Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle

Hotel, Provence

Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle - Men's Style Council Place

Smack bang in the middle of Provence, right next to a 12th-century abbey and with superstar chef Mr Alain Ducasse overseeing the kitchen, this Provençal villa-restaurant is more French than a Gallic shrug – and has had a Michelin star since 2006, the Guide describing it as “seasonal and sincere”. Its terrace runs along the edge of the square in the ancient village of La Celle. Shade is provided by parasols, cypress trees and the craggy Candelon mountain. At night, flickering lanterns bathe the tables in forgiving golden light. Yes, reader, it is absolute bliss. And if you overindulge on the vin ordinaire, there are 10 bedrooms where you can lay your head, or a swimming pool to dive into, depending on your wont.

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When dining in the restaurant, order the hake’s back, mashed sweet almond and lemon gnocchi.

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