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Environment

The best action we can take to respect our environment is to let people know how to behave while walking in the country side or in the mountains, such as keeping our trash with us, not taking flowers, respect wildlife habitats etc. As a certificated walking guide and a professional mountaineer, this is my duty.

Also, during the transformation of the place, we equipped the showers and toilets flush with sustainable system to use less water.

We signed a contract with the electricity provider company (EDF) to use environmental friendly energy such as solar and wind systems. Also, we make sure to recycle our wastes by taking them to the specific bins (glass, card box, plastic, organic wastes), even if the French system doesn’t make it that easy yet. This could seem nothing but for the size of our structure, it is maybe the best we can do.

Lastly, in all the activities we want to provide to our guests, there won’t be any that could have a damageable impact on environment.

Community

We buy as many fresh products as we can, like fresh vegetables grown by local peasants. Corinne shops at the local butcher, buy the bread at the local boulangerie everyday, and find local honey and cheese at the peasant market in the next village. We also recently met a young man who just started to make his olive oil after spending a year to renovate (helped by his family), an olive tree fields, that had been abandoned as the work was considered too hard. We offer our guests to visit the unique vineyard that remains in the area, which is also located near the village of St Jeannet. The same family has been growing this wine for more than 3 generations, despite the fact that all the other vineyards had been abandoned when the perfume industry in Grasse had offered the peasants to buy flowers instead. Also, visiting some villages around that are being abandoned slowly by slowly by young people who don’t want to work in agriculture anymore make us believe that it will help to maintain a little activity and encourage the few ones who have decided to still live out there. At last, being in a small village ourselves, we are often in contact with our neighbours who are very keen to come and sit on the terrace sometimes and talk about the old times of the village, which is we believe a nice way to learn about the culture of a country. And this is maybe the best part of a trip overseas.

Reviews of French Riviera holiday accommodation

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The house is a traditional village property which has been sympathetically upgraded. It is in the heart of the village and all restaurants etc are within a few minutes walk. The views from the rooms are breath taking. The owners go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is as perfect as possible. Breakfast on the terrace with fresh breads, muesli, melon, cheeses and home made jam is as good as you will find anywhere in France. We stayed for five nights and cannot speak too highly of the accommodation or of our hosts. The locals are very friendly and you have a sense of being part of the community.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If possible, hire a car so that you can explore the area - obviously the Cote d'Azure, but also Grasse is definitely worth a trip. Saint-Jeannet's streets are very narrow and were not designed for cars so it's best to park in a large free car park about 400m down the hill below the house (although you can drive up to drop off bags etc.)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We dined every night in the local restaurants and the village clearly benefits significantly from tourism. The house makes provision for re-cycling.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A unique and restful experience which we hope to be able repeat one day. After only five nights we came home feeling recharged and with many fond memories.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much Nick for your very nice comment, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in St Jeannet :) We wish you a very nice summer for now, and keep travelling responsible ;)

All the best
Benoit et Corinne

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The trips a Benoit took us on. Tour of the old city of
Nice and the trip to the village of Tourettes the St
Jeannet winery and the cooking class with Corrine. It
was truly memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


allocate more time time and take advice from Corinne
and Benoit. Definitely take the trips with Benoit And
do the cooking class with Corrine

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Totally as we ate local produce and visited local
restaurants and stores and drank the local wines

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


best holiday ever

Read the operator's response here:

thank you Vicki, we just received the review, it's fantastic :) we are so happy the all family enjoyed this time with us in St Jeannet :)
thanks a million for your great enthusiasm too !
We hope you are having fun in Paris :)! all the best to you all.
Benoit et Corinne

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We stayed at the house for 4 nights with our teenage boys and we were so happy we did. Corinne and Benoit make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. Breakfasts our on the terrace with homemade jams and yoghurt were delicious! Saint Jeannet is a quaint little town only about 22km from Nice so very easy to get to all the sightseeing spots! We did the cooking class with Corinne the one morning and we had great fun! If you like hiking, the mountain track is just behind the village!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Driving yourself to Saint Jeannet DON'T follow the GPS but follow Benoit's directions. We ended up coming in the back way of the village and the roads are so narrow we had the whole town helping us manoeuvre our Sharan through the tight corners! Boys loved the adventure though! The 3 restaurants in the village our lovely but you need to book and Corinne can do that for you. We arrived late on Saturday night so Corinne booked us the little restaurant up the road which was amazing. Also book a room with a balcony so you have a magnificent view all the way down to Nice!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was one of the highlights of our 3 weeks in France! Benoit does great excursions so highly recommend you go on his tours too!

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Staying in a very old village and going on 3 days of guided tours with Benoit. Benoit is very familiar with the area and with people living near St Jeannet and the days spent with him were very enjoyable and enlightening. St Jeannet is not a tourist village nor it is a deserted village. People live there and respect the history of the village. We enjoyed an open air cinema in the village square one evening and a band and dancing in the street on another evening.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't need to hire a car - transport to and from the Nice airport was arranged for us. Book the 3 day all inclusive package or if staying longer - go on the guided tours and do the cookery classes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Local people are employed at the accommodation and the local bakery supplies the delicious bread for breakfast. We visited local industries - some which have been the same families for many generations - and bought their produce. The bedrooms and kitchen had containers in which to put recyclable materials and no rubbish was left after our picnic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a wonderful time. Benoit and Corinne were very friendly and relaxed hosts. We were very glad to have found out about this accommodation through Responsible Travel - and very pleased to have had the opportunity to visit.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Travor and Felicity,
Thanks a lot for your very nice review :) We feel very happy that you enjoyed your holidays in St Jeannet, and I personally can say that I had a wonderfull time with you during the days we shared together! We'll definitely look you up if we go to south africa.
Take care and keep travelling responsible :) !
Sincerely
Benoit et Corinne

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The place itself was idyllic and nothing was too much trouble for the lovely couple who ran it.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Forget the Cote d'Azure for a couple of days and enjoy the village and surrounding area. You might want to book a room with a view over the coast though.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. The owners are very environmentally aware and having cars left outside the village meant less pollution for the people who live there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole activity package, was exciting, a new venue or activity daily, without going overboard, being driven by our host/ess was the best! We learned more than we could have imagined from them both historically and culinary, very warm welcoming, the Auberge, was beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't hesitate to book the activity package, it is well worth it. Stay at least 3 nights and you will be v. well fussed over and given 100% satisfaction. Two wonderful owners who give all of their energy into their business, it small and v. friendly.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes v. much... all our food we ate at the house was organic, home baked, and fresh fruit was supplied by a neighbour, all rubbish and waste food was recycled, the wine came from a local small vineyard. We all bought from the local stores in St. Jeannet.

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