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With the River Rhône running through it, Arles is a beautiful city, rich with Roman and medieval monuments. Just 50 kilometers from the sea, Arles has long guarded a strategic location. It is also convenient to all of Provence and an ideal base for exploring the region. The Hôtel d... more

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Pass quickly through the village of Forcalquier and continue on to a lovely knoll just outside of town and the Auberge Charembeau. As the name implies, the hotel is on a charming site, surrounded by large walnut trees, poppy fields, gardens, and lawns. André and Sandra Berger (who li... more

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Vence is a quaint little town of narrow streets, intriguing passageways, and tempting craft and specialty shops. Look for the largest tree in Vence and there you will find L’Auberge des Seigneurs. This is a delightful inn, located on a quiet side street at the center of Vence. The i... more

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Everything about La Bastide de Cassiopee is outstanding: the architecture of the beautiful 18th-century stone farmhouse, the stunning setting, the convenient location for exploring the Luberon, the tasteful decor in all the rooms, the inviting swimming pool, the beautiful gardens, the... more

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With an ideal location in the heart of the Luberon Regional Nature Park, La Bastide de Marie, a renovated 18th-century farmhouse surrounded by 15 acres of vineyards, is the most beautiful property of the entire region. It offers 14 absolutely gorgeous air-conditioned bedrooms made chi... more

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La Bastide de Moustiers

One of our favorite destinations in France has drawn one of the country’s finest chefs, Alain Ducasse, to offer fine dining matched with fine accommodation. Just outside the pilgrimage village of Moustiers, the 17th-century La Bastide is set in extensive grounds boasting a lovely po... more

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Haute Provence is a beautiful region of rugged terrain and villages of warm sandstone buildings and tiled roofs, nestled between the Riviera, the Alps, and Provence. The Bastide du Calalou was built in the shadow of Moissac to match the village architecturally and blend beautifully in... more

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Bastide Rose, snuggled in a curve of the River Sorgues, has an enchanting, fairytale setting on an idyllic little island formed by a canal that loops from the river. Having lain derelict for many years, the property was in ruins when Poppy Salinger discovered it but she could visualiz... more

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We received a compelling letter imploring us to visit Bastide Sainte Agnes—“...our favorite bed and breakfast in all of France”. We visited and were shown around the beautiful estate by the charming owners. The Bastide Sainte Agnes, a 19th-century farmhouse gracefully restored t... more

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After being a horticulturist for many years, Pierre Ducruet decided to switch careers. He bought this 19th-century house in 2002 and after an extensive four-year renovation (which preserved many original elements, such as stone walls, fireplaces, and beamed ceilings), Pierre’s dream... more

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Haute Provence is a region of France whose beauty is bounded by the snow-covered Alps, the fields of lavender and olive trees of Provence, and the blue waters of the Riviera. Villages of soft stone and sienna-tiled roofs cluster on hilltops and dot this picturesque landscape. Haute Pr... more

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The atmosphere of the Middle Ages prevails in the narrow, winding, cobblestoned streets leading to the Château Grimaldi, built in 1309 by Raynier Grimaldi, the ruler of Monaco. As the streets become narrower, passing under buildings that form an archway, you arrive at Le Cagnard, a h... more

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For more than a thousand years this majestic château has soaked up the sun and looked across the beautiful blue water of the Mediterranean. Rising 400 meters above sea level, the medieval village of Èze looks down upon Cap Ferrat and Nice. You can happily spend an entire afternoon o... more

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In the middle of a beautiful valley, with mountains towering as high as 1,500 meters on either side, the medieval town of Trigance clings to a rocky spur. The Château de Trigance is found within the walls and ruins of the ancient castle that crowns the village. The restorations and e... more

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Chateau des Alpilles, Saint R

The Château des Alpilles has been renovated by the Bons to its former state of grandeur with high ornate ceilings, decorative wallpapers, and tall windows draped with heavy fabrics. The public rooms are attractively decorated with period pieces. Upstairs, tiled hallways hung with tap... more

