The best boutique hotels are ones with historical stories to capture the imagination. In the mid-1500’s, Chateau de Massillan served as a hunting lodge and getaway for Henry II, King of France, when he would visit his much-older mistress, Diane de Poitier, who actually owned the chalet. (Scandalous!)
Sitting on 24 acres and located in southeastern France in the Provence region, this fortified castle was converted and re-opened in 2001 as a luxurious boutique hotel.
All 12 guestrooms boast handsome views of the surrounding gardens with some suites opening up to a large terrace which overlooks the courtyard. I admire how the interior gracefully respects the context of this former castle with streamlined countryside-chic, European sensibilities throughout the entire space.
During the day guests can take a plunge in the pool or lounge with a good book poolside, explore the herb garden or pine woods on the premises, or sneak off to the nearby vineyards. Hiking, biking, horse-back riding, and canoeing are other options as is a 30 minute drive to an ancient roman theater.
At night, guests can sit down for a good meal at the gourmet restaurant serving the best selection of wines from the region to complement the French International menu of food. You can be assured your dining experience will include high-quality fresh herbs and produce grown on the grounds and picked from the land for your meal. To round out your evening, you can enjoy drinks al fresco in the courtyard.