Domaine Les Roullets

Oppede, Provence, France Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
A beautiful B&B set in 7 hectares of gardens and vineyards, with fancy rooms, open terraces and a sparkling pool
This fortified farm stands midway between Oppède and Ménerbes, villages that found themselves on opposite sides during the Religious Wars, hence the defenses. But times change and these days the farm stands in 7 hectares of blissful peace, half of which are home to a small vineyard.

Wander through the beautifully manicured landscape and find olive trees by the score, balls of lavender to scent the air, lawns that sprawl under the shade of tall pines and fabulous views of the Luberon. There are a couple of fountains, a glistening pool and a terrace for breakfast in the sun, but best of all are the seriously indulgent rooms. Expect stone walls, big beds, leather heads, lots of contemporary art; bathrooms are predictably funky too. Elsewhere, local hilltop villages (all with super restaurants) host an extensive programme of summer events, including opera in a disused quarry courtesy of Pierre Cardin. Mont Ventoux is close for cyclists, while antique hunters will love L’Isle-sur-La-Sorgue.


  • The house and setting are both spectacular
  • The stylish rooms don’t hold back - expect a little luxury
  • This is a supremely peaceful spot; if you’re looking for silence, you’ll find it here
  • The immediate area is teeming with hilltop villages and vineyards


  • There's no restaurant and you’re out in the country, so most nights you’ll have to drive out to eat
  • You'll need a car if you want to explore the area
  • It’s not child-friendly - a high for some

Best time to go

The hotel is open all year. In general, mid April until mid October is the best time to come. The field flowers bloom in spring; aim for July if you want to experience Pierre Cardin’s music festival in Lacoste. About half the restaurants and shops close in the winter months.

Our top tips

If you head down to Aix-en-Provence, take the back road from Bonnieux, a fabulous drive

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5 rooms
  • Breakfast (+ drive to restaurants)
  • Not suitable for children
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Les Roullets impresses inside and out, and nowhere more so than in the bedrooms, which do much to spoil you rotten. There are 5 altogether (Sud, Ventoux, Midi, Japonaise and Luberon), including 3 at the back overlooking pine-shaded lawns and one at the front with views of the vineyard, olive trees and lines of lavender; all have terraces outside glass doors.

Smart uncluttered interiors come with stone floors, white walls, eastern busts and western art. The feel is airy and uncluttered, mixing a fresh contemporary style with rustic overtones; there is always something interesting to catch your eye, be it huge bedside lamps, faux-fur blankets, padded leather bedheads or a colourful armoire made from recycled wood. You get bottles of sparkling water, fluffy bathrobes, air conditioning and beautiful linen on big beds with comfy, box-sprung mattresses.

One room (the Japonais) has a bath at the end of the bed and all have cool bathrooms that come in black Ardeche stone (Sud and Ventoux have a shower only).

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Pre-loaded iPod
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Breakfast is served a stone table under the shade of tall pines, with views over the pool to vineyards beyond. You get fresh orange juice, homemade jams, croissants, breads, meats, cheese and fromage blanc, perhaps also a boiled egg or a pancake. There’s fresh fruit, yoghurt, tea and coffee, too.

There’s a shaded terrace down by the pool with a big table and a small fridge so guests can go out to shop for lunches, then come back and prepare them here - baguettes with cheese and cold meats, maybe a quiche or a salad. There’s an honesty bar down here, too.

If you eat out, you can try a different village every evening: La Veranda in Ménerbes offers steaks and pasta; Belle de Nuit in Oppède Le Vieux has a well-priced table d’hôte menu; you can eat in the square at Le Fournil in Bonnieux, which offers fancy Provençal food that’s sourced from the hills around you; and Le Viveur in L’Isle-sur-La-Sorgue is a local favourite and carries a Michelin star. Want more inspiration? The team are ardent foodies and love sharing their hot tips for local dining - just ask!

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Communal fridge space
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce


  • Discover the Luberon villages: Gordes, Roussillon, Oppède, Ménerbes, Bonnieux and Lacoste are on your doorstep, a collection of impossibly beautiful hilltop villages. A rich programme of cultural events runs throughout the summer, not least Pierre Cardin’s opera in a quarry in Lacoste. The chateau is his country retreat; previous owners include the Marquis de Sade, who lived here before being carted off to the Bastille
  • L’Isle-sur-La-Sorgue to the north is home to one of Europe’s biggest antiques markets. It takes place every Sunday, about 350 stalls that wind through the narrow streets of the old town and spill out across the water
  • Head to Avignon for a day of culture: visit the Papal Palace, walk to the end of its famous bridge or enjoy the annual festival (mid-July-early August) for theatre, opera, classical music, exhibitions and lectures set against the backdrop of its spectacular architecture
  • The wine fields of the Dentelles (30km north). Discover Beaumes de Venise and taste its remarkable Muscat (best served with a plate of foie gras). You’ll find beautiful mountain villages, hills to climb for fantastic views. Chateauneuf du Pape is close, too, but there’s a greater sense of discovery here, and fewer tourists
  • Mont Ventoux is the iconic mountain of Provence. Every other year the Tour de France climbs up it - Lance Armstrong did so in 55 minutes, which is simply ridiculous (ordinary humans take a day!). Views from the top stretch to Nice and Mont Blanc. If you come, it is worth ascending from Bedoin in the south and descending to the north, as this is how the cyclists do it
  • St Remy and beyond - you’re very close to a triangle of motorways that take you places very quickly: spin off to St Remy (where Van Gogh was incarcerated); Les Baux for the imperious Cathedrale d’Images; the Camargue (black bulls, white horses), Arles (for all things Van Gogh and a fantastic summer-long photography exhibition), Nîmes (for the best-preserved Roman amphitheatre in Europe), Pont du Gard (the famous Roman viaduct) and Uzès (one of France’s best-reserved Medieval towns)
  • Back at the hotel, stretch out by the beautiful heated pool and read a book

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets


The property is not suitable for children under the age of 16.

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