us and had a great time. The place is very nice, clean and have all the facility we need. Very quiet in a tiny little village 5 mn drive from market etc...We all had a great time and if we go back in the area will have no problem coming back. Thank you Martine and Sonia
Herve, you and your friends were delightful. You enjoyed all the great food and wine of the region and you did some wonderful trips in the surrounding towns, hills and high plateaux as well as day trips to Nimes.
Come back whenever you wish.
Superbe bastide dans un lieu magnifique
Un groupe de 15personnes coutumie de ce type de location nous avons vraiment apprécié cette bastide de part sa decoration et son ambiance.Nous avons pleinement profite des différentes terrasses .Nous avons également apprécié les nombreux sentiers au départ de la bastide.Accueil conviviale et sympathique .Nous conseillons vivement cette location
Merci Olivier, C'etait un plaisir de vous avoir a la maison. Votre groupe d'amis qui se retrouve régulièrement était tellement syma[atique et organise.
Revenez quand vous voulez,
Nous avons passé un séjour très agréable au calme. Cette bastide offre une vue magnifique sur les Cévennes. La maison est tellement grande qu'il vous faut plusieurs jours pour apprivoiser tous les recoins. Vous aurez le choix même si vous venez nombreux comme nous à 14, pour avoir des espaces de tranquilité, de détente. Petit bémol pour notre petit fils agé de 20 mois, les marches en pierre sont très hautes sur les terrasses et demandait beaucoup de surveillance !
Pour les activités, de belles randonnées sont à faire au départ de ce site mais aussi visiter les gorges de la Dourbie, le mont Aigual, le cirque de Navarelles : paysage époustouflant !
Vacances vraiement réussies !!
Je suis heureuse que vous ayez passe des vacances très réussies et apprécie le calme et les vues de La Bastide d'Esparon, sur les paysages intacts des Cévennes méridionales et des Causses.
En effet la maison est très vaste et permet a chacun d'avoir des espaces de tranquillité et de detente comme vus l'indiquez- meme a 14 personnes Les murs en pierre tellement épais que l'on n'entend pas ce qui se passe dans les pieces voisines. Il est vrai que les marches en pierre menant a la terrasse du haut sont hautes et peuvent être impressionnantes pour les enfants qui commencent a marcher.
Vous avez également découvert la region qui est époustouflante, méconnue et très variée:
Montagnes des Cévennes avec ses très belles ballades sur les crêtes ainsi que le Mont Aiguoual et sa foret de pins Les hauts plateaux des Causses avec le site naturel du Cirque de Navacelles.Les gorges de la Dourbie, ainsi que elles de l'Hérault pour le canoe-kayak.
Great house in spectacular location
Our Party of 12 adults spent a wonderful 10 days at la Bastide d'Esparon. Everyone was delighted with the house, the restoration, furnishings and lovingly placed artefacts. The property is clean and well maintained and the caretaker very helpful. The whole place has a very special ambiance and every day started and ended with very convivial breakfasts and dinners on the terraces or around the table in the living room.
The house is in a superb location with stunning views and although it is quite a steep road to reach it, the road was always empty and it was never a problem. There is a supermarket within 10 mins drive and shopping was easy.
We walked every day, both from the house and on the GR's within a 25 km radius. There are some classic walks, spectacular views and lovely villages. It was a very happy stay in a very special place.
I am so happy when the guests who stay at La Bastide d'Esparon really enjoy its high points: spectacular views, grand walks, the very magical ambiance of the houses which is very special, the aesthetic feel of it with books and artefacts brought back from numerous travels and antiques from the area.
I am also happy that you enjoyed the convivial terraces for your breakfasts on the Eastern light terrace and dinners on the South/west Terrace for the spectacular sunsets and 360 degree views.
You are in the South of France and you feel you are on the top of the world, between mountain and sky. You are living indoor and outdoor with constant views from the windows and terraces on the untouched countryside of Les Cevennes Meridionales with its rolling mountains, high plateau and big sky. With its 3 terraces and big windows, you feel that you are living in nature.
La Bastide d'Esparon is a haven full of breathtaking views in an authentic medieval hamlet perched and tucked on an eagle's nest. A sunny and spacious XVVIIth century Cevenol stone house, very peaceful --therapeutically so--.
Two great houses reunited for gentle family living, linked by a terrace outside, doors inside: ideal for one family of 4 to 5 or a group of 6 to 14 friends.
La Bastide has a magic to it, in a very well restored and refined atmosphere, with high ceilings, white walls, and a great feeling of luminousness. Some say it was the location of the old Merovingian castle. The house still has old sinks, carved stones, vaulted ceilings, which attest to its past history.
Staying at Esparon is a wonderful experience
Staying at Esparon is a wonderful experience. The location of the village is exceptional and makes you feel like staying at the top of the world, contemplating the wilderness from above, enjoying beautiful sunrises and sunsets, watching eagles in the sky. The house itself has very good vibes, with many terraces and great views on the countryside. It is decorated with lots of taste, artistic touches and much charm. The kitchen is large and great if you love cooking, the rooms are comfortable and very quiet, the living area is huge at it is outside and inside. The nature around is delicious, you can swim in fresh rivers or do great walks. I was very happy to have finally discovered the Cevennes, a place that many of my friends rave about. Martine is a great person with a wonderful sense of hospitality, something you can feel in every corner of her amazing house
Bastide d'Esparon is located in the small and untouched hamlet of 25 stone houses of Esparon which is 6 kilometers from Le Vigan in the untouched Cevennes Meridionales.
