“Impressively restored and exquisitely decorated B&B, set in the old fortified walls of Beaumes-de-Venise”
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.
- 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
- 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
Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Plunge Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Plunge pool
- Pool towels
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.
- Children's meals
- Restaurants nearby
- Use of kitchen with microwave, stove, oven & fridge
- 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:
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Private guided tours
- Rock climbing
- Shopping / markets
- Truffle foraging
- Well being
- Wine tasting
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.
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.
Available on request; book in advance
- Fold-up baby cots
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
Kids Activities on site:
- Small unheated pool
Kids Activities nearby:
- Medieval villages
- A pétanque pitch
Families Should Know:
The pool has a safety gate
- Airport: 40 minutes (Avignon)
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Avignon (Caumont) 34.0 km AVN
- Marseille (Marigane) 104.0 km MRS
- Beach 100.0 km
- Shops 1.0 km
- Restaurant 1.0 km