La Maison des Remparts

Beaumes-de-Venise, Provence, France Book from Book from £170 per night

Impressively restored and exquisitely decorated B&B, set in the old fortified walls of Beaumes-de-Venise
Brimming with history and romance, this 5-room B&B in charming Beaumes-de-Venise is ideal for a special stay. As if it’s not enough to be painstakingly restored with traditional materials and gorgeous shabby-chic décor, the hotel exudes a welcoming elegance. It is built into the town’s old fortified walls, and some rooms have balconies with direct access to the route around them. Spend lazy days around the garden courtyard plunge pool, reading books from the hotel’s small library. Or step out into the world for vineyard and olive-grove rambles, cave exploration, games of pétanque and a glass of Muscat in a local winery. This Provençal town has plenty to recommend it, whether you’re coming à deux or en famille.

What a wonderful location for wine-lovers (on the Route des Côtes du Rhône wine trail), foodies (given the fresh cuisine of the region), and walkers, who are happy to roam the hills, revel in the sunshine and experience the simple pleasures of Provençal life for a week or more.

Highs

  • A luminous, romantic hotel with wonderful historic character and mountain views
  • Just 5 spacious and beautifully decorated rooms, with spoiling touches such as stunning antiques and chandeliers
  • Well located between the famous castle ruins and the centre of town
  • Belgian-owner Anne also acts as your personal concierge, full of recommendations for exploration and restaurants
  • A delicious breakfast, with fresh French pastries from the bakery

Lows

  • It's bijou: only 5 rooms (and one is often used by Anne), so book well in advance
  • The pool is for dipping in, not laps; serious sun-worshippers can retreat to a small sun deck at the top of a spiral staircase
  • You might expect more bells and whistles for the top, high-season rate, but it's well priced in other seasons

Best time to go

Beaumes-de-Venise is a lovely place to visit year-round, with the exception of August, when the French take their holidays and the whole region of Provence becomes very busy. In April there is a flower festival, and in early June the Ventoux Beaumes-de-Venise cycle race takes place.

Our top tips

‘Beaumes’ means caves in French and the town has plenty to explore. Try those around the Oppidum: there are prehistoric caves that housed the region’s first inhabitants and a dramatic 18km-high cave accessed by a narrow path on the north side on the Roclinaud peak.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Plunge Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The hotel has 5 spacious rooms, each beautifully restored using traditional building materials and decorated with stunning antiques and shabby-chic styling. As well as bedrooms, guests have full run of the lounge, glass-and-wrought-iron orangerie, kitchen and garden.

We stayed in Légende d’Orient, and loved the beamed ceiling, Indian chandelier and wrought-iron lattice door that leads into a bathroom boasting stone sinks and a shower made from driftwood. Its terrace allows private access to the covered rampart walkway.

Couples in search of romantic respite should book Perle de Coton, which is tucked into the eaves behind a 16th-century wooden door. It has a cosy lounge plus a lovely bathroom with a claw-foot tub and a separate pebbled shower, and is styled in white and gold.

The sprawling Secret de Brume has fantastic views of Mont Ventoux and the village, plus private access to the ramparts walkway, while Terre Safran is decorated with some lovely exotic touches. Evasion Ivoire sleeps 4 so is perfect for families.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Plunge pool
  • Pool towels
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is a truly delicious French affair, with bread and croissants from the local bakery, homemade jam and yoghurt, plus fresh fruit and juices.

Anne can offer advice on where to eat for other meals and can make dinner reservations in Beaumes-de-Venise and nearby towns and villages. Her top recommendations include Le Dolium (featured in the Michelin guide), Chez Serge (a truffle bistro), and L’Oustalet in Gigondas.

Usefully, the B&B has a kitchen with a microwave, stove and oven that you can use, as well as a small fridge. This means you can put together simple meals yourself and store food for picnics and snacks.

