“A Michelin-starred foodie hotspot, contemporary French-style rooms, and gorgeous gardens at this stylish hillside hotel near Antibes”
Rooms are split between the main house and the bergerie (converted barn). All are beautiful, so it doesn’t really matter where you end up, though some have bathtubs, some have showers and some have both; if you have a preference, make this clear when booking. You get uncluttered French elegance, beautiful fabrics, crisp white linen and excellent beds. All rooms have garden views, air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs and fancy bathrooms.
Classic Rooms in the main house are spread over the first and second floors and some have views over the mountains. The 2 top-floor ones interconnect, though feel a little smaller due to their lower ceilings. In the bergerie, the remaining Classic Rooms are on the ground floor and open onto a lawned terrace with tables and chairs scattered about in the shade of olive trees. Inside, an easy elegance spreads itself from wall to wall: light colours, super beds dressed in white linen and padded quilts, perhaps a padded pink headboard or an apple-green bedside table.
Terrace Rooms, both on the upper floor in the bergerie, are larger and have spacious private balconies shaded by bougainvillea. We were in one of these and loved the baking theme that runs throughout, from the screen covered in puddings which separates the bed from the large tub, to the thick wooden chopping boards used as toppers for the bedside tables, and the rolling pin acting as a towel rail. The other Terrace Room features a splendid stone fireplace and a daybed. We think these rooms are definitely worth the extra money.
Finally, there are 2 Junior Suites, one in the main house, one in the bergerie. Both are huge rooms with grand freestanding baths hidden behind a screen. If you want to splash out, this is where you do so (quite literally). There’s a walk-in shower, too, plus a grand bed and French windows. The suite in the bergerie opens onto an impressive balcony, while the one in the main house opens onto a private lawned terrace.
Breakfast (extra cost) is usually served on the shaded garden terrace, but there’s a pretty breakfast room in case the weather breaks. You get strong coffee, English tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, a basket of baguettes, croissants, pains aux raisins and pains au chocolat, a slice of cake or a muffin. On top of this you get fresh yoghurt and violet syrup (what a revelation; we’re never eating yoghurt without it again!), a fruit salad and freshly made waffles. You can pay a little more and get some cheese or some eggs, but the standard breakfast is more than enough to set you up for the day.
Just a short stroll away (200m) is the hotel’s restaurant, Le Clos Saint Pierre, for lunch and dinner. There’s a well-deserved Michelin star in its kitchen, gained by head chef Daniel Ettlinger - but the prices are very reasonable, the food exceptional, and the atmosphere magical. There’s a no-choice menu du marché, but if there’s something on the menu you don’t eat, an alternative is always at hand. Note that the restaurant is shut on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
We sat on the pretty terrace, coated in grape vines and an assortment of climbing plants, at a candlelit table and we were given blankets in case we got cold! We enjoyed numerous canapés before tucking into a slither of Spanish omelette topped with goat’s cheese, followed by a choice between a delicate battered sea bream fillet in a broth and duck breast with potato and asparagus (both were delicious). We obviously had a cheese course (when in France…), but our favourite dish was dessert: a simple mix of fresh cake squares, yoghurt, cherries, raspberries and ice cream, with a side of more cake and chocolate macaroons. Staff were friendly and chatty, and Daniel came to say hello, which we thought was a lovely touch.
Le Bistro du Clos, a further 200m away, is the more laid-back (and cheaper) sister restaurant of Le Clos Saint Pierre, serving drinks and simple, local dishes all day. The menu - created by Daniel and cooked by his staff - changes 4 times a year to reflect the seasonal produce on offer. Expect risotto with local ham, lamb stew, and pasta in a garlic and herb sauce. The bistro is shut on Sundays and Mondays.
The local villages of Valbonne, Biot, St Paul de Vence and La Colle-sur-Loup are all very pretty and offer lots of restaurant choices. You’ll find art galleries that double as restaurants, excellent pizza, and simple bistros scattered around the village squares.
Hotel du Clos welcomes children and the pool is fenced; however this is perhaps not the most child-friendly location as there aren't many suitable activities close by. Children under 12 stay for free in their parents' bed, and cots can be provided; kids aged 12+ are charged for an extra bed in their parents' room.
Babies (0-1 years)
Most rooms can take an extra bed and a baby cot. One of the Terrace Rooms has a small daybed which can sleep an extra person, and the Junior Suite (bergerie) has a sofabed in the sitting area which can sleep 2 young children or 1 teenager. The 2 Classic Rooms on the top floor in the main house can connect.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Le Bistro du Clos has a children's set menu on offer daily.