Water sports such as the pictured kajaking are only some of the possibilities for physicial acitivities are abundant in and around the Vallée de la Cèze between the Cévennes and Provence, southern France.

Sports and other activities

  • Tennis, boules and jogging in the park
  • Swimming
  • Cycling and mountain biking in the surrounding region
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Kayaking and canoeing on the Cèze or in the Ardèche Gorge
  • Horse riding, horse riding tours
  • Canyoning
  • Caving
  • Free climbing, mountain climbing
  • Sky diving (tandem jumps)
  • Fly fishing
  • Paragliding (tandem)
  • Quad and enduro tours
  • Car racing
  • Climbing wall
  • Skeet shooting

The sporty side of Provence

Are you the kind of person who can best relax by exercising? Around Château de Montcaud, there is certainly something to fit every sporting taste.

A jog in the park

It is highly doubtful that Alexandre Eugène Collain could have imagined that someday people would be moving through his park at a running pace to keep fit. But, coincidentally, the path along the park walls is exactly 800 metres long – the perfect length for a lap. The tall trees in the park offer protection from the wind and the sun. Rolf Bertschi’s personal lap record is under four minutes. And yours? Or perhaps you’re interested in a longer run? Our staff is happy to share the best routes with you.

Tennis: Game, set and match under cedar trees

Most tennis courts are practically indistinguishable from one another. A tennis court in a carefully manicured park, however, has that special something: in the summer months it smells pleasantly like Atlas cedar, and the tall trees offer protection from the sun and the wind. The court is well hidden behind our restaurants. And, if you don’t want to bring your own equipment, we are happy to lend you rackets and balls.

Pétanque (Boules): Southern French tradition

Our park is home to an icon of the classic southern French village square: two pétanque pistes are set next to the path in the south-eastern corner of the estate. Work on your aim in the shade of century-old trees, all the while keeping an eye on the chateau and what goes on in front of it. Do you still need some tuition? One of our southern French employees will be happy to introduce you to the rules of the game – and serve you a pastis to go with it.

Other kinds of sport

Are you looking for a different kind of movement? We are sure we’ve got just what you’re looking for! Simply ask our front office staff – we are happy to organise a variety of activities for you during your stay, from horse riding to canoe trips on the Cèze all the way to tandem skydiving. And we can also help you get there: we have bikes and e-bikes for hire and can also organise transport.