“A timeless townhouse with warm contemporary interiors and a walled courtyard garden, nestled in the old town of St Remy”
As you wind up a typically French spiral staircase, you come across the 5 individual suites. On the first floor, Violette has a huge main bedroom. Purple crushed velvet covers the bed, lilac cushions are scattered on it and a gilt-framed mirror hangs above it. Raw pine double doors open onto a second double-bedded room. The bathroom, accessed through the second bedroom only, has a tear-drop chandelier and marble lapping around the bath.
Across the landing, Rose has a big claw-foot bath in which you can soak while gazing upon the church. To get to it you must first cross the sitting room (cast-iron daybed and a purple) and the luxurious bedroom.
Up on the second floor is Framboise, which overlooks the street. It has an enormous sofa, old beams, a wooden floor, smartly upholstered armchairs, and a claw-foot bath plus shower.
Beige looks onto the garden and comes in reds, clarets and pinks. There’s a meridian armchair, another daybed piled with cushions, a huge tilted dressing mirror, purple linen curtains and another claw-foot bath and shower. As in most suites, the floor is covered in terracotta tiles.
Finally, Ecru, which is the only one entered through the garden, is a little bit smaller but has a private terrace that abuts the old-town wall (you can see an old archway that’s been filled in). It’s cute, private and the least expensive suite of all. A galleried bedroom with beams in the eaves looks down on the sitting room below; small, but sweet.
Provence gets 300 days of sun each year; expect to eat breakfast (extra charge) in the garden. You get baskets of baguette, pains au chocolat, pains aux raisins and croissants, freshly-squeezed orange juice and fruit salad, yoghurts, jams and linen napkins. Pots of fresh coffee come with hot milk.
Lunch and afternoon tea are also available on request; lunch is a plate of charcuterie and cheese with salad and bread.
There are loads of restaurants in St Remy, all swimming with hungry guests in the summer, so if you want to eat at a particular time at a particular table, make sure you book. Try La Cantina for great pizzas and Chez Xa for good Provencal cuisine. If you want the full gastronomic experience head to Chez Bru in Eygalieres (3 kilometres east) for 2 Michelin stars.
La Maison is probably better suited to older children as the grounds and stairs are unsuitable for toddlers.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Families should opt for Violette which has a double and a twin room. Beige and Rose have a daybed in their sitting rooms which can be used as an extra bed for a child. All suites can fit a baby cot.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking