La Bastide de Tourtour
What We Love
- A relaxing stay at a French country house in picturesque Provence – includes breakfast
- Dining on exquisite contemporary cuisine in the sophisticated restaurant
- Exploring the charming village of Tourtour and discovering why it's considered one of the most beautiful in France
- Learning how to make traditional Provençal dishes at the hotel's cooking school
What To Know
- This 10-acre hilltop estate overlooks the pristine Cote d’Azur
- Food is one of the biggest draws here thanks to an on-site cooking school and the signature restaurant's seven-course menu
- Tourtour is a under-the-radar town in the South of France that has two castles and a historic olive oil mill
La Bastide de Tourtour is a four-star retreat in France’s Provence region, just outside the village of Tourtour. This postcard-perfect town – home to an olive-oil mill and two castles – is often touted as one of the most beautiful in France, and its hilltop setting offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside. You won’t need to head into town to take in gorgeous vistas, though. The property itself covers 10 beautiful acres, which you can explore on your own – or simply admire from your room’s private terrace.
There’s more to take in here than just spectacular scenery, though. The estate is home to an elegant restaurant, where you can enjoy authentic regional specialties, and there’s even a cooking school on-site. You’ll also find a lovely outdoor pool, surrounded by pine trees, and an indoor spa with a hot tub, a steam room and a tempting treatment menu. Add in the property’s interesting history – it featured in the 1973 film “Day of the Jackal” – and you’d be hard pressed to find a more uniquely charming spot to recharge your batteries.
Rooms here beautifully fuse traditional elegance with contemporary charm. Confort Standard rooms start you off at 160 square feet, with lovely all-white décor and beautiful antique touches. Prestige Luxe rooms are considerably larger, at 270 square feet, with comfortable seating areas and terraces featuring panoramic views over the area.
The hotel’s restaurant offers a refined ambience in which to enjoy delicious French cuisine. A shaded outdoor terrace provides the perfect spot for an al-fresco weekend lunch, while inside, high-end furnishings and exposed beams and stonework create a gorgeous atmosphere. A seven-course tasting menu is available, as well as à la carte options and, of course, a fine selection of of local wines. The property also features a dedicated cooking school, so you’ll be able to take your favorite recipes home with you.
The estate’s lovely spa is just as elegant as you would expect to find at a property such as this. Take your pick from the range of tranquil treatments on offer, or simply relax in the steam room or hot tub. A fitness center is also available if you want to kick things up a notch.
La Bastide de Tourtour is located in southeastern France, between Provence and the Côte d’Azur. The lovely hilltop town of Tourtour, a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association, is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Considered one of the prettiest villages in the country, this town is full of quaint cafés and lovely restaurants. If you feel like exploring a bit further out, Cannes, Nice and Marseilles are all within a two-hour drive of the property and offer perfect destinations for day trips.
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Besides this fantastic old bastille to sleep in + pool to swim (whilst enjoying most beautiful views).., best surprise was the restaurant team excelling not only in offering great food, but also best servicing and advising on wine in a very pleasant and hospitable way.
Well done !
Good things first: La Bastide is a gorgeous place and the surroundings are beautiful and calm. The service is also great. You have access to a lovely pool and the SPA area included in your stay. The SPA area feels very intimate and we didn’t have to wait to try out the different areas.
However, if you’re staying at the hotel for more than one day, and eating there too, you won’t have a lot to choose from as a vegetarian - if you’re vegan you won’t have any choices. A hotel of this caliber should be able to have great vegetarian/vegan options on the restaurant menu.
For that reason alone, this place doesn’t get 5 stars.
Bastide de Tourtour was the perfect getaway for a few days. The grounds are beautiful and the staff very nice. It is as if you are staying in a restored castle on top of a hill. Very peaceful and quiet. We had planned to explore more of the area, but upon arrival realized the beauty of the hotel and decide to enjoy the amenities and relax by the pool and explore the local town, only about a 5-7 minute walk from the hotel. Ideally breakfast would be included in the room price or complimentary since there are not really any other options nearby, but that would be my only area for improvement. Otherwise, I highly recommend this one of a kind property!
the restaurant is very good, professional service and the staff is kind and helpful; if possible, if you decide to visit the Bastide de Tourtour remember that guests are looking for calm and relaxation, maybe without children screaming in the pool
The hotel is set in a beautiful location and my prestige room had wonderful sweeping views of the valley. The pool is heavenly and the sun loungers comfortable. Unfortunately for the price there are some basics missing. Breakfast and bottled water are all charged extra, there is only one iron to be shared between all
rooms which I was unable to use. When using the bath it ran brown to begin with. The bed was comfortable but unfortunately due to a very thin adjoining door I was unable to enjoy a good nights sleep as the people in the room next door spoke very loudly. Upon complaining to reception the volume did decrease but only until 7am the following morning. The room was clean on arrival but toiletries and towels are not restocked on a daily basis. Checkout was painful as there were a number of people complaining about various issues with the room and incorrect charges being added to their bills. I was charged two city taxes and for a breakfast that I never had. The staff were friendly and tried to correct issues as soon as possible but you are paying for a location here and not a service/facilities that warrant the price.