Château La Roque
263 Chemin du Château, 84210 La Roque-sur-Pernes, France
Photo courtesy of Château La Roque
Château La Roque Ever want to sleep in a castle? Château La Roque is the place to do it. This ancient fortification is on a hilltop overlooking the community of La Roque sur Pernes, about an hour’s drive from Marseille. Historians reckon that the castle has stood here since at least as early as the 8th century (though it’s likely that the current incarnation is from about the 11th century) and was probably under control of the Catholic pope during the Avignon Papacy, a 68-year period during which the popes were based in Avignon rather than Rome. Proprietors Jean and Chantal purchased the property in 2000 and spent the next four years restoring it into the luxury castle inn that it is today. There are five beautiful rooms with elegant furnishings and little nods to the castle's historic past (such as exposed stone walls). There's even a small swimming pool integrated right up against the castle's rocky base.