“An old Provencal farmhouse beautifully restored in extensive grounds, with chic pool and super rooms, 10km from St Remy”
Airy rooms come with a chic, rustic feel: painted beams, light colours, a piece or two of good furniture. Some have original 17th-century terracotta-tiled floors, others have smart coir matting. Don’t expect a drop of clutter, do expect super-comfortable beds dressed in crisp white linen that act as the centrepiece of each room.
Price corresponds to room size and to whether or not you have a bath, a shower or both. The classic rooms aren’t big, but they’re not particularly small either and if you’re here for a couple of nights, you’ll be happy. They come with shower and have views over garden and pool. The superior rooms have baths and are noticeably bigger; one has washed walls and a beamed ceiling, another has an interior terrace. Deluxe rooms are huge with the same uncluttered rustic elegance. One opens directly onto the garden, another has a window in its sloping ceiling for a little star gazing. Marble bathrooms give a classical feel.
Ours was magnificent with claw-foot bath, his-and-her-sinks and a walk-in power shower – and while most are smaller, all come with baskets of oils, big white towels and fluffy bathrobes. There are flat-screen TVs in all the rooms and there’s a DVD player in reception which you can borrow and a small library of films. You also get air-con, a 'courtesy tray' and internet connection.
There is also an apartment for 4 with a living room (2 sofas, flat-screen TV) and kitchenette downstairs; upstairs are 2 bedrooms (1 queensize, 1 twin) each with an ensuite bathroom (1 with bath+shower, 1 with shower only). Like all the rooms, it's non-smoking.
The buffet breakfast (excluded from the room rate) is a help-yourself affair. In good weather you eat on a terrace that catches the morning sun. You’ll find fresh baguette, croissants, brioche and pains au chocolat, fresh fruit and yoghurts, cereals and muesli, fruit salad and a plate of cheese. If you want an egg, you can have one, but you’ll have to ask. Tea and coffee are brewed to order.
The restaurant La Potager du Mas is open daily (except Sunday evenings - excluding July and August, Tuesday lunch time and all day Monday) for lunch and dinner. Expect Provencal dishes such as green asparagus with parmesan shavings, roast lamb with organic vegetables, a plate of cheese, then melon soup with Muscat of Beaumes-de-Venise. What isn’t grown in the hotel’s garden is sourced from local producers.
If you're booking the whole place for a wedding or special occasion, the owners have plenty of experience with local caterers, and can lay a beautiful spread of flower-decked tables in the open-sided barn (up to 80 settings); with the scent of lavender wafting up through the evening air, there could hardly be a more idyllic setting for a Provencal feast.
Children are welcome, and extra beds and babysitters can be provided. Meals are half-price for kids under 10. Given the somewhat hushed atmosphere, you might prefer to wait until they're old enough to enjoy the games on site as well as bike and horse rides.
Children (4-12 years)
The apartment is perfect for a family as it has both a double and a twin bedroom, plus kitchenette
Babysitting available by arrangement