After a storied past spanning three centuries, the Château de Fonscolombe near Aix-en-Provence opened its doors after 18 months of construction and renovation. This residence, classified as a historical monument and hitherto only used for private occasions, has been transformed into a five-star hotel.
Built in the Quattrocento style of the 18th century, this magnificent residence in the heart of Provence once belonged to the cultivated Marquis de Saporta and Fonscolombe family. Also, the Queen of England herself once stayed here, and planted a tree whose shadow today provides for delicious moments of respite.
Now, Château de Fonscolombe is a 5* Hotel in the heart of Provence in which you’ll find 50 bedrooms and all the other areas have been thought so that you feel that it’s your grand house: a library, a dining room, a game room, patios etc..
L’Orangerie Restaurant is a destination for those in search of taste, simplicity, and sublime flavors. Its menu conveys a taste for the gourmet, combining ancestral bourgeois cuisine with contemporary creative flair. All dishes are homemade with fresh and seasonal products. The vegetables are picked fresh from the castle gardens, while other ingredients are obtained from the leading suppliers of Provence.
There’s also a small spa (located in the castle’s former boudoir) and a winery (dating back to Roman times).
The castle grounds are spread out across more than 10 hectares of lush countryside, and feature an arboretum, fountains, sculptures inspired by Chastel, spring water ponds, and vast vineyards. A large swimming pool sits amongst basins decorated with ancient fountains and statues which highlight the gardens. The circular basin with a fountain and three dolphins was inspired by Chastel and pays tribute to the square in Aix-en-Provence of the same name.