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Hotel Highlights

  • Secret, super-stylish hideaway
  • A beautifully restored castle with contemporary interiors
  • Amid fabulous Rhone vineyards

Overview

This stylish Provence hotel near Avignon and Orange is a luxurious château retreat that combines contemporary flair with traditional comforts. Antique mirrors, Murano chandeliers and 18th-century chaises longues complement Château de Massillan's recently refreshed decor. In the excellent restaurant, southern French dishes are paired expertly with  world-class Côte du Rhône wines.

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Here's what you get for booking Château de Massillan with us:

A bottle of Château de Massillan Côte du Rhône Selection

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Château de Massillan

3 nights for the price of 2

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

21, including one suite.

Check–out

11.30am, but flexible depending on availability; check-in: 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $155.18 (€118), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast, €19.

Hotel closed

From mid-October until 1 May.

At the hotel

All rooms are decorated with antiques. Some rooms have large terraces that open onto to the courtyard.

Our favourite rooms

The intimate suite is spacious and stands on its own in the gardens; the bathroom has views of the lake. Tower rooms have romantic free-standing baths. Room 16 is the personal favourite of the hotel’s owner, renowned interior- designer Birgit Israel. Room 15 has a big sexy chandelier and overlooks the fountain and terrace below.

Poolside

The beautiful courtyard swimming pool is surrounded by stylish wooden sunloungers.

Children

Welcome. Rooms 10, 19 and 23 can accommodate an extra bed for €60 a night.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Open daily for lunch (dish of the day) and dinner (set menu; €48), the restaurant blends classic French cuisine with contemporary flair – rather like the hotel itself. There is also a wonderfully comprehensive wine list. A reservation is essential. Head chef Frederick Lebourlout and sommelier Kelly McCauliffe have worked together to create perfectly-paired food-and-wine menus. With each change of the seasonal menus, guests can taste – and learn about – four or five exceptional wines. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Hotel Bar

Guests may enjoy drinks throughout the hotel and grounds.

Last orders

The restaurant is open 7.30pm–9.30pm for dinner.

Room service

Guests can be served breakfast in their rooms on request.

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Dress code

Birkin/Gainsbourg chic.

Top table

Alfresco in the oleander-lined courtyard.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Formal, Michelin-starred Le Pré du Moulin in Sérignan-du-Comtat (+33 (0)4 90 70 14 55) has a rich menu of forest mushrooms, asparagus, Mediterranean seafood, and truffles, combined with aromatic Côtes du Rhône wines. In Uchaux, Côte Sud on Route d’Orange (+33 (0)4 90 40 66 08) is great for a lunch or dinner of fine gastronomy. 

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Woods, vineyards and sunflower fields

Château de Massillan

730 Chemin de Massillan, 84100, Uchaux, Vaucluse, France

Planes

There are four airports within easy reach of the hotel: Marseille (an hour and 15 minutes), Montpellier (an hour and 20 minutes), Nîmes (an hour), and, the closest, Avignon (40 minutes).

Trains

The closest train station is at Bollène-la-Croisière, which has direct links to Avignon and Marseille. It’s eight kilometres from the hotel.

Automobiles

The hotel is close to both Orange and Avignon, 10 minutes from the A7. Take exit 19 (Bollène) and follow signs to Nyons and Vaison-la-Romaine. When the D12 to Uchaux appers on your right, follow this for 10km, after which you’ll arrive in Farjon; turn right at the church, and the hotel is a kilometre down the straight road.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Philip Treacy , Marvellous milliner

I was intrigued and inspired by the idea of staying in a château built for Diane de Poitiers, Henry II’s lifelong consort, a lady renowned for her beauty, intellect and sense of aesthetics. It’s fair to expect a small luxury hotel to be charming, but nothing could have prepared us for the dramatic sight of the Château de Massillan’s starkly beautiful proportions, reve…
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Château de Massillan

Anonymous review by Philip Treacy, Marvellous milliner

I was intrigued and inspired by the idea of staying in a château built for Diane de Poitiers, Henry II’s lifelong consort, a lady renowned for her beauty, intellect and sense of aesthetics. It’s fair to expect a small luxury hotel to be charming, but nothing could have prepared us for the dramatic sight of the Château de Massillan’s starkly beautiful proportions, revealed at the end of a suitable driveway leading into leafy grounds. The Richard Long-style lavender bed in front of the main entrance added to the majestic impression, as well as reminding us well and truly that we were in Vaucluse.

