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CRILLON LE BRAVE IN PROVENCE
A SECRET ROOFTOP FACING MONT VENTOUX
The king of Vaucluse, Mont Ventoux overlooks the surrounds of its majestic silhouette, snow-capped in winter and sun-drenched in summer. It's a legendary challenge for cyclists worldwide who come to take it on in springtime – the 'Provence Giant' which weighs up the Rhone Valley from its 1912-metre peak and reigns over the whole of the Comtat Venaissin.
With the foothills of Ventoux on one side and the Dentelles de Montmirail on the other, the medieval village of Crillon le Brave is one of the highlights of dreamlike Provence, between Malaucène, Mazan, Pernes-les-Fontaines, Bedoin and Saint-Didier, and Carpentras, Avignon and Luberon a little further afield. Unobstructed views on the balcony show vines and olive groves stretching as far as the eye can see in an idyllic scene and completely unspoilt landscape.
A FABULOUSLY AUTHENTIC SETTING
Before giving his name to a village founded in the 17th century, Crillon le Brave was the name of local hero, the Brave Crillon. His bronze statue welcomes visitors just opposite reception. Here, the hotel is a fully fledged part of the village with various private houses, acquired over time since 1989, enhancing the sense of togetherness.
Each has a name and a story. The current nine houses form an incredible architectural complex and enchanting jumble of stone houses with traditional Genoise tiling and small courtyards linked by pedestrian alleys and galleries, some of which lead to spectacular views of the surrounding area. Have fun losing yourself in this extraordinary labyrinth for the joy of discovering the lovely surprises Crillon has in store.
Ubiquitous are the low dry stone walls consumed by scented creepers, Flights of stone stairs leading to an incredibly romantic and unexpected bluff, Village battlements, crossed through a hidden door cut into the wall, Shady pergolas and a fountain that sings just above the heated outdoor pool, Venerable cypress trees watching over a forgotten well and, just below, the Château de Crillon and its medieval crenels. While some places tell a story, Crillon le Brave invites guests to experience theirs and rediscover their inner child.