A cer­tain je ne sais quoi for some au­tum­nal sun

Hi­lary Rose seeks out a hand­some Do­maine for a re­lax­ing short break with a good de­gree of com­fort

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GLOBE TROTTING -

IF YOU had to imag­ine the per­fect ho­tel in the south of France, it would prob­a­bly be some­thing very like Do­maine de la Baume. There’s the shady gravel ter­race, where you could have a glass of rosé with your lunchtime salad, and the beau­ti­ful swimming pool, sur­rounded by roses and cy­press trees.

Then there’s the ho­tel it­self, which has the in­ti­mate feel of a pri­vate home, but all the mod cons and slick ser­vice you’d ex­pect of a lux­ury ho­tel.

The Do­maine is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the Sibuet col­lec­tion. It is an 18th­cen­tury gem, an hour and a half’s drive from Nice, set in 100 acres of land­scaped gar­dens and mead­ows, and was once the home of cel­e­brated mod­ern artist Bernard Buf­fet*.

Bed­rooms are beau­ti­fully and taste­fully fur­nished with an­tique fur­ni­ture and Provençal fab­rics, along­side state-of-the-art flat-screen TVs (art­fully hid­den inside gilt-edged mir­rors) and su­per-fast in­ter­net con­nec­tion. The best room is the Annabel suite on the first floor, named in hon­our of Buf­fet’s wife, with its pri­vate ter­race, open fire and mag­nif­i­cent views.

Spend days rid­ing around the es­tate, tak­ing part in a cook­ery les­son with the head chef, or vis­it­ing the spa, set in a log cabin next to a se­ries of wa­ter­falls. * Bernard Buf­fet (1928-1999). French Ex­pres­sion­ist painter of land­scapes, still life, re­li­gious sub­jects and por­traits.

PA Photo/Hand­out/Tris­tan Shu

The pool at Do­maine de la Baume is in a beau­ti­ful set­ting

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