L'Escale du Ciel

Le Bar-sur-Loup, Cote d'Azur, France Book from Book from £108 per night

Dreamily serene, upmarket B&B with a personal touch, mountainous Provençal panoramas and a wonderful location near charming villages
Perched like an eagle in a thrillingly beautiful location around 30 minutes' drive from Nice, the ‘Staircase to the Sky’ has views up to the hills and down over the chasm of the valley below. There are only 4 guest rooms and a glamping tent in the grounds with long vistas, and it’s peaceful and romantic - ideal for couples in search of serenity. The house itself is centuries old, surrounded by a gloriously mature terraced garden that’s full of olive, lemon, orange, cypress and palm trees, with lots of seating areas, a petanque court-with-a-view, and an infinity pool on one of the terraces. The German owner, Judith, is charming, friendly and multi-lingual. She’s an interior designer by trade, which shows in the soothing harmony of her interiors.

Best of all, the location is fantastic, a short hop from Le Bar-sur-Loup and other local villages, as well as the Gorges du Loup, a dramatic gorge that’s great for riverside walks and swimming in crystalline pools. A little further are Grasse, famous for perfume, St Paul du Vence, the lovely walled hilltop town so beloved of Matisse, and countless other pretty Provençal villages with Mediterranean markets. You’re also near the coast, a short drive from Cannes or Nice.
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  • Extraordinarily peaceful, yet easy to reach (30 mins from Nice airport)
  • Gorgeously understated design that lets the views sing
  • Great value; just 4 romantic rooms and tent, with sumptuously comfortable beds and pillows
  • A warm welcome and friendly, sociable feel
  • Lovely breakfasts on the terrace and a clutch of great restaurants in the local village (0.5km away)


  • You'll need a car to get here and explore
  • Payment is by Bank Transfer in advance of stay
  • A 3-night minimum stay
  • If you’re looking for full hotel service, this isn't for you
  • No kids under 12

Best time to go

Early summer - May-June - is ideal, as the weather's warm but there won't be so many holidaymakers around. However, high summer is lovely here, too. Autumn (September-October) is also great as there are fewer crowds in the region but the weather is usually balmy. The B&B is closed annually from mid October-mid April.

Our top tips

A 5-minute drive away, you can visit the factory of Confiserie Florian. They offer slightly dull tours in French, but much more exciting tastings of their incredible wares in the shop afterwards, including preserved mandarins, crystalised violet and rose-petal jam.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5
  • Breakfast only; restaurants nearby
  • Over 12s only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The 4 rooms practically purr with relaxed elegance, in soft mink, palest greens, blues and powder greys. They're all named after iconic French women. Beds are some of the most comfortable we've graced, the pillows memorably soft. Floor are lovely, too - mellow local stone.

We stayed in the first-floor Marguerite Duras Suite, which has valley views out of a small window in the soothing little sitting room, plus a large bathroom with free-standing bath.

Downstairs, the large Simone de Beauvoir room has stunning valley views through its window; its the only room with a bathtub and overhead shower. Slightly smaller, on the first floor, the Coco Chanel room also has wonderful views from the queensize bed.

Camille Claudel is the smallest and only twin room, but we loved its style, with a wall of vintage mirrors and a free-standing copper sink atop a wooden desk. The shower bathroom is set behind an industrial window, with a gorgeous mosaic floor. Be aware it has no views and an external toilet; the price reflects this.

We have yet to see the latest addition: a glamping tent named Antoine de Saint-Exupéry from whose bamboo queensize bed you get panoramic views of the valley and the stars at night. The tent is perched on top of a cabin that houses the shower bathroom, a kitchen with two hotplates and fridge, and a small living area. The private terrace to the rear has its own hot tub too - perfect for self-contained romance from May to September.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Communal tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries


Breakfast is laid out on a table on the terrace or in the large sitting and dining room if it's chilly. Both have beautiful views, and it's a gorgeous feast, with muesli and fresh fruit and yoghurt, local cured meats and cheeses, coffee or tea, orange juice, and eggs and bacon on request.

Judith is very knowledgable about local restaurants and can make reservations. There are 3 or 4 good places in the village, or you can drive to many others. If you'd prefer to stay in, there's a kitchen where you can prepare your own food - you can buy a sumptuous spread at local markets and gastronomic shops. Judith sometimes throws dinner get-togethers by the pool, with French wines, cheeses and salads - it's all very relaxed and friendly.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Petanque on the terrace, lazing by the pool and playing with the adorable border collies
  • Pamper yourself: Judith can organise everything from aromatherapy massages to Mayan treatments, Sophrology and Kundalini-Meditation yoga, along with guided mountain walks and Indian dance
  • The stunning Gorges du Loup has natural pools and waterfalls for wild swimming, its waterside paths wandering through tangled greenery. Whitewater rafting and canyoning are also on offer (10-minute drive)
  • There are countless pretty villages within reach, including Matisse's favourite, St Paul de Vence, a walled medieval town that's filled with art and galleries. Others include Valbonne, Gourdon, the perfume centre of Grasse, and Tourettes du Loup
  • The closest beach is only 25 minutes away; beaches around Nice and Cannes are just over half an hour
  • Judith can arrange a private yoga class

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Canyoning
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Rafting
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming


Over 12s only. This is a small, sociable but tranquil place, aimed at couples.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Suite Marguerite Duras has a sofabed in its living room, suitable for 1 teenager.

Kid Friendly:


L'Escale du Ciel sits in the Provençal Maritime Alps, in rolling beautiful countryside and near fascinating and picturesque villages. It’s 30 minutes' drive from Nice airport or the beaches of the Côte d’Azur.

By Air:
Fly into Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (23km); click on the links below for a list of airlines. The B&B has off-street parking.

From the Airport
You'll need your own car here as there’s a lot to explore in the area. See our car rental recommendations.

By Train:
From London you can take the Eurostar to Lille, then change onto a direct TGV train down to Nice, then hire a car from the station.

Detailed directions will be sent when you confirm a booking through i-escape.com.

More on getting to France and getting around


  • Nice Côte d’Azur Airport 23.0 km NCE


  • Beach 20.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Wonderful guest house in a beautiful location. Great breakfast every morning. The village has excellent restaurants in walking distance. Pool is a great bonus. Can't rate highly enough.


Overall experience excellent, superb location, peaceful, beautiful views and proximity to small local village. Donjon is an amazing restaurant and is a definite must ... and in walking distance! We would thoroughly recommend this beautiful B&B.


L’ Escale du Ciel is a stunning place to stay that surpassed all our expectations. The house and our room (Simone de Beauvoir) were perfect and Judith is a delight - welcoming, helpful and friendly. The views from the terraces and the lovely infinity pool are stunning and there are lots of different spots where you can sit and relax...with only 4 rooms it never feels crowded. Being within easy walking distance of the village’s restaurants is a real bonus and the meals were excellent. The surrounding area is full of picturesque villages and beautiful scenery. We really can’t think of a single negative point!


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