"Au Portaou" Valcrouzès, 48800 Saint-André Capcèze, France

0033 - (0)4 66 46 20 10

Guest rooms and cottages in the heart of the Cevennes National Park

Welcome at "Au Portaou"

Patricia Tholet  & Hans - Dieter  Röcher

welcome you at "Au Portaou"  in Valcrouzès

48800 Saint-André Capcèze


Tél. / fax 00 33 4 66 46 20 10

Email :  au-portaou@wanadoo.fr


"Au Portaou" is a traditional farm in the hamlet of Valcrouzès, located in the Lozère region, on the edge of the Cevennes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage. It is part of charming village of Saint André Capcèze and Vielvic, close to Villefort.

"Au Portaou" welcomes you amidst unspoiled nature, close to the Chassezac gorges and the Mont Lozère, not far from the Gard and the Ardèche regions.

"Au Portaou" is an oscar-winning guesthouse (Charmance, WWF, Le Routard, Cévennes écotourisme,...)

As you arrive at the hamlet, you will be surprised by our vintage farmhouse in Cevennes style ("Mas"), with a cosy inner court yard and stout stone stairs.

Also the vine-covered veranda and the surrounding buildings will remind you of the rustic past.

Here you will enjoy a  micro-climate resembling the Mediterranean climate.

Tranquility and unspoilt nature await you in this green heaven. Numerous relaxing and romantic spots await your visit, such as our hourse water spring.

The farmhouse has been restored in the original Cevennes style. The rafters and flooring are made of genuine chestnut timber with a soft gleam.

The summer kitchen, which our guests may use, is fully equipped: dish-washer, gaz cooker with oven, fridge, washing machine (cost is 3 euros, including environment-friendly washing liquid).

You will find cooking utensils as well as cookery.

Tea, coffee.... are available.

You are kindly requested to leave the kitchen clean and tidy.

Demo Tour


Our rooms have a personal touch, expressed by their decoration and their name.

They have central heating and have an adjustable children's bed.

La Clèda has two levels, it is situated in an old "clède" (a little natural stone house, especially built to dry chestnuts formerly). La Clèda is equipped with a double bed in the mezzanine. The private bathroom has a shower, a wash stand and toilet.

A true love nest...

Guestroom in a very ancient independent house with 2 levels of 17m2. Groondfloor : small kitchinette, living with woodstove and bathroom with shower. First floor: bedroom with double bed of 1,60 x 2m with antique romantic furniture. This room can be used for a small cottage for 2 people (+1 Baby)


Ver à soie (Silk wormroom) is a bedroom with private bathroom and built in a room where before silk worms were cultivated. Some old photos showing this prosperous activity decorate

The wans. One double bed is available in this room decorated is beautifull green colours (there is a possibility of a baby bed)


Hortensia (Hydrangea room) is a bedroom, with a private bathroom,for 3-4 people. The decoration of Hydrangeas are presented in different styles and colours (lilac, mauve, purple).

La Clèda

La Bergerie

Ver à soie


Holiday cottage for 2 persons

La Bergerie

La Bergerie

Guestroom in a very ancient independent house with 2 levels of 17m2. Groondfloor : small kitchinette, living with woodstove and bathroom with shower. First floor: bedroom with double bed of 1,60 x 2m with antique romantic furniture. This room can be used for a small cottage for 2 people (+1 Baby)


Price: 350€ / week

Holiday cottage for 4-5 persons

Caracteristic holiday cottage


of 80m2 is situated in the oldest part of the house (1765) Two levels entirely equipped for 4-5 people, with an independant entrance and a terrace with garden furniture in th shade of a grape covered treillis.

Ground level  :

spacious diningroom and a living with open fire place, equiped kitchen with dish-washer, gaz cooker, electric oven, fridgidaire, toilet with little sink.


Upstairs :

- Bedroom Ver à soie (Silk worm) for 2 people, with a double bed and private bathroom.

  Possibility to place a baby bed

- Bedroom Hortensia (Hydrangea) for 3 people, with 1 double bed and 1 single bed.


Price : 525 Euros / Week

Water, gas, electricity and heating wood (in winter) are included in the price.

Washing machine at your disposal for 3 € including soap.

We also request 30 € for the cleaning of the cottage after your stay.


Reservations can be taken at your convience (ex. From Monday to Monday and not from Saturday to Saturday).The sheets, tablecloths, wiping-up-towels,etc.. are supplied and will be changed every week.


Animals are not aloud. Smokers are requested not to smoke in the lodge or in the bedrooms.


Our services



is served under the vine by nice weather, by less favourable weather it is served in the dining room.

Patricia will spoil you with various home made jams and bread from a stone-oven.

Delicious honeys, coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate milk and fruit juices complete the feast.

Muesli and fresh fruit on demand.



