The drive to Provence from Domaine des Etangs is a long one, roughly 6 hours. Fortunately, there are some beautiful stops along the way. The Pont Valentré bridge of Cahors and the towns elaborate municipal gardens a lovely break. Later, Carcassonne’s La Cité boasts numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications dating back to the 13th century. Final pit stop, Montpellier, the town’s stately Gothic Cathédrale Saint-Pierre is distinguished by conical towers, dating back to 1364.
Finally, you will enter the region of Provence, seen by many as the most strikingly beautiful in all of France. Immerse in a hotel that has taken over a historical Provencial village with breathtaking views across the countryside. This is a quaint, higgledy-piggledy property peddling a dream of untouched Provence, even if it’s all carefully curated. In the shadow of Mont Ventoux, the fabled climb synonymous with the Tour de France, we suggest taking in the landscape by foot. Accompanied by a local guide, hike through the gorgeous countryside of Provence, stopping for a luxury picnic lunch. Still looking to enjoy the finer French things of life, the perfumeries of Grasse are close. Or, depending on what takes your French food fancy, there is cheese and chocolate tasting with local producers and Châteauneuf-du-Pape is not far should a final spot of wine tasting appeal.