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Owners the Stein Group entirely redecorated Prince William of Sweden’s former château, making this magnificent residence and hotel even finer. The Château Eza is located in the medieval village of Èze, perched 400 meters above the coastline of the Riviera. The... more

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Château Talaud is absolutely perfect. This splendid, 18th-century estate offers all the warmth, charm, and intimacy of a bed and breakfast, enhanced by the sophisticated amenities of the finest small hotel. Plan to stay as long as possible, making Château Talaud your home while expl... more

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Le Clos du Buis is an incredibly lovely 3-star hotel with room rates that are amazingly low for the quality and charm of this little jewel. This delightful 200-year-old stone building is right in the heart of the lovely town of Bonnieux. When you first see Le Clos du Buis you would ne... more

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La Colline de Vence, Vence, France - Facade

La Colline de Vence, a 200-year-old villa tucked in the hills above Vence, is an absolute jewel. You will be instantly captivated by its superb setting, stunning views, pretty bedrooms, lovely swimming pool, and, most of all, by your charming young hostess, Kristin. Kristin was born i... more

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La Colombe d’Or is located opposite the main square at the gates to the fortified town of Saint Paul de Vence. The hotel is attractive and elegant in its rustic ambiance: antiques, worn over the years to a warm patina, are placed on terra-cotta floors set under rough wooden beam... more

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Perched on a hill in the middle of a lovely valley in Provence is the charming medieval village of Crillon le Brave—truly one of France’s jewels. It is comprised of only a cluster of weathered stone houses and a picturesque church. Just below the church, terraced down the hillside... more

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Lacoste is such a beautiful village tucked into the hills of Provence that we felt so lucky to find an exceptionally outstanding place to stay. The Domaine de Layaude Basse, a charming, 18th-century stone farmhouse nestled in the trees just outside Lacoste, has been in the Mazel famil... more

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If you are looking for a tranquil little hideaway while exploring the beautiful area of Provence, the Domaine du Bois Vert is truly a gem. Although the construction is only a few years old, the clever owners, Jean Peter and Véronique Richard, have tastefully achieved the ambiance of ... more

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Hôtel d’Europe is a classically beautiful 16th-century mansion, formerly the home of the Marquis of Gravezon. The mansion was converted into a hotel in 1799 as it is within walking distance of the River Rhône, a prime location to attract travelers who in that period ... more

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Vaison la Romaine, an unspoiled fortified village rising steeply from the banks of the Ouveze river, has a superb bed and breakfast owned by the Verdier family. Jean, an architect, and Aude, his pretty wife, moved from Paris to this ancient walled city in 1975 and worked together to t... more

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La Ferme d’Augustin is tucked into the rolling, tree-studded hills between the colorful old port of Saint Tropez and Ramatuelle, a romantic medieval hilltown. The owners carefully preserved its rustic ambiance when they renovated this lovely old farm and converted it into a hotel. T... more

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La Ferme de la Huppe, Gordes, Provence, France

We are pleased that one of our favorite places to stay and dine has reopened under new ownership.  Daniela and Fabien Ernandes have taken over the operation of La Ferme de la Huppe and with dedicated renovations are pleased to offer guests better and improved comforts for their guest... more

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Perched on a hillside just above the road, La Grande Bastide captures an enchanting view of Saint Paul de Vence, just a few minutes’ drive away. When it was purchased in the mid-1990s two years were spent in renovations and nothing was spared to make this a hotel of outstanding qual... more

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Le Hameau is an old farm complex set on the hillside just outside the walled town of Saint Paul de Vence. The whitewashed buildings, tiled roofs aged by years of sun, shuttered windows, arched entryways, heavy doors, and exposed beams all create a rustic and attractive setting. The be... more

