Perhaps you need a weekend break or perhaps you’re looking for indulgence – either way, temptation will lead you to the gates of Domaine de Fontenille….

You may have seen the iconic film ‘A Good Year’ starring Russell Crowe and Marrion Cotillard, and dreamed of a Provencale escape. If you have, well, dream no further, because Domaine de Fontenille, in the middle of the Luberon, is the epitome of the Provence dream.

A large domaine, the building has been meticulously transformed into a stylishly swanky and luxurious hotel. The owners, however, have been careful not to over-adorn the hotel, resulting in a polished country house with hints of the whimsical throughout. The grounds, it must be said, are spectacular. They are part of what makes the Provencal dream, and part of what makes the Provencal way of life.

The library and salon, with Beyond Black coffee table books

The library and salon, with Beyond Black coffee table books

The hotel’s owners are the former owners of the brand Comptoir Les Cottoniers, so it would come as no surprise that good taste permeates the hotel.

Our bedrooms, in a classic and stylish monochrome grey, were replete with all the comforts of an indulgent bedroom: super comfortable beds with blankets that seem to melt around you; a large bathroom with a generously sized tub; super soft slippers; a touch of mischief with some quirky contemporary art, and the most breath-taking views of the perfectly manicured gardens.

Domaine Fontenille by Serge Chapuis

Domaine Fontenille by Serge Chapuis

The main building, too, is just as stylish. We loved the large contemporary chandeliers throughout; the homely library and salon; the ever-enticing pool, ensconced in its own parcel of land and surrounded by plane trees, and the light-hearted restaurant vibe of the restaurant, La Cuisine d’Amelie.3402044-domaine-de-fontenille-lauris-france


La Cuisine d’Amelie presents guests with a French style Tapas concept, or touches de gouts.

We sampled the following:

Fried Sardines in a smooth and smoky sauce Bois Boudran, with chutney and red wine; Foie Gras drizzled with a light strawberry sauce; a spicy, Spanish-style pork sausage and a delicate cod on a bed of slightly spicy lentils. All of the dishes are fresh, with hints of strong flavours meted and mingling with the softer ingredients, and all of the dishes are generous in portion size. Our mains were followed by the rich, yet light, chocolate and passion fruit cake. We washed this meal down with the Chateau’s very own 2017 Cuvee Fontenille Rose, an ultra smooth wine that is the perfect accompaniment for any dish.

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Breakfast, too, is a grand affair. We loved the freshly baked bread and pastries on offer (be sure to try the peanut butter brownie!) and also the Continental selection of fruits, yogurts and meats on offer. All of this, of course, overlooking the stunning garden with sculptures dotted around and the imposing fountain.


For a totally relaxing and wonderful experience in Provence, we would absolutely recommend Domaine de Fontenille.





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