In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Robert-Louis Stevenson passed just above our house… take a while to rest here.
In chapter 6 of his book "Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes", entitled 'Heart of the Country', Robert-Louis Stevenson describes how he crossed the Mimente and took a rugged path up a hillside:
"I was now on the separation of two vast water-sheds; behind me all the streams were bound for the Garonne and the Western Ocean; before me was the basin of the Rhone. Hence, as from the Lozère, you can see in clear weather the shining of the Gulf of Lyons….
You may take this ridge as lying in the heart of the country of the Camisards….
And still it was perhaps the wildest view of all my journey. Peak upon peak, chain upon chain of hills ran surging southward, channelled and sculptured by the winter streams...Not far off upon my right was the famous Plan de Font Morte...The road lay under chestnuts, and though I saw a hamlet or two below me in the vale (The Cauvel, perhaps?)... But I heard the voice of a woman singing some sad, old, endless ballad not far off. It seemed to be about love and a bel amoureux, her handsome sweetheart."
The Château de Cauvel, - a modest little Cévenol château, forming a hamlet with its outbuildings - lies very close to the "Stevenson Trail". Here, you will find stopover accommodation, chambres d'hôtes and a rustic restaurant at the Ferme des Pellegrines.
We'd be delighted to welcome you, and to take some time to tell you all about the Cévennes, their history and their present, and the challenges in protecting the way of life in the Vallée Française. The previous stop is usually Florac (22 km away), and the next is generally St Etienne Vallée Française. For many travellers, the Cauvel is the eleventh and penultimate stage on their journey. From the Cauvel begins the descent towards St Jean du Gard, on the Mediterranean-facing slopes of the Cévennes.