The charm of Provence is in its villages, its vineyards and its stunningly picturesque landscapes.
Blanketed in the purple hues of lavender are individual towns and villages each of which seems to have its own market, winery and a meticulously recorded history. Following your nose in Provence may lead you to food, wine, flowers and perfume – the journey is intoxicating!
A place to rest
Seeking out a property equal to the surrounds of Provence is relatively simple; the area is brimming with quaint, characterful hotels set in cobbled streets, rooms in family-farms and vineyards and elegant, unique, world-class hotels.
Stay at Le Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort
One property we are thrilled to recommend is Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. This five star resort hotel is situated in the heart of the Cote D’Azur, teasingly close to Cannes and Nice and focuses on sport, wellbeing and comfort. It covers a generous 750 acres of prime hillside overlooking a valley dotted with medieval villages, lush pastures and estate vines. All the accommodation and public areas are built in the style of a Provencal hamlet with suites and villas linked by meandering garden walkways; you will find a mix of superior contemporary and classic styles enhanced by original art and sculptures giving it a relaxed yet privileged ambience. Staying here gives you a choice of gourmet restaurants whose wines are often available to purchase locally – what better way to buy!
Golf at Le Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort
Rated among the best in Europe the two 18-hole championship courses designed by Dave Thomas entices skilled golfers with their white sand bunkers, rapid greens, ravines and water features. In addition you will find a driving range, state-of-the-art performance centre and elegant clubhouse. Why not combine your passions and book a spa/golf stay which gives you a delightful package of sport and pampering – perfect.
Scents of Provence - Grasse
Travelling east about 35 minutes by car from Tourettes will take you through exquisite countryside to the city of perfume – Grasse. Its altitude, 300-400m gives it a fresher climate than lower-lying regions making it a welcome distraction from the coast in the peak of summer. The old town is particularly interesting with its tiny streets flanked by amber coloured buildings that sporadically expose pretty squares complete with water features and historic churches. The town of Grasse owes its perfume production success largely to its sunshine and micro-climate that lends perfectly to the growth of the most delicate flowers. Although modern methods of chemical production are now employed in the process of perfume making the town of Grass retains its position and has adapted to the new ways. You will be able to visit the principal ‘parfumeries’ which offer small museums and shops for you to purchase whatever your nose took a fancy to!