Retreat to La Verriere in Provence, where gastronomy, oenology and sustainability come together in a rustic hillside setting
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Ventoux in Provence, La Verriere is a medieval priory that has been lovingly restored to become a sanctuary for appreciators of the good life. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the riches of the estate whether through exploring the breathtaking scenery or the biodynamic production of wines.
While staying at La Verriere, the priory is your own fairytale castle, each room holding the promise of delight and enjoyment; from the magnificent grand piano to the wellness centre. Spend the afternoon at the private tennis court then cool down by the pool with its sweeping view of the valley. Socialize at cocktail hour on one of the many patios, or take a stroll through the grounds to discover the magic held within them.
If you prefer to retreat with a group of friends or family, your hosts are also happy to rent out the whole house for your private holiday. Surrounded by land that has been nourishing its people for 11 centuries, La Verrière is a comfortable, luxurious home from which to bask in the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
What we liked the most
- Asking the kitchen to prepare you a picnic basket and walking along the river, passing by abundant fields of lavender and sunflowers.
- Taking part in one of the Chêne Blue vineyard’s wine experiences, from Winemaker-for-a-day to Blending Seminars.
- Enjoying a perfect family stay as the kids enjoy the amazing kids club activities or their own winery tour.
- Making music on the grand piano, or requesting a concert from a local musician
Each room at La Verriere, is traditional but utterly unique, and all of them are characterized by a high level of comfort and luxury, the standard at La Verrière. Each room has a decorative theme reflecting one aspect of the estate, represented through a range of soothing natural colour schemes and provides you with a view over a different area of the grounds, from the herb garden to the lavender fields.
Named after the creatures that produce La Verriere’s honey, this room features a serene colour palette of mustard, red and green and has an authentic antique beehive. With windows looking onto the Medieval herb garden, the room glows with a soft light that gives it an inspiring and cheerful atmosphere. The bathroom has double sinks, a bathtub with a shower combination and a charming bee motif on the tilework.
This suite reflects the wondrous lavender fields that dominate the Provençal landscape. A delicate blue canopy crowns the comfortable white bed and the south-facing windows look out to the vineyards, the forest and the mountains. The room has additional space for extra sleeping arrangements and a bathroom with separate sinks, a bathtub and a shower.
The “Poppy” room is a tribute to the wild beauty of spring, during which a stunning carpet of poppies appears in the fields around La Verrière. Reflecting the flowers’ powers to induce deep sleep, the majestic space comprises a sumptuous king bed under a high sloping ceiling.
Incorporating hints of bright red, white and green and looking onto the herb garden below, the room evokes the soothing colours of nature. There is also an antique writing desk and a comfortable sofa for taking a moment to relax. The spacious ensuite is quietly sophisticated with twin sinks, a bathtub and a shower.
The room also features Individually controlled air-conditioning, A natural alarm clock that simulates daylight and birdsong, safety deposit box, hairdryer, flat-screen TV (available on request), sound system and WiFi. Baby cot in request
The Olive Grove room invites guests in with its peaceful hues of green, gold and red, medieval stonework and intricate tapestry over the four-poster bed. The dynamic space comprises a small sitting area and the bathroom with its full-sized bath looks onto the patio below. This cosy room provides a comfortable sanctuary for couples or guests travelling alone.
A majestic suite named after the local wild boar, the Sangliers room’s colour palette is inspired by the earthy tones of the forest. With a bed set back into an arched alcove and a standalone bath with touches of cold, this room reflects the noble nature of its namesake. Comprising an antechamber with an antique French bishop’s bed, the suite is ideal for families.
The Sunflower Suite is a bright and spacious room that accommodates up to four guests. Incorporating a living area with a fireplace, a selection of local artwork and a grand four-poster, the suite is designed to allow guests to easily feel at home. Step onto the private terrace to bask in the morning sun and unwind in the evening in the fully-equipped ensuite, soothed by a rich colour palette of gold, red and blue. This room is only available for visitors renting the whole estate.
A duplex suite located next to the pool, the Waterfront sports a maritime decorative theme. With its own comfortable living room, an airy bathroom and a nautical-inspired bedroom area, this room also functions as a freestanding annexe. This room is only available for visitors renting the whole estate.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
The breakfast buffet is served either by the pool or in the Medieval part of the priory. Delight in a mouth-watering array of seasonal fruits from the orchard including cherries, apricots and peaches and enjoy
the simple magic that is a crusty French baguette with creamy butter and honey, made from the onsite beehives by your host, Xavier.
Table d’hôte – dinner
In the evening, La Verriere can arrange for all manner of dining settings, from enjoying succulent herb-crusted lamb on the Medieval patio to grilled seasonal vegetables under the cool shade of the linden tree. In colder months, diners enjoy a meal in the softly-lit indoor Grand Vaulted Room, accompanied by a fabulous selection of Chêne Bleu wines, naturally. The staff are more than happy to fulfil guests’ wishes, whether it be the selection of food or the setting in which it is served, and can easily accommodate dietary requirements.
Table d’hôte – lunch time
At La Verrière, a new chef enters the kitchen every season, each bringing their own unique flair to the house’s Provençal cuisine, which is always composed of the freshest ingredients grown on-site or provided by trusted local purveyors. At lunchtime, guests can have an informal lunch at the poolside outdoor kitchen and BBQ area, surrounded by fragrant white roses, or else venture further afield with a picnic carefully prepared by the kitchen, full of cured meats and velvety cheeses.
Focus on sustainability
Olive Tree is often a symbol of success, as sustainability seems embedded in the property’s identity and DNA.
With their motto “Non-Mihi Non Tibi Sed Nobis” (not mine, not yours but ours), La Verriere is all about sustainability.
- The house kept the original stone walls and local construction material. The owner set up carbon footprint offsets in several areas of the property and have a special contract to use green electricity. They even partner with a local jeweller to re-cycle coffee capsules into modern art & jewellery.
- La Verrière offers all sustainably and organically sourced products. They serve “Farm to Table” food using local organic potager & lambs raised on the property over winter plus honey & olive oil.
- La Verrière launched sustainaBEElity, a crowdfunding initiative to expand their apiary and work with world-renowned scientists to show that more bees make better wine & create a roadmap for other sustainably-minded wineries around the world.
Explore the location
You will find La Verriere in Provence, a breathtakingly idyllic region of France. La Verrière is located in UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Mount Ventoux, looking onto the sweeping mountain range of “Dentelles de Montmirail”.
Surrounded by rolling green hills and fields, la Verrière is 3km away from the charming Provençal Crestet. While the towns of Vaison-La-Romaine, Orange and Nîmes and Avignon are 20 to 45-minute drive-away.