We just spent a delightful 3 days with Paul and John at Jeviemavie. It was a perfect base, located just outside Bedarieux. Paul and John are excellent hosts and have done a wonderful job renovating the old watermill. All the rooms are beautifully furnished with many items that Paul has designed. The setting is very tranquil with a stream running along one edge of the property.
We arrived in the late afternoon. On our first evening John recommended a restaurant in Bedarieux - La Forge. We could not have been happier. We had a delicious 4 course meal. Breakfasts were consistently good - fresh orange juice, creamy yoghurt, pain au chocolate, croissants, bread, ham and cheese, and an egg if desired. Just as well we were hiking for most of the days there. John is also knowledgeable about hiking in the area and has guidebooks detailing many different walks. Sadly La Forge was not open on a Sunday or we would have dined there again. We ended up in Lamalou les Bains for dinner. Lamalou is a nice spa town. On our final night we ate dinner with the hosts, and a Dutch couple that was staying at the chambre d'hote. John created an exquisite 5 course meal. The weather was unsettled while we there but the area has a mixture of low level and high level walks. We did the Three Towers walk at Faugeres walking through country paths and rural roads bordering vineyards (always possible to stop for a tasting at the local Cave) and up to an old Windmill. The following day we climbed the Gorges d'Heric - this was a stellar 6h walk with quite a lot of ascent for the first two hours, but wonderful views from the high plateaus, and two quaint hamlets (Douch and Heric), the latter which has a great buvette to grab some refreshment. Our final hike was around Olargues. The whole Orb valley is very scenic and relatively uncrowded. Sadly we didn't get to do any hikes in the Lake Salagu area. Bedarieux itself is not a tourist town and we really did not spend any time there but it is central to many of the Languedoc attractions. Another example of John and Paul going the extra mile for guests - they arranged for the Dutch couple to tour a special church in Montpellier. Although we weren't interested in sunbathing, if you did want to get to the beach for a day you could be on the Med in about 1h. We're definitely looking forward to staying at Jeviemavie again.
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