Metafort

Vaucluse, Provence, France Book from Book from £142 per night

Zen-like B&B retreat in the Vaucluse area of Provence with stunning views, infinity pool and small spa
We've found what feels like the holy grail for France-loving holidaymakers: a beautiful, airy and design-focused 17th-century house at the top of a pretty, quiet and untouristy village in Provence. With just 5 simple contemporary-chic rooms, two separate cottages, a stunning infinity pool, and a small spa, it's the ideal retreat for de-stressing, discovering off-the-beaten-track villages and romantic escapes.

Metafort's warm welcome is brought to you by Elsa and Arnaud. Their intent here was to let the exceptional speak for itself. Breakfasts are homemade and organic. Spaces are luxuriously spare, with splashes of bold colour from modern paintings. One room has a terrace on which you can wheel your bed to sleep under the stars, others come with amazing views of the Gorge. The most decadent amenity? Jacuzzi bathtubs in each room with multi-coloured lights and music piped in at the push of a button! You could easily spend 10 days exploring the pretty Vaucluse region by foot or car, from rugged Nesque canyon to tourist magnets like Avignon and Gordes.

Information provided by Metafort on 07/07/2020.

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Highs

    • The fabulous pool with views of Mont Ventoux and the Gorges de la Nesque; perfect for lazy days on a lounger
    • Intimate and romantic (note it books up fast)
    • Elsa and Arnaud are always smiling, eager to help you plan your days and meals out, or make you feel at home relaxing at the hotel
    • The serene surroundings and sweeping views from every room, fit for a Provençal painter
    • Saturday-night dinners using local produce, and you can use the kitchen to whip up light meals on other days

Lows

    • No twin rooms, and in 3 of the rooms the bathtubs and sinks are integrated into the bedroom, separated by a shower curtain or small wall. For more privacy, book The Flat or L'Annesque
    • No restaurant, but there are fantastic restaurants a 10-minute drive away
    • No children under 15 (a high for some)
    • Well preserved but the building's central stairwell amplifies footsteps and voices
    • We have yet to see the two newer cottages in person

Best time to go

The Vaucluse area of Provence is beautiful at all times of year: spring flowers bring the meadows alive, summer is hot and scented with lavender, while autumn is balmy. Winter is still interesting, with a variety of seasonal festivals and markets. The high season is most definitely August, when the French enjoy summer holidays and it can be overly busy. Metafort closes annually in March.

Our top tips

Bring an empty suitcase if you plan to visit L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: the town's regular antique market and beautiful boutiques are irresistible.

Great for...

Foodie
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5
  • Breakfast (+ Saturday dinners on request)
  • No children under 15
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
  • DVD library
Room:

Rooms

There are 5 double rooms, each decorated very simply in whites and greys with a large emphasis on Zen pared-back calm. All have a small seating area, bar Lilly, and all have a large flat-screen TV and DVD player. We suspect you're unlikely to spend much time in your room though: the views from the windows are ridiculously enticing.

The jury is out on the bathrooms. The good news is that each has a corner jacuzzi bathtub for 2 - with coloured lights and music piped in at the touch of a button - plus a handheld shower. The bad news is that 3 of the 5 bedrooms have their bathrooms integrated into the main bedroom area, sometimes shielded by just a shower curtain. It's not for everyone and privacy might be a factor.

Lilly is the smallest room, but still has plenty of space - 25 sq.m and a kingsize bed; Opaline and Cocoon have a little more room and are both on the second floor with sweeping vistas. Even on the ground floor, Diamantina has good views from 7 windows in its cosy bedroom (the only one with a queensize bed), plus a separate bathroom and small lounge with space for an extra bed.

Sous les étoiles is the standout room though. Tucked into the eaves of the third-floor attic, it has a spacious terrace with soaring views. Its bed can be rolled outside so you can sleep under the stars - pure romance! The Jacuzzi tub is in a separate room, under a skylight.

Since our last visit Elsa and Arnaud have added The Flat, a small 1-bed cottage attached to the main house, and 1-bed L'Annesque, a contemporary-styled annexe in the garden, which has a breathtaking view of the Gorges de la Nesque from the double bed and spa bath.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • DVD library in lobby
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Internet access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

A lovely homemade French breakfast is served from 9-11am. Slice some baguette and sample homemade jams, cheeses, fruit and fresh-from-the-oven muffins. Elsa and Arnaud can rustle up eggs or French toast at your request.

