An ancient townhouse with fairytale touches in cobbled Florac - heart of the rugged Cevennes. Great for families - and adventurers
In a maze of cobbled streets in the pedestrian quarter of medieval Florac, this ancient stone house stretches skywards like Rapunzel's tower. Peep through the front door: weathered stone walls, immense chestnut beams, nooks and crannies – this is a house with stories to tell. Children will love the bunk beds, the wet room where splashing is compulsory, and the living room bursting with books, games and DVD projector. Parents will be reassured by child-friendly touches; stair gates, window locks, high chairs, monitors, buggies. The kitchen, unfussy and well-equipped, is linked to a big dining room with a practical wood-burning stove and a whimsical chandelier. Bedrooms are quiet and comfortable, the most enchanting cosied beneath the eaves: a big brass bed, rugs strewn on parquet, warm pink walls, and French windows that open onto your private kingdom. You have a terrace with views over rooftops to the cliffs beyond, and an outdoor shower for balmy summer nights. Bustling Florac (note the Thursday market) lies in the Cevennes National Park, an Eden of rugged forested terrain, a joy for adventurers.