Domaine de la Ponche is a charming 18th Century Bastide Bed & Breakfast in the Haute-Vaucluse area of Provence.
Surrounded by vines, and the peaceful French countryside and farmland typical of this region, La Ponche offers sophisticated accommodation in a wonderful period property, nestled amidst a cluster of tall, shady Cyprus trees.
Authentic furniture and hand-picked furnishings are set against old tiled floors and impressive ceiling timbers. Imaginatively decorated interiors flow effortlessly into enchanted gardens filled with specimen plants, huge terracotta pots, secret corners and a serene swimming pool to relax in under azure skies.
Enjoy the area’s rich cultural and culinary delights: an abundance of ancient Gallo-Roman cities and medieval perched villages, Cote du Rhone vineyards and the prized regional speciality ingredient, the black truffle.
Domaine de la Ponche is close to the village of Vacqueyras, well-known for its wine and a 20 minute drive from Vaison-la-Romaine, one of the ‘Plus Beaux Détours de France’ (Most Beautiful Detours in France) famous for its Roman ruins.
This is also a region for outdoor pursuits with Mont Ventoux, the highest peak in Provence, and the Dentelles de Montmirail chain of mountains close by, offering fantastic hiking, climbing, skiing in the winter and a paradise for cyclists.
Domaine de la Ponche is accommodation for the connoisseur. A peaceful, private boutique b&b, ideally positioned to enjoy all the fruits of this part of France, important for its winegrowing, steeped in history and bathed in sunshine. A perfect place for those seeking to experience the unique lifestyle and beauty of rural Provence.
Domaine de la Ponche is a beautiful 18th Century Provençal Bastide with views across a valley of vineyards to the rocky outcrops of Les Dentelles de Montmirail beyond. Refurbished with stylish aplomb it is held as a family house, regularly visited by the owners with their children and grandchildren. Re-opened as a Bed & Breakfast in 2018 it retains a very personal charm; Luisa Pires, who takes care of the house and its guests, greets you with a warm welcome, making you feel instantly at home and relaxed, ready to enjoy a magical holiday in the quiet countryside of Provence.
La Ponche offers six spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and seating areas; open fireplaces and house heating throughout ensures year-round comfort and there is also a small in-house gym. With an exceptional eye for detail, the grand salon and dining room with its tower feature, have been designed to form an ambience of pure theatre. The house then opens onto a flower festooned pergola, where a perfect summer dining terrace has been created.
The gardens are a particular feature, beautifully designed to allow guests the pleasure of relaxing outdoors. Shaded by mature trees, a natural spring forms a gentle fountain that flows into a cool, reflecting bassin and lily pond. There is a stone lined heated swimming pool (10m x 6m) with well planned seating around and an au-vent dining area.
The local village of Vacqueyras has restaurants, shops and a Cave du Vin and guests have free access to the tennis court in the village, Club de Vacqueyras.
Nearby, you can enjoy a lovely walk in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail just above Gigondas (5-10 minute drive) and take in the wonderful views on the Vaucluse. There are a plethora of wine producers in the region for tastings and tours and a trip to the delightful riverside town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, known for its antique stores and weekend markets, is highly recommended.
The six provençal-styled bedrooms are absolutely beautiful and offer spacious accommodation perfect for families/groups but also for couples and friends.
Every room has a private bathroom and all are furnished with a king size bed; an additional bed can be placed in any of the rooms on request.
There is a coffee machine and tea making facilities in each room.
Quality toiletries are included.
Five of the bedrooms are evenly priced at 290 Euros per night based on two people sharing.
The sixth and bigger Tower Room is priced at 310 Euros per night based on two people sharing.
An additional bed placed in any of the rooms is charged at 40 Euros extra per night.
A delicious, daily continental breakfast is freshly prepared in the morning and served at your convenience.
Breakfast includes: french bread and croissants, jam and butter, seasonal fruit, yoghurt, fresh orange juice, coffee or tea at 15 Euros per person per day.
Eggs, ham, bacon and fruit plates can be ordered at an additional charge.
Luisa can prepare occasional evening meals for guests on request, as well as, being able to offer advice on the full range of restaurants and eateries in the local area, to suit requirements.
You have found a wonderful place to stay and Boutique and Breakfast is committed to giving you a personalised service so that you can find the right room at the right price. Simply fill in our enquiry form and within 24 hours you will receive a response from Domaine de la Ponche tailored to your needs. This will be in the form of either a telephone call or an email.