Domaine Les Roullets

Oppede, Provence, France Book from Book from £191 per night

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.

Highs

  • 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

Lows

  • 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

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
Honeymoon
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5 rooms + 1 cottage
  • 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
Room: Sud

Rooms

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).

Features include:

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

Eating

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!

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Communal fridge space
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
Eating: Orangerie Diner
Activity:

Activities

  • 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 Carrières de Lumières; 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 aqueduct) 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, wander around the ornamental gardens and help yourself to fruit from the orchard, play a game of boules or curl up in the lounge and watch a film with a glass of rosé from the domaine

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

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

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Rooms
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Vanessa, the manager, could not have been more helpful. The breakfasts she produced were superb and she made us feel very welcome in such a lovely environment. The grounds and views beyond were spectacular. A lovely place to go to and we would thoroughly recommend it.

10/10, , April 2016

The photos of the gardens don't do it justice - totally idyllic. This place is perfect for stressed individuals who want to recharge. It's fab. <br>A couple of suggestions - could do with a new hair dryer please and bathroom needs a floor rubber mat for floor by sinks. It is quite challenging after a shower. Also an ice making machine would be great. It really is a wonderful place and encourages you to make your food, drink wine (quietly) and have a great time so above is just to help it along the way! Dining out was very hit and miss. Best place for high end we found was the Bastille des gordes - they have a couple of restaurants to choose from.

9/10, , August 2015

This place is tranquil, restful, beautiful, superbly clean and run by a couple that keep everything trimmed, tweezed, brushed, dusted and utterly perfect. Even the gravel pathways were raked into order before we got up each morning. As soon as we drove in, I just knew I was going to want to come straight back. And I did/do/will. Details are all brilliantly well thought through, there's no kids, breakfasts are generous and feature local, seasonal produce (we hit cherry season and a massive glut so one of the owners made jam for the next morning) and there's a mutual respect amongst the guests that stay to speak quietly, go slowly, and make sure everyone is drinking in the ludicrously charming surroundings. You have to drive everywhere but it's no big deal. Tons of walking on the doorstep and Oppede Le Vieux (40 mins walk, 3 mins in car) is simply the most wonderful French village I've been to. Takes your breath away. Suffice to say I loved it.

10/10, , June 2015

Domaine Les Roullets is sublime. Beautiful setting. Excellent room and facilities and incredible attention to detail. Wonderful hosts. Brilliant breakfasts. Fantastic! We loved it. It was perfect for us.

10/10, , June 2014

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