“A clutch of peaceful B&B rooms in a medieval hilltop village that’s one of Provence’s best-kept secrets”
Elegance and simplicity are the buzzwords of the guestrooms. Walls and fabrics come in soothing taupes, natural creams and understated greys, and paintings provide occasional splashes of colour. Floors are made from warm oak, and wood-framed windows look out over the hills to the sea beyond.
All have kingsize beds with Egyptian linen and goosedown duvets, as well as a desk, a chair and a large wardrobe; you also get air-conditioning, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The travertine stone bathrooms are tucked behind walls of glass bricks (toilets are separate), and come with bathrobes, hairdryers and toiletries made by Grasse-based Fragonard.
Marius and Le Temps des Secrets has a shower and a Jacuzzi tub with chromotherapy lighting. The other rooms Fanny and Manon des Sources, have a large walk-in shower (no tub) and the former can be set up with twin beds on request. All share the same style and great views, so the choice largely depends on whether you’d like a soak in the bath.
Added in 2015, we're yet to personally view Le Temps des Secrets and Manon des Sources.
Breakfast is a highlight, and best enjoyed on the communal terrace beside the breakfast room, where there’s a table and chairs for each guestroom (spaced well apart for privacy). You'll find freshly squeezed orange juice (always a plus), just-baked baguettes and croissants, honey, fruit, and homemade and local jams (including violet and rose varieties).
For lunch and dinner, Tourrettes has a few first-rate restaurants, with prices to suit all pockets. Serious foodies should head to Le Clovis, a dinky little place in the heart of the village, whose young chef Julien Bousseau has won a Michelin star. Menus revolve around changing trios of seasonal ingredients - we visited in October so ate a wonderful starter of 3 varieties of wild mushroom, each cooked in a different way, followed by a memorable main of lièvre à la Royale (hare stuffed with foie gras) and homemade chestnut-flour pasta. Julien is a staunch supporter of local produce, and his approach covers everything from the food and wine to the crockery and olive-wood bread baskets.
Another good bet in central Tourrettes is Chez Grand Mère, a family-run restaurant serving North African dishes at very tasty prices. Going for 30 years, it’s a real locals’ favourite. Wine-lovers should try Le Cave de Tourrettes near the square, which has an impressive range of wines and tasty tapas. And, for hearty fare at giveaway prices, join villagers for lunch at the Café des Sports on the square - there’s little choice, but you’ll get a good meal for a steal. If you don’t mind a drive, try L’Ecole des Filles in Bar-sur-Loup (15 minutes in the direction of Grasse) for modern gastronomic cuisine.