“Impressively restored and exquisitely decorated B&B, set in the old fortified walls of Beaumes-de-Venise”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
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.
Available on request; book in advance
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
While the B&B doesn't have a restaurant, it does have a small communal kitchen suitable for putting together snacks for children
The pool has a safety gate