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5 gourmet and scenic destinations for a countryside escapade

For a relaxing countryside weekend, these 5 chic and gourmet destinations will fulfill your spring time whimsies.

1. Domaine du Colombier, in Malataverne

On the edge of Provencal Drôme, this 14th century bastide is an ideal stop-over on the way down to the south of France. Wonderfully decorated rooms with character, a heated outdoor pool, a gastronomical cuisine, concoted by chef Emmanuel Bachelier, foreseen for a Michelin star in the 2020 red guide, you will adore your stay there. www.domaine-colombier.com

Domaine du Colombier bedroom
Settle on a deck chair, in the sun, the staff will soon be offering you a fresh beverage. © DR
Domaine du Colombier bedroom
If you decide to come as a family, the mezzanine is equipped with a king size bed. © DR

2. Château Saint-Pierre de Serjac, in Puissalicon

The former stronghold of the Barons de Crozals is one of the handsomest properties in the Languedoc. The château of Art-Deco style comprises deluxe rooms and private residences in a Mediterranean garden, with a very large pool. Inspired by the vast domain with 100 hectares of vineyards, chef Jeshen Narayanen concocts a gourmet cuisine with sun-filled products. www.serjac.com

Château Saint-Pierre de Serjac outdoor view
In the middle of nature, one of the main assets of this domain is its absolute calm. A holiday must… © DR
Château Saint Pierre de Serjac bedroom
If you plan ahead, you can book the Chapel bedroom with its fabulous decor. © DR

3. Domaine de Capelongue & Spa, in Bonnieux

If you like the backcountry dear to Pagnol, this family homestead will welcome you heartily. The suites are cocoons of luxury and voluptuousness, and Edouard Loubet, the dandy chef with Michelin 2 stars, who already owns several exclusive venues in the Luberon, goes all out to provide culinary experiences that feature comfort, aesthetics and delicacy. www.capelongue.com

Domaine de Capelongue outdoors
While this is not exactly Provence, it certainly looks like it. © DR
Domaine de Capelongue suite
Space, authenticity, the suites imagined by Isabelle and Edouard Loubet are designed with outstanding style and materials. © DR

4. Hostellerie des Gorges de Pennafort, in Callas

A skip and a hop from the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the domain of Philippe Da Silva faces the pink ochre panorama of the Gorges de Pennafort. A generous chef, this 19th century homestead, prolonged with an exquisite spa, is nestled in a canyon worthy of a good old Western. Epicureans speak about it with emotion as one of the best restaurants in France. www.hostellerie-pennafort.com

Hostellerie des Gorges de Pennafort outdoor night view
The pristine garden is in the image of the establishment where clients come as friends to stay with Martine and Philippe Da Silva. © DR
Hostellerie des Gorges de Pennafort bedroom
The new bedrooms offer a higher standard that encourages guests to spend time there © DR

5. Château Cordeillan Bages, in Pauillac

On the road of the Médoc châteaux, the vineyards, that gave their name to a great vintage wine, are the setting of a 19th century chartreuse where art of living goes hand in hand with local gastronomy. Having trained with the Barrière group and Frédéric Anton, Julien Lefebvre offers a hedonistic gourmet stroll with modern accents, where his plates are in perfect harmony with good wines. www.cordeillanbages.com

Château Cordeillan Bages outdoor view
To discover this prestigious domain, borrow the complementary house bicycles at your disposal. © DR
Château Cordeillan Bages bedroom
In the morning, take advantage of your private terrace to enjoy a hearty breakfast… © DR