Mercantour Park self catering gite, France

518 per week (sleeps 2-3)
Berthemont les Bains - Mercantour National ParkSee map here
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From price is per week (for 2), & at €37 pppn.
Minimum 2 nights.
A gite for 5 is also available.
Special family rates.
A fab National Park - an hour from Nice - perfect for walking/activity vacations.
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Description of Mercantour Park self catering gite, France


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France walking
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Just an hour from Nice await 685km² of Alpine terrain, sandstone gorges, turquoise lakes, ancient shepherds’ trails and a handful of hamlets. Borderin...


Accessible overview:
We are based in an old house in an Alpine region for most of our vacations 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.

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 vacation for everyone.


7 Reviews of Mercantour Park self catering gite, France

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2019 by

Lovely, spacious, comfortable accommodation which despite record-breaking July temperatures, stayed cool. Welcoming, generous and helpful hosts. Excellent walking opportunities. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2016 by

Best bits: Walking up to and visiting the rock art in the Vallee des Merveilles, and the Fete du Pain in St Martin Vésubie. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2015 by

Excellent. We travelled with young family and would certainly stay again so cannot recommend it too highly. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2014 by

A really worthwhile and memorable vacation: the self guided walks were well planned and gave us a great idea of the locality; the food was very good and the garden(s) excellent for relaxing on our days off. We were given a very warm welcome and a friendly stay. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2012 by

Amazing 360 degree views on the walks in the Maritime Alps and the relaxed but informative approach of our guide Mel. The gite is very comfortable and well equipped and the food which was prepared by Liz was delicious and varied. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2012 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was the trip to Col de Fenetre (mountain pass between France and Italy, ca 2400 m ab. s. l.) where we admired numerous chamoises, marmots and even ibexes. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 May 2012 by

The kind hospitality offered by the landlords...Excellent. Read full review

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Food air miles are limited here as fresh organic produce, milk, cheese and honey (and now from our own bees!!) are available within walking distance. Our water comes straight from the hill.

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.

We recycle as much as possible and now have a super green heat pump for hot water and 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 programme 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.

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 use abundant natural resources (wood and sunshine).

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 who are available for riding and taking out as a companion on day walks.


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 programme of music and drama, an art gallery showcasing local talent, and a cost free system for bartering goods and services between inhabitants.

If suggesting other accommodation, we try to 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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