French Riviera vacation, walking, culture & cooking option

“Our only cooking and walking break in Provence, tailor made, that takes you on a journey from farm to fork, plateau to plate. ”

Highlights

St Jeannet village | Market trip Nice | One day cooking session | Visit to local producer | Vineyard visit | Guided hike of village and hinterlands.

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Departure information

This trip runs every week (April- Nov) with a set itinerary but the length of stay & arrival date can be adjusted to your needs
Our top tip:
Stay on at the auberge for a few days and use it as a base to do your own thing.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Family run traditional ‘auberge’.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, breakfasts, lunches, guided tours.
Meals:
Dinners not included, but so many gastronomic gems on doorstep.
Solos;
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: French Riviera vacation, walking, culture & cooking option

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 producers. 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 14 Jul 2018 by

If I were to pick one particular moment as most memorable it would have to be being in France, mingling with the locals at the neighborhood restaurant and watching France beat Belgium to make the World Cup finals. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2018 by

A lovely B&B in a small village run by 2 wonderful people who will do everything to make your stay special and memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2018 by

The views from Saint Jeannet are fabulous and I met so many lovely people at the inn. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

Benoit and Corrine were the most amazing hosts. They are always making sure their guests are happy and satisfied. The house is lovely. I recommend the top floor balcony room. The views of sunrise and sunset along the Alps Maritimes and the Côte D"azur are awe inspiring. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2017 by

Awesome experience and as a solo traveler I felt very looked after and included. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2017 by

The entire week at St. Jeannet was memorable! Loved each of Benoit's daily activities including his informative, detailed, and interesting commentaries! ... The area, the people, the beauty, the food, the relaxing pace (activities did not start before 10 AM... no jumping out of bed and rushing to catch a bus!)... Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2017 by

The excellent, friendly, informed guiding on the activity days. The pace was relaxed and enjoyable. Very enjoyable -friendly hosts, delightful area. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2016 by

It was FABULOUS Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

The peaceful, unspoilt village with spectacular views. The friendliness and warmth of our hosts, their local knowledge and their pride in their local area. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2014 by

Book it. The local tours are great with good food. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2013 by

It was simply the best vacation I have been on in years very special Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2012 by

We enjoyed the idea of doing everything locally with local people and contributing to the local economy. Above all, we felt really well taken care of with much attention to detail. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2012 by

Difficult to pinpoint just one element of the vacation. As a lover of the outdoors, I enjoyed the guided walk and picnic into the local Baou hills but then I also enjoyed the relaxed, fun and informative guided walk of the old town of Nice. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2011 by

Excellent. Corinne and Benoit aim to please. The accommodation is basic, but clean and warm. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2009 by

It was a marvellous experience in every way! Corinne and Benoit are an attractive couple for whom nothing is too much trouble. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2009 by

We had a simply terrific time and have already recommended the house to numerous friends, particularly those people who are seasoned travelers and are tired of the regular offerings Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2008 by

These friendly people are firm believers in a sustainable approach in all things and it showed. Our room was clean, bright and comfortable with a breathtaking view, food at the guest house was excellent, and the little town with its quaint alleyways to explore was charming and unspoiled. Read full review

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