At a Glance
Chateau de Berne is a charming retreat in the heart of a large vineyard, replete with plenty of activities, a pool and spa for sybarites, hiking options for families and a gourmet restaurant.
- The 1,300-acre vineyard property that is laced with hiking and biking trails
- The guest programs that include jazz concerts and cooking classes
- The authentic French country charm Set on one of the largest vineyards in Provence, Chateau de Berne combines the charm of a historic Relais and Chateaux hotel with the facilities of a larger resort. The 1,300-acre property is interwoven with cypress trees, vineyards and forested trails for hiking and biking. At its heart is the historic chateau, an elegant stone structure that has been expanded over the years to encompass new wings for both the Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Jardin de Benjamin, and the state-of-the-art spa without sacrificing any sense of history. Inside and out, the limestone and stucco walls with mint-green painted shutters, oak floors, velvet curtains and wrought-iron garden furniture are constant reminders of Provencal provenance. The 27 bedrooms range from relatively simple classic rooms to family suites with balconies and terraces facing the vineyards and forest. The main reception hall mixes homey touches like shelves heaving with well-thumbed books and reminders of its vineyard heritage in the form of oak wine racks and antique glass jeroboams. Many residents of Monaco drive or helicopter here for meals at the Michelin-started restaurant or a relaxed weekend escape. One pool is reserved for adults and another for families who can visit the refreshment stand that offers an assortment of chilled roses as well as homemade ice creams. On Friday evenings in the summer months, jazz concerts are offered and draw locals and hotel guests who sit under the stars to watch live performances. Cooking classes, wine tastings, yoga classes and excursions to other vineyards or local sights are on offer, but the laid-back charm of the surroundings and the kind attention of the staff lulls many into staying put and doing little but enjoying the Provencal lifestyle.
Who It’s Right For
Families and friends who want to experience Provence with space and resort facilities instead of being based in the cramped quarters of a hilltown.
Who It’s Wrong For
Someone looking for a scene, as even getting to the main road is a few kilometers drive away.
Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley