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Where to stay and what (else) to do in France

The Southern Rhône

Having spent so much time in the Southern Rhône over the years, we probably know the region better than the UK! As well as dozens of wineries we could recommend (and some we would suggest you avoid), we are able to offer this fabulously beautiful place to stay when you want to explore the region.

Venasque - (pictured left) a truly stunning house in a sleepy, picture-postcard village steeped in history, perched on a rock. The private accommodation sleeps 8 in four bedrooms with two bathrooms and boasts a private pool. The village is well catered for in terms of restaurants and a small shops as well as the inevitable boulangerie and other facilities. It is the home of one of France's best known metal sculptors, Etienne Viard and, as well as his gallery (and workshop, actually more a yard), there are other upmarket clothing and pottery shops and, in the summer, a regular Friday Provençal street market and music events.

Only 30 minutes drive from Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas, there is much to do here - Venasque is situated between the Côtes du Rhône wine villages and the classic Provençal villages of the Luberon (Gordes is only a few kilometres away). The Ardeche is about one hour away as is the Roman aqueduct Pont du Garde. Moreover, you can book this accommodation through BRW with no agent fees, making substantial savings.





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