If you want to visually illustrate the words “charming,” “stylish” and “welcoming,” simply sharing a collection of photos taken at Les Remparts would do the trick. This small maison d’hôtes is tucked away at the edge of the quaint village of Beaumes-de-Venise in the Dentelles de Montmirail region of Provence. While Les Remparts doesn’t offer a spectacular view, nor is it positioned on a bucolic town square, it captivates nonetheless. It is a true gem and its own inherent views – its rooms and courtyard – are captivating. Plus, Provençal views and small town conviviality can be found around every corner in this area, so you won’t lack for them.
Les Remparts takes its name – and much of its allure – from the ancient fortified village ramparts on which it is built. The guest house has been lovingly and meticulously restored. Be sure to search out the book in the maison’s living room which shows before and after photos. The restoration strikes the right balance between preserving the original dwelling’s elements – medieval stone, wood beams and other touches – and incorporating modern updates. It truly evokes Provence and southern France, which is exactly what we were seeking.
Each of the five rooms at Les Remparts is unique. Our air-conditioned, top-floor chambre, “Perle de Coton,” was sublime. Decorated in a tranquil white and ecru palette, it featured a whitewashed wood-panel ceiling, exposed beams and stone walls and floors. There was a small anteroom, with a sofa and several tables, which led to a large bedroom with a comfortable bed. The sunken bathroom offered twin pedestal vanities, a claw foot tub and a separate, stone-tiled shower. Since the room was on the top floor under the eaves, the windows in the room were somewhat smallish. However, the room was surprisingly light-filled. The bathroom had two nice windows, while the bedroom included a well-placed sunlight with a retractable shade, in addition to its windows.
Les Remparts’ public spaces are incredibly welcoming. A comfortable living room showcases a stone fireplace (which we didn’t use because the weather was delightful). The striking, updated kitchen welcomes guests to use its well-stocked facilities, which include modern stainless steel appliances. The centerpiece of the house is its garden courtyard, which is a veritable oasis. It proffers an elevated infinity edge pool, a stone fountain, lush plants and flowers, sun recliners and outdoor lounge furniture. There is also a dining glass-topped table where petit déjeuner is served each morning, weather permitting.
The petit déjeuner – breakfast – was simple, generous and delectable. It included fresh breads and croissants with butter and homemade preserves, fresh fruits, fromage blanc (similar to Greek yogurt), fresh-squeezed juice, coffee-to-order, and muesli and cereal. It was presented casually – spread across the large communal table – which allowed you to eat quickly or linger leisurely.
The director of Les Remparts, Ludivine Rivallin, is a treasure. She is warm, and helpful in every way – from providing directions, booking dinner reservations, assisting with luggage, making other useful suggestions, and organizing the scrumptious breakfast. She is the heart and soul of this wonderful, little property. (Plus, her daughter has the most adorable dog – a long-haired Chihuahua named Hermione, who we did our best to steal – and I am not a small dog person.)
I would unflinchingly recommend Les Remparts to anyone seeking an intimate, Provençal hideaway. It is an idyllic combination of warmth, tradition, modernity, luxury and escape. It is an ideal base to discover the many treasures of the Vaucluse region – from Rhone Valley vineyards, to soaring mountains, to an array of fairytale Provençal villages. There also is enviable variety of tempting dining options within a short, scenic drive of Les Remparts. Showcasing the ridiculously fresh provisions from the region (this area is a produce mecca), they include Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurants, quaint brasseries and bistros with tree-shaded terraces.
Visit Les Remparts. You will not be disappointed, and like us, you will be plotting your return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on the old fortified walls in the heart of the village of Beaumes de Venise in Provence, Les Remparts is a guest house of character with a delicious charm (5 rooms). On the Route des Côtes du Rhône, at the foot of Dentelles de Montmirail and within walking distance from Mont Ventoux, it is the ideal place to discover the art of living in Provence. ... more less
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