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TOP 10 novel accommodation in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur's nature reserves

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and its stunning nature reserves are home to so many treasures it’s literally impossible to explore them all in one go! Whether you’re enjoying an impromptu break or more prolonged stay, amp up the pleasure with a night – or lots of nights – in an authentic and novel setting.

Between Southern Alps and Provence, at the heart of a forest

Terre de Baronnies : a log cabin

If you fancy drifting off to sleep in a haven of greenery at the heart of the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Reserve, the Terre des Baronnies log cabins are made for you! Simply pick your favourite design and revel in the joys of a Scandinavian bath in the pines for ultimate end-of-day relaxation. The perfect place for a novel and romantic night. If you’re travelling with a group, La Grange is an eco-gite welcoming 6 to 8 guests for an exhilarating holiday in Provence. In addition to excellent comfort, guests also enjoy a refreshing pool for a welcome dip after a day out on the trails!

Alpilles: a paradise of Provencal flora and fauna

La Cala Melosa, a sanctuary for bees and travellers alike

Bees have found the perfect home at La Cala Melosa, so why not join them? Set down your bags in a genuine Mongolian yurt in the Alpilles to discover the fascinating world of bees and beekeeping. The eco-friendly yurt is built with stone, wood and plant materials and stands in a magnificent garden complete with pond, steeped in a country holiday atmosphere. Even the showers and toilets are eco-friendly! You can also enjoy some great home cooking on site courtesy of your host Sophie. So look no further – your summer holiday is right here!

A holiday at the heart of the Sainte-Baume hills

Authentic natural accommodation at Les Arbousiers

Tucked away in the vineyards and herb-scented garrigue of Provence, the Hôtel Les Arbousiers – a blend of a holiday village and hotel – offers a great choice of accommodation including self-catering cottages and gypsy caravans: a favourite with travellers seeking a novel family holiday. The four caravans all have their own bathrooms and kitchenette, while the cottages benefit from reversible air-conditioning. The spacious grounds, steeped in Mediterranean vegetation and topped with a pool, are a genuine haven of peace, perfect for recharging your batteries. We don’t know about you, but we’re booking today!


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Port-Cros and Porquerolles islands, a stone’s throw away

Fun and relaxation at the Gîte du Pagoulin

Boasting a gorgeous natural setting, the delightfully welcoming and well-equipped Gîte du Pagoulin is the perfect base if you’re eager to explore the region. If you fancy spending a novel night in Hyères, Karine’s home is located a stone’s throw from the town centre, in Port-Cros National Park. All the family will love her animals and gorgeous garden; what’s more, kids enjoy a variety of games provided free of charge. You can rent a bike too if you fancy a ride along the beautiful coast – what better way to immerse yourself in the Med?

A night in the Luberon countryside

Rest and hospitality at Camping Le Vallon

Nestling amid oaks and cedar trees, Camping Le Vallon is ideally located just a stone’s throw from the village of Bonnieux, at the heart of the Luberon Regional Nature Reserve. The campsite’s accommodation has been carefully curated to blend in with the natural surroundings and includes a cocoon, yurt, lodge and chalet – just take your pick! In spring, you can enjoy cherries picked straight from the tree, while the natural pool is a must for a refreshing dip after a busy day out exploring. The perfect place for a family nature holiday!

The beauty and freshness of the Verdon

Travel back in time at Château de Trigance

Medieval meets modern at the magnificent Château de Trigance – the perfect pick if you’re seeking novel accommodation in the Var area. Sleep in a genuine four-poster bed and gaze out over the Verdon Canyon as you lap up the hotel’s charming and authentic ambience. Guests also enjoy a wine bar and magnificent terrace on the ramparts, where breakfast is served. A fabulous address for travellers keen to conquer the waters of the canyon, explore the Verdon’s picturesque little stone villages and take home unforgettable memories of their holiday in Provence.

Back to basics in Queyras

Cosy nests at Chalet Viso

These intimate little bubbles steeped in the peace and quiet of the mountains are perfect for curiosity-seekers looking for defiantly different accommodation in Queyras. Chalet Viso in Arvieux has offers wooden domes[1] measuring 16 m², resembling Mongolian yurts. The toilets and showers are just a step away from your room for added comfort. In short, this is a great nature camping option with novelty galore, topped with the comfort and practicality of on-site catering at the Chalet.

The sublime vistas of Mercantour

Take to the heights at La Cabane des Pins Sylvestres

Hidden away in Mercantour forest, La Cabane des Pins Sylvestres nestles in Vésubie valley and offers two tree houses perched at a height of 5 metres: Boréon for 4 guests and Gélas for 2 guests. Each house is tastefully decorated and includes a kitchen and refined spa/jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation in the treetops. Take to the heights and get a new angle on the world as you gaze out over the valley’s magnificent landscapes, before tucking in for a novel night in this gorgeous little corner of the South of France!

After a hike in the Massif des Ecrins

Relax in a cosy Écrin de Violette…

L’Ecrin de Violette – what a delightful name for this cosy traditional chalet nestling in Ecrins National Park! Its comfy guest rooms are set at the end of a 45-minute track, so one thing’s for sure, you won’t forget your night in the Hautes-Alpes in a hurry! But rest assured, your hosts promise the warmest of welcomes, topped with plenty of tips on the best walks and hikes in the vicinity. A delicious back-to-basics experience.

Set down your bags facing Mont Ventoux

Gîte Secrets de Paille: an eco-friendly cocoon

Located at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the Gîte Secrets de Paille is a one-of-a-kind self-catering cottage. Built using lavender straw, wood and ochre clay, this extraordinary address is crowned with an aromatic plant garden. Peace and tranquillity envelop guests as soon as they cross the threshold. The village of Bédoin is just a couple of minutes away on foot – you can buy groceries and fresh bread there, or enjoy savouring a morning coffee with the locals… So French!