We don’t normally stay at a bed and breakfast while traveling in France but prefer a more private accommodation such as a detached gite. But my husband and I along with dear friends stayed three nights at le Clos de Rohan on a recent trip to Provence. Now selfishly, I’d really like to keep this information all to myself because this was a real find. Le Clos de Rohan, located not far from the village of Rustrel, is not your typical bed and breakfast. It is an escape to the real Provence you are looking for.
We arrived late since our plane had been delayed and wondered what we were in for as we finally made our way to this private, hidden retreat in the mountains. Nervous? Indeed! But our fears quickly subsided as the enchantments of this place unfolded before our eyes. Our frazzled nerves were quickly calmed as we ran around all giddy, pinching ourselves in disbelief over where we were. The air, the scents, the sights, the calm, the quiet all beckoned us to stay.
We arrived to a delightful, intimate table d’hôte prepared by the gracious owner Françoise of delicious regional delights, including olives, chèvre, bread, yogurt with honey, and a superb Côtes du Ventoux rouge wine. What a way to start our journey!
Afterward, we retired to our private two-story suite, la Bugadière. The lower level was a rustic, shabby-chic style lounge with a small kitchen, and the upstairs consisted of a bedroom with a bathroom that had the most adorable little window in the shower overlooking a lavender field. Our suite also had a stunning wraparound terrace. There are only two suites to choose from at le Clos de Rohan, both extremely appealing. So as two couples traveling together, we had the whole retreat to ourselves.
Breakfast each morning was a real treat. A beautiful table with fine linens and lavender was set up for the four of us in a private setting. We savored the delicious croissants, homemade breads, jams, and honey, which was from Françoise’s own bees!
We are still dreaming of our private escape in rural Provence at le Clos de Rohan. Here are a few more pictures of the grounds and nearby countryside. We were thrilled to see lavender in the middle of June.