At a Glance
This historic country inn in one of Provence’s prettiest towns is legendary for its art collection and gourmet restaurant.
- Being walking distance from the town of St.-Paul-de-Vence
- The mix of masterpieces of art and genuine family warmth
- That staying in for lunch or dinner is the reason many diners make a pilgrimage here
One of the most icons inns in the South of France, La Colombe d’Or is a legendary spot known for its views, its art and its food, which are all truly memorable. This historic inn and restaurant opened in the 1920s and its stunning terrace and home-style food has long attracted artists and dignitaries visiting or residing in the area. Many of the artists became friends of the owners and paid their bills with their works, some of which still hang on the walls. Look out for works by Picasso, Miró, Cocteau and Bonnard.
Among the unusual touches are a Calder mobile by the pool, a ceramic mural by Fernand Léger and a fireplace designed by famed architect Jacques Couelle that is faced with the handprints of visitors. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is still run by the family who opened it almost a century ago. The food is delicious and the tables inside are just as sought after as those on the fig-tree shaded terrace. There are thirteen rooms upstairs, all individually decorated in Provençal style, if you want to spend the night, but many prefer to come for meals throughout the day.
Who Should Stay
Art lovers and romantics.
Written by Indagare