Last month Dan and I spent a long week back in our very favourite place in the world – Provence. We headed back to some old special haunts that hold the very best of memories and revisited our wedding venue! This time around though, we also decided to explore new areas of the Provençal countryside and so booked in a night to stay at the stunning La Bastide de Marie; a property that had been on my wishlist for a long time.
This truly beautiful hotel is positioned amidst the undulating views of the Lubéron Mountains. This is the Provence of fairytales and picture-postcard images – it’s the ultimate rural fantasy without bordering on twee. The historic and quaint surrounding villages of Ménerbes, Roussillon, Gordes, Bonnieux and Lacoste are effectively the French countryside equivalents of the Hamptons during the summer months (but perfectly quiet either side of these you’ll be happy to know!).
You enter the property via a stunning driveway to the sound of the buzzing cicadas, allowing you to take in the miles and miles of vines that allows the property to produce and run its own wine domaine (Domaine de Marie). Lovingly restored from an old farmhouse into this sprawling 12-room inn, owner Jocelyne Sibuet has designed the hotel to allow and appreciate the guests privacy; free to roam around as if it was a private villa, but you’re treated to all the comforts of a charming B&B. Come and take a look around…
After a dip in either of the two pools on site, a visit to the spa or a look around the hotel shop, you can stroll through the rose covered walkway (my favourite part of the property) to the wine tasting rooms at Domaine de Marie. Here, you can take a private tour that will show you how the wine from the vineyard is created, tasting the promising red, white, and rosé Côtes du Lubéron that is produced on site. There’s something so satisfying about tasting wine that has been produced by wines just a few metres from where you stand…
Dinner at Bastide de Marie is a wonderful, leisurely affair. There’s a daily changing three-course meal with matching wines and its an aperitif, served out on the terrace from the handsomely stocked make-shift bar, that starts the proceedings. You’re then brought to your table in the stunning but understated dining room to enjoy the food – I was too excited to eat to take pictures of the meal (terrible blogger, je suis désolé!) – but you can see from the menu below the food we tucked in to.
If you want a true slice of the beauty and relaxation of Provençal life, then this is your place. Merci beaucoup to Bastide de Marie for the most exquisite addition to our Provence trip and you can find out all of the details on how to book online here (they do lots of flash deals and ‘best offer’ packages so make sure you sign up to their newsletter to hear about these first). More Provence adventures coming up this week!
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