Hetty Chidwick experiences tranquility and chic French style at the foot of Mont Ventoux in Provence.
A five star boutique hotel with spectacular views of the rolling Provencal countryside, delicious local and seasonal food and sumptuous bedrooms.
Nestled in the hill top village of Crillon le Brave, it is 25 miles north east of Avignon in the heart of Provence
The hotel walls feel seeped in Provencal history with the village itself dating back to the Roman times. The hotel was founded in 1988 by Peter Chittick who went shopping for a Provencal property to convert into a hotel. 11 bedrooms have now expanded to become 32 and people travel from all over the globe to sample the classic French luxury.
The newly launched suite and deluxe room have been created by British interior designer, Penny Lydon of Chalkhouse Design and are quite simply divine. The suite is 800 feet in size and boasts a private terrace, a working fireplace, and breathtaking panoramic views of Mont Ventoux, there are 6 windows and that’s not counting those in the enormous bathroom.
From truffle hunting to wine tasting holidays this is a hotel that is very much focused on the food. Feast at breakfast on the terrace overlooking the pool and the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside and later, sample a tasting menu matched with different wines for dinner. Ensure to start with an empty stomach though, this is seriously indulgent.
There is an authentic boules court for some gentle exercise. The rules are alongside to stop any cheating.
Head up Mont Ventoux to watch the sunset. Remember to take a jumper as it gets chilly up there but stunning panoramic views of Provence on one side and the Alps on the other will greet you.
There are markets galore, the local town of Bedoin have an excellent one then take your bread, olives, meats and cheeses into the hills for a picnic.
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Nightly rates at Crillon le Brave from €290 per room per night for two people sharing including breakfast. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone +33 (04) 90 65 61 61; www.crillonlebrave.com