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Hotel Highlights

  • Wonderful hillside setting
  • Van Gogh loved the building so much he painted it
  • Explore the Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards of Avignon

Overview

Hôtel Crillon le Brave is a charming Vaucluse hotel set among the vineyards and peaceful villages east of Avignon. The stylish design of this boutique hotel's rooms creates an air of relaxation and tranquility. Crillon le Brave has an outdoor pool set among the terraces and offers wine tasting and cheese tasting.

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A chilled bottle of rosé in your room

Special offers

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Book now and save 35% off October to December stays Crillon for two 'Autumn truffle weekend'

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

32, including seven suites.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $405.74 (€309), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

A small selection of massage and facial treatments is available in Crillon le Brave's stone-walled little spa, including hot-stone massage and a 90-minute body massage using natural Provençal products.

At the hotel

Gardens, mini spa, book, CD and DVD libraries, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD, Bose Wave with iPod connection, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Room 33 is a vast suite on two levels, containing a pair of roll-top baths, separated by a ‘champagne table’, so you can sip as you soak. Room 32 has an open-plan living area, bedroom and bathroom, and a huge shower room built into the wall of the old citadel.

Poolside

Outdoor heated pool with panoramic country views.

Packing tips

Plenty of suitcase space for wine (Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and othe Rhône varieties abound), and – in season – truffles.

Also

You can borrow bikes, book a cheese-tasting session and arrange beauty treatments.

Children

Young Smiths are welcome. Cots are provided free; beds for over-4s cost €40 a night (with a €21 breakfast charge). Babysitting with a local nanny starts at €15 an hour. It’s appreciated if you give plenty of notice.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Crillon le Brave – Provence – France

Hotel Restaurant

Chef Jérôme Blanchet, who has a Michelin-starred background and and over ten years of culinary cachet, masterminds the refined but not precious Provençal dishes served at the hotel's gastronomic restaurant. A second eatery, Bistrot 40K, is so-called because all ingredients are sourced within a 40-kilometre radius of the hotel. The menu puts local produce in the spotlight with delectable meat and fish dishes and wines supplied by noted nearby vineyards including Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 

Hotel Bar

The hotel's latest addition, the Grange Bar, is inspired by the stone stables that once stood in its location, although you can take your apéritif in any of the hotel’s many nooks and crannies, indoors or out: the Terrace du Ventoux is pretty unbeatable in summer.

Room service

Order anything off the restaurant menu until 9.30pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Linen, sunglasses, not too outré.

Top table

At the front of the terrace in summer for views of Mont Ventoux; by the fire in winter.

Local Guide

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

Worth getting out of bed for

Ask the sommelier to organise a wine-tasting tour to suit your palate: elegant (at a Châteauneuf-du- Pape winery, perhaps) or earthy (with a local garagiste). In October, you can attend a mini vendange at Château Pesquié in Mormoiron (www.chateauupesquie.com), hosted by Frédéric Chaudière, who will show you (hands-on) what grapes to harvest and when, and explain the fermentation and blending process, with an all-important tasting analysis.

Local restaurants

Le Vieux Four on Bas de Crillon is the village’s other option for dinner, and a fine, informal one it is, too, with a terrace (+33 (0)4 90 12 81 39). Chalet Reynard, near the summit of the Mont Ventoux, is an Alpine-style pitstop, popular with view-seekers and Lycra-clad cyclopaths (+33 (0)4 90 61 84 55). Loved by locals, with welcoming service, Le Clos du Pâtre in Caromb specialises in robust rustic fare, featuring lots of goat’s cheese, olives and herbs (+33 (0)4 90 62 38 49; www.leclosdupatre.com). On market day in Carpentras, the best staging posts are Le Rich on Place 25 Août (+33 (0)4 90 63 11 61), and the bars on Place Charles de Gaulle, near the cathedral. Bistrot de l’Industrie on Quai de la Charité in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (+33 (0)4 90 38 00 40) is recommended on the riverside for a cold beer and a pizza on market day. Or, for a special occasion, book a table in the garden of Le Jardin du Quai on Avenue Julien Guigue (+33 (0)4 90 20 14 98).

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Seven-house hamlet

Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Place de l'Eglise, 84410, Crillon le Brave, Vaucluse, France

Planes

The closest airports are Avignon (30 minutes), Marseille and Nîmes (both an hour and 15 minutes).

Trains

If you want to arrive by TGV, Avignon is the closest stop, less than an hour from the hotel. It is on the south-eastern line which links Paris to the Côte d’Azur. From Paris, the journey will take around two and a half hours.

Automobiles

Crillon le Brave is a small hilltop village around 40km to the north-east of Avignon. The hotel is 20 minutes out of Carpentras. From the north, exit the A7 at Orange Sud and follow signs to Carpentras, where you’ll need to take the exit to Bedoin, continuing in this direction until it becomes the D974. After roughly 28km you should see signs for Crillon le Brave. The hotel is as the top of the village, next to the town hall.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Juliet Kinsman , On-the-go editor at Mr & Mrs Smith

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France. Usually, our problem on holiday is finding the hotel in the village. This time, it’s different: Crillon le Brave is the village. Salt flats, rivers and ravines traversed, we’ve at last reached our intended peachy-hued Provençal hilltop. But a bistro with postcard stands outside seems the …
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Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Anonymous review by Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

Usually, our problem on holiday is finding the hotel in the village. This time, it’s different: Crillon le Brave is the village.

Salt flats, rivers and ravines traversed, we’ve at last reached our intended peachy-hued Provençal hilltop. But a bistro with postcard stands outside seems the only show of hospitality. We pull into the carpark by the mairie and admire the town hall’s pristine white woodwork and a proud red, white and blue flag. It’s perfection. ‘He looks like he wouldn’t tolerate anything less,’ says Mr Smith, gesturing towards the mustachioed statue of Crillon the Brave himself. After a gulp of the countryside view rolling out from the hillside, we seek out the luxurious hideaway that bears his name.

Seven houses clustered around the 16th-century church make up this hip hostellerie – there are just a handful of private homes in the village. Neon arrows are conspicuously absent. All we get to nudge us discreetly towards reception are subtle grey signs on the pale stacked-stone exteriors. Pretty chalky-blue shutters flung open to the panorama indicate which boudoirs are among the hotel’s 32 bedrooms. There’s one thing baffling Mr Smith, as we enter the hotel. ‘Why the abundance of fluoro Lycra?’ he asks, tilting his head towards some folk clad in eye-wateringly tight get-up. ‘Unusual sartorial choice for a boutique hotel,’ he says, clearly feeling like a bit of a cliché in his beige linen. Then we spot our fellow guests’ wheels. ‘Now that’s what we should do tomorrow!’ he declares, puncturing my hopes of fitting in a Cowshed spa treatment with talk of gears, gradients and pedal power.

We’re not staying in the main house but in a separate enclave – it’s worth splashing out on a suite here. With keys in hand (and facial covertly booked), we are chaperoned by a kindly attendant through a maze of footpaths, which make hand-holding navigation necessary. (Not literally: it may be romantic here, but the staff don’t go that far.) A skip down some stone steps, over a cobbled terrace, and we’re at our suite. Unlocking a little iron gate at the end of an alleyway, it’s like having our own pied-à-terre in this charming hamlet.

Without a shred of nostalgia for metropolitan style, we admire the gentle, traditional furnishings. They perfectly suit a room that essentially acts as one giant window seat. ‘Just try and take your eyes off that view,’ says Mr Smith, as I gaze out over the pale terracotta roof tiles and rocky ramparts. Fluffy oak and cherry trees, neatly coiffed vineyards and bedheady fields give way to gently sloping limestone-topped hills. What is especially beguiling about the Vaucluse is how untouched it feels. On this balmy late-summer afternoon, we’re as far from the rat race as weekend-awayers can be. It’s impossible not to daydream about living here.

Taking our fantasies to the main terrace, we’re soon picking at pre-dinner olives and almonds, glugging crisp local rosé. The peaceful patio is set to become a glass-walled all-day bar in the near future, giving this stylish retreat a new hub where guests can breakfast or cocktail. Lights a-twinkle below, we ponder Crillon le Brave’s year-round allure; as we admire the farmland in the distance, our charming waiter tells us of cherries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, blackberries, grapes dominating the restaurant menu in summer. We’re just in time for fresh figs, but we’d love to come back for truffle season in November and March.

Salmon tartare and a steak cooked perfectly à point are superb compensation for trufflelessness. Then, suddenly, in the candlelit restaurant that we thought was packed with couples and groups of cyclists, we realise we’re all alone. As the purr of voices drifts from one of the sitting rooms above, we resist the temptation to gatecrash a game of poker, and sneak back to our suite. Seven church bells gently prod me from my slumber, eight hours later, but a peek outside says the rest of the world has yet to start the day. I collapse back in bed to ponder a day of swimming, cycling and spa treatments. Following a lion’s helping of croissants, naturally.

The headline act of my lazy morning is that herbal treatment, care of the Babington House-inspired Cowshed mini-spa. An expert therapist gently talks me through sweet-smelling unguents that rival the local lavender. An hour later, I muster just enough energy to roll from my towel-enveloped cocoon, down the few steps to the view-drenched pool. I listen to the sound of trickling water, and wonder what Mr Smith is up to. Rather than picture him whizzing through the hills on a bike, I suspect he’s logged onto the WiFi in our room, downloading music. He told me he wanted to create the perfect Gallic soundtrack for our cycle ride; hopefully by now he’s noticed the CD already provided in the room. Crillon has most things covered, leaving guests to do very, very little if they choose.

Bicycles aren’t my usual request from the concierge, but eventually I get my derriére into gear for that promised excursion. (We skip the skin-tight shiny threads. I don’t care how de rigueur Lycra is here – no one needs to see Mr Smith’s details.) A wobble or two later and we’re cruising... for all of half an hour. If only we could get our act together and seek out the antiques markets or gorges we’ve heard all about. But a glass of red on Crillon’s terrace beckons. What better endorsement of a hotel than having its guests race back there – to do absolutely nothing?

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 Hôtel Crillon le Brave's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Oh! I loved everything! From the minute we drew up outside the hotel we felt absolutely away from it all and incredibly relaxed. The hotel is so stylish and pure "Provence"; the staff are wonderful, the views out of this world and the food amazing. We didn't want to leave.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the incredible location, great room, fabulous attentive staff, gourmet food and great breakfast.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room we had was amazing - deluxe no 32, huge and very well appointed, with wonderful views. Trip itineraries from reception excellent.

Don’t expect

The service in the bar and restaurants lacked polish - although staff were friendly.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Gorgeous location, gorgous rooms. Lunch or breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Provençal landscape with Mont Ventoux in the background is hard to beat! We loved Bistro 40k, within the hotel – delicious, great value and the food is sourced where possible from within 40km of the hotel.

Don’t expect

The formal dining is nice but not exceptional.

Rating: 10/10 stars