Villa Gaia – Charming Hôtel at Digne in Provence

The charm and atmosphere of a family home

Your charming hotel since 1993.

Introduction to Villa Gaia Charming Hotel & Gardens

Welcome to our quaint charming hotel in Digne-les-Bains in the Alpes de Haute Provence, a true haven of peace nestled in the heart of an expansive, ancient garden—lush and vibrant with energy, its history as fascinating as the place itself.

Located at the entrance of Digne when coming from Nice, Villa Gaia is in close proximity to the Maison Alexandra David Neel.

To learn more about our hotel

Our hotel has a rich history that spans many generations of Provencal families. This country residence in Haute-Provence, built in 1730 and restored in 1920 by a bourgeois family returning from Mexico, was initially constructed on the site of an old tollgate. Carefully renovated to preserve its antique charm while infusing it with new energy, our establishment strikes a beautiful balance between the past and the present—a unique place where history comes alive, where exoticism meets tradition.

Staying at Villa Gaia Hotel & Garden means following in the footsteps of adventurers from the late 19th century who made stops in the lands of Haute Provence. The house’s library pays homage to them.

We are eager to share with you the history and open the doors of this family home transformed into a charming hotel in 1993. We would be delighted to share anecdotes about the previous generations who lived here, how this place became a refuge for travelers, an inspiration for artists, and where every visitor is invited to write a new page in the story of a magical place. As you stroll through our garden, imagine the generations that have walked on these same paths, under the same majestic trees. You can almost feel the history floating in the air—a blend of past tales and memorable moments to create in the present.

Our small charming hotel is more than just accommodation; it’s an immersion in a enduring history, an invitation to create your own memories while honoring the past. Come and experience this unique journey in the heart of our ancient and lush garden, and be part of this evolving story. We want to share our plans with you and allow you to participate in the restoration of this beautiful place. The adventure continues!

A garden…

…UNE HISTOIRE…

…UNE AMBIANCE…

…POUR UN SEJOUR !

What our guests say

Christian CHILLI
Christian CHILLI
25/06/2023
Ce lieu est remarquable : un cadre unique et paisible avec un accueil et une attention permanente pour rendre notre séjour agréable Notre seul regret: celui de n’avoir pas pu profiter de l’excellente cuisine plus souvent. A recommander fortement pour repartir avec un excellent souvenir de ce séjour
Françoise Furio
Françoise Furio
15/06/2023
2ème stage de 3 jours, méditation et gymnastique sensorielle..... Étant Dignoise, pas de nuitée. Ce lieu est magique et les propriétaires adorables et très compétents, la nourriture est recherchée et savoureuse.... Un régal pour tous les sens, à refaire ❤️
Juliette Jouannet
Juliette Jouannet
07/06/2023
Séjour à la Villa Gaia de 3 nuits à la découverte du Refuge d'Art, un vrai délice sur tous les plans ! Gustatif avec de délicieux petits plats de saison, frais et gourmands, visuel avec un jardin rempli de liberté... sans parler de la bonne literie, des pique-niques et du soin permanent apporté par nos hôtes. Rapport qualité/prix imbattable.
Adeline Joffret
Adeline Joffret
29/05/2023
Exceptionnel. Tout était merveilleux. Une cuisine de qualité, locale, raffinée, avec de bons produits, toujours bien assaisonné. Tout est fait maison, même le pain. Excellent
F LS
F LS
29/05/2023
Un havre de paix hors du temps , au rythme de ses envies … autour d’un ´ accueil et d’une cuisine authentique et créative d’une extrême finesse ! Merci pour cette pause printanière ! Bravo à vous ! Continuez ainsi 🌺🌼🌷
Agnès Darricau
Agnès Darricau
29/05/2023
Lieu de bonheur. Accueil chaleureux, cuisine délicieuse, charme de l'environnement. Séjour inoubliable . Lieu entouré de belles montagnes pour des balades, de l'escalade ,Lieu calme , bonheur
Maylis Détroyat
Maylis Détroyat
29/05/2023
Lieu incroyable de quiétude ,de générosité et de saveurs incroyables .
Jean Claude Larue
Jean Claude Larue
10/08/2022
Superbe endroit très calme et très agréable à l’écart de Dignes les bains. Quant à la cuisine la chef est véritablement une « top chef ». Cuisine variée et inspirée qui change tous les jours en fonction de son marché. Bref : un très beau et bon séjour

11 confortable guest rooms

The guests rooms of our Provencal charm hotel, located in the main building, are steeped in the history of the house. Carefully restored antique furniture, high ceilings—every corner of our house tells a unique story. Yet, despite this aura of the past, our rooms are equipped with all modern amenities to ensure you a comfortable stay.

lits éclairés par la lumière du soleil la chambre jardin - Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Gaubert en Haute Provence (5)
Entrée et vue sur le lit chambre italienne - Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Le Chaffaut en Haute Provence (2)
Salle de bain chambre art deco - Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Digne-les-Bains en Haute Provence (1)

Your charming hotel and its cuisine

The cuisine is simple and generous, prepared and served with care

La tresse au petit-déjeuner -Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Gaubert en Haute Provence (1)
La terrasse au petit-déjeuner - Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Barles en Haute Provence (4)

Original breakfasts

Our breakfasts are served in the dining room or on the terrasse….

La tresse au petit-déjeuner -Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Gaubert en Haute Provence (1)
La terrasse au petit-déjeuner - Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Barles en Haute Provence (4)

Meals

At Villa Gaia the kitchen is above all a matter of generosity, know-how and simplicity, to offer a remarkable quality. Here, it is like in the good bourgeois houses of yesteryear, a woman’s cuisine but with a touch of exoticism and modernity in addition.

Aîoli - Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin –Mezel en Haute Provence (3)
Tables dressée dans la salle à manger linge brodé - Villa Gaia Hotel de charme et jardin – Digne-les-Bains en Haute Provence (5)

An historic and charming garden

The garden of our charming hotel is also a living testimony of this history in Haute-Provence. It was planted more than a century ago, and each tree, each flower tells its own story. Strolling through this garden, you will soak up the serenity that emanates from these ancient roots, while discovering the vitality that animates this space today.

Themed stays

Discover different opportunities to stay in our charming little hotel and enjoy its surroundings.

Commitment to Sustainability

At our charming boutique hotel, we are deeply committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development. Our eco-friendly initiatives are designed to offer our guests a unique and responsible experience while respecting our beautiful planet.

Energy and Water Management Our lighting operates with low-energy LED bulbs. The heating of sanitary water is provided by solar panels. For water, we use flow reducers and rainwater harvesting systems for garden irrigation, thus reducing our water footprint.

Waste Reduction We encourage waste sorting and recycling. All our guest amenities are eco-friendly, and our packaging is mostly biodegradable. We collaborate with local suppliers to minimize transport and promote a circular economy.

Responsible Food Choices Our restaurant offers menus made from mostly organic and local products. We prioritize short supply chains and support farmers in our region. Our vegetarian and vegan options allow our guests to make environmentally-friendly dietary choices.

Awareness and Engagement We inform our guests about our actions and invite them to participate in our sustainable practices, particularly in waste sorting and the use of laundry services provided.

Well-being and Community We support local initiatives and community projects aimed at protecting our environment and promoting local culture.

By staying at our hotel, you contribute to a greener and more sustainable future. Together, let’s make each stay a harmonious and environmentally respectful experience.