There's no restaurant at Metafort but Saturday evening meals are available for a minimum of 8 people; plans are typically confirmed at the beginning of the week. Served in the garden, weather permitting, they sound wonderful - traditional Provençal dishes using local and organic vegetables. You can watch the cooking and learn a few secrets.

There is space in the fridge reserved for each room, so you can store your market purchases and you're welcome to use the large professional kitchen to cook your own meals. There is a small grocery in Méthamis. For lunches you'll easily find something to eat in Villes-sur-Auzon, though you might choose to go out for the day instead.

There are many recommended local restaurants - and in this area, you can almost guarantee sensational food. La Farigoule in Mormoiron, a 10-minute drive, or Les Remparts in Venasque or Au Fil du Temps in Pernes-les-Fontaines, both a 15-minute drive. Akot and Le Vivier in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are 25 minutes by car.

Guests help themselves to bottled water, wine, beer and soft drinks from the kitchen fridge/honesty bar.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Organic produce
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Make the most of the serenity. Read a book by the infinity pool that looks like it flows right into the canyon
  • Pamper yourself. Metafort has a small room on the second floor dedicated to spa and beauty treatments, including sports, Californian, Ayurvedic and Balinese massages
  • Learn how to cook with new ingredients by watching Elsa prepare the Saturday dinner. On request she holds cookery classes, too
  • Take a tour of local vineyards. Metafort is in the heart of the Ventoux wine region and mountain bikes can be delivered directly to the house
  • Visit pretty neighbouring villages, including Bédoin, Mormoiron, Venasque, Gordes, Crillon le Brave and Le Barroux, which are all under an hour away by car
  • Get some culture in Avignon. The Pont d'Avignon and the impressive Palais des Papes are the 2 must-sees
  • Visit L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on a Sunday. This town has a wonderful brocante market snaking through it, as well as pretty shops and lovely riverfront restaurants. You can go kayaking here, too
  • Enjoy Provence away from the crowds: go for a drink at the authentic Provençal bar in Méthamis, discover the spectacular Nesque canyon or the stunning Gorges du Verdon; walk the established trails in the area; visit hidden villages

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

Kids

This is really an adult retreat, though children aged 15+ are allowed and Diamantina has space for an extra bed.

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly:

Location

Metafort is in the pretty hilltop town of Methamis, around 40km east of Avignon in the Vaucluse area of Provence, southern France.

By Air:
There are several airports within driving distance, the closest being Avignon, which receives budget flights from within Europe. For those travelling from further afield, the best option is to route via Paris to Marseille or Avignon. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
We'd recommend hiring a car. It's not 100% essential, but it's a good idea if you want to spend more than a weekend here, getting out to explore neighbouring towns, the countryside and the joys of Provence itself. See our car rental recommendations. If you don't want to drive, you can taxi: approx €60 from Avignon and €120 from Marseille in 2012.

By Train:
If you don't want to drive, France's reliable TGV system runs to Avignon. From there you can pick up a local train to the closest stop, Carpentras (20km from the B&B), then take a taxi.

By Bus:
There are several small bus networks in the Vaucluse; intercity coaches also cover the area, running to Avignon and Marseille, and Provence in general is well connected with bus routes.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to France and getting around

Airports:

  • Avignon 46.0 km AVN
  • Marseilles Provence 94.0 km MRS

Other:

  • Beach 110.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

Stunningly situated B&B; overlooking the small village and the gorge which drops away from the pool. Loved the feel of the place; Provencal meets industrial warehouse; our room was large; high ceilings and simply furnished. Communal area is the superb kitchen with big sofa's and tables - about the size of most UK ground floors; and the stunning pool with various seating areas; plenty of space to be private or sociable. This is a get away from it all place; you can do as much or as little as you like; lots of places to see, Avignon; Mount Ventoux, several recommendations to eat but nothing local so driving a necessity; we found ourselves dining in; using the bbq and quaffing the wine and food we had picked up from one of the many local markets. Special mention to our host Philippe; the epitome of chilled charm.

10/10,

Great stay, Philippe and Isa were lovely - very helpful. Thanks!

10/10,

A very warm welcome and very friendly owners make you feel at home immediately. Excellent food and wine recommendations for the local area. We will come back for sure again.

10/10,

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