Rest & Relaxation in a Hamlet in the French Countryside – le Hameau de Cournille
There is something incredibly romantic about the Provence region.
What exactly makes it romantic? I would say it’s the huge expanses of relatively uninhabited space. The fact that you can travel for miles and miles on lavender and grazing sheep lined roads and only encounter a few other human beings along the way.
And when you think, ok that’s enough me/us time, you can travel not too far to the nearest town. There you’ll probably find a few very well cared for boutiques, one or two restaurants and a bakery selling delicious French baked goods. From there you can go back to the relative wilderness, hike through the Sentier des Ocres or hang gliding through a valley.
For H and I that is the quintessential beauty of Provence. Which is why staying at Les Hameaux des Davids was a perfect choice for us.
Le Hameaux des Davids consist in three properties located in the “sheltered valley” of the Luberon National Park. Two of the properties Hameau de Cournille and Le Hameau des Terimars are bona fide country hamlets the last is a chic country house. We stayed at Le Hameau de Cournille.
Picturesque doesn’t even begin to describe the location.
Three interconnected stone building greeted us as we drove up the unpaved road leading to the hamlet. Immersed in shades of green with a few brightly colored flowers providing pops of joy along the way. We parked our car and walked up to the building.
Audrey, the property manager, greeted us with warmth. She was still smiling even after a few gazillion questions about what to see and where to eat. She didn’t even say “it’s in the book” as most of the answers to our questions could be found in the guidebook located in each room.
She walked us through the property that included several outdoor eating spaces, two swimming pools, two petanque fields, and one tennis court. Then she showed us to our room in La Maison du Berger.
Our building (like all the others) opened up to lovingly decorated luxe Provençal style rooms. New pieces were seamlessly mixed with a few antique finds. All done in a pastel palate of pink, red, blue, and grey. Terra cotta tiles on the floors.
Audrey organized our breakfast asking us our preferences from a sufficiently ample group of options. Eggs, butter, ham, baguettes, pain au chocolat, milk, juices, fruit… All of that plus a few selections from their organic farm. We strongly suggest you try their fig and pear marmalade.
Our stay at le Hameau de Cournille was exactly was we needed. A few days of rest and relaxation with lots of fresh food to keep our bellies happy.
Feed your Love!
* Photographs that don’t have my FF logo are from the Hameaux des Davids website, their photos are by Louis-Philippe Breydel.