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Secret Provence

Drôme Provençale – all the beauty without the crowds
Outstanding boutique guesthouses set within traditional stone buildings, each with a swimming pool, and a four-star hotel on the outskirts of St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, provide welcoming accommodation that's as beguiling as the surroundings. The guesthouses in the Val des Nymphes have just a small number of rooms and are located opposite each other; where you stay will depend on availability. More information about French chambres d'hôtes  (guesthouses) >

Le Domaine du Bois des Dames (4* chambres d'hôtes), Chantemerle-lès-Grignan

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Le Domaine du Bois des Dames
Blending traditional features and contemporary comfort with impeccable taste in a rustic, chic style, this gorgeous boutique guesthouse lies alongside lavender fields and vineyards, 2 kilometres outside the hamlet of Chantemerle-lès-Grignan. The lounge, bar, dining room and guest bedrooms are all set around a delightful courtyard where you can enjoy breakfast or a pre-dinner drink in the dappled shade of pepper trees. The individually designed bedrooms are all decorated to the highest standards, some with views over the gardens and others looking over the swimming pool or woods. There is a large outdoor pool and a small sauna and massage room (arrange and pay locally) for guests to enjoy. Your hosts serve table d'hôte dinners each evening. On alternate evenings, this comprises an extensive selection of meats, cheeses, salads and breads followed by a home-made dessert.


Le Mas Bella Cortis (4* chambres d'hôtes), Val des Nymphes

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Le Mas Bella Cortis
Tucked away in a quiet glade overlooking the valley, this delightful converted 18th-century farmhouse is choc-full of traditional Provençal charm augmented by the warm welcome from its hosts. Each of its four bedrooms is an oasis of comfort and romance, with exposed honey-coloured stone walls, traditional tiles and an array of quirky features to complement soft fabrics and period furniture. Beautiful places to relax and enjoy your surroundings abound, from the panoramic terrace where breakfast is served on sunny mornings, to the large conservatory, the cosy dining room with its extensive local information, and the outdoor swimming pool with views across the olive groves and valley. Dinners consist of a three-course table d'hôte menu of seasonal produce with wine and coffee. Please note that if you require a twin room with two single beds, it will be necessary to upgrade to a suite.


Les Esplanes (4* chambres d'hôtes), Val des Nymphes

Alternative accommodation
Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Les Esplanes
An 18th-century farmhouse set on a hillside with panoramic sunset views over La Garde-Adhémar, Les Esplanes combines its traditional buildings with stylish, contemporary décor and an open, welcoming atmosphere. The main house and its five individually designed bedrooms (all of which are double-bedded; there are no twin rooms) are set around a beautiful courtyard, from where a garden terrace tumbles down to the swimming pool. In fine weather, the courtyard serves as the venue for both breakfast and dinner, the latter of which is a home-cooked, three-course table d'hôte menu with wine, enjoyed with other guests at a communal table along with host Jean Louis.


Hotel La Villa Augusta (4*), St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux

Meal arrangements: breakfast, plus dinner on 1st night

Hotel La Villa Augusta
Set in woodland on the outskirts of St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, an easy stroll from the centre yet in a quiet location, the Villa Augusta is a converted mansion with 22 stylish guest bedrooms, each tastefully decorated to reflect the colours and moods of Provence. A pretty courtyard, outdoor swimming pool and extensive gardens provide ample space for relaxation, while the hotel also offers a wellbeing service including spa and massage (arrange and pay locally). Breakfast is served in the conservatory-style dining room or on the terrace outside. The acclaimed restaurant serves dinners of fresh, seasonal produce, and we offer recommendations for other places to eat nearby.


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At a glance
Starting point: Le Domaine du Bois des Dames, Chantemerle-lès-Grignan
Day 1: Le Domaine du Bois des Dames, Chantemerle-lès-Grignan
Days 2 & 3: Le Mas Bella Cortis or Les Esplanes, Val des Nymphes
Days 4 & 5: Hotel La Villa Augusta, St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
Extra nights
Add an extra night in St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to relax amid sumptuous surroundings at the end of your holiday.