We've had an enthusiastic endorsement from our latest inspector of Le Hameau, a cluster of red-roofed Provençal 18th and 19thC buildings that was once a farm. The situation is brilliant, its back to St-Paul-de-Vence and high enough above the main road to ensure that it's quiet. Set in countryside, it has a lovely garden with orange and mandarin trees which give off a heady scent in season and produce the breakfast marmalade. Bedrooms are very stylish: elegant rustic with dark timber beams, rugs on the red-tiled floors, some gorgeous country walnut and fruitwood antiques and attractive fabrics. They also have beautiful bathrooms, some large, others small and cosy. Bedrooms also vary considerably in size, as well as price, and many have their own sun terrace or balcony. Our inspector was particularly impressed by how thoughtfully laid out his room was. A captivating place, and very good value for money.
There is a cool, neat breakfast room, but it's much more fun to have breakfast in the large terraced garden, which accommodates a smart pool - also a great place to have a drink or a light lunch. Our inspector found most of the staff charming.