Ever wondered where Jane Austen might holiday if she were alive today? Well, Domaine de la Baume in the heart of the beautiful French province would most likely be where to find her – if budget airlines existed, anyway.
With its elegantly restored 18th century guesthouse, Domaine de la Baume – the third Maison & Hotels Sibuet property – offers up a relaxed break in the French riviera, where the most of your worries will be whether you should go for a tour of the grounds (on horseback, natch) before or after you take a wine break overlooking the gorgeous 99-acre property.
Once the former home of French painter Bernard Buffet, the hotel now boasts an orangery, rivers and an olive grove – where the oil you'll find draped over chef François Martin's food comes from. It's got Provence's inimitable style, but be warned, it's also got its incomparable price tag.
Recently opened, Domaine de la Baume is also a good launching point for day trips to Cannes or Marseille.