“Zen-like B&B retreat in the Vaucluse area of Provence with stunning views, infinity pool and small spa”
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.
A lovely French breakfast is served from 9-11am. Slice some baguette and sample homemade jams, cheeses, fruit and fresh-from-the-oven muffins. Isa or Philippe can whip up eggs or French toast at your request.
There's no restaurant at Metafort but Saturday evening meals are available if Isa can guarantee 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 and a dash of inspiration taken from Isa's travels. You can watch her cook 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 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.
Isa and Philippe can recommend a number of 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. You can also make yourselves tea and coffee at any time.