Picture and words by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Phil Rake reporting from the South of France.
Thinking about your next holiday? If you are fond nature or naturism, then you’ve just found a great escape… Just beyond the medieval village of Montclus (in the south of France) lies the Lotus Tree, a fab gay, clothing-optional guesthouse. Nestled on a hillside with breathtaking views of the Cèze Valley, the grounds are secluded, veiled by the surrounding woodland, grasses and wild flowers. So there is total privacy and you are free to spend your entire day in the nude, sunbathing by the pool or lazing around the beautiful gardens. The Lotus Tree is also one of the most welcoming places you will ever visit. From your arrival you will be made to feel right at home, especially when you are greeted by Jake, the resident Labrador.
For the more active travellers, there are miles and miles of countryside to explore as well the nearby villages of Barjac and Goudargues (both a short drive away). You can also go skinny-dipping in the River Cèze, which is within walking distance from the guesthouse. There is a gay section on the riverbank which is popular with locals and visitors – but it gets very busy in the afternoons so it’s best to arrive a little early in order to secure the best spot.
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