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