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When Alain Ducasse (a world-renowned chef and owner of one of our favorite hotels in Moustiers Sainte Marie) asked us to visit his new hotel, L’Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de La Celle, we knew it would be a winner. We were already familiar with the property, which had been fea... more

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In the middle of the 17th century a Carmelite convent was erected in Arles by Mother Madeleine Saint Joseph. It was a residence for nuns until 1770 when the order was expelled in the midst of the French Revolution. The convent then became state property until it was purchased and tran... more

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La Bastide de Gordes & Spa, Gordes, France - Facade

La Bastide is located right at the heart of the medieval village and from the distance appears to be terraced into the hillside, with its striking pool set against the old stone walls. You enter off the street into a lovely and elegant reception area. Guestrooms overlook either the va... more

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Le Lavandin is the fruit of one woman’s passion for Provence and the French savoir-vivre. Georgia, an American, has created a space that is a breathtaking combination of traditional Provencal architecture and contemporary French design and furnishings. In doing so, she offers her gu... more

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Hostellerie le Ph

Le Phébus, situated between Roussillon and Gordes, is nestled high on a hill in the Luberon, warmed by the brilliant sunshine of Provence. It is a charming, honey-colored stone building made to appear as if each stone were selected and hand-placed without mortar. The original buildi... more

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In French, La Maison aux Volets Bleus means The House of the Blue Shutters—indeed, the bright cobalt shutters of the Marets’ charming home can be seen from far below the hilltop town of Venasque. Follow a winding road up from the plains to this ancient town, which is now a haven f... more

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If you want a unique experience in Provence, the upscale La Maison du Paradou is for you. Andrea and Nick Morris transformed this 17th-century postal station into an absolute jewel. As soon as you enter the big blue gate, you’re in a hamlet of peace, facing a beautiful fountain,... more

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La Maison sur la Sorgue - Facade

This magnificent 17th century house is in the center of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a city well known for antique stores and surrounded by the river “La Sorgue.” La Maison sur la Sorgue is a dream come true for your charming hosts who spent a year to find it and another ye... more

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This 19th century Provencal manor quietly nestled in the hills above Cannes is an ideal base for exploring the Riviera. It was built at the end of the 19th century and has been restored over the years. The Swedish owner, Camilla Richards, opened this marvel in 2004. With five acres of... more

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Le Mas de Cante-Perdrix is situated in one of the loveliest parts of Provence, an area of picturesque hilltowns and endless fields of vineyards. Cante Perdrix means "song of the partridge" and the area where the property is located was at one time rich with partridges. Larai... more

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This inn nestled at the base of the village of Les Baux de Provence occupies a quiet location among olive trees surrounded by the chalky, white-rock hillsides dotted with the green shrubbery of Provence. The soft sandstone color of its exterior, dressed with soft green shutters, white... more

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This place totally captivated my heart. Going down the driveway you see an immense landscape with an stone house and blue shutters surrounded by olive and pine trees and lavender bushes. Fabienne bought this 17th century sheepfold fully renovated and converted it to a B&B to open ... more

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Le Mas de Peint, Le Sambuc, France

Lucille and Frédéric Bon welcome you to their 17th-century farmstead in the Camargue. The Bon family were farmers who worked the rice fields of this windswept land with its stretches of marsh and wild horses, and he is passionate about the region. The Bons’ home is covered with... more

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La Mas Samarcande, Vallauris, France - Breakfast

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La Mirande dates from the 14th century with various additions made to it in the 15th, 17th, and 18th centuries. It was the residence of Cardinal Armand de Pellegrue, nephew of Pope Clement V, and later a private residence for the mayor of Avignon. The Stein family came from Germany, f... more

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Centuries old pine trees stand all along the driveway as you arrive in the heart of a one acre olive tree park and the Moulin d’Aure. Then on your left is La Bastide, a huge, entirely renovated Provencal house with green shutters. A terrace supported by Victorian columns provide... more

