We used to say “This is from Villeneuve Lez Avignon that we have the best chance to discover Avignon and his region”. The hotel is located in the historic center of Villeneuve, king and Cardinals’ territory. In Villeneuve, everything comes true: many restaurants are available, all the treasures of Provence are easy to reach, markets create a great atmosphere every Thursday and Saturday mornings.
This hotel in a 16thC cardinal’s house have been constantly renovated through the past few years to create a hotel of great character and style. Stéphane Ienny, the new owner, is lucky to inherit so many splendid features: the stone staircase, huge battered wooden doors, beamed ceilings and ancient fireplace. Stéphane keeps adding fresh decoration and improving this “so frenchy” place thanks to his passion and his great team. Bedrooms are all different, simple yet elegant.
At the back of the house is a lovely courtyard, where you can eat breakfast under the shade of a vine, and through a stone gateway beyond is a gloriously overgrown ‘secret garden’, a riot of oleander, geraniums and climbing roses in early summer. It’s hard to believe that Avignon is only a 5-minute bus-ride across the Rhône.