La Maison des Remparts

Beaumes-de-Venise, Provence, France Book from Eur190

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 a perfect place for a truly special stay. As if it’s not enough to be painstakingly restored with traditional materials and a 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, having a relaxing Shiatsu or Ayurvedic massage or reading books from the hotel’s small library. Or step out into the world for vineyard and olive-grove rambles, cave exploration or a game 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

  • Luminous, romantic hotel with wonderful historic character, well located between the castle ruins and the center of the village
  • Just 5 spacious and beautifully decorated rooms, with spoiling touches such as bathrobes
  • Host Ludivine also acts as your personal concierge, recommending restaurants and things to do in the region; on the chilly, rainy night we stayed, she built us a fire
  • A delicious breakfast, good restaurants within walking distance, and you can use the guesthouse's kitchen to cook dinner if you fancy eating in
  • An easy drive from Avignon and Marseille airports (under an hour)

Lows

  • Check-in is not until 5pm, although Ludivine is happy to greet you earlier and store your luggage until your room is ready
  • Bijou: only 5 rooms, so book 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
  • If the décor feels a bit too feminine, book one of the Rajasthani-inspired rooms for a more exotic character

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 can be very busy. In April there is a flower festival and in early June the Ventoux Beaumes-de-Venise cycle race takes place. The guesthouse is open all year.

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...

City Style
Family
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 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, beautifully restored using traditional building materials and decorated with stunning antiques and shabby-chic styling. They are characterful, stylish and generously sized. As well as bedrooms, guests have full run of the lounge, glass-and-wrought-iron orangerie, kitchen and garden.

Starting with the least expensive, Terre Safran sleeps 2 or a family of 3 with a rollaway bed in its private living room. It is decorated in muted colours, with a tiled cedar headboard on the double/twin bed, heavy old shutters leading to the luxe bathroom with its teak sink and shower, and a beautiful Rajasthani table.

Légende d’Orient is a large double room with a beamed ceiling, Indian chandelier and a latticework door into the bathroom, where there are stone sinks and a shower made from driftwood. Its terrace allows private access to the covered rampart walkway.

The romantic Perle de Coton 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 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. It is decorated in shades of white and grey, with ancient floor tiles, old beams and a retro bathroom open to the room, with a claw-foot tub.

Evasion Ivoire sleeps 4 in a double bedroom and separate lounge with bunkbeds. Its large terrace overlooks the garden and pool. The retro bathroom has a claw-foot tub and sink dressed with monogrammed white linen curtains.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Plunge pool
  • Pool towels
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

La Maison des Remparts includes breakfast in the overnight rate, and it's a truly delicious French affair, with freshly baked bread and croissants, homemade jam and yoghurt plus fresh fruit and juices.

Ludivine 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 recommendations, according to those who have stayed, are spot on and include Le Dolium (featured in the Michelin guide) in Beaumes-de-Venise, Chez Serge (a truffle bistro) in Carpentras, and L’Oustalet in Gigondas (an amazing gastronomic restaurant). If you don't feel like eating out, she can also recommend restaurants that deliver.

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, as well as cook an entire hot dinner.

While in the town, don’t miss the local specialities. 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, free to visit, that sells local produce and foods.

Features include:

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

Activities

  • Relax around the pool, sun deck, in the balconied Jacuzzi spa area or book a Shiatsu massage in your room
  • Explore Beaumes-de-Venise. Walk along its alleys, look at the ancient castle, visit the caves then wind up with a Pastis in the café by the pétanque pitch. Or walk the other way and head to the Dentelles mountains through vineyards and olive groves
  • Visit Mont Ventoux, ‘the Giant of Provence’, which can be snow-capped 'til April. Hike or hire a bike and tackle part of the Tour de France route as you go
  • Ask Ludivine 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
  • Daytrip to Avignon to see the Pope’s palace, walk on the bridge and medieval town walls, and eat some sensational food
  • Head into the hills to Suzette, around 10 minutes away. It’s a famous wine-producing region and is high in the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains
  • Families will enjoy the town’s municipal tennis courts and swimming pool, open June to September
  • Go shopping in a Provençal flea market or brocante. They take place regularly on Sundays from May to September. Aficionados should take a day trip to L’Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue (40 minutes' drive) for a real treat
  • Head to Orange, a 30-minute drive away, 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, with a few specifically orientated around families. It's probably a better choice for babies and children aged 6+ than it is for toddlers, largely because of the stone steps.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Terre Safran suits a family of 3 (with a rollaway bed for a child and a shower bathroom) while Evasion Ivoire sleeps 4 (with bunkbeds and a bathroom with a shower and tub). 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:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
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