La Maison du Paradou

Near St Remy, Provence, France Book from Book from £197 per night

A luxurious B&B with pretty gardens and pool, plus a self-catering house for 6 - don't miss the fantastic nearby bistro!
An incredible house in a tiny village close to Arles and St Remy de Provence. Owners Nick and Andrea renovated La Maison du Paradou from scratch, turning this old posting inn into a Provençal pleasure dome complete with lush garden, a swimming pool, a spectacular vaulted salon and fabulous rooms. It’s not cheap, but nor is anything you’ll find in it.

The 5 rooms (4 in the house, one in the garden) and self-catering house come fully equipped with an A-Z of luxury: the very best linen, ridiculously comfortable beds, music and movies stashed away on your TV’s computer, seriously swanky bathrooms and an eclectic collection of fabulous art (Nick’s father was a collector). Finally, food. Just 300m from the front door, you find Le Bistro du Paradou, one of France’s favourite restaurants. Terence Conran, Jean Reno and Nicolas Sarkozy all eat here. Delicious no-nonsense country food is served in relaxed style; wine is included, water is extra!

Highs

  • Nick and Andrea don’t cut corners and their renovated house stands in evidence
  • The huge vaulted salon is spectacular, one of the loveliest rooms we saw in Provence
  • Bedrooms are seriously good: beautiful fabrics, gorgeous art, excellent bathrooms
  • A lovely communal pool, and the self-catering house has a private one, too
  • The position: Arles, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Uzès, Avignon and St Remy are all close

Lows

  • There’s no off-street parking, but the village is sleepy and you can leave your car outside
  • Breakfasts are taken at a big table, which won't be to everyone's taste
  • Self-catering La Maison Bleue's private pool is unheated

Best time to go

Tough the hotel is open all year round, the area is liveliest from Easter until late-October, during which time the immediate area has a varied calendar of concerts and festivals.

Our top tips

If visiting from July until September, don't miss Arles' excellent summer photography exhibition (which is scattered around all over town in fantastic locations).

Great for...

Family
Honeymoon
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5 rooms + 1 self-catering house
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 27 Jun 2017 - 11 Dec 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

Take it as read that the 5 guest rooms come with the best beds, beautiful linen, fabulous fabrics and wonderful bathrooms (fancy robes, fluffy towels, lotions and potions galore). None are huge, all are well-sized. Four are in the main house, Le Jardin Secret is in the garden. You’ll find jugs of iced water, flatscreen TVs and myriad movies on offer, even colour-coordinated chocolates. Head off to dinner, then return to find your bed turned down. Shuttered windows keep you cool by day and night.

Fuchsia blushes in bubblegum colours and has French windows that open onto balustrading. Violette comes in green and lilac, and has an enormous bathroom with a cavernous shower and a separate bath. Citrine has the loveliest art (which is saying something, as the house could double as an art gallery). Emeraude is probably the biggest room and overlooks the garden; it has a very smart bathroom, too. Le Jardin Secret is a palette of orange and yellow and has a semi-private terrace.

Though we haven’t seen it yet, self-catering La Maison Bleue sounds great for families, with a private garden and pool, plus 3 ensuite bedrooms and an open-plan living area with fully fitted kitchen.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Help yourself to the usual breakfast excesses on the shaded terrace: pastries and baguettes, fruit, yoghurt, jugs of grapefruit and orange juice (not freshly squeezed); hot drinks in pretty pots, and eggs to order. If the weather is poor, you eat in the salon, an extremely beautiful room so you may wish for rain.

Light lunches are available if you order at breakfast - quiches, salads, sandwiches, that sort of thing. Communal dinners are offered intermittently during high season, perhaps Mediterranean prawns, Provençal lamb, a plate of cheese, then tarte tatin (menus are discussed in advance).

The best place to eat in the village (one is tempted to say in Provence) is Le Bistro du Paradou. It’s French to the core, with a fabulous no-choice menu - foie gras accompanied by a gMuscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, roast chicken with Dauphinoise potatoes, a cheese board plonked down on your table, an excellent raspberry tart. Wine is included (though you pay for water!). Book ahead or be disappointed.

If you want to eat in a double-Michelin starred restaurant drive 5 minutes up the hill to Oustau de Baumanière in Les-Baux-de-Provence; for one star, try sister eatery Le Cabro d’Or, also in Les Baux.

