Situated in the Cévennes national park, one of the wildest areas of Europe, your stay at the Château du Fraissinet gives you the opportunity to recharge and reconnect with the natural world
Beaver enjoying supper on our river bank
Otter on our river bank
A beaver in the same spot just 100m from the house!
Pine marten hunting in the forest
An egret walks elegantly along the riverbank
A beaver slips silently into the water
Badger snuffling for worms
Genet ~ about the size of a cat ~ out hunting near the riverbank
The camera traps set up by conservation biologist Madeleine Wheatley have revealed a world of wildlife that we could only guess at before.
Maddy's videos show a secret night-time world where otters, badgers, beavers, wild boar and many other animals, calmly go about their business without interference from humans.
Pine Marten surprised to see the camera!
Genet out hunting on the river bank
Badger on the hillside behind the house
Wild boar with babies (marcassins)
Swallowtail butterfly in the lavender
Roe deer enjoying breakfast
The natural world at the Château du Fraissinet isn't limited to mammals. There are also hundreds of trees, wild flowers, birds, bees and other insects, lizards, frogs, toads and occasionally a salamander to be found in the grounds and on the hills nearby. The biodiversity even includes 72 species of butterfly and moth, according to one guest who was an expert.