La Vie Naturelle - Le Castandel

Gîtes and Bed & Breakfast in the Cévennes

Mas « Le Castandel » is situated in Saint Paul La Coste, in the South of France; a peaceful and spread out village of around 300 inhabitants.

Saint Paul La Coste is situated in the Gard departement, and the Occitane region (Languedoc-Roussillon), at the feet of the Cevennes National Park (recognised as a world agro-pastoral heritage site bij UNESCO in 2011), with an enormous variety of natural treasures. The region benefits from a microclimate with lots of sunshine.

La Vie Naturelle” is based on the 4 elements of nature (Fire, Water, Earth en Air). The power and energy that nature radiates is very much present here.

For those looking for some activity, the village has direct access to the network of “Grand Routes” long-distance footpaths which cross the Cevennes park for hundreds of kilometers, including the route made famous by Stevenson in his “Travels with a donkey in the Cevennes” in 1879. We have plenty of maps and walk guides for the local area which we will be happy to share with you. If you fancy recreating history, you could even hire a donkey from nearby to accompany your walk … . We can also point you in the direction of local spots which are good for river swimming, places to hire kayaks or try your hand at canyoning, treetop adventure parks, or caves to explore. For families there is a trip on a steam train through the beautiful Cevennes countryside, the Bambouserie to explore as well as a huge water park – all easily accessible for a day out.

Do you want to escape from everyday life, de-stress and admire the beauty of the Cevenole nature ? Then you will feel at home with us. Depending on the season there is something for all tastes across our 25 hectare : chat on the sunny terrace – enjoy the silence in a quiet corner – benefit from a healthy walk in the area – refresh yourself in the pool – go paddling in the river – relax in one of the hammocks – idle away some time under the magnificent chestnut tree – meditate on the rocks – collect some mushrooms or chestnuts – go for a walk in the snow – try out cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing (at Mas de la Barque) – find yourself again in the silence of nature.

How to acces?

By car
Once in Alès, follow the D 916 towards Cendras. Then take the D 32 for a short distance. Then take the D 160 (stay on the asphalt road) until Saint Paul La Coste (+ 8 km). Arriving in SAINT-PAUL-LA-COSTE, look towards MAIRIE, and take the street on the left, towards CARENEUVE. (follow the green sign “La Vie Naturelle – Le Castandel”) About 700 meters further on, turn left uphill to reach LE CASTANDEL. 

By train
TGV to Nimes/Montpellier and then take the train to Alès 

By plane
The closest airports are Nîmes or Montpellier.

Car rental
In both cases (airport / station) you have the possibilty to rent a car. Both Hertz and Europcar are on premises.

We are able to come and collect you from the station in Alès (on request), for a supplementary charge.


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+33 651 87 12 58 / +33 972 47 43 77

La Vie Naturelle – Le Castandel
Le Castandel
F-30480 Saint-Paul-La-Coste

44.152278, 3.965857 (stay on the asphalt road)

At a height of 420m, Mas Le Castandel is found 16km from the town of Alès, where you can find all amenities.

We are situated at:
1hr from Nîmes,
1hr30 from the Mediterranean,
1hr15 from the Ardèche,
1hr30 from Montpellier,
1hr30 from Avignon,
1hr30 from Mas de la Barque,
1hr30 from Mont Aigual (1565m)
among many other places to visit. Closer to hand there is : Anduze-Uzès-Pont du Gard-Sauve-Sommières-….. many beautiful places to discover.

La Vie Naturelle – Le Castandel

Le Castandel
F-30480 Saint-Paul-La-Coste



+33 651 87 12 58 / +33 972 47 43 77

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