October 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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La Bonne Étape in Château Arnoux Saint Auban, France

An incredibly unique property, lending to a fantastic experience, La Bonne Étape is an 18th-century post house in Provence, ready to make your next trip to France one you will always remember. Family-owned and operated for generations, this 18-room boutique getaway is a true taste of the French countryside—from the modest balconies overlooking the grounds' delightful orchards, to the sparkling stone-surrounded swimming pool open for seasonal sunning. Each guest room is individually designed, with no two alike, and thoughtful care is clearly evident in the beautiful antique furnishings and authentic European déor. Considerate guest amenities such as satellite television and wireless internet access are designed to provide the utmost in comfort, while en-suite baths and air conditioning are further modern additions to this historic property. Views from the rooms and suites gaze over Provençal gardens and the majestic rolling landscape of Chemin du Lac to remind you of the remarkable character of this beautiful destination.

One of the reigning supremes at La Bonne Étape is its distinctive and delectable culinary offerings. With a star Chef de Cuisine, meticulous artistry is put into the hotel's restaurant menus, which serve everything from homemade lavender ice cream to contemporary takes on traditional family recipes of regional classics. The organic kitchen garden provides a bounty of delightfully fresh produce and herbs, making each meal a sensory experience unique to your immediate surroundings. Venture off-site to discover even more of Provence, with bountiful cultural and recreation options. Visit the Citadelle de Sisteron just 15 minutes away, with its historic village and ancient architecture, or journey to the Gorgoe du Verdon, where the massive Verdon canyon and its winding river provide endless opportunities for hiking and scenic views. Other activities nearby include golf, with a scenic 18-hole course just 25 minutes from the hotel, biking around the area's many orchard and country roads, and horseback riding to explore the region on picturesque trails and routes. Enjoy your days, and enjoy your return to a hotel as genuine as can be. Experience Provence from the inside out, with your stay at La Bonne Étape.

Location of La Bonne Étape

La Bonne Étape
Chemin du Lac
Château Arnoux Saint Auban, France

Nearest Airport: CEQ

Amenities for La Bonne Étape

  • General Information
  • 18 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Wine Cellar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • 18-Hole Golf Course
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • DVD Players
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Satellite Television
  • Individually Designed Rooms
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Activities
  • Cooking Classes
  • Hiking
  • Wine Tasting
  • Mountain Biking
  • White Water River Rafting
  • Business
  • Meeting Room
  • Nearby
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Interests
  • Food & Wine
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for La Bonne Étape

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Disappointed with this hotel. Positives - good breakfast buffet and comfortable bed. However, bedroom could do with refurbishment and there was nowhere comfortable to have an aperitif- we were offered either by the pool or the courtyard which had no ambience. Safe in our bedroom was above the loo and did not work. It wouldn't open when we tried to unlock it yet opened itself while we were eating. On checking out I discovered a meal at the gastronomic restaurant had been wrongly added to our bill! Ate at the Bistro - see my separate review. Did not tempt us to eat at the Michelin one.

jilly278 - Buckinghamshire

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Bonne Étape was a grand but charming country mansion in a small town overlooking a spectacular valley. The room was beautifully appointed with lovingly restored antique furniture. It was like walking into an Agatha Christie novel! There was a lovely and peaceful balcony for having a drink in the afternoon. Everything worked well and the bathroom had modern fittings and excellent bath products. The staff would go out of their way to help at any opportunity, and we were particularly pleased when the room service from the first-class bistro menu arrived with a full compliment of waiters and was prepared and presented as it would be in the restaurant and was absolutely delicious. So many places sadly neglect this attitude towards room service, but gladly not here! We ate on the second night at the Michelin-starred restaurant of Jany Gleize and it was excellent, the service friendly and unpretentious and the food delicious and beautifully presented, especially the outrageous dessert - Ive never seen anything quite like it! The chef was very humble and came out to chat after signing his book for us. There is also a fabulous market in St Auban (5 mins drive) with lots of local crafts and food to try. We didn't try the pool but it looked clean and relaxing. Would definitely recommend for a peaceful or romantic stay.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came for four days and had a Michelin starred tasting meal each day. The food was truly sublime from the amuse bouche to the dessert. On arrival we were able to discuss a menu for each day so as to avoid repeats and frankly these meals took us on a grand tour of the whole menu which was stunning. I shall never forget the fresh peach soup with verbena ice cream, the lavender and honey ice cram in a tuille with a spun sugar mini roof in a pool of lavender syrup. The foie gras was amazing,mthe cockerel in sour plums, the tuna,...etc etc. I could go on! Breakfast was lovely too, lots of fresh fruits,eggs to order and breads. Good,coffee and choice of teas.apricot juices from the farm. Lovely brioche . Lavender honey. Yum! Poolside was great and the seats comfy. We had a suite which was very nice but did smell of cigarette smoke. The manager did try to air the room but it smelled none the less. We just opened the windows and put up with it. The bathroom was small and had no separate shower or curtain for the shower over the bath and that was a niggle for us. All in all a lovely stay. The welcome drink of cremant with pear liqueur was lovely. Wines are pricey and there was little under thirty euro a bottle. If you can get a set dinner rate take it. This is an old building with long corridors and traditional furniture. If you expect chrome and marble this is not for you. If you want old French charm and superb food...come here. We would happily return and the staff were lovely.

