The village of St Andre de Roquepertuis lies in the Ceze Valley in the Gard department. It's like a little outcrop of Provence on the western bank of the Rhone.
The valley is gently undulating and covered in vines, fruit trees, woodlands, lavender fields and ancient villages. The river Ceze runs down the middle, providing pools for swimming in, rapids to kayak through and waterfalls to gasp at.
St Andre lies at the western end of the valley, just before it rises through the Gorges de la Ceze and off towards the Cevennes. It sits on a shallow hill, protected from the worst of the Mistral wind by a ridge to its immediate north and is surrounded by vineyards.
There is a cafe/bar/restaurant in St Andre with a lovely wisteria-shaded terrace. 3km away is the small town of Goudargues, which offers a wide range of restaurants, shops and services (including a bank). 15km away is Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a good-sized town with a decent supermarket.
Other Activities: kayak/canoeing, wine tasting, cave visits, road biking, mountain biking, climbing