Provence B&Bs

July 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Provence Bed and BreakfastsThose of us who get a wistful look in our eyes watching films like A Year in Provence just have to hear the words ‘South of France’ to send us into a daydream in which we imagine ourselves taking a leisurely stroll down to the boulangerie to pick up a freshly-baked baguette before sampling pungent cheeses at the village market and washing it all down with a glass or two of the local wine. In reality, Provence is no less idyllic.

Provence Bed and BreakfastsWith a landscape that takes in dramatic mountain ranges, rolling hills and the pristine beaches of the French Riviera, you can find yourself chinwagging with a local in a remote medieval village one minute and rubbing shoulders with celebrities in a fashion capital the next.

Here at, we’ve selected a few of our favourite Provence bed and breakfasts. Discover your joie de vivre with a Provence holiday, but be warned – you may never want to come home.

Provence Bed and Breakfasts

Pension Edelweiss in Marseille

Provence B&B Pension Edelweiss in MarseilleLocated at the centre of trendy Marseille, the capital of Provence chic, Pension Edelweiss places a modern twist on classic French style. Each of the four guestrooms has its own distinct personality, decorated in bright colours and furnished with an eclectic selection of mismatched vintage pieces collected by the owners over the years.

All of the guestrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and WiFi, and a complimentary breakfast is served up in the owners’ café, Comptoir Dugommier, during the week, and in the pension’s funky dining room on weekends.

Provence B&B Pension Edelweiss in MarseillePension Edelweiss is located just a ten-minute walk from Marseille’s picturesque Port Vieux, a vibrant area at the heart of the city with a good selection of lively bars and excellent restaurants.

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Domaine de la Fosse in Arles

Provence B&B Domaine de la Fosse in ArlesBuilt as a command post by knights of the Order of the Maltese Cross, our first Provence bed and breakfast, Domaine de la Fosse, and its neighbouring town of Saint Gilles are brimming with history. The domaine spent much of its life as a farm and vineyard, but now the fields are used to grow rice and the beautiful old farmhouse has been converted into a luxury B&B.

The two guestrooms, named Saladelle and Tamaris, are simple and rustic, with understated touches of classic French elegance such as four-poster beds and luxurious fabrics. Outside, guests can relax under the shade of a vine-covered patio or cool off in the pristine swimming pool.

Provence B&B Domaine de la Fosse in ArlesIn Saint-Gilles, a medieval church and crypt make a fascinating place to visit, and the town’s twelfth-century abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the stops on the route of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Outdoor activities available nearby include horse riding and boating or canoeing on the Petit Rhône, and guests can even try their hand at hunting in the grounds of the domaine.

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La Bastide des Templiers in Saint-Maxim

La Bastide des Templiers in Saint-MaximAn elegant country manor surrounded by wooded parkland, vineyards and olive groves is home to La Bastide des Templiers, a charming gay-friendly B&B at the heart of Provence, an area of France that enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.

Set just outside the medieval village of Bas, the B&B encapsulates the refined charm of life in Provence. Guests can relax by the pool with the soft scents of lavender, rosemary and oleander drifting through the breeze, or stroll through the narrow village streets enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

La Bastide des Templiers in Saint-MaximThe five guestrooms are comfortably decorated with typical Provencal touches such as wooden-beamed ceilings and terracotta tiles, and a generous, nutritious breakfast is served up every morning. Owners Harald, Joël and their little dog Canelle welcome guests with a personal touch to their beautiful home; once a week they invite guests to join them for a home cooked dinner or BBQ in the garden and to sample some of the fine local wines.

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