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Hotel Benvengudo, the best hotel in Les Baux-de-ProvenceBreathe deeply, let your thoughts and physique loosen up, and film for a second a Provençal panorama of lavender fields and olive groves, pine bushes and vineyards. Imagine listening to chook tune and the chirruping of cicadas, inhaling the scent of lavender and fragrant crops, and simply absorbing the environment of a protected pure atmosphere and a novel heritage village. Then think about taking a vacation there.

Located within the coronary heart of the Alpilles Regional Nature Park, Benvengudo is a second-generation family-run lodge and restaurant set in a 4-hectare park at Les Baux-de-Provence. Expect genuine Provençal ambiance within the stone buildings and conventional furnishings, however with vibrant trendy décor seamlessly mixing outdated and new. It actually is the most effective lodge in Les Baux for an genuine, welcoming and scrumptious break.

Family-run luxurious lodge and restaurant within the scented hills of Provence

With 19 rooms, 6 suites, two small cottages and a big cottage, this enchanting 4* lodge meets the wants of everybody from {couples} to households. And with a swimming pool, tennis court docket, and gastronomic restaurant, Benvengudo is the right place to come back house to after a day exploring an space that provides one sensory deal with after one other.

Perched on a rocky plateau, Les Baux – from the Provençal phrase for 'rock' – has been inhabited since Neolithic occasions, however this extraordinary web site rose to prominence throughout the Middle Ages below a household claiming to be descended from King Balthazar who allegedly arrived right here after visiting the toddler Jesus.

By the 13th century, the inhabitants stood at 3000 and there was additional growth throughout the Renaissance with the constructing of many grand homes, however in

1632, Les Baux was besieged by the troopers of Louis XIII and when the city fell to the king, the ramparts have been destroyed. The fort regularly fell into destroy, and residents started shifting down from the excessive floor to the plain.

At the top of the 19th century, Les-Baux-de-Provence numbered barely 400 residents, and plenty of buildings have been dismantled, the stone reused in new city communities. But after World War II, the village started to draw artists, artisans and gourmets, and regularly its fame unfold. Today Les Baux is a member of the distinguished Plus Beaux Villages de France, formally the prettiest villages in France, and is house to 500 everlasting residents.

Beneath the pedestrianised streets of the hilltop neighborhood, beside the street to Arles, Benvengudo is a home-from-home for guests from everywhere in the world. The story started in 1967 when Maryse and Daniel Beaupied launched one of many first lodges within the village. Daniel labored as a Michelin-starred chef while Maryse set about furnishing their 5-bedroom property with a mixture of household furnishings and locally-sourced antiques.

More rooms have been added within the Seventies plus an out of doors swimming pool. The couple opened a restaurant and constructed a second lodging constructing, all whereas enhancing their popularity for luxurious rooms, heat welcome, and gourmand meals. Today it’s their daughter Carole and her husband Viktor who’re carrying on the household hospitality custom.

Welcome to Benvengudo

'I grew up right here and have so many completely happy childhood recollections,' says Carole, a world lawyer who has at all times been passionate concerning the household enterprise. 'My brother who labored alongside my dad and mom sadly died in an accident and I couldn't bear to see them separated from a lodge that meant a lot to all of us. So in 2007, my husband and I bought over the working of the enterprise so my dad and mom may retire.

Over the years, Benvengudo has grow to be a spot of cultural trade with guests from everywhere in the world. They have given us all a lot and in return, my goal is to present them an actual expertise of the Provençal way of life, beginning with a private welcome to indicate that that is nonetheless very a lot a household house. Our dishes are at all times created from high quality native produce from the Alpilles, simply as my Michelin-starred father at all times did, and the calm, elegant inside recollects my mom's ardour for antiques.'

But while household and custom are very a lot on the coronary heart of Benvengudo, Carole has made positive that the lodge has moved with the occasions, fully renovating the inside while preserving these irreplaceable Provençal antiques. Expect gentle furnishings in calming shades of stone with splashes of color offered by specifically commissioned art work. Carole additionally redesigned the gardens to present company extra choices for strolling and admiring the pure atmosphere of the lodge's personal olive grove, the rocky panorama, and the normal scrubland vegetation with its fragrant crops.

The restaurant too is flooded with pure mild, bringing the surface in, regardless of the season, and the breakfast bar is irresistible (above). Whilst the décor is as soon as once more in these signature impartial shades, the colors of Provence explode on the plates, every dish on the quick menu bursting with southern flavour and accompanied by wines from neighbouring vineyards. And the meals mile depend is even decrease with herbs grown within the lodge's personal kitchen backyard and olive oil produced from their very own olives by the Moulin Castelas lower than 5 km away. Visitors who keep in early November may even participate within the olive harvest.

What to see in Les Baux de Provence and close by

Easy although it could be simply to loosen up and take in the solar within the lodge grounds, there are a number of must-do days out inside a straightforward drive of Benvengudo. Historic Arles on the banks of the Rhône is barely 15 km away; go to the Roman area and theatre, and stroll within the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh who created a few of his best-known work right here. You are additionally simply 25 km from Avignon, with its well-known half-bridge and the immense purple brick Palace of the Popes.

Something a bit extra native? There are all types of tempting trails to discover round Les Baux on foot, bike or horseback. Or possibly play 18-holes on the Domaine de Manville, a difficult course labeled with an Ecocert label and that blends into the geology and farmland of the native countryside. And the well-known Carrières des Lumières on the foot of the village is an unmissable web site, a digital, immersive artwork venue in a former stone quarry as soon as mined by the Romans.

Then come again to your home-from-home to sit down with an aperitif by the pool, heated in spring and autumn, or maybe play a leisurely sport of pétanque while you look forward to dinner. This is Provence Benvengudo-style. Just loosen up and revel in!

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