Domaine les Roullets
Style Historic homestay
Setting Lush Luberon
At the foot of the Luberon Mountains, hill-top Domaine les Roullets in Provence is a rural, rustic maison d'hôtes with history at its heart. Formed from the remains of a Roman garrisson, this luxury B&B boasts mediaeval marvels and a 700-year-old tree on its well-groomed estate. The grounds are pristine, the decor subtle and stylish, but it’s the 360° views that’ll show you why the Romans made a fuss of it.
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- Rooms Six.
Double rooms from $253.80 (€196), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Domaine les Roullets is unable to accept payment by credit card.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€196) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include tax, and a Provençal buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Extensive grounds, including vineyard, fruit orchard, olive orchard and gardens; lounge with communal fridge accessible until 10.30pm; free WiFi throughout, CD library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, preloaded iPod and iPod dock, free bottled water and Rituals bath products.
- Poolside There is a lengthy heated pool in the gorgeous grounds, flanked on one side by sunloungers beneath a shade-providing row of trees.
- Check-out 10.30am. Check-in is closed between 12pm and 3.30pm, so guests need to let the hotel know when they plan to arrive. Guests can use the pool and facilities after check-out, or while waiting for their rooms.
- Children Under-16s are not allowed – this is a hotel for grown-ups.
- Also In-room treatments and massages can be arranged courtesy of the nearby Lotus Institut (www.lotus-institut.com).
Food and drink at Domaine les Roullets
There’s no restaurant at this modern maison d'hôtes, but a generous breakfast buffet is laid out every morning, at different locations around the estate (one of the terraces, for example, or in the kitchen or salon on the occasional rainy morning). Expect fresh fruit, various breads and pastries, and home-made jams, as well as a daily-changing hot choice, such as pancakes or eggs. Cold platters for lunch and dinner can be delivered by a local chef and served wherever you choose in the hotel.
- Dress code Luxury linens, cooling cottons and cashmere.
- Top table Escape the summer sun in the tree-canopied courtyard just off from the pool to enjoy the view out to the serene village of Oppède-le-Vieux.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 9am and 10am. A cold-platter lunch can be arranged for 12.30, dinner for 7.30pm on request. Guests can pour themselves drinks at any time.
- Room service None, but there's a fridge stocked with drinks and a 'summer kitchen' area where you may prepare yourself a simple deli platter, sandwich or salad with whatever you've sourced locally.
An honesty bar is set up in the Orangerie, where there's also a Nespresso machine. Help yourselves to beer, soft drinks and bottles of the domaine’s own wine.
Domaine les Roullets 305a Chemin de Fontdrèche, 84580 Oppède
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Our favourite rooms
For the best view, it has to be Chambre Ventoux, which – on a clear day – showcases the mighty sight of Mont Ventoux from its terrace. The terrace also offers optimum temperature control: it gets sun in the morning and shade when things get a little sticky in the afternoon. Indoors, the split-level suite has a bedroom downstairs, a living and work area on the mezzanine, stone walls, a black linen sofa and a kitchenette. If you like your decor a little quirky, go for Chambre Luberon, which has a huge leather headboard, 19th-century armchairs and reindeer hide from Lapland. With a round tub for long soaks and large terrace to while the afternoons away, Chambre Roullets is a good choice for the resolutely indolent.
Bring a spare case to load up on the domaine’s exquisite olive oil and home-made organic Côte du Luberon reds. Don't forget your swimwear.
The Danish duo behind the Domaine les Roullets hotel collaborated with the architect responsible for Amsterdam's super-stylish (and Smith-approved stay) Canal House.