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La Zourcière, Berthemont les Bains - perfect self-catering holiday accommodation in France

With an unspoilt National Park at your doorstep, yet just an hour from the French Riviera...

gîte Ibex at la Zourcière

We are very pleased to recommend our two hundred year old farmhouse in Berthemont les Bains as a venue for your holiday in France.

Within the house there are two independent apartments which are warm, comfortable and surrounded by our six acres of land - sheep, cats and horses as neighbours.

Described recently as "my best holiday ever"; what is on offer is a "home from home", in a wonderful setting - a dream holiday in France.

The holiday accommodation in the Mercantour is available for independent travellers seeking to come and do their own thing. Self catering is the norm, but we are happy to get food in for late arrivals, and cook on special request. Benefit from having your hosts on site; happy to give recommendations for walking and other activities - don't waste a minute of your precious holiday time.

Guests are welcome to enjoy the garden. Guests wishing to put the brakes on and have a slow holiday - are welcome to appreciate local fauna - deer, badgers, wild boar.. and birds on tap - nutcrackers, woodpeckers, tree creepers, buzzards, golden eagles - all from the comfort of a sun lounger. However, please do note our rules on guests' pets.

Berthemont is a sleepy little hamlet with the only thermal baths in the Alpes-Maritimes. It hasn't changed that much since the photos in these vintage postcards!!

You can buy honey, raw milk and cheese but for further retail therapy you will need to head to Saint Martin or Roquebillière - Roq proud to boast a Tuesday market and dancing and cultural events in the summer.

Aside from the wonderful scenery guests have access to summer swimming and other activities - winter and summer!! - within 15 to 20 minutes drive as well as France's most prominent wolf centre.

For lovers of canvas, and the thrill of being woken up by the snuffling of badgers, we put up a 3 podded tent in the summer months - great overspill for a large family or group of walkers - equipped with mattresses and duvets, a living area, outside table and chairs and access to a bathroom of course.

le Grand Chalet Valdeblore

Le Grand Chalet - those of our guests that choose our hotel or chambre d'hote option on one of our activity/walking packages will be delighted to find themselves in the care of our good friends Luc and Christine at Valdeblore - and with good reason - cosy rooms, wonderful welcome, great food, communal table for convivial dinners. Of course if you want to visit the area independently and are looking for a more hotel type break we're more than happy to recommend le Grand Chalet.