We have two self-catering gites leading from an interior courtyard, each with its own private, raised terrace with a view overlooking the village and the hills beyond. Availability all year. The large apartment is well equipped and has two bedrooms one with a large double bed and the other twin bedded room. The small gite, is for two people, is well equipped can be rented in combination with the larger one for a total of 6 people, Ideal for your family, or friends wishing to holiday together. Portable bar-b-que available and table and chairs on each balcony.
The swimming pool is situated on a lower terrace in the garden. and is 9 metres long 4.5 metres wide 1.5 metres deep with steps at one end. Plenty of space to lounge & with a shaded decking area with a fridge to keep your drinks cool. The village offers all amenities, a ten minutes walk to buy fresh bread and croissants. Other shops include, butchers, epicerie, tabac, bank, chemist, restaurants and pizzeria. A bank with cash point, tennis courts for hire. 2 roadside cafes plus a restaurant called "131".
The garden on one side of the house leads directly into the chestnut and pine forest and there are well marked walks around the village with lots of historical interest, eg The Lavoirs, The Dolmens, and a Chapel perched on the hillside with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Walkers & 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 & until 50 years ago the hillside was dominated by chestnut trees. These were cultivated for the sweet chestnuts but after they became diseased & there was a decline in the working population the land gradually became dominated by pines. The chestnut trees still exist but are no longer cultivated commercially here. The pine forest provides a home for wild boar, small deer, squirrels and tracks for ramblers! The 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. There is a restaurant called "The Auberge de Banne" in the village square, 5kms from St Paul.
Walking: There are at least 6 walks leading directly from the house varying in length from 1 to 4 hrs. You do not have to drive anywhere. There are many routes to follow of varying degrees of difficulty. Two walks through the village and into the forest are historic in that they show the lavoirs ,(old communal laundry basins) with sources of water which were used until the early 20th century, at which time the houses were supplied with piped water. Another route takes you further back in history to see the Dolmens which date back 4000 or 5000 years. In the printed guide it says the dolmens were built at the time of the pyramids but are,' "more modest". This route traverses the limestone on the opposite side of the valley to our property & 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.
Antique Market: During the weekend of Easter and around the bank holiday 15th of August every year there is a well known Antique's Market 'Marché de Brocante' held at Barjac which is just 20kms from St Paul le Jeune. People from all over Europe and beyond converge on this very attractive town to see the streets full of old furniture and antiques (bric-a-brac) of all descriptions.
Restaurants nearby well worth a visit. "La Table des Oliviers" on warm evenings sitting under the trees and if you don't want to drive you can walk to it along a track avoiding the roads. It takes 15 minutes avoiding the main road. Directions are available plus torches for the return journey. Another called the "Auberge des Enclos" on the road leading to St Ambroix takes a slightly longer walk 25 minutes to reach that one. Also "L'Olivier de Païolive" on the road to Les Vans. that also has tables under the trees. There is a roadside restaurant in the village called the "131" a 10 minute walk from the house. It is always best to book in advance at all the restaurants.