The eagle’s-eye views are amazing, the calm absolute, genuine rural France; Situated in The Parc National des Cevennes in the Departement du Gard. It is the only National Park in France which has villages within the Park.
Bastide d'Esparon is located in the untouched and intact XI century hamlet of Esparon which is a 'Village Classé'. You are at 700 meters--the eagle’s-eye views are amazing and it is genuine rural France.
This part of the Cevennes joined in 2011 the UNESCO World Heritage for its authentic natural landscapes.
SIGHTSEEING: Here are my favorite cultural visits, hikes, wine tasting, picnics, rivers, markets
1/SWIMMING/RIVERS: 15 TO 30 MINUTES:
GANBES AND SAINT-LAURENT DU MINIER: Swimming and Picnics in La Vis and l'Herault.
LAROQUE: Canoë le Moulin • Kid-Friendly. Canoe-Kayak. Really fun and great canyons in l'Heruault. Fantastic gorges and easy falls and access to a lot of river swimming
CIRQUE DE NAVACELLES • Natural Sightseeing & Swimming. Incredible canyon, Wonderful cascades. great picnic and swimming hideouts with no one there but you.
River of l'HERAULT AND LA VIS . Swimming and Picnic
2/ SIGHTSEEING AROUNG ESPARON-0TO 20 KILOMETERS.
ESPARON: La Bastide d'Esparon is located in the small and untouched hamlet of Esparon 6 kilometers from Le Vigan in the untouched Cevennes Meridionales. The eagle’s-eye views are amazing, the calm absolute, genuine rural France; Situated in The Parc National des Cevennes in the Departement du Gard (Languedoc Roussillon Region). 40 minutes from Montpellier and Nîmes by train or plane.
Where you are staying. The hamlet of Esparon has its XIth century chapel and old cemetery. With its 25 houses. A unique vista and an untouched village with its stone alleys and no tourists.
Le Vigan • Closest town. Buses from Nimes/Montpellier. Groceries .You will do all your market shopping. Cafes/restaurants/boulangeries... Farmers market on Saturday am. Great ecological produce. Fromage de chèvre and local wines, supermarkets.
Musée Cévenol.Great museum on the history of the region with the war with the Huguenots and the history of the silk manufacturing.
Aulas • Restaurants .A typical Cevenol Village with great produce and restaurants.
Alzon .A typical Ceveno village with great produce and restaurants.
Molières-Cavaillac • Nice Cevenol village. Walking distance from La Bastide d'Esparon, 4 kilometers on a beautiful trail.
Arrigas. Typical Cevenol village, with many sheep. Great hikes.
Bréau-et-Salagosse. Great village and start to some great hikes. Walking distance from La Bastide d'Esparon. Great local farmer's market on Sundays.
Aumessas. Great start for beautiful hikes and picnics.
Ganges • Restaurants .Great restaurants and farmer's market on Fridays.
Grotte des Demoiselles.Beautiful Grottos. Fantastic hiking around.
Sommières .Great old village. Great classical concerts. Great restaurants.
Sauve..Fantastic miedeval village. great hikes.
2/ SIGHTSEEING AROUNG ESPARON- 20 TO 40 KILOMETERS.
Observatoire du Mont Aigoual • Great vistas, fantastic hikeS, great observatory.
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.A unique médiéval village.
Le Caylar. Great walks and picnics on The high plateau of Les Causses.
La Couvertoirade. Old intact templar village.
Cirque de Navacelles .Incredible canyon, Wonderful cascades. great picnic and swimming hideouts with no one there but you.
Valleraugue. Fantastic hikes. home of the famous writer of the Cenennes Andre Chamson wrote about the region
Saint-Martial.Beautiful old village with roman chapel built in slate. Great hikes. Many great fields of onions.
Les pépiniéres de la Bambouseraie. Kid-Friendly .Beautiful old bamboo forest and close to the famous factories that make the Provencal potteries in Anduze.
Pic Saint-Loup. Wine country. La Vallee de l'Hortus. You can visit the vineyards and go on a hike or go to Montpellier.
2/ SIGHTSEEING AROUND ESPARON- 40 TO 100 KILOMETERS.CULTURAL/HISTORICAL CITIES:
Arles.One of the most beautiful roman cities in France and a haven of culture and museums. Where Van Gogh painted.
Uzès. Famous medieval city. Great restaurants.
Pont du Gard • Sightseeing • 400 route du Pont du Gard. Beautiful intact Roman aqueduct. at sunset there is a 'son et lumiere'.
Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone • CAMARGUE- The Mediterranean. Go to the beach for the day and see the Mediterranean. We often leave early and Maguelone is an exceptional beach, as soon as you walk 5 minutes from the entrance, you have no one.
Millau. Go and see Norman Foster's amazing amazing Viaduct.
Avignon. Famous Palais des Papes and old city of Avignon.
Montpellier. Airport.TGV.Great Museums, close to the beach.
Nimes TGV.Old Roman amphitheater, park, fountains, garden, restaurants.