Need To Know
32, including seven suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $340.91 (€308), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.10 per person per night on check-out. ⓘ
Rates usually include breakfast.
You can borrow bikes, book a cheese-tasting session and arrange beauty treatments.
At the hotel
Gardens, Spa des Ecuries, book, CD and DVD libraries, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD, Bose Wave with iPod connection, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Room 33 is a vast suite on two levels, containing a pair of roll-top baths, separated by a ‘champagne table’, so you can sip as you soak. Room 32 has an open-plan living area, bedroom and bathroom, and a huge shower room built into the wall of the old citadel.
Outdoor heated pool with panoramic country views.
Set in stylishly renovated former stables, Spa des Ecuries has three treatment rooms staffed by expert therapists. Original stone troughs filled with dried lavender recall la Belle France and organic rose, rosemary and chamomile-infused Bamford products ensure you'll leave perfumed as well as pampered. The menu spans Swedish massages, reflexology, scrubs and facials, but walkers and Tour de France fans will love the special leg-and-foot sports massages; polish off the afternoon with an OPI mani-pedi treatment.
Plenty of suitcase space for wine (Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and othe Rhône varieties abound), and – in season – truffles.
Young Smiths are welcome. Cribs are provided free; beds for over-4s cost €40 a night (with a €21 breakfast charge). Babysitting with a local nanny starts at €15 an hour. It’s appreciated if you give plenty of notice.