La Fontaine du muletier


Le Sorbier


Olive Oil Mill "Le Verdalet"


Activities and local specialties

Olive oil experience


Since November 2009, stays on the theme of olives are organised in the olive picking period (late October to December).

During the first part of your stay, you will be able to walk through our olive groves, to see how our trees are grown and looked after. You will then get an explanation of the different varieties of trees, and the olives they produce, and how they can be processed to produce eating olives and olive oil.


You will be able to take part in the activity of olives picking both in the traditional way (by hand) and in the modern way (electric comb with nets).

In a second part, you will get to see the processing of the olives you picked (explanation of how the press works, including health and safety issues...). In the shop, you'll get to taste the different varieties of olive oil produced on the estate.

At the end of your stay you will be able to buy your own olive oil and any other olive oil from the estate.


You can be accommodated in our gites.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone (no english spoken) or email us for more information (written english understood).

Thank you in advance to specify the number of people expected, and the gite and dates that you are interested in.


Boules de pétanque Locally in the village,
Many hiking trails with or without a guide, cycling or biking, swimming, tennis or pétanque, the leading local sport along with hunting. Indeed, several private hunting grounds are located around the town of Bessas which is surronded by hundreds of acres of woodland and heathland.

Canoé Close by,
Within 10 to 15 km, it is possible to enjoy varied leisure activities: canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, tennis, golf, speleology, quad biking, archery, swimming in the river, fishing.

On the cultural front,
Many historic towns offer all the essentials and events (festivals, exhibitions, bullfighting festivals, museums, ...). Barjac, 5 km away (in the Gard department), organises its festival "Songs lyrics" at the end of July. Ales, Aubenas and Uzès are half an hour from Bessas. Nîmes, Avignon and Orange in 1 hour away.

Arc de triomphe Montpellier 1h30 away by road,
Depending on the season, Montpellier, the Mediterranean Sea and ski resorts in the Cevennes allow a real variety of opportunities for a day.

In terms of services,
The nearest grocery stores, pharmacies (on monday to saturday) and GP's are located in Barjac (5 minutes by car) and Vallon Pont d'Arc (15min). Neighboring villages (1000 to 5000 inhabitants) hold weekly markets. Two large antique fairs are organised in Barjac during Easter and around 15th August.

Abrivado haut

The village provides a pizzeria, a restaurant and an entertainment program organised by the holidays committee. It is possible during the day to leave your young children in the care of the neighboring residence. Throughout the year, outdoor activities can be enjoyed by all ages and neighboring villages offer evening entertainment in the form of restaurants, town festivals and clubs.


Local wines of the slopes of the Ardèche and the 'Côtes du vivarais' exist alongside the 'Côtes du Rhône'. They are made from many varieties of grapes: Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache …

Pélardon Pélardon, cheese made from goat's fresh milk, is produced locally in the village.

Huile d'olive Local 'charcuteries' (saucissons, black pudding, caillettes, …) are also very popular, as well as the honey and olive oil.

Fruits can be tasted off the tree: cherries, peaches, plums, figs, almonds, … and in the nearby Cevennes, you will find chestnuts, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.


Fans can also indulge in mushroom picking, snails picking, or even butterfly chasing…

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