Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus
- Style Shabby-chic boho bonhomie
- Setting Provençal stone hamlet
Shabby-chic with a heavy dose of breezy Southern French style, hotel Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus is a mélange of marine touches and country elegance. The owners – a former photographer and model – have turned this country hamlet dating from as early as the 12th-century into boutique hotel heaven, with simple but elegant rooms filled with restored antique fireplaces and terracotta tiles that lead to florally fragrant gardens.
Need to know
- Rooms Five, including three ensuite rooms and two apartments with basic self-catering facilities and a terrace.
- Rates Double rooms from $134.13 (€98), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.15 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include a generous Continental breakfast.
- Facilities The B&B's big on vintage furnishings and character, but not obsessed by 'amenities'. If a plug-in kettle, tea bags and no TV offend, this may not be the place for you. (There's free broadband internet). Apartments have kitchenettes and terraces.
- Poolside Steps lead up from the courtyard to a sun-warmed pool, where a raised sunbathing platform offers shade to the loungers below.
- Check–out 11.30am, but flexible depending on the next guests.
Children Little ones aged 12 and under stay free. Babysitting can be arranged at €7–€10. There is an extra cot available at no extra cost.
- Hotel closed At Christmas.
- Also Pets are welcome, to the tune of €10 a day.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms With its high ceilings, vintage furnishings and wrought iron furniture, the blue room is beyond tranquil. Linen drapes hang from copper poles; a roll-top bath with linen curtains creates a room within a room, and a unique bathing experience. The green room is also a favourite, with its spacious bathroom and pebble mosaic floor detail amongst terracotta tiles. The larger apartment has the most private terrace, a small white bedroom and a stunning bathroom where old chandeliers jostle for attention alongside the polished concrete walls and dark purple linen floor-length curtains.
- Packing tips Pack a relaxed demeanour – this place is for chilling. (Also bring shampoo/conditioner – general smellies are not provided).
Food and drink at Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus
- Hotel restaurant As a chambre d’hôte, there is no restaurant or room service (hey, it's a licence issue), but a delightful breakfast is served in the little dining room, or, if the weather obliges, on a rustic wooden table in the courtyard.
- Dress code Crumpled linens for stretching out under Tuillerie trees at twilight.
- Top table There is a small sitting room with comfy antique sofas hidden with cushions (fight the cats for a space).
- Hotel bar There's no bar; however, the two apartments have fridges ready for you to chill your locally sourced wines.