A River Runs Through It: The Top Ten Riverside Gîtes For A Spot Of Wild Swimming

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7La Roque, River Orb, Languedoc, France

La Roque House

La Roque is a sympathetically restored old winemaker’s house that takes full advantage of its almost fortified position; built on a giant rock overlooking the lovely River Orb, boasting stunning views of the river, gorges, mountains and the medieval hill village of Vieussan. The property is divided into two, each having its own entrance, secluded garden and private beach. La Roque Piscine is the pick of the two as it also has its own pool, gorgeous interiors and occupies the first floor which has the best views.

La Roque bathroomLa Roque kitchen

There is a public beach right by the bridge or you have the use of your own stretch of private beach. The river itself it beautifully clear and is perfect for swimming, fishing, kayaking or just lazing nearby in a hammock in the shade. For lunch, your picnic table is in the dappled shade of old trees.

It is a beautiful area to explore with lovely villages, great hiking and horse riding or if your tastes are less active Le Lezard Bleu café-bar has arguably the best beer menu in southern France.

Sleeps 7. Book through Home Away. Prices range from €450 to €1750 from low to high season.


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