If you're self-catering in La Maison Bleue, there's a butcher, baker and general convenience store in the village, and a supermarket a 10-minute drive away. There are also daily markets in the local villages for regional specialties.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Communal dining
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The Alpilles Hills rise around you - Van Gogh painted his olive trees here and you can walk, cycle or ride through them. They stretch up to St Remy, where Nostradamus is buried and Van Gogh used to be a patient in the asylum. Its Wednesday market is excellent
  • Spend a day in magnificent Arles, for more Van Gogh (he lived here for a while), for the Roman amphitheatre, and for its Saturday market
  • Head south to explore the Carmargue, with its lagoons, black bulls, white horses and flamingos
  • Potter around Nîmes and visit its Roman amphitheatre, the best-preserved in Europe
  • Also worth visiting are Uzès, (one of the finest Medieval towns in France, with an excellent Saturday market), the famous Pont du Gard, and Avignon, for its Papal Palace and famous bridge
  • In good weather, relax in the hotel's garden, with a shaded terrace, a boules pitch and poolside sun loungers to help you tan
  • In bad weather, the vaulted salon (one of the loveliest rooms we saw in Provence) has a grand piano, 2 open-plan sitting areas (watch out for the poker chips) and an enormous bookshelf, which is occasionally lost behind a giant cinema screen

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome and Nick and Andrea are wonderful hosts, able to advise on activities nearby and provide any amenities requested. We think La Maison du Paradou works best for smaller kids, teenagers would probably find the area a little uneventful.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can hold a baby cot; Citrine, Emeraude and Le Jardin Secret can hold an extra bed instead. Le Jardin Secret particularly good for smaller children as it is set away from the other rooms, is closest to the pool and has its own terrace.

Self-catering La Maison Bleue has 3 ensuite bedrooms, a patio for alfresco meals, a washer-dryer, and its own garden with private pool. Being next door to the hotel may mean a little less privacy, but guests benefit from the services, such as midweek cleaning and concierge.

Babysitting:

Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby listening:

If you bring your own monitor then Nick and Andrea are happy to babysit

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

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

Children's meals:

There are a great range of food shops in the village, just a couple of minutes' walk away, and also in the nearby villages. For a bigger supermarket head to St Remy, which is 8km away. Family-friendly cutlery and crockery and high chairs are available. La Maison Bleue has a well-equipped kitchen.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Pool
  • Boules
  • Table tennis
  • Cinema screen
  • Books, toys, games
  • Satellite multi-channel TV

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Beaches (40 minutes drive)
  • Tennis court in the village

Families Should Know:

Pools are unfenced but have pool alarms

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes (Nimes)
  • Doctor: 1 minute walk
  • Shops: 1 minute walk
Kid Friendly: La Maison Bleue

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

Lovely place and Nick was a great host! Highly recommended.

9/10,

Maison du Paradou is a special place located in a small , lovely town called Paradou with its beautiful garden, nice decoration and relaxing atmosphere. Above all, the owner of Maison du Paradou is an excellent host who made our stay an excellent one with his perfect suggestions to explore Provence including restaurant tips. Special thanks to him.

9/10,

We stayed in the le Jardin room which was a beautifully decorated room separate from the rest of the accommodation. Nick and Andrea do their very best to make your stay with them as comfortable as possible, which includes making restaurant bookings and providing some great local advice. The recommendations from Nick for vineyards and villages was perfect and really added to our experience.

9/10,

Nick and Andrea were delightful hosts and made us feel extremely welcome. La Maison Blue has a fully fitted self catering Mas with its own pool. It is quiet and set in well maintained gardens in the centre of Paradou and close to Maussane. It is an excellent location from which to explore Provence and Nick and Andrea are on hand to provide some very useful local knowledge and excellent recommendations. We would happily stay there again.

9/10,

This house is utterly, utterly beautiful and extremely tasteful. We had a great stay and really did thoroughly enjoy our stay there. The thing you have to just be mindful of is that Nick and Andrea, the super owners, really do treat you as a house guest.. Nothing at all wrong with that and in fact a lot right with it (their fabulous, generous hospitality) but you will need to say if, like us, you are the only guests, and prefer to be 'left to it'. Once you establish this, everything is pretty perfect. Andrea, it appears, no longer cooks dinner (you need to be aware of this in case you read websites saying that dinner is sometimes provided..though there's lots to go at locally so it's not a major issue) but she will make you a light lunch if you request it and always lays out a lavish breakfast buffet table and asks if you'd like anything else. Nick doesn't miss a trick and goes out of his way to make you welcome and comfortable (laying out two pool beds for us in anticipation of our return from a nearby town, driving us into the next town one evening, tumble drying the chair cushions in case they were damp at breakfast, booking and advising on restaurants etc etc) All in all, a memorable stay with delightful hosts in a sweet little hamlet (Paradou) close by a bustling village (Mausanne) and in a stunning part of the world.

10/10,

A beautiful house, beautiful most interesting rooms and a superb welcome from generous hosts who really made us feel like house guests with continuous advice and assistance. Immaculately clean, great breakfast. Paradou is a nice village in a perfect location for touring around the Les Baux and the Carmarge areas with easy fast access to San Remy, Arles, Nimes, Aix and Salon de Provence. One of the best restaurants in Provence is only a short walk away. Highly recommended (but it should really be a secret!).

10/10,

Our stay was short but nevertheless exceptionally enjoyable. Nick and Andrea made us feel very welcome and are extremely helpful in suggesting how you might spend your time in the area. Highly likely we will be back!

9/10,

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