Oppède, Luberon, France
Very little can go wrong at Domaine les Roullets. I can’t honestly think of anyone who would not like this place. We are in the Luberon valley, in what is often considered as the most beautiful part of Provence.
Around the estate, you’ll find the Luberon mountains and the picturesque hilltop villages, including the acute charming Oppède le Vieux as well as somewhat invaded (by tourists) Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Roussillon.
The estate includes olive groves and vineyards, producing fine AOP house wines – and even has a new cellar for tastings.
Most visitors love to hang around the pool and try the house rosé; just make a note of what you consume in the honesty bar, in the orangerie and summer kitchen by the pool.
Either come and try a room for a few nights, or gather friends and rent the whole place: for a total of €2400 per night, minimum three nights if you take the whole estate.
You’ll get five superb rooms and one big villa, plus pool, orangerie/living room by the pool, terraces, gardens, the new wine cellar, breakfast and – best of all – lovely manager Vanessa. Many choose to do their wedding ceremony under the 700 years old oak tree in the gardens.
Cold plates can be ordered throughout the day. There are weekly barbecues in summer, serving as much as possible from the orchard garden. We went to nearby Coustellet and bought local cheese and charcuteries, which we enjoyed as a romantic dinner watching the sunset over the Luberon valley.
Breakfast is included and, needless to say, lovely as well.
And don’t forget to go biking on the small car-free roads of Luberon with e-bikes via Christophe http://www.ride-and-more.com;