The Moreau family welcomed us into their home and at their dinner table, generously sharing their idyllic life with us, all too briefly, in this peaceful part of the Cevennes.
The large old house stands at the edge of a quiet village next to a stream, bordered by their extensive vegetable gardens. Flowers abound in the grounds. There is is a pool to cool off in and relax by as well as shady corners to sit in. Our room, Havane, was light and airy with a spacious bathroom and a French window onto a balcony overlooking the surrounding hills. The road was directly below but, with little or no traffic, there was no noise to disturb a good night’s sleep.
Dinner began with an appetizer of peeled baby cucumber, the first of the season, stuffed with tapenade accompanied by quail’s eggs, then something in an earthenware pot with a lid (I have a picture but can’t remember what was under the lid), duck breast cooked perfectly on a barbecue with peaches, and finally panna cotta with a fruit coulis. I’m fairly sure there was a cheese course too but I don’t have a photograph to jog my memory. The ingredients were all locally produced, mostly from their own land, expertly cooked and served on a beautifully set table on a terrace overlooking their stream. It was far better than any restaurant. The conversation flowed, with our hosts politely tolerating our rusty French and helping out in English when necessary.
Breakfast the next morning, using the best quality local produce, was also taken above the stream in the invigorating fresh air beneath a canopy on the sunny terrace.. We were sorry to leave and will definitely try to stay there again. It would be a perfect base for an extended stay to explore the area or just simply to relax and unwind.