REGION : Uzès – Gard
ATMOSPHERE : The secret Provence
STYLE : Super luxurious hideaway
CATEGORY : 5*
ROOMS : 9 rooms and suites
A box of L’Occitane products as a gift
“To live happily, live hidden,” goes the saying. Yes, but where can you really drop off the radar? Why not in Uzès, in the Gard, between Provence and Occitanie, in the land of vineyards, olive oil and truffles? A ducal town known since the Middle Ages, and still owned by the Crussol family, the place is made up of a maze of cobbled streets lined with beautiful stone houses that keep their coolness in the heart of summer. The ideal spot to run away for a few days.
AMONG THE MANY HOUSES THERE IS ONE, MAJESTIC AND UNFORGETTABLE, flanked by high windows and an eye-catching pediment: La Maison d’Uzès (the House of Uzès). Once the property of the Chambon la Tour family, then a boarding school for young girls, the property remains the crowning jewel of the Duchy. Few if any of its charms are visible from the outside. To discover all the magic of this 5* Relais & Châteaux hotel, you will have to push through its heavy double doors. There, wait for the delight take over. A priori, a few seconds will be enough.
INCLUDED IN THE ADDITIONAL INVENTORY OF FRANCE’S HISTORIC MONUMENTS, the 17th century mansion welcomes its visitors with a monumental stone staircase with balusters. Classified and decorated with artistic objects, the “wow effect” work sets the tone. The atmosphere is ancestral but never museum-like, smartly dramatized to make revive this historic monument as a vibrant luxury hotel.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR, THESE DEFINING STEPS CONTINUES IN ANOTHER hidden stone spiral staircase, allowing access to the Boudoir Suite and to the Les Toits d’Uzès room. Seven other rooms, also decorated by interior designer Marie-José Tavarès, L’Écrin, La Dérobée, Les Trois Lucarnes, La Cour d’Honneur, La Fenestrelle, La Suite Bourgeoise, and La suite Ducale complete the collection. In their own ways, each each evokes a part of the premises, a piece of its history, and a bit of its splendor, with refined draperies, antique floor tiles, oak woodwork and parquet floors, traditional-chic furniture, whether colorful or tonal, and large bathrooms whose colors are reminiscent of the spa.
If you tend to skip this part when you stay at a hotel, trust us, and at least take a look at this one. Hidden in the underbelly of the building, as close as possible to the manor’s Gallo-Greek foundations, is a hammam and two treatment rooms where you can enjoy L’Occitane face and body treatments. The wellness hub is discovered as if carved out of rock, and it also houses a Roman bath backed by a wall of water under its vaults. In other words, it is splendid!
IN ADDITION, YOU WILL BE MORE EVEN MORE RELAXED TO BETTER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITE’S LATEST TREASURE: the one Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant, La Table d’Uzès. The chef Christophe Ducros, master of the room, offers a trip between land and sea, ranging from 5 to 8 stops, in which he rubs shoulders WITH shellfish from the Thau Lagoon, juggles fruits and vegetables from the surrounding gardens, and ushers in pigeons, meats, oils, and especially truffles from local producers.
Out of time and the surrounding world, this bright and intimate hideaway is truly designed for living happily ever after, again and again.
LIBRARY – Borrow a book from the library before enjoying a cool nap
SPA – Book a treatment at the spa and enjoy the Roman bath, in the foundations of the house
GASTRONOMY – Discover the cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Christophe Ducros, La Table d’Uzès and dine on the patio on sunny days