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History is woven into the very fabric of the Provençal town of Avignon and the delightful 7-room Maison Orsini, perched above the city, is no exception. Decorative antique tiles, tenebrous 14th-century timbers, and a grand medieval fireplace evoke the days when the building served as the palace of Cardinal Orsini. The terrace gives spectacular views over the walled city of Avignon, while the peaceful Provençal garden is perfect for lounging in the French sunshine. There’s no restaurant, but with the traditional bistros and fine restaurants of Avignon just across the river, we don’t think you’ll mind.
It’s worth noting that due to the historic nature of the property, some of the staircases are very steep and narrow and may not be the best for those with mobility issues.
There is no restaurant at Maison Orsini, although breakfast is served daily. Pack a picnic and explore the surrounding countryside; a market is open every Thursday opposite the hotel where you can stock-up on supplies.
For more substantial meals, head into Avignon. If you’re after traditional fine-dining, try Hiély-Lucullus, a grand restaurant full of old-time glamour and charm. Alternatively, for something a little bit more local, head to Le Caf Thiers in the Les Halles marketplace, the sort of bistro where regulars order plates of hearty regional fare without even glancing at the menu.
Maison Orsini’s seven rooms are spread across the historic main building and the adjacent cottages. Rooms retain much of the character of the 14th-century palace, although contemporary touches lend each an individual charm. For the best views over the city, we recommend going for one of the terraced rooms.
Kick back and unwind in Maison Orsini’s wonderfully lush garden, where lavender and wildflowers bloom in profusion. The historic city of Avignon, once the home of the 14th-century Papacy, is just across the Rhône and is a short drive or a 30-minute walk, if you’re feeling spritely. History buffs and art lovers should head straight for the Papal Palace, dating from the period when the Pontiffs were based in the city. A serpentine warren of corridors, grand halls and apartments, the Palace is best explored through one of the weekly Secret Palace tours, which leads you into areas usually off-limits for visitors. If contemporary artwork is more to your liking mosey along to Collection Lambert, a gallery showcasing some exceptional pieces of modern artwork.