Domaine de Fontenille
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When you stay at Domaine de Fontenille in Lauris, you’ll be close to Labyrinths Giants. This boutique hotel is within the vicinity of Silvacane Abbey and Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales.
Make yourself at home in one of the 18 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a steam room. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and free self parking is available onsite.
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The location is ideal, the surroundings beautiful, and our room (no.15) was wonderful with its own, very private roof garden (apart from night visits from the hotel cat)! The bed was one of the most comfortable I've slept in. The staff were all very helpful and attentive, but the chambermaids need to try harder. The dust on the radio was thick, and remained so for our entire visit! Also, on our last night, the temperature for the shower had been changed without my noticing, and was so hot that I almost scalded myself. This could have been very dangerous for a child. We spent 5 nights here and dined in the restaurant for two of them, and in the bistrot for 2 nights also. The food was trying too hard to impress with content in the restaurant, and with no a la carte, only set menus, it was disappointing that the menu was the same both nights. We only wanted 3 courses, so there was only one choice of menu, and as there was lots that we couldn't eat, or didn't want to, we ended up repeating our choice. The bistrot serves tapas like food, and once again, we ended up eating more or less the same both nights. We were told the menu only changes in both eateries every 2-3 weeks, which seems a bit lazy, and not ideal if you want to eat at the hotel every night. An enjoyable stay, but as we chose it for its food, it was disappointing. An a la carte menu should be offered.
Fontenille is sublime and non pretentious.
The quality of the renovation of this property is exceptional. No amount of money has been spared and it oozes good taste and character.
Our bedroom was comfortable and very spacious with a private terrace, it was at the top of the house, so peaceful and airy. The public rooms were graceful and charming. Even with the thundery unseasonal rain pouring down, to stand at the ancient wooden door, overlooking the terrace and the gardens, was romantic and peaceful.
All the staff were young and enthusiastic, and all multi tasked so there were no gaps in the service. Nolwenn, who prepared the breakfast table each morning, was very sweet and helpful and laid out a magnificent spread each morning.
The grounds were park like and magnificent with lawns, towering Cedars and Plane trees, nursery/potting shed, fountains, flower beds, woodland, vineyards of course, and a paddock containing four funny and friendly donkeys and a trio of sheep, who were all as welcoming as the staff. A little cat, Alec, who like most cats was the master of his domaine, wandered around the estate unfettered and jaunty - lucky Alec! There is a well marked walking trail around the vineyards (approx 3 miles) even the waymarkers were tasteful.
Both restaurants were super good (see separate reviews). We also visited two nearby areas (the hotel provided our shuttle) Lauris and Le Roque, where we had lunch. Both restaurants were very friendly and the food, although different from that on offer at Fontenille, was very good.
As we flew in and opted not to have a car, we took a private tour of Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Le Castellet arranged directly with Provence Top Tour, which was good fun and gave a good overview of those areas (see separate review).
I was truly bereft at the thought of leaving this beautiful house despite the rain storm outside. The warmth of the house, the woody smell of the fireplace in the library, the quality of the food, and the space and tranquility of the domaine had rejuvinated me and I didn't want my visit to come to an end.
I spend hours researching each and every hotel that I visit, looking forward to a special experience each time, and Fontenille was better than I had expected. I hope to be able to visit again.
Hotel and vineyard staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful.
The hotel is beautifully decorated; our room was a graceful mix of modern and traditional decor.
The bathroom products were delightful too (malin + goetz).
Despite heavy rain, our trip was wonderfully restorative.
First, I want to recognize the incredible investment and the attention to detail that clearly have gone into creating this amazing space.
I stayed there 4 days as a solo traveler and given a less than perfect room. Mainly because of the noise issue.
Room no. 11 is located next to the housekeeping room. So don't plan on sleeping in. No later than 8 a.m. will the carts from the housecleaning rattle accross the flagstone floors. Ratttatatt all day long (in case you're thinking of taking an afternoon nap). The same for the rolling luggage, high heels and conversatoins of the other guests.
Also not so sure about the king size bed that was just two single beds on wheels put together, leaving an uncomfortable gap in the middle.
The fairly dark room also had a familiy size round dining table in the corner with an off center lamp 'over' it and a soup terrine in the middle. Seems really off considering the detail that went into the design of the overall space.
The breakfast is absolutly a delight in all aspects. Delicious, fresh regional products. Dining at both restaurants was also a real culinary experience.
After staying in a cramped hotel room in London, our private garden cabin in Domaine de Fontenille was a godsend. It was was quiet, beautiful, spacious. The hotel overall may be the chicest hotel I've ever stayed in - superbly decorated. The service was excellent from top to bottom. The food was exceptional. The wines were delicious. I would come back! If I were to return, I would do a few things differently though. First, I would pack snacks for the stay. Our garden cabin did not have a minibar with snacks. At times we would get hungry in between meals, but there was no place close at hand to grab a quick bite. Second, I would also not have traveled into Lauris, the closest town to the resort. We found the people there particularly unwelcoming and one encounter left a bad taste in our mouths. Third, I would have planned to stay Friday/Saturday through Monday rather than Sunday through Wednesday as the bistro is the only restaurant open, and while the food was good, it could feel redundant after a while. Make sure to include breakfast in your stay; it is a very good spread!