•Lozère (48330) • Population: 549 • Altitude: 250 m
Saint Etienne-Vallée-Française is a small village in the hills of the Cévennes National Park, a few km northwest of Saint Jean-du-Gard.
Some of the village houses are of beautiful open stone. There are some ancient stone doorways, a lovely old stone vaulted passage, and the church has a tall, square bell tower with a two-tier set of bells.
There aren't many little streets for wandering, but this is a good café or grocery stop, and the village is worth a short visit while you're here.
A chateau sits at the top of the village, with round corner towers, slate roof, and a crenelated castle keep topped by a round tower with steep conical roof. The chateau is apparently privately owned, and we couldn't get close enough to the grounds even for a photograph.