Patricia's creativity is not finished yet ; she surprises her guests with a large variety of dishes based on products from her own garden : delicious dishes from the Cevennes, but also specialities on the basis of less known plants and vegetables.he also uses untreated biologic fruits, vegetables and flowers from her orchard and garden for the preparation of liquors and fruit syrups.

A vegetarian or gluten-free menu can be served on demand.


Possibility to request a picnic (in advance, on site) on demand.

Our activities

Chestnuts :

At Au Portaou you can enjoy the pleasure of harvesting and preparing chestnuts. You can savour delicious recipes at our dining table.

To know more about chestnuts :

- visit the Chestnut Museum (Musée de la châtaigne) open in July

   and August from 17 till 19 hours. Pied de Borne.

- visit the workshop "Atelier de transformation" to see the making

   of dried chestnuts, flour, jam and paste

- You can visit a chestnut orchard and a "clède" in Pied de Borne

  (open year round and upon reservation, tel 04 66 69 81 87)

   and the "Atelier de transformation"(open year round upon

   reservation,  tel 04 66 69 80 36).


Honey :

You can visit a honey factory in Vielvic (at 1 km distance). Here you can taste different sorts of honey such as  : chestnut, raspberry, heather, fir ... open Fridays in summer.

You can also visit  "Aux Ruchers du Trental" in Peyremale (20 km.) for a very interesting tour and for watching the bees at work in a "bee-viewing box". Here you will also find a botanic walk and you can taste different sorts of honey : lavender, rosemary/thyme, sunflower... Open all year on reservaton.


Trout :

You can by fresh and smoked trout from the trout farmer. Trout is also regularly served at our dinner table.

The "Cezarenque" farm at 6 kms also sells very nice regional products.


Patchwork, quilting and textile creations :

Patricia loves to share with you her passion for patchwork.

She also offers lessons or courses in patchwork outer summer season.

You can participate individually or with maximum 4 persons, with the possibility of full board.


Patchwork and quilting, both manually and by machine and with different techniques are on offer. Please bring your own material.

Tariffs at request, tel/fax 00 33 4 66 46 20 10


Theme Holiday

Weekend for two:


You want to celebrate an important date for you, or just come you change ideas.

We offer this formula that will allow you to

find two: 2 nights in bed and breakfast classified 3 Epis in

Gite de France and 2 meals including a "Dinner for Two" head-to-head consists of an aperitif, cold starter or soup, hot appetizer, main course, cheese and dessert, coffee or herbal tea house (drinks included in the meal).

Weekend: Friday (from 16h.) Until Sunday (11 am.)

at a special price of 190 Euros (for 2 persons, all included), reservation.

This formula is possible in the week according to your convenience, off season and subject to availability.

Relax in a peaceful and serene location at the corner of a cozy fireplace or in the shade of the pergola.


Formule for 2 nights et 2 meals for 2 persons:


collecting wild comestible plants (depending the season)

Price 190 Euros/2 pers.


In Autumn, we need some help to pick and manufacture sweet chestnuts (more information 00 33 (0)4 66 46 20 10 or by mail )


Patchwork course of 2 days for 1 person:


learning traditionnal quilting

± 4 hours a day

Material has to be brought in -

Price 130 Euros/pers.


Au Portaou, Patricia takes pleasure to communicate

you her passion for patchwork and quilting.

Workshops for individuals or groups are possibles outer summer.


Patchwork - hand and machine main

Quilting by hand

Several technic possible : application hand, etc.



The region

The Cevennes and the Mont Lozere are part of the Central Massive and consists of granite and shale. Together they occupy 60 % of the "Parc National des Cévennes".


Le Mont Lozère is a huge granitic mountain massif, where nature and cultivated fields form a pure and magnificent combination. It is the offset of the Central Massif, with the Mediterranean on the South. This mountainous area awaits you patiently to charm you with : authentic farms, landscapes, brooks and beautiful rock formations...


The Cevennes are an impressive succession of mountain crests and deep mysterious valleys.

A landscape sculptured in shale that will share with you the rich and gripping history of the Cevennes...

Perfect harmony between man and nature reigns.


The Mont Lozère and the Cevennes form, in short, the ideal region for those who love hiking, nature, history, traditions authenticity, silence, regional products or just laze about...

You can enjoy the many sights that this region offers you: caves, numerous castles, romanesque churches, ancient Roman roads, menhirs and other prehistoric monuments and medieval villages such as the well-known village of la Garde - Guérin.


This beautiful natural reserve is also very suitable for all kind of sports activities such as : hiking (hikers will be seduced by the large number of well described and signposted hiking routes that criss-cross the region, many starting at our houses), mountainbiking, cycling, swimming in the river, lakes, or swimming pools, canoe, hang gliding, rock climbing, trout fishing, horseriding or if you wish follow the well known Régordane, or the famous Stevenson track if you like the company of a donkey, and many other activities...

