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Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle

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As Provençal as petanque and pastis, Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle is an Alain Ducasse-owned inn with 10 rooms in rural Provence, where grapes grow fatly and the sun shines ripely. Nocturnal nuns and Gallic generals have bedded down here – without the turquoise pool and Wine Conservatory, poor things…

Perfect your aioli, roux or tart aux pommes in the hotel’s kitchens: guests can spend a day helping the chef prepare lunch, starting with a trip to the vegetable gardens to pick ingredients. You’re likely to be sharing kitchen space with the next big thing: Ducasse dispatches fledgling chefs to the hotel on work placements.

This pretty patch of Provence boasts a wealth of local markets selling fruit, vegetables, hats, espadrilles, clothes, antiques and so on: you could easily go to one every day of the week, if you were so inclined. Cotignac is one of the most picturesque villages and has a rustic Tuesday morning market; St Maximan is larger and has a popular Wednesday market. Saint-Maximan also has some tempting restaurants and cafés. Pick up gifts and furnishings from Le Java du Juju (+33 (0)4 94 59 32 16), at 27 rue Général de Gaulle, Saint-Maximan. There’s plenty to do in the hotel itself: have a cookery class with the chef and explore the Abbey, which dates back to the 12th century and now doubles up as the hotel’s wine cellar.

326 Avenue des Berges, 83170 Brignoles, France
+33 4 98 05 03 81
Sun 9am - 12:45pm
Mon - Thur 9am - 1pm, 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Fri, Sat 9am - 7:30pm