Travelling to Provence? There’s a vast choice of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets but here are a few of our very favourites. Note: This article is part of a bigger magazine feature called “The Rosy Road to Provence: A Wine Tour in the South of France”.
Base yourself in one place and venture out each day, or go nomad and sample hotels and chambres d’hôtes along the way. Whichever suits you, there is no shortage of delightful accommodation options in this region. We have selected some of our favourites, many of which are located on wine domaines where you can really get close to the winemakers and discover the art of fine rosé making.
Château de la Clapière
There are seven self-catering apartments in the grounds of this historic château. The rosé is cru classé but it is the fairy-tale history that makes this place a must on anyone’s itinerary. Queen Victoria and her unique connection to the owner’s ancestry is much celebrated.
Château la Martinette
One of the oldest wine domaines, dating back to 1620, the château is nestled on the banks of the Argen river. Their lodges and villas in the grounds would make a great base from which to explore the Côtes de Provence wines of the Var.
As the name suggest this is a place that takes style seriously. The much-admired wines come in unique ribbed bottles. In the hotel, there is a mix of rooms for families or couples, all with ultra-hip interiors. A restaurant and pool complete the vibe.
Château de Berne
A Relais et Châteaux hotel, wine domaine and spa set in 2,500 acres of Provence Verte. It is a magical place – a dream of rural Provence – with restaurants, trails, a beautiful pool and some top-notch wines to taste. You won’t want to leave.
Château des Demoiselles
This lovely ochre-washed country house with soft green shutters was once the property of the Grimaldis of Monaco. Today, Aurélie Bertin has created chambres d’hôtes rooms that are spacious, filled with light and adorned with classic Provençal style.
Commanderie de Peyrassol
Once a 13th-century Knights Templar property, the Commanderie is a legendary domaine where wine and history are entwined. Taste the super pale rosé, stay in the ancient house, eat at the on-site restaurants and enjoy the impressive sculpture garden.
Château de Saint-Martin
There are five traditionally styled, comfortable chambres d’hôtes rooms in this superb Provençale bastide. Take a VinoSpirit experience to discover the secrets of the Provence terroir and local winemaking. An authentic and unspoiled place to stay.
Billed as the region’s foremost organic destination, there are 11 rooms, including family suites and a gîte. Chef Guillaume Rigaudias oversees a restaurant with fresh local ingredients. Farm and vineyard visits, plus cheese- and bread-making make for a rewarding experience.
Château des Bertrands
Here you can book a charming mini villa in the heart of the Natura 2000 nature reserve, yet just 30km from Saint-Tropez. A perfect little oasis for two people, with immaculately designed furnishings that would grace a boutique hotel.
Les Domaines de Saint-Endréol
Although not a wine domaine, this luxury spa and golf resort would make a great base for an exploration of the wineries inland from Fréjus. It offers high-quality hotel rooms as well as a range of self-catering options.
Perfect for larger groups, the Mirabeau vineyards offer two large on-site villas to rent. Guests can get to know the everyday life of a hugely successful wine domaine whose award-winning rosés are sold in over 50 countries.
From France Today magazine
Lead photo credit : You won’t want to leave the superb Château de Berne, set amidst 2,500 glorious acres in Provence Verte © Château de Berne