This is a charming inn in a beautiful medieval stone village perched on a hill. It's a quaint getaway that is very serene. Please note that there aren't any shops or cafes or much to walk to and no TVs. It's a very small village of just a handful of houses. However, you can drive to several nearby villages (30 minutes to an hour) that have more shops, restaurants, etc. if you wish. But it was very nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are also many wineries in the area (though we didn't really like any of the wine we tasted). In the fall, the grape vines turn to yellow and red, which made for nice scenery, but it would have been better I think to come in late in June or July when the lavender is in bloom, but not yet harvested. The hotel was very nice about creating day trips and excursions. The restaurant was absolutely fabulous with excellent cuisine. They want you to make a reservation for either restaurants though. One night we walked into the more casual restaurant and there were only two tables filled and they said it was not possible because we didn't have a reservation. Luckily the matre d' from the formal restaurant walked through and we had chatted with him last night so he gave us a table and we had a cheese plate and they let us have dessert, but it was like begging for food. And only one other table came in that night!
There was also several loud dirt bikes each day from neighboring kids, a bit of smoke from burning trash in the valley, and a large crane blocking views from several rooms, so it's not a resort town by any means. But the hotel is as wonderful as it could possibly be - the rooms were picture perfect and the buildings, terraces, and meandering walkways were enchanting. We especially loved the medieval village of Vaison la Romain and Surget (?sp).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crillon le Brave is a relaxed and informal refuge where you can enjoy all of the simple pleasures of Provence. Located about 25 miles northeast of Avignon, our 36-bedroom hotel - a member of Relais & Chateaux since 1995 - is perched on top of a tiny hill village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The views from our rooms, terraces and gardens are stunning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crillon Le Brave Hotel