South of France walking and yoga short break

“What better place to relax on a four-day yoga and hiking holiday than a little guest house tucked behind the French Riviera? Get all-round good vibes from the great food and good company. ”

Highlights

Stay in a Medieval village | Morning and evening yoga sessions | Daily organic meals | Guided tours of Antibes, and the ‘perched villages’| Hiking in the arrière-pays of the lovely Côte d’Azur | Cooking lesson Meeting local artisans | Optional activities include: massages, jewellery making, a local treasure hunt, exploring the local area using public transportation available from the village

Description of South of France walking and yoga short break

The glorious back country behind the French Riviera doesn’t get as much press as its glamorous coast. But it likes to keep it that way. In Saint-Jeannet, a medieval village perched under a dramatic cliff, you can combine French cultural immersion with daily yoga at a special guesthouse. This short break will give you the reset you need, and all yoga abilities are welcome.

Start and finish every day well, and the rest of the day will fall into place. On this holiday you’ll rise every morning for a Mindfulness, Ashtanga or Hatha Yoga session followed by an organic breakfast or brunch al-fresco on the terrace. The rest of the day can be spent out and about with your hosts. In the evenings, there’s another yoga session to enjoy, before you cook yourself dinner in the kitchen or stroll into town.

Your morning and evening have a routine, but every day will be different: after all, it would be a crime not to enjoy this lovely area of the Côte d’Azur in depth. Walk between little hillside villages, stop for a cooking lesson or another yoga session, and visit the coastal town of Antibes. You’ll enjoy massages, whimsical treasure hunts, and discover sound bathing. And, since you are in France, try some cheese tasting, too.

Hiking in the area is rewarded by sea views, the scent of herbs under foot, and visits to out-of-the-way artisans. In summer, you can hike along (and in) the Cagnes River. In spring and autumn you can hike the hills above Saint-Jennet.

This holiday puts a real emphasis on getting to know your fellow guests and enjoying each other’s company. Dine together, whether at local restaurants, rural picnics, or around the breakfast table. High in the hills you can broaden your horizons: take in the Mediterranean landscape and the sparkling sea. Reset, recharge and rejuvenate yourself, with good food and good company to help you along.

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South of France walking and yoga short break

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Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We are keen supporters 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.

Energy Efficiency:
We signed a contract with the electricity provider company (EDF) to use environmental friendly energy such as solar and wind systems.

Recycling:
We make sure to recycle our wastes by taking them to the specific bins (glass, card box, plastic, organic wastes), and encourage our guests to do so by providing specifc bins in each bedroom

Water Conservation:
All our toilets flush are equipped with low flush. Showers have different position to allow low pressure shower. We have removed all the previous bathtub which have been replaced by shower

Wildlife:
Saint Jeannet has been classified as a Regional Parc two years ago, we feel happy to know that the local wildlife is now protected by law.

Building Practices:
Every year, when renovating/improving the building, we do our best to use ecofriendly material: for example this year, we changed the isolation of the roof using 100% natural sheep whool ?

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.

Social practices:
We buy as many fresh and local products as we can, mostly organic, from the local producers, where we also take our guests to visit: the local organic farm, the goat cheese farm, and the local vineyard

Purchasing policy:
We buy most of our food from local producers and small shops in the village, or from an organic shop in Vence, 10kms from saint jeannet.

4 Reviews of South of France walking and yoga short break

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Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019 by

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


The combination of the yogaclasses and local activities (hike, perced villages, cooking class). The nice and relaxing house, the kind people.
Benoit even provided dayrucksacks for the hike, with camelbags and walkingsticks for a hike, it all was excellently organised!

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


It's situated very close to Nice, easy accessable by public transport.
During the weekend, there were not so many people and no organised activtities besides the yogaclasses (so you can relax or visit other places in the neighbourhood on your one)

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


Yes, very much

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


It was a very pleasant and memorable stay!!

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2019 by

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


That I actually relaxed.. Its not just the yoga.. its the ambiance in general. St Jeanet is not touristy at all, the hosts Benoit and Corinne are very welcoming and the excursions are interesting.. oh and the breakfasts perfect.

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


Take note the yoga is included as are any daily activities if you wish to do them. Saturday and Sunday the yoga is at 9am (very civilised) and brunch after that so you really can relax on the weekend (no scheduled outing)

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


yes - the town was not touristy and one bought supplies for lunch or dinner at the local bakery/ butcher or ate out at one of a few restaurants/ bars in town.
the property took an environmentally concerned approach to not just cleaning and washing but also to the food for breakfast.

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


wonderful. highly recommend for those in need of a break without the yoga being onerous.

Reviewed on 01 May 2019 by

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


The atmosphere of the house and the people, Benoit and Corinne really make this a warm and welcoming place to stay with a very special ambiance. The yoga was fantastic and set in a beautiful chapel in the village. Saint Jeannet itself is a very picturesque medieval village with a stunning backdrop of hills behind, with the snow covered Alps in the distance and views over the Cote d'Azur. Benoit is a very interesting and engaging guide and really made the day trips a fascinating experience. Corinne provides delicious and sumptuous meals and all the yoga teachers were delightful as well.

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


Maybe pack some walking shoes to make the most of exploring the hills (if you want to!)

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


Yes, Benoit and Corinne clearly have strong links with local food and wine suppliers, other local businesses and the community, and are very mindful of environmental impact. Food is composted and waste is recycled.

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


A fantastic place to stay, where you can be as active or as lazy as you wish, and explore this beautiful part of the country in great company.

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019 by

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


The warm welcome and atmosphere

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


I think you need to have some experience of yoga to benefit from this holiday, in particular if you are older or have health problems.

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


Yes, the staff were all aware of environmental considerations and local suppliers were used.

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


A really enjoyable experience. The staff were all charming and helpful and well informed about the area. An excellent and varied programme of activities.

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