Of course we are willing to advice and assist you. We can lodge horses and donkeys.


La Garde-Guerin and the Gorges of the Chassezac :A medieval village from the XIth century, classified as an historic monument and watchtower of the Regordane (roman trade route linking the Languedoc and the Auvergne (Nîmes,Alès, Le Puy). Free of charge guided tour with Mrs. Garrigues tél. 00 33 (0)4 66 46 93 08.

Nearby you will find one of the many magnificent viewpoints into the des Gorges of the Chassezac with various hikes as well as the Roure farm with a square tower of th XIth century.


Le Vallon de Villaret ,


This is a theme park for children at  7 kilometers from la Combette, with very original games and attractions designed by a local artists (also very interesting for adults).


Were the gorges of the Jonte and the Tarn join, you can watch vultures at the viewpoint :"Belvédère le Truel".


A little further away : a park with Bizons, le parc des bisons d'Europe (and Site 2) and the wolf park : le parc des Loups du Gévaudan.


Langogne : an interesting town of 3 600 inhabitants at 913 m. altitude.

The gateway to the Gevaudan, the Vivarais and the  Velay, were the rivers Alier and Langouyrou join forces.

The old washing place and the Romanesgue-Bourguignol church with  85 granite capitals, are worth to visit.

Nearby at the Naussac lake, the Mercroire forest and the sources of the Allier. Also a tourist train, info : 00 33 (0)4 66 69 01 38. www.langogne.com


Mende : City of art and the Prefecture of the Lozère with the gothic cathedral in its midst. Mende offers medieval charms, alleys and remarkable pot-lid roofing.


Marvejols : Nice fortified town. Website office de tourisme.


The ruïns of the Tournel castle, beautifal walk with splendid views, near la Combette.


The castles Brésis and Aujac,  XIIth century not far from Au Portaou : historiens and archaeologists search the numerous underground rooms an make amazing discoveries.

Info : Association ARRCA tel. 0033 (0)4 66 61 19 94. You can combine a visit to the 2 castles, open in summer and upon request.


Alès : Prfecture of the eastern Cévennes( Gard) and the centre of the former mining industry. Visit the impressive Mine museum : la mine témoin with 650 m of galleries.

Coal : a riches from the earth...


Alés has a boulevard, public parks and gardens, The library Museum Pierre André Benoit with a collection of modern art : Picasso, Miro, etc.. and many works by its founder.

The municipal museum Colombier offers the visitor a beautiful collection of archaeological finds of the middle Palaeozoic  (300 000 B.C.).

Arena and bullfights in Alès (Ascension)


Sights of inetrest near Alès : la Bambouseraie Prafrance a bamboo garden. The famous Potteries d'Anduze. And Anduze town - Touristoffice 04 66 52 32 15


Villefort and its lake :

Villefort is situated in a valley at 500 m. altitude, at ther foot of the first slopes of the Mont Lozère.

Sights : La Rue Eglise, on the "Régordane" with facades of the XIVth and XVth centuries, coat-of-arms, monomlith thresholds, the washing place and the St. Jean Bridge.

Guided tours organised by the "Office de Tourisme de Villefort" tel. 04 66 46 87 30.


The Villefort Lake : 137 hectares os sports activities, beach, swimming, water sports and trout farm.


On the Mont Lozère : the Eco-Museum (for summer activities call. 04 66 45 80 73)


The Mont Lozere offers Wintersports (Alpine and Nordic (Fr.)and hikes with snowshoes (also on the Goulet) or sledge rides with Huskies.

The ski pistes are at 7 kms distance from la Combette, and 20 kms from Au Portaou.


The rates 2018

Bed and breakfast:


Price per night, inclusive breakfast :

1 person 43 Euros

2 persons 58 Euros

3 persons 70 Euros

Reservation at least 2 nights


Cottage (2 pers.):

350€ / Week


Cottage (4 - 5 pers.):

525€ / Week. Special offer in february and march 400€ / Week

190 € / 2 Nights

270 € / 3 Nights

(+ 30€ for the endcleaning)


Evening dinner:


Complete menu (drinks included) 20 Euros per person.

We don't offer evening dinner on Thurdays and Fridays


Half board : 63 Euros for 1 pers.

Half board : 98 Euros for 2 pers.


Possibility for picnics 7€ each person (at reservation in advance on the spot)


Special rates:


Weekend for 2: 190 € / 2 pers. / 2 nights / half board

Chestnuts (Autumn): 190 € / 2 pers. / 2 nights / half board with discoveries and activities around chestnuts.

Patchwork: 130 € / 1 pers. / Discoveries and during Patchwork




Patricia Tholet  & Hans-Dieter  Röcher


"Au Portaou"  à Valcrouzès

48800 Saint-André Capcèze, France


Tél. : 0033 - (0)4 66 46 20 10

Email :  au-portaou@wanadoo.fr



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