andrea m - Kidderminster, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Rooms are nice and clean. Good size bathroom - shower curtain was missing, so the bathroom gets a bit wet if you want to stand in shower. Nice pool and service. Good parking place. Dinner was great and tasty. Great stay for 1-2 nights.

Johanna E

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

La Bonne Etape ... the good stopover. So true! This delightful, family-run, inn with a world-class restaurant is indeed a good stopover. In fact, it's great. The story of the name is that, many years ago, Pierre Gleize was driving by this historic post house when his motorbike broke down. There he met his future wife, whose parents owned the house and its restaurant ... and history was made. Since then, the restaurant, run now by their son Jany, has earned a Michelin star, and the delightful rooms and garden have welcomed many happy visitors to this charming region of Provence ... now, my family is happily included on the list! Every few years, my extended family (20-25 of us) travel to a destination related to our ancestry. This year, we set our sights on Provence with the intention of visiting an ochre mine near Roussillon where my father's ancestors once worked. These trips are complicated. Our group includes a wide range of ages, our arrivals and departures vary, we need group transportation, several of us have dietary restrictions, and we look to put together a busy itinerary of trips and experiences that will allow us to really get a sense of the region: the people, the language, the food, the landscape, the colors, the scents, the music. I needed a place that could offer all of that, and help me to put it together. Enter La Bonne Etape! I don't know where to begin. Staying at La Bonne Etape felt like being embraced by family. Everyone greets you with a smile and goes out of their way to meet, and anticipate, every need. The rooms are charming, and blessed with air conditioning (which was essential as the region contended with an extraordinary heat wave while we were there. Thank goodness for the pool!). We stayed at la Bonne Etape for 5 nights ... eating every dinner there. A whole book could be written about the inventiveness and deliciousness of these dinners and the perfection of the wine pairings. One dessert was lavender ice cream encased in a sugared hive, with bees drawn on the plate! Every dish was a work of art. We enjoyed buffet breakfasts every day and, on some days, picnic lunches hand-packed by Jany's team. Want to experience a perfect Provencal moment? Go to the Gorges du Verdon with a La Bonne Etape picnic basket. C'est magnifique! This review wouldn't be complete without discussing the help that I received from the wonderful Lucille putting together my group's active itinerary. Lucille lives (and speaks) with a smile, always. You can hear it in her voice even over the phone. No detail is overlooked! She is incredible! Some highlights? Forqualquier on market day; Sisteron's citadel; Roussillon and the ochre mine/museum; water hiking and electric boating in the Gorges du Verdon; a cooking lesson with Jany; a tour of La Bonne Etape's wine cave with wine tasting; a Cezanne-centric tour of Aix en Provence, ceramics shopping in Moustiers; olive-oil tasting at award-winning Moulin Fortune Arizzi; standing in the shadow of the extraordinary Les Penitents rock formations. And the absolute very best moment? A dinner al fresco, in the garden, with musical entertainment from the charming and extraordinarily talented Julie Jourdan to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. La Bonne Etape is like staying with the Provencal family you never knew you had with, lucky you, a Michelin-starred chef in the house! There is so much to do and enjoy in the region and; when you are tuckered out and ready to relax after a long day of enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents; you can return to this charming hotel, enjoy the pool, stroll the organic gardens, feast on the local bounty prepared to perfection, and lay your head in a room evoking the charm of the area. Parfait!

Zularaz - New York

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