Need to know
10, including three suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3.30pm. Guests wishing to arrive after 10pm must arrange this with the hotel in advance.
Double rooms from $227.62 (€209), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates exclude buffet breakfast (€26 a person; €13 for under-10s).
The hotel has a stash of bicycles for guests to wheel around on.
2 November 2014 to 1 April 2015
At the hotel
Gardens, tennis court, library with DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, bottled water, minibar, Nespresso machine, kettle, herbal care de ADDA products.
Our favourite rooms
Classic Room 6 is light and spacious, overlooking the front garden. Luxury Room 9 has a private patio, with a little bistro table positioned by a jasmine hedge. Families or pairs of couples should book the apartment, which is separate from the main building and has two bedrooms decorated in milk-white and dove-grey hues. Lovebirds may lust after Room 4, the honeymoon suite, which has an ornately carved headboard in the boudoir and a vintage roll-top tub in the bathroom.
There is an outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi, set amid the verdant scenery.
A French cookery book to guide your foodie requests at the restaurant; an art pad and pencils to capture the landscape; a painter’s smock and straw sunhat to look the part.
Smokers, it will come as little surprise that you are expected to wait till you’re outside to light up.
Well-behaved little Smiths aged five and older are welcome, with extra beds at €40 a night for 7–12 year olds (only one bed can be added to Superior and Luxury rooms). The hotel can arrange babysitting with a local nanny at €15 an hour.