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RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO DO NOTHING
Admire the stunning natural scenes from the terraces. Listen to the unbroken silence, a forgotten luxury. Observe the wonderful feeling of fulfilment as it slowly steals over you. Do not disturb. The Hotel Crillon le Brave has made an art of doing nothing.
Wander the grounds and find the Coin Tranquille, a private teak terrace overlooking the pool where we can already picture ourselves basking in the sun, peacefully ensconced on a sunlounger out of sight. Next door, a stone gazebo looks over the valley, serving as a mini stage for evening concerts in summer. In the centre, an open-air brazier blazes from nightfall, creating a magical ambiance. The lovely terraced pétanque court below is the chance to tackle the most popular sport in Pagnol's Provence. Facing reception, the hotel shop purveys carefully selected local specialities alongside swimsuits, hats, decorative objects, skincare products and more.
After getting back in touch with yourself and restoring vital energies in unspoilt nature, it's time to enjoy all the region has to offer. The concierge will accommodate all requests and share their excellent knowledge of the area. Choose from bike (available at the hotel) tours, walks in nature, picnics in the heath, invaluable addresses of bric-a-brac stores and art galleries, authentic Provence markets, and more. The Hotel Crillon le Brave gathers artists of idleness, culture vultures, major athletes and epicurean gourmets. Paradise may be closer than you think!
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.
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 La Madeleine restaurant 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.
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 since the Spring 2015 is 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.