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Self-Catering Accommodation in the South of France                                        This site was last updated 1/5/2016

 

Our self catering apartment at Les Basses Beaumettes in the Alpes Maritimes (06) is open all year round. Most of our clients are those who enjoy outdoor sports - walking, cycling, mountain biking, paragliding, canyoning, canoeing, rafting, rock climbing or skiing, but obviously those who prefer to sit and look at the beautiful scenery are also welcome.

If you have any questions about staying in our 2 person self catering apartment in rural South East France please email me on ruth@pottyplace.com. We charge 60 euros per night for 2 people sharing and have a minimum booking of 3 nights.

The tiny hamlet of Les Basses Beaumettes, in the centre of the above photo, is situated 3km from the village of Saint Auban, in the South East of France. St Auban is on the left of the above photo. Relaxing in this sleepy little corner of the Alpes Maritimes you wouldn't believe that we are only 65km (1.5hours drive) from Nice and the Cote D'Azur.

The Alpes Maritimes,  have long been a Mecca for hang-gliding and paragliding with their warm dry climate and three hundred sunny days a year. Nestling almost undiscovered, near the spectacular Verdon Gorge, the area around the pretty little village of St Auban offers a vast range of outdoor activities, ranging from  walking, rock-climbing, canyoning, canoeing, rafting and cycling, to fishing and pony trekking. There is also bungee jumping and forests of adventure for those who want something a little different. For the less adventurous we have stunning lakes to sunbathe beside with pedalos and canoes for hire, half an hour away. Market day in Castellane on Wednesday and Saturday mornings is a don't miss opportunity to buy as much lavender scented soap as you want. For those who want beaches and serious shopping opportunities, a day trip to the coast to visit Nice, Monaco, Antibes or Cannes makes for a very different day out.

I hope the information on our website will tempt you to come and stay in our apartment. Here is what we offer:Rated by The Cycle Holidays Directory

  • Great value accommodation at 60 euros per night for 2 people sharing. The price includes bedding, towels, electricity etc.
  • The apartment comprises, 1 double bedroom with a fold down sofa bed suitable for a child (no extra cost), toilet / shower room, kitchen / dining room with French windows leading out into a spacious garden with picnic table and sun loungers.
  • A comprehensive folder with more than 70 of our favourite walks in the area, including descriptions, length of time to do each walk and maps.
  • Suggestions of road excursions by bicycle, motorbike or car.
  • Shopping service for those arriving by bike or on foot.
  • Any maps you might require.
  • Detailed weather forecasts.
  • Lockable garage.
  • Freshly made bread.
  • Wi-fi internet access for those who just can't get away from it all.
  • We are happy to book meals in restaurants, canyoning, rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, bike hire, horse riding etc for you.
  • To preserve the peace and tranquillity of Les Basses Beaumettes, we ask our guests not to invite friends and relatives to visit them here during their stay with us.

For details of where we are, have a look at the map on the location page. We are 1.5 hours from Nice airport which has direct flights from Britain by many of the low cost airlines like Easy Jet. For flight information have a look at the Nice airport website. We recommend that you hire a car as donkey transport around here isn't very fast.

                                      

Although we are both animal lovers at Les Basses Beaumettes we don't allow guests to bring animals - we're really sorry.

On the 28th of March 2012 this area of the Alpes Maritime was declared a Parc Naturel Régional (PNR) and is now called the Parc Naturel Régional des Préalpes d'Azur, a status which it amply merits. Anthony Green (half of the infamous Green twins), was commissioned to make a Vu du Ciel Film showing the stunning scenery in the Park.

The Park is also supported by Les Amis du Parc who do a fantastic job, to read more about all the work they do, have a look at their website.

If you would like more information, please contact us. Or if you would like to know what other people think of us, Guardian readers voted us in the top 3 of their favourite places to stay in France. Here is what they had to say about us on the travel page of their website, you'll find us under accommodation.

The popular magazine French Entrée also recommend us in the article:

Holidays in the Alpes Maritimes - A nice change from the busy coastal strip of the Côte d'Azur

There are more reviews on the Visitor's Comments page.

We pride ourselves on working directly with our clients rather than working through an agency. We are not part of any of the following booking systems neither do we work with letting agencies, so you are not being charged a booking fee, nor is a third party being paid commission as part of your booking, thus keeping the price you pay to a minimum:

Airbnb, Booking.com, Ownersdirect, Cheznous, holidaylettings, holidayfrancedirect, Frenchconnections, Purefrance, Gite de France, Kayak, Tripadviser etc.

For such a professionally run, high quality, self catering apartment, why is the domain name The Potty Place, I hear you ask. Quite simple because we used to own a children's nursery school called the Potty Place which we sold when we moved to France, but we kept the name because it is so memorable.