Need To Know
10, including seven suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £198.44 (€230), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include Continental breakfast and WiFi. Children Cots (free) and extra beds (€40 a night) for under-18s can be added to rooms.
If you love the hotel’s bergamot bath products, stock up on them in the little boutique in the former chapel. The lady who runs the shop doubles up as the resident masseuse: let staff know in advance if you’d like a treatment in your room.
The hotel is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between February and Mid-April, and from October to December.
At the hotel
Pool, vineyards, vegetable gardens, bicycles (on request), restaurant, boutique selling local groceries and ingredients, WiFi.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, minibar, slippers, bathrobes, bergamot-scented bath products (made specially for the hotel by the Different Company).
Our favourite rooms
Perpétue de la Celle is a really spacious suite, with room for up to two children to sleep in its downstairs living area: one on the sofa bed, one on an extra bed (€44 a night for both). Upstairs, there’s a bedroom with an exotic feel – thanks to the hand-painted Moroccan bed-head – and a bathroom with olive-green tiles. The suite also has a lovely semi-private garden for little ones to play in; when the wisteria is in blossom, it smells divine. If you want interconnecting rooms, book Lucréce de Barras and Garcende de Sabran, two first-floor suites with plenty of historic gravitas.
Built on Roman ruins, the tranquil outdoor pool overlooks the 12th-century abbey and its bell tower and has a clutch of elegant wooden loungers with ruby-red covers. Bring your own arm bands and floats for the pool – the hotel doesn’t have any spares. It’s an unsupervised area, so parents need to be on hand to keep an eye on less confident swimmers. Thick white towels and parasols are provided and there’s a service cabin with toilets and changing rooms, an honesty bar and a telephone so guests can ring for a cooling citron pressé. Please note that, in accordance with French law, children in pools must be supervised at all times.
Perfect your aioli, roux or tart aux pommes in the hotel’s kitchens: guests can spend a day helping the chef prepare lunch, starting with a trip to the vegetable gardens to pick ingredients. You’re likely to be sharing kitchen space with the next big thing: Ducasse dispatches fledgling chefs to the hotel on work placements.
Book babysitting an hour or so ahead. Transfers from the airport or station need to be booked a day in advance.