“A beautiful B&B set in 7 hectares of gardens and vineyards, with fancy rooms, open terraces and a sparkling pool”
Les Roullets impresses inside and out, and nowhere more so than in the 5 bedrooms, which do much to spoil you rotten. Some sit at the back of the property, overlooking pine-shaded lawns, another at the front with views of the vineyard, olive trees and lines of lavender; all have terraces outside glass doors.
Since our visit, a 2-Bedroom Cottage has been added. Nestled in the grounds surrounded by roses and lavender, it sounds utterly bucolic, with a private garden and a full kitchen for whipping up simple suppers.
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 Japonaise) 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).
Breakfast is served on the terrace, with views over the pool to vineyards beyond. You get fresh orange juice, homemade jams, croissants, breads, meats, cheese and fromage blanc, plus a daily hot special. There’s fresh fruit, yoghurt, tea and coffee, too.
The orangerie, which overlooks the pool, has a summer kitchen and dining table. 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 Vivier 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!