French Riviera holiday, food, walking & culture

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This trip runs every week (April- Nov) with a set itinerary but length of stay & arrival date can be adjusted to your needs
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French Riviera holiday, food, walking & culture

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Environment

We are keen supporter of local farmers and artisans. All the produce is sourced locally and the fruits and vegetables are mostly organic. We only serve local St Jeannet wine in order to encourage the local industry and also arrange visits to the local cellar.

Having grown up in the region Benoit is understandably enthusiastic about the village and its surroundings. He is an excellent guide and willingly shares information relating to the history, culture and geography of the region. A stay here is a wonderful way to explore French culture.

The best action we can take to respect our environment is to let people know how to behave while walking in the countryside or in the mountains, such as keeping our litter with us, not taking flowers, respecting wildlife habitats etc. As a certificated walking guide and a professional mountaineer, this is Benoit’s duty. He also offers his guests walks in the National Park of the Mercantour just an hour and a half away from home, which is a protected area in term of plants and animal species. There are nearly 60 “endemic” plants species, and the guards of the park have already reintroduced animal species such as the “gipaete barbu”, a huge raptor bird that had been hunted until it disappeared, and vultures that travel now between this park and the regional park of the Verdon. Also, wolves have come back in the park via Italy through the Alps and are now protected as well. Guardians of refuges in the National Park sometimes have the opportunity to observe them.

Community

We buy as many fresh products as we can, like fresh vegetables grown by local people. 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.

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Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by

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


The House in St Jeannet is a fabulous place to stay. Benoit and Corrine are warm and welcoming ensuring everyone is made to feel welcome.

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


Take your walking legs and get out and explore the beautiful country around the village.

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


Yes it definitely benefited the local community by attending local businesses and all staff and participants were environmentally aware.

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


I would recommend this holiday to anyone who is looking for a yoga retreat or a cultural experience. Benoit is a wealth of knowledge and extremely spiritually
aware.

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019 by

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


The location. St Jeannet is located at the base of a pair of incredibly picturesque crags, and the village is compact and handily placed with walking trails both up to the hill tops and down to the adjacent gorge.

The daily tours, with Benoit as a very knowledgeable and helpful guide, give you a great introduction to the area, both the natural landscapes and the historical and cultural diversity of the region centred on Nice.

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


You'll get most out of the visit if you are prepared to walk a bit - St Jeannet and the area around it provide some steep hills but the payoff is in the natural beauty and views.

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


The house is well set up to minimise its environmental footprint. The tours ensure you get to spend in support of the local economy. The small groups ensure minimum impact.

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


Very enjoyable and very memorable. Benoit and Corinne are excellent and committed hosts, and the accommodation is superbly situated.

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2018 by

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


The entire trip was memorable however my favorite aspect to this trip was the people I met. I went on this trip alone however I met some very friendly people who were also staying at the house. And the day trips with Benoit and Corrine felt more like a friend showing me around the area rather than a small group tour, which is something I really loved!

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


The weather was beautiful when I was there but bring layers because some of the day trips have you going to higher altitudes. Also if you go on the day trips and really want to do something that wasn’t mentioned on the itinerary, don’t be afraid to ask about it.

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


Yes the B&B encouraged conservational behavior and the day trips were typically to local villages.

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


It was a truly amazing experience. If you are looking for a blissfully relaxing vacation filled with visiting beautiful locations, meeting lovely people, and eating great food, then this is perfect for you. Benoit and Corrine really made me feel welcomed.

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