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Patricia and Christian offer you the opportunity to rent a charming, one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of their house.

The house, built in the traditional style of the Ubaye Valley, dates from the 1950s and is easily accessible on foot from the town centre, complete with its shops and cafés.

Entirely refurbished in 2013, and south-facing, the apartment is furnished in a way befitting its mountainous location. The veranda and its seating area open out onto a well-stocked garden, where both a lime-tree and a pine offer cool shelter from long, hot summer days. Likewise, a cooking area on the terrace will afford plenty of opportunities for a relaxing barbecue.

The apartment includes:

  • An entrance hall with storage space.
  • A large living room, complete with dining area, two armchairs, coffee table and flat-screen television.
  • A separate kitchen equipped with induction hob, electric oven, micro-wave, washing machine and all the necessary cooking implements.
  • A bedroom (with a queen sized bed) and bathroom (with wash basin and walk-in shower).
  • A separate toilet.

The apartment is equipped to house two people (with the possible addition of a child) and includes a storage space for bikes.

We are happy to offer you advice about walks and other activities in the local area, as well as maps detailing paths and other routes available to the public. Such advice is, naturally, free-of-charge.

Barcelonnette

A small – yet lively and welcoming – mountain community, Barcelonnette marries the mountains and pistes of the Alps with the sun and blue sky of Provence. It is a holiday destination with something to do all-year-round.

 The history of the town begins in 1231, when it was founded by Raimond-Bérenger IV, Count of Provence. Over the following centuries, its ownership was the subject of dispute between the Counties of Savoy and Provence, before being finally integrated into the Kingdom of France by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.

 A town of scholars, it has had a school since 1646, then later a teacher-training institute from 1833.

Between 1850 and 1950, Barcelonnette witnessed an emigration of some of its inhabitants to Mexico – the result of a long history of itinerant trade. The town and its environs remain home to the legacy of this chapter of its history: the so-called “Mexican villas”, erected in the “colonial style” by those who returned from Mexico, between 1870 and 1930, having successfully made their fortune.

 The Mexican festival, which takes place every August, is the heir to these strong links which continue to unite Mexico with the capital of the Ubaye Valley; a link which has been strengthened due to an exchange scheme between the local college, Lycée André Honnorat, and sixth-formers from Mexico.

 The annual “Festival of the Children of Jazz” (French: Fête des enfants du jazz) also brings life into the town’s streets and squares during the month of July.

 The classical music biennale closes the summer tourist season.

 Located in the heart of the Ubaye Valley and bordering the Mercantour national park, Barcelonnette is the place to be for all of the summer’s activities, including:

  • Wild water sports (the Ubaye river has more than 50 rapids) such as kayaking, rafting, canyoning.
  • Walking, hiking and mountain-biking (there several hundred kilometres of well-marked and well-maintained routes are set aside for this purpose, in addition to 7 mountain passes).
  • The Jungle Park adventure playground.
  • The horse-riding centre in the neighbouring village of Saint-Pons.
  • Paragliding. (An aerial view of a sunset in the Valley is an unforgettable experience.)
  • Gliding. (Fly in silence over the principle summits of the Valley.)
  • Golf – the Bois Chenu is host to a nine-hole course.
  • And not forgetting the open-air swimming pool.

 In short, by coming to Barcelonnette, you will not even feel the time pass by and you will almost certainly need a further visit to profit from all of the activities on offer.

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