Activities

Local Activities

Include: use of private swimming pool, cycling, walking, canoeing, mountain biking, river swimming, horse riding, canyoning, adventure park tree climbing, tennis courts in the village, football, mediterranean seaside – 2 hours drive away

  • Aven d’Orgnac Caves, Grotte Chauvet Exhibition Centre, La Cocalière Caves, Salamander Caves
  • Indy Park – accrobranche (adventure park in the trees)
  • Le Grand Bois – tree climbing adventure park
  • Lavender museum – St. Remèze
  • Chateau des Roure – silkworm museum
  • Steam train and Bambouserie – Anduze / St. Jean du Gard
  • Pont du Gard – Remoulins
  • Palais des Papes – Avignon
  • Arena, Maison Carrée – Nîmes
  • Place de la comédie – Montpellier

River Swimming

The famous Ardèche Gorge with its spectacular Pont d’Arc is 30 minutes drive away. This gorge is also the site of the recently discovered Chauvet Cave dating back 35,000 years. Other local rivers include the Cèze and Chassezac.

Caves

Within the lime-stone of the Ardèche there are natural pot-holes and cave systems with spectacular show caves such as La Cocaliere 4km distance and Aven d’Orgnac 28 kms which has an interesting museum on the same site.

Walkers and Ramblers

St Paul le Jeune is situated on a geological fault which shows significantly in the vegetation. One side of the valley is calcium where the Dolmens are sited & the vegetation is typically stunted oak trees, juniper and box bushes and there are cultivated olive trees. On the other side of the valley where the village has developed, it is sandstone and until 50 years ago the hillside was dominated by chestnut trees. These were cultivated for the sweet chestnuts but after they became diseased and there was a decline in the working population, the land gradually became dominated by pines. The pine forest is now home to wild animals, boar, small deer and squirrels. In Spring-time there is an abundance of butterflies, flowers and birds.

There are at least 6 walks leading directly from the house varying in length and difficulty from 1 to 4 hrs. You do not have to drive anywhere. One track leads to a disused viaduct, built to transport coal. Two walks that pass through the village and into the forest are historic in that they show the lavoirs (communal laundry basins) and sources of water which were used until the early 20th century, at which time the houses were supplied with water. Another route takes you further back in history to see the Dolmens which date to 4000 or 5000 years. In the printed guide it says the dolmens were built at the same time as the pyramids but are,’more modest’. This route traverses the limestone on the opposite side of the valley & there are several burial sites, plus a shepherds shelter. The limestone can also reveal fossils. Another walk leading directly from the house climbs to a small chapel, “St Sebastien” which was built by the commune of Courry as a thanksgiving for having escaped the plague in the 14th century.

The nearby village of Banne has the ruins of a chateau, the top part of which was destroyed by fire the year after the French Revolution. At this site there is an orientation table.

 

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