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It is impossible to cross the valley of Ubaye without thinking of those families who left in the early 19th century to try their luck in Louisiana and Mexico, thus becoming the famous "Barcelonettes". Some returned, their fortunes made, to build sumptuous villas that are still known as "les mexicaines". There are not such properties here. Securely anchored on the heights of the valley, this old farmhouse looks more like a guardian of time and mountain traditions. Whilst dreams of glory sent the brave overseas, this property held its course on the peaks of Pointe Fine and Siguret. The comfortable amenities that now feature here have only added to its welcoming and soothing nature. All around, the mountains beckon with the promise of adventure. It's the sweet revenge of those left behind...
We wanted to "go green", be quiet and close to nature, have year round sunshine, light and seasons. We wanted a home for us, but also to host, welcome and share. Above all, we wanted to fall in love with a little place where we could put down our suitcases and start our new life. After more than three years of research, we stumbled upon La Bousquetière and the Ubaye valley suddenly became such an obvious choice with its charm, colours, blue sky, history, mountains and landscapes. The well preserved, pure and authentic nature offers a multitude of activities in all seasons.
Located in a mountain hamlet at an altitude of 1300m, La Bousquetière is a former 18th century farm. Restored and modernised over the years by various owners, it has nevertheless kept its authenticity with the stone walls and original floors and beams. Amidst a harmony of mountains and countryside, it combines simplicity, modernity and comfort.
Formerly a classic mountain farm in the Ubaye Valley, the building appears in the Napoleonic cadastre of 1833, but is probably much older. Unlike other more bourgeois houses in the hamlet, the farm had a sheepfold and not a barn. Left in its original state for many years, the building was recently transformed into a warm and welcoming guest house.
Authenticity, simplicity, good food, relaxation and moments to share. The house enchants guests with its charm and character. One quite simply feels good here. The rooms are comfortable and warm. The concrete spa beneath the vaults is perfect for relaxation. The evening meals are friendly and the conversation is happy. The cuisine is gourmet and the wines are tasty. The breakfasts are generous, and can be enjoyed with views of the mountains. The garden furniture in the shade of the ash trees is perfect for siestas, while the terrace and the summer kitchen are perfect for an evening aperitif.
Ubaye is a place to enjoy nature, play sports, relax and rest. It also has these little treasures: going down the Bonnette by bike at sunset, getting up in front of Lake Chambeyron with the first rays, visiting the cemetery of Fouillouse for its prose, the chapel of the Davis, the sundials for their relevance, La Sauvage (a local beer) fresh goat's cheese from Villard and nutty milk chocolate made from sheep's milk in Abries. One can learn how to make local pasta in the workshop, enjoy a bowl of polenta at our Italian neighbours, discover a family story at the distillery, taste a delicate gelée Bayasse genépi at Jojo and enjoy a rustic dinner on the farm.
80 € - 115 € per night
The house has three guest rooms with separate bathrooms and toilets. "Eglantine" has a surface area of 24 m2 and is equipped with a queen sized bed, it can accommodate two people. "Symphorine" has living room of 42 m2 and is equipped with two beds, one of which is king sized and the other is a double, it can accommodate two to four people. Last but not least, "Epine Vinette" has a living room of 35 m2 and is equipped with two beds, one of which is king sized and the other is a single, it can accommodate two to three people.