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The many buildings which make up the Hotel date back to the 17th and 18th centuries although the village traces its history to the Roman era two thousand years ago. Like in many Provençal hill villages, each new generation constructed its homes on the ruins of its ancestors so that the buildings we see today have foundations and cellars that date back hundreds of years.
Most of the main eight buildings that make up the hotel today were once family dwellings but some had other uses as well. In most cases, we have kept the names of the previous inhabitants to help retain our connection to the village, its people and its historic roots.
We have a special attachment to this house because it was the first building that we acquired in 1989 when we started the hotel. The reception area was just inside the front door and the original 11 bedrooms and restaurant were spread across the four large floors of the building.
Monsieur Roche lived in the house after WW2. Famously it seems, he stripped the terra cotta tiles off the original roof as one of his main sources of income, an activity not uncommon in the years of village decline during this period.
Earlier in the 20th century and for many decades before, this lovely house was the presbytère of the village, the home of the village priest, and as a result, the village school. Our now-deceased neighbour Germaine Barre recalled attending classes here in the first decade of the 20th century, the boys entering by one door, and the girls by another. In those days, the vaulted room that was to one day to become our restaurant served as the stables where work horses and other farm animals were kept.
In 1990, we added a second property to the hotel. This solid village house had long been the home and office of Maître Salomon, one of the village notaires (lawyer). With rooms looking towards the mountain and also back towards the village centre, Salomon is to some degree the geographic centre of the village and the hotel. One lovely historic feature of the building are les oeils de boeuf, the cow’s eye windows of the top floor rooms.
Our neighbour Marc Soudain was a flamboyant but very kind man who was also the village’s leading artist. From the terraces of this beautiful house, he would paint the Ventoux and the surrounding countryside … the perfect outdoor studio.
Now the home of Bistrot 40K and two beautiful bedrooms, Maison Reboul is one of the prettiest houses in the village. Built into the original village fortifications, its lovely stone façade faces onto le Cours du Puit and the Reboul wine cellar where our former neighbour Robert Reboul made his own wines for several decades is well worth the visit.
Originally the stables for Maison Reboul, we substantially rebuilt this beautiful stone building to create two lovely big bedroms with stunning views of nearby Ventoux.
Maison Philibert has a commanding presence on the main village square and with our hotel reception on the ground floor, it provides the initial welcome to Hotel Crillon le Brave. To the east are views of Mont Ventoux and to the west, the village and Rhône valley in the distance. Formerly the home of Romeo Philibert, the deputy mayor for many years, this large house has many memories of village life through the ages.
The leading provençal academic and author Noel Marmottan lived for many years in this small village house whose name means ’shelter’ in the local Provençale language. This small house is now available as a standalone property with a ground floor lounge, and two small bedrooms, each with bath or shower.
MAISON DECOR (opening Spring 2015)
For many years our hotel offices, Maison Decor occupies a prominent position in the heart of the village next to the church. It has stunning views in all directions and from Spring 2015 will be the home of three lovely new suites as well as our Spa des Ecuries. As a footnote, when we bought the property, we discovered that its stables were intact and unchanged from a bygone era, full of 19th century carriages, bridles and farming tools that the Decor family used in earlier times.