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This 16th-century farmhouse was owned by the famous hotelier Raymond Thuilier. It is now proudly owned by Jean-André Charial who maintains the high standards his grandfather established decades before and it flourishes under his direction. He invites, “Welcome to my beloved Baumani... more

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Aix is an intriguing city to explore. The cobbled streets of the old quarter are lovely to wander around and at night the illuminated tree-lined Cours Mirabeau is enchanting—reminiscent of Paris with its many sidewalk cafés. It is just a 15-minute walk from the old quarte... more

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Le Prieuré was built as an archbishop’s palace in 1322 and became a priory in 1333. It stands now as a charming hotel at the heart of this inviting medieval village. Ivy clings to its warm stone exterior, green shutters dress its windows, and sun-baked tiles adorn the roo... more

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La Regalido, Fontvielle, France

La Régalido, converted from an ancient oil mill, is a lovely Provençal hotel, with its cream-stone façade, sienna-tiled roof, and shuttered windows peeking out through an ivy-covered exterior. Running the length of this hotel is a beautiful garden bordered by brilliantly colored ro... more

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A lovely painted relief of grapevines along the top edge of the building and its pretty soft-pink-washed façade dressed with shutters lured me into the bar-reception of Le Relais. Not having discovered it on previous research trips, I questioned how recently it had opened, only... more

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La Réserve, nestled along the edge of the sparkling blue sea in one of the most glamorous towns on the Riviera, radiates quiet sophistication and opulent charm. The impression of old-world grandeur is established by your first glance of the handsome, pastel-pink building whose ... more

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Opt to stay at the Résidence de la Pinède for absolute luxury and pampering within walking distance of the quaint town of Saint Tropez. There is an aura of grandeur and elegance from the moment you step through the doors into this exquisite, lavish hotel. The Delion fami... more

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This 400 year-old, all-stone Provencal house became, thanks to Kilperick, a B&B after two years of renovation. He found all the fine antique decoration in the Provence area. This is a perfect blend of authenticity and elegance offering five exquisitely decorated, spacious suites.... more

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Pont du Gard, the ancient, three-tiered stone aqueduct spanning the Le Gardon river, is one of France’s star attractions and La Terre des Lauriers offers bed and breakfast within walking distance of this impressive sight. The house, beautifully situated in 13 acres of parkland, ... more

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Located where mulberry trees were once grown to feed silkworms, Les Trois Sources, nestled among lavender fields, vineyards, and cherry trees. Just a short drive from the village of Bonnieux, is an 18th-century fortified farmhouse with Renaissance parts wrapped around a large graveled... more

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Parisians Jacques and Maïté wanted to retire in the South of France so they bought this 18th-century stone house surrounded by vineyards, lavender, and olive trees at the foot of Séguret, ““the most beautiful village in France,”” entirely renovated it at great expense, and ... more

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This lovely property set on a hillside shaded by a clustering of trees is imbued with the air of an elegant home rather than a commercial hotel. The staff are all are eager to serve with a graciousness and warmth that reflect the great pride they take in their participation. The decor... more

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After operating charters boats for 20 years in Greece and Turkey, Gillian and Daniel decided to finally settle on “firm land.” They bought this charming Provencal house in 2001, up the hill in Vallauris (so famous for the pottery), located 10 minutes from Cannes.  In 2007, they d... more

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La Villa Noria - guestroom

Once the famous gourmet chef of the Hostellerie de Crillon le Brave, Philippe Monti, now boasts his own bed and breakfast.  Philippe dotes on his guests; he acts as personal chef to his guests privileged to stay in this beautifully renovated 18th-century house, named for the oldest a... more

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View from the garden onto the 14th century facade of Villa Velleron with olive mill

Villa Velleron had been abandoned for 40 years when previous owners turned it into a bed and breakfast. During restoration, they discovered treasures such as a beautiful stone wall no one knew existed and clues to the building’s varied heritage - an old olive press and rack used f... more

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