The sounds and scents that waft through the night as we walk into our castle are so characteristic of the region – cicadas, lavender, warm wind (no Mistral this evening), we’d know we’re in the South of France with our eyes shut. We are greeted by smiling staff who turn out to be exceptionally professional, polite, charming and helpful. Along with a luxurious quantity of public space – with stone floors, antique mirrors, chic chandeliers and a mixture of antiques, mid-century modern and perfectly contemporary pieces – the hotel has only 12 rooms, which makes Massillan homely rather than stately, and ensures that service is superlative.

Through to our suite, past old urns and the 21st-century fountain, which give a clue as to the style of our quarters. It is indulgently spacious, with an 18th-century chaise longue sitting next to a contemporary sofa, more antique mirrors, a Murano glass chandelier, and very cool wallpaper that turns out to be by those Glaswegian masters of fine-art wallcoverings, Timorous Beasties. The bathroom’s simple design accentuates the beauty of the Provençal landscape and Massillan’s lake – framed nicely as you lie in the bath.

It is no exaggeration to say that I have never come across a hotel offering such a dining experience as this. In these evocative surroundings, even the simplest plate of cheese or Serrano ham is unforgettable. Presentation is creative and masterful, and the flavours light, delicate and fresh. Away from the big-city world of our usual life, where eating is all about refuelling and fast food, it is refreshing to eat at a relaxed pace, and to feel that the chef really cares passionately about every single dish he places in front of you. We were thrilled that supper consisted of six different courses, and perfectly satisfied with the no-choice menu, which, in fact, made it even more enjoyable.

Waking up in the morning to the sounds of the water fountain, and the light and heat of Provence, is exciting and relaxing all at once. Breakfast is a healthy and simple combination of fresh fruit, cereals, cheeses, delicious breads, and apricot jam with lavender, plus some of the best coffee I have ever tasted in France. We take a walk around the herb garden: the air still has a fresh edge until midmorning, when the sun starts to mean business. We are almost definitely walking in the formidable steps of Diane de Poitiers. Only a handful of families have owned the château since her day; the current owners bought Massillan in 2001. You can tell that Birgit Israel and Peter Wylly work in design: it takes professionals, and ones in love with their project, to combine respect for historic features with modern cool.

Poolside at hotels is not usually my favourite thing to do, but the size of the Château de Massillan and the limited number of guests make the garden feel like our very own, and the pool becomes the focus of our stay. The beauty of the setting, the water, heat, shade when we want it, native plants and trees and hypnotic sounds of the cicadas… time seems to slow until we have reached a state of perfect laziness. I keep meaning to wander over to the salon on the far side of the courtyard to leaf through one or two of the owners’ design-led book collection – much more considered than a mere handful of coffee-table books – but, incredibly,

I never get round to it. We do, however, manage to sample the wonderful cocktail list. And, one lunchtime, we make a foray to the extremely local Grillade d'Helios, which might be Massillan's own restaurant it is so nearby. We share pizza baked in the wood-fired oven: so good, so simple – perfectly in keeping with our foresty setting.

We barely leave the compound all weekend and je ne regrette rien. By night, the courtyard is lit with sunken lights and candles, and decked with oleander and lavender. Massillan, the only crenellated castle I know of that has bedchambers in lavender blues, pale chocolates and dark honey, gets the balance between mediaeval and retro-chic just right, and the atmosphere is intimate, informal and genuinely warm. Whatever your reason for going to this place, just go.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Château de Massillan's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the spa.

Don’t expect

I thought the prices of food could've been better.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The grounds and the setting are amazing.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff was so friendly. We enjoyed two delicious meals in the restaurant, and the wine to accompany was incredible! It's the perfect spot for a quick getaway.

Don’t expect

Check-out time was quite early. The minibar in the bedroom wasn't working. Taxis from the hotel were really expensive.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Peter was a lovely host and very kindly upgraded us to a Tower Room for our wedding anniversary. He even arranged a couple of glasses of free champagne for our anniversary dinner which was very thoughtful. The property is beautiful and you don't feel like you are in a hotel, more of an amazing guesthouse. We were even trying to find ways to stay longer- it was that wonderful! You can do as much or little as you like. We visited some market towns that Peter recommended and lazed by the pool when we felt like some relaxation time. You can take bikes out and the Chteau is surrounded by vineyards to taste wine in and explore.

Don’t expect

Not much could be better! Maybe bigger bathroom towels is all I can think of – and that's trying really hard to think of something.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Peter, the owner, was helpful and extremely nice and runs a very good hotel.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything about Château de Massillan is divine: from the first glance of this castle bathed in lavender, to the friendly welcome, to the gorgeous rooms and the sensational food. We loved our four-day stay and would recommend it without any hesitation. After a busy week in Paris, we rested and recharged in this little piece of heaven.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars