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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 for the processing of silk. Your hosts, Kerstin Walther-Regazzoni and Daniele Regazzoni extend a warm welcome to individual travelers and families alike. There is a stunning swimming pool romantically nestled on a terrace bordered by picturesque stone walls, and an inner courtyard that simply oozes charm – potted hydrangeas, ivy-draped walls, fragrant roses, and lush lawn make every niche a dream. It is in this enclosed garden that – whenever weather permits – guests enjoy both breakfast and dinner at a beautiful large table and experience conviviality across any nations, languages or age. On cooler autumn and spring days meals are served in the refurbished dining area which also permits having a look at how the meals are prepared in the open kitchen. While the sitting room has a decidedly Provençal charm, each of the bedrooms follows a specific theme, which varies all the way from Natural to Classy Elegant. Kerstin prepares traditional Provencal recipes with a modern twist from freshest ingredients of local producers – from many guests referred to as a roundup of the impressions of a day in Provence.