“A seductively peaceful Hérault hideaway for wine lovers and sybarites; B&B or whole house rental (sleeps 12-14)”
The 4 first-floor bedrooms are comfortable, meticulously thought out, and understatedly handsome. Stretching along the bastide, their high, shuttered windows gaze over the gardens and pool. Book an individual room or take the whole house exclusively (6 bedrooms sleeping up to 12).
La chambre du Baron is Saint Hilaire's flagship, an enormous double with room aplenty for a chaise longue, and both east- and west-facing windows. We loved the bathroom with its wetroom, separate tub, oval window and exposed beams. If you've got something to celebrate, this room should be your first choice.
La chambre du Chevalier comes a close second, with some lovely festive touches: a crown chandelier, an enormous gilt-framed mirror above the marble fireplace, and a deep red double bed. It also has a lovely bathroom with a separate bath and rain shower.
La chambre de la Chatelaine is smaller and less flamboyant, but also retains its eye-catching floor tiles as well as venerable roof beams. The high garden-facing window helps maximise the feeling of space; an open-plan shower room leads directly off from the bedroom.
La chambre du Vigneron, with its contemporary interior, can be set up with twin beds. Situated on the ground floor of the beautiful Art Deco wing, it has an ensuite shower room and a private terrace in the rose garden.
Whole House Rentals encompass two more ensuite double or twin bedrooms, bringing the total up to six. You'll also get exclusive use of the communal areas, including a well-equipped kitchen, a cinema room and the garden with it's pretty swimming pool.
The dining room spans the width of the house, with views to both courtyard and wooded gardens; in fine weather you can sit outside on the terrace in the shadow of a 200-year-old umbrella pine.
If you've booked an individual room, the continental breakfasts include fresh orange juice, fruit salad, cheeses and cold cuts, cereals and yoghurts, homemade jams and delicious acacia honey, as well as first class coffee and leaf teas. A famous local plateau of oysters, mussels and shrimps or assiette de gourmande are available for lunch or dinner (by prior arrangement). All are, of course, washed down with different Saint Hilaire wines.
Those booking the whole house on an exclusive basis have full use of the well-equipped kitchen and can request additional catering if they so wish. There's also a bbq in the grounds for sunny suppers.
Alternatively, there are several restaurants within easy driving distance - ask for recommendations (and a taxi, if you intend to déguste).
Saint Hilaire isn't really suitable for kids of the inquisitive toddling age, but would be fine for older children who are happy to sleep in their own room, or for babes in arms.
If you're coming with just one older child (ages 12+), Baron can fit an extra bed. For 2 or more children, they'll need their own room. Exclusive whole house bookings are an option for larger groups. Most rooms can fit a baby cot.
Baby cot available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking