France gite accommodation, Mercantour, sleeps 5

Price
518 per accommodation per week
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Location
Berthemont les Bains - Mercantour National ParkSee map here
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From price is per week (based on 2 people), & at €37 pppn.
Minimum 2 nights.
Sleeps 5.
A gite for 3 is also available.
An ace National Park just an hour from Nice - perfect for walking/activity holidays.
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Description of France gite accommodation, Mercantour, sleeps 5

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Gite accommodation available year round (ideal base for both summer & winter activities).

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France family
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Accessibility

Accessible overview:
We are based in an old house in an Alpine region for most of our holidays and our capacity is limited; however, as we request any limitations are declared at the time of booking, we can quickly assess our clients’ needs and will do our best to accommodate whenever we can.
Limited mobility:
Guests who have restricted walking capacity are very welcome to come and enjoy our Mercantour self catering accommodation.
We also have access to a house with easy access and mountain leader colleagues who are able to assist with accessing the mountain in the summer months with their “special trikes”.
Wheelchair accessible:
We have access to a house with widened doors and easy access, plus mountain leader colleagues who are able to offer summer mountain access in special “trikes”.
Blind or limited vision:
Guests with visual impairment are very welcome to join us with a sighted companion. We don’t have access to braille facilities but would be happy to investigate options in the more tourist orientated French Riviera for potential guests.
Deaf or limited hearing:
Guests with aural impairment are very welcome to join us with a companion. We don’t have access to facilities but would be happy to investigate options in the more tourist orientated French Riviera for potential guests.
Cognitive conditions:
Guests with cognitive issues are very welcome to join us with a companion.
'Free from' food:
Your accommodation hosts can offer occasional meals during your stay - the 'chef' is a long standing vegetarian and well used to providing home cooked food to cater for anyone's needs.


LGBT:
We welcome people of every creed, culture and sexuality with the greatest of pleasure – we succeed in planning a happy mix to ensure a great holiday for everyone.

Reviews

5 Reviews of France gite accommodation, Mercantour, sleeps 5

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Reviewed on 04 Sep 2017 by

We loved the stunning location and tranquillity of the area. Although the roads were a bit "white knuckle" at times the rewards of the views dotted with towns hanging from the cliff sides were amazing. A real treat for any photographer. Providing access to Nice, just over an hour away or heading further into the mountains the location provides the option of dipping into nature or culture. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 May 2013 by

It is the best holiday we’ve had in France and that's from a perspective of over 40 years holidaying in France...The walking in the beautiful mountains in the Mercantour with snow,sun,isolation and good companions.Why did I reach 67 before finding this most beautiful place? Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2012 by

The Alpes-Maritimes and Mercantour National Park is a fantastic area to visit and we would consider this to be one of our best holidays. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2012 by

We loved the autumn walking in the Parc du Mercantour, in fact our walk to the Lac de Negre was probably the prettiest walk we have ever done. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2011 by

Stunning scenery, walks and views, quiet location, no other English tourists! Warm welcome from Mel and Liz...Excellent, a really relaxing break in this beautiful area of France. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Food air miles are limited here as fresh organic produce, fruit and veg, milk, cheese and honey (and now from our own bees!!) are available within walking distance. Our water comes straight from the hill. We also grow our own vegetables, which we are happy to share with our guests.

Although we are 5km from the nearest town, we do try to encourage guests to use the €1.50 Alpes-Maritimes bus, and limit our road miles as much as possible using our minibus.

We recycle as much as possible and have now have a super "green" heat pump to supply hot water and the central heating.

Information is provided to our guests to enable them to enjoy the Park to the maximum while showing the utmost respect for the environment.

We are 100% focused on creating awareness of this magical corner of South East France. Your host is a partner of the Mercantour National Park, which has a continual training program for its leaders, to keep them abreast of developments and issues, and to enrich their local knowledge. Visitors can enjoy an unspoilt mountain environment and appreciate a traditional rural way of life. As permanent residents we are fully integrated into the community in the Vésubie valley.

Our base

We implement as many environmentally sympathetic measures as possible.

We encourage the preservation of our pure water which comes straight off the mountain and use our splendid climate for laundry drying outside.

As much waste as possible is re-cycled, including pony manure which goes straight onto our vegetable patch. We aim to be as self sufficient as possible within the village. Guests are welcome to help themselves to fruit and vegetables.

When meals are provided they are prepared with local produce only, often solely from the Vésubie valley. Vegetarians are willingly catered for. Energy efficient bulbs are used throughout the house. Guests are encouraged to shop locally and of course to respect the integrity of the National Park.

Business development

We work closely with other like minded partners here in the Mercantour, and can offer other eco accommodation, plus those adapted for the less mobile.

We have have our own horses, available for riding and taking out as a companion on day walks.

People

We have lived here in the Mercantour for 17 years and are proud to be part of the community.

The area, despite its proximity to the French Riviera, is quite poor, but inhabited by people who are passionate about the area, so we are delighted to be able to make an impact on the local economy.

Our guests can take advantage of our local knowledge for walks and other activities, and recommendations for fun places to eat and drink. Therefore guests don't waste a Euro or a day being disappointed, and our local suppliers who merit support, get it.

We support the active community in Roquebilliere with its local weekly market, and buy as much as possible from local producers.

We are also keen to contribute to cultural events which keep the "patrimoine" of the area buoyant - these include dancing in the village square in July and August, a summer program of music and drama, an art gallery showcasing local talent, and a cost free system for bartering goods and services between inhabitants.

When suggesting other accommodation we ensure that a night could be spent with a local farmer or craftsmen, providing valuable income to our hosts and also giving guests an appreciation of a typical rural life here.

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