Saint-Laurent and its medieval church formerly a feudal then a templar possession, , await you a little away from the Rance valley, in the heart of a wooden and farming environment. This hiking loop is rather demanding but the scenic view over Plaisance is well worth the effort! In Saint-Laurent, the 14th century cross with engraved Occitan words must be seen.
- Walk to the village centre and turn to the right on road D106 in the direction of Fon DeMas, at the exit of the village turn to the left towards Lamayou. Approximately 30 m further, leave the road and take to the left a dirt road. Starting from the altitude of 250 m in Plaisance, you will reach 570 m in St-Laurent heading your way along a partly shady ascending slope. The path follows the road for approximately 150 m then turns to the right on a track towards la Borie.
- From this place, walk away from the path a few moments and enjoy the scenic view over Plaisance. Then retrace your steps back to the trail that runs uphill to a place called Lamayous: from this location, head towards Saint-Laurent by a sunken path.
- Turn to the right at the entrance of the hamlet, then turn left on the road and 140 m further, take to the right a track that goes down towards Camboussières. A short distance before this hamlet, do not take the path on the right that leads to Coupiac. Walk across Camboussières and le Mazet. 50 m further the exit of le Mazet do not miss the track on the right which runs through la Pilande Haute. Keep walking downhill to join the D33 road, which links Coupiac to Plaisance.
- Take this road towards Plaisance up to Mialet. After the housing estate, turn to the left and walk a rising slope up to the last house. 100 m further, take to the right a path that runs down across woodland towards Plaisance.
- At the village turn to the right and carry on towards Curevalle to reach the car park.
Box tree moths are active from May to October. During the caterpillar phase, they feed on the leaves of box trees. They crawl down trees and move on long silken threads, although these threads are annoying when hiking they do not pose any health risk
Avenue de Lauras, 12250 Roquefort/Soulzon
Situated in the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park, the cheese village of Roquefort stretches on the hillside over the famous scree of the Combalou Rock, in southern Larzac. The village is at an elevation of 630 m and has 700 inhabitants.
The Tourist Office is open all year round:
- In July and August, Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 18.30, Sunday: 10.00 to 17.00.
- April, May, June, September, October; Monday to Saturday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.30, closed on Sunday.
- January, February, November, December; Monday to Friday: 9.30 to 12.15 & 13.00 to 17.00, closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Access and parking
From St Sernin/Rance, take the D33 road up to Plaisance (approximately a 20 minute drive).
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Where to sleep ?
3 sources Eco-hamlet - self-catering accommodations
The great diversity of our bedrooms enables us to offer tariffs adapted to all budgets, we also offer active and exciting holidays.
You can enjoy the 126 acres of woods and grasslands watered by several streams. Your first sauna and SPA session is free of charge.
You can also enjoy the 100 m2 recreational room, the play structure for children, the communal, associative and private kitchens, the relaxation area (sauna, SPA, fitness room and therapy practice), the launderette and the several workshops. In addition there are donkeys (to pet), the children's playground, the associative area with a lounge, a bar (without alcohol), a small area outside for smokers to use, and the market gardening with its local produce.
Things you won't find here: motocross, hamburgers, firecrackers, TV in the bedroom (but there is an associative video library).
What to see
Prestigious architecture. Exhibitions about daily life in the Middle Ages. Mediaeval events from Easter to October and on reservation. Children's games, late visiting in summer.
The château presents an ensemble of rooms that enable the visitor to live out our history from the 15th to the 18th century. Numerous exhibitions enable you to discover daily life in the Middle Ages (life, costumes, calligraphy, music, games...) A game for children accompanies the visit. During summer, staged events about Mediaeval life, habits and customs. During easter and All Saints holidays, family treasure hunts are scheduled.
Where to eat ?
I am Anne-Lyse Chanut, Chef of the restaurant Les Magnolias where I would be delighted to welcome you and share with you my love for cooking and good products.
I'm 30 years old and I've been cooking for 14 years. I am the Holder of a CAP cuisine degree (including a catering qualification) as well as a Professional Cooking Certificate. I worked as a junior chef in a semi-gourmet restaurant (La Balance restaurant, food and wine, in Arbois), before serving as a chef for 2 years at the Kilis restaurant in Champagny en Vanoise and for 3 years at the Auberge des Fontanettes in Pralognan la Vanoise.
Passionate about cooking with seasonal and as far possible local products, I strive for perfection and I work in peace.
For this new season at Les Magnolias, I hope to create and offer you gourmet moments, rich in flavors, smells, textures and colors. I will follow the style of French cuisine which combines generosity with the rediscovery of quality dishes, always homemade. My dishes will be served by a caring team with a sense of hospitality, friendliness and humor.
See you soon !
Wath to do
Plaisance Intermunicipal Swimming pool
Come out to the swimming pool in Plaisance to spend a relaxing afternoon and enjoy a bit of freshness during the hot and sunny summer days.
Here, your children will play peacefully under your supervision and the watchful eye of a lifeguard.
The youngest ones will enjoy the paddling area with toys at their disposal.
At teatime, let yourself be tempted by a frozen delicacy or a drink that you can savour on our terrace.
Just a few metres away, you will appreciate a wooded area where you can have a picnic and stroll along the river or throughout the village.
A lifeguard offers swimming lessons and aqua-gym classes.
A free car park is available close by the Moulin de l'Horte campsite.
What to see
Rural Wood Museum
What to see
St Martin Romanesque church (located in the village of Plaisance)
St Martin church was erected during the 12th century on a rocky promontory overlooking three meanders of the Rance River. The church dedicated to St Martin was for the most part built in the Romanesque style, namely the choir and the transept. In contrast, the original nave was later enlarged in a Gothic style. The building which has an octagonal bell tower is visible from a great distance, and you can't miss it from wherever you might come. This church appears like a watchdog supervising the Rance valley and its illumination at night makes it a landmark.
From the 19th century porch, one can access to the inside of the church through a Romanesque style door which is the only remaining part of the original 12th-century nave.
On the left side of the entrance, stands a 15th century cross of the Hospitallers of Jerusalem. A fleur-de-lys and a Maltese cross ornament this cross which comes from the ancient Hospitallers Commandery of St Laurent, a hamlet situated in the heights of the municipality. This Commandery was later transferred to Martrin. The cross was taken back to the church of Plaisance. In contrast, a replica was set in St Laurent where it had been originally located.