When you stay at Château de Moussac, you spend a few days in absolutely magnificent surroundings.
This small castle, formerly the property of the bishops of Uzès, was built at the end of the 13th century and overlooks the town of Moussac, where the Droude River flows into the Gardon.
These days, the Château comprises an imposing bossed tower and palatial buildings built on a 700 sq.m fenced property.
The 3-storey castle boasts a magnificent Gothic vault and a tower that was converted into a dovecote in the 15th century as a status symbol. The renovations enabled the restoration of a priceless 14th-century fresco depicting the merciless battle in the 1300s between King Philip IV and the Catholic Church - an intimate look at a part of French history.
The palatial buildings underwent restoration from 2011 to early 2014 with the utmost care given to respecting the original building techniques, all while providing all the necessary modern comforts for an exceptional stay.
The 250 sq.m castle comprises 4 bedrooms, each with en suite shower room and WC, a large living room/library, a dining room with kitchen and fireplace, and a mezzanine sitting room under the Gothic vault.
A wine cellar is available to our guests, offering the best local vintages.
The 6-person Jacuzzi is a great place to relax.
Outdoors, the grounds are separated into 3 spaces:
• The shady north garden, which includes a lawn bowling pitch
• A social area in front of the castle, where guests can enjoy the barbecue and dine outdoors
• A south garden, bordered by a variety of shrubs, with a Jacuzzi and a view of the river and meadow
A terrace by the dovecote tower overlooks the village and the surrounding countryside, from the Cévennes to the Alps.
Located on the Régordane Way, a 9th century pilgrimage and commercial route that links Le Puy-en-Velay and Saint-Gilles, Moussac is a small village with 1,200 inhabitants. The village is home to all the necessary corner shops, a beautiful pond, 3 tennis courts, and countless kilometres of hiking trails through the garrigue, where rosemary and lavender bloom under a blue sky, 300 sunny days per year.
In an ideal setting between the Cévennes and the Mediterranean, guests can discover the region's especially rich historical, cultural, natural, and culinary diversity.
Discover the remnants of Roman civilisation, such as the arenas and Maison Carrée in Nîmes, the Pont du Gard, or the city of Arles with its arenas and museum of ancient history, which displays the latest archaeological discoveries from the Rhône region, including a famous bust of Caesar. The Pont du Gard and Arles' Roman monuments are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Vestiges of the region's medieval history are particularly abundant: big towns such as Avignon (a UNESCO world heritage site), Uzès, and Aigues-Mortes, the small town of Sommières, the Saint-Gilles abbey church, or the multitude of towers and castles that adorn the hillsides (in Allègre, Portes, Montalet, Aujac, etc.).
In addition, the numerous typical southern French villages, with their stone houses and streets, await our guests: Vézénobres, Rochegude, La Roque-sur-Cèze, Montclus, Barjac and its flea markets (on Easter and August 15), Aiguèze by the Ardèche Gorges, etc.
Mother Nature has truly blessed the countryside, albeit with a little help from man: the Camargue (labelled a 'Grand Site de France' natural site of national importance), the Causses and the Cévennes (national park and UNESCO world heritage site), and the surrounding garrigue with its hidden gems and majestic gorges (Cèze and Gardon rivers). Discover the region by foot or by bike, on horseback, in a canoe, or even while paragliding!
For nature lovers: we recommend the Bambouseraie de Prafrance (Prafrance bamboo garden), a unique spot that includes a stop for the Cévennes little steam train.
The limestone landscape favours the formation of caves, each more spectacular than the next: Trabuc, La Salamandre, La Cocalière, and Orgnac (another 'Grand Site de France').
Those of you who enjoy fun and festivals should explore the ferias in Nîmes and Alès, and the votive summer festivals in the towns and villages with their traditional bullfights and related activities (la Bouvine), during which Camargue bulls are honoured and raced in spectacular fashion without being killed.
Of course, guests can savour our delicious local cuisine, in which olive oil plays a big role, and visit oil mills and wine cellars (and perhaps find a few nice surprises).