While in the town, don’t miss the local specialties. Beaumes-de-Venise is known across France for its fantastic Muscat sweet wine, and the town sits on the Côtes du Rhône wine route; there are cellars to visit around the town. There's also an olive mill and shop in the centre of town that we loved.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Use of kitchen with microwave, stove, oven & fridge
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Activity:

Activities

  • Relax around the small pool, on the sun deck or in the balconied Jacuzzi spa area
  • Explore Beaumes-de-Venise. Walk along its alleys, check out the ancient castle, visit the caves, and then wind up with a Pastis in the café by the pétanque pitch.
  • Walk to the Dentelles mountains through vineyards and olive groves
  • Visit Mont Ventoux, ‘the Giant of Provence’, which can be snow-capped until April. Hike, or hire a bike, and tackle part of the Tour de France route as you go
  • Ask Anne to arrange a wine tour - visits to cellars, tastings and workshops along the Route des Côtes du Rhône - or a truffle foraging trip
  • Visit Lafare, a 10-minute drive away, from where you can take some dazzling hikes to St Christopher’s waterfall. There are also mountain-bike routes and rock-climbing routes from here
  • Take a daytrip to Avignon to see the Pope’s palace, walk on the bridge and medieval town walls, and eat some sensational food
  • Go shopping in a Provençal flea market or brocante. They take place regularly on Sundays from May to September
  • Head to Orange to explore some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Europe. The town’s international opera festival takes place in the ancient Roman theatre every August

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Mountain biking
  • Opera
  • Private guided tours
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Truffle foraging
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

The hotel is amenable to little visitors and the bedrooms are large. It's probably a better choice for babies and children aged 6+ than for toddlers, largely because of the stone steps.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Evasion Ivoire sleeps 4 (with bunk beds and a bathroom with a shower and tub), while Terre Safran suits a family of 3 (with a rollaway bed for a child and a shower bathroom). All rooms can fit a baby cot.

Babysitting:

Available on request; book in advance

Baby equipment:

  • Fold-up baby cots
  • Highchairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

While the B&B doesn't have a restaurant, it does have a small communal kitchen suitable for putting together snacks for children

Kids Activities on site:

  • Small unheated pool
  • Games

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Mountains
  • Medieval villages
  • Caves
  • A pétanque pitch

Families Should Know:

The pool has a safety gate

Distances:

  • Airport: 40 minutes (Avignon)
Kid Friendly:

Location

La Maison des Remparts is set into the walls of the beautiful town of Beaumes-de-Venise, around 40 minutes from Avignon airport, 45 minutes from Avignon TGV and 50 minutes from Marseille in Provence, France.

By Air:
Avignon is your closest airport (40 minutes by car); Marseille is also nearby (90 minutes by car).

From the Airport
We recommend that you hire a car so you can explore the region during your stay (see below); public transport is limited.

By Train:
If you'd prefer to travel overland from the UK, take the Eurostar from London to Paris, then switch to a TGV (high speed train) to Avignon. The guesthouse is only 34km from here so the total journey time from London is about 6 hours, which makes it barely any longer than flying.

By Car:
It is easy to reach Beaumes-de-Venise from either airport or from the TGV station in Avignon - see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

Airports:

  • Avignon (Caumont) 34.0 km AVN
  • Marseille (Marigane) 104.0 km MRS

Other:

  • Beach 100.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

it's generally a great place, great location, great breakfast, lovely building, nice folk running it.

8/10,

Beautiful !! If we could we'll definitely return . The owner was very helpfull and suggested interesting things to do for the family and also booked some excellent restaurants for us in nearby villages .
We loved our stay and will never forget it .

9/10,

A lovely lady greeted us, and having showed us to our rooms she then cooked our evening meal. We were on holiday with our friends and we were the only people in the hotel which was great, but there would have been a lack of sun loungers if the hotel had been full! The hotel is five minutes walk from a lovely village with a particularly nice restaurant. Would recommend this hotel/location.

8/10,

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