Not far from Marseille on the sun-kissed Cote d’Azur, lies a secret piece of Paradise. Unspoiled southern France at its best, seemingly left behind and a world away from the usual busy, crowded beaches and towns. And, in the middle of it, in the medieval town of Ceyreste, with its winding cobbled streets and pretty stone houses with pastel shutters, is a fabulous B&B. A place where guests can relax, float in a pool with views over the Mediterranean Sea and soak up the ambiance. And it’s the perfect base from which to explore this exquisite area with insider knowledge shared by host and local, Brigitte Miramont…
The secret south of France
If you thought the authentic and idyllic southern France of a young Brigitte Bardot had vanished, an image only seen on old films – you’ll be delighted to know that it really does still exist. East of Marseille there are stunning sun-drenched beaches. And villages with cosy cafés and seafood restaurants that make your spirit soar. A place where the Provence of your imagination can still be found. If you know where to look.
Gorgeous Chambre d’hotes/bed and breakfast in Provence
Brigitte Miramont, a local former English teacher who now runs French immersion courses at her home, has a stunning B&B in the hills of Ceyreste, overlooking the bay of La Ciotat. And, whilst the cool stone terrace with its stunning views and cool pool set in a garden of olive trees and agapanthus might tempt you stay forever at Brigitte’s gorgeous villa, she loves to share her tips about the secluded, off the beaten track places.
Discover the most delectable restaurants where the locals go. Cafés where you’ll enjoy a plateau de fruit de mer or bouillabaisse that you’ll never forget. The vineyards where you can enjoy a sublime tasting. Where to see the most beautiful lavender fields. Beaches where you’ll feel as if you have the place to yourself. How to join a cooking class with a chef and learn to cook something French and fabulous, where to go horse riding and enjoy the real Provence landscape. And, where to take a sunset cruise on a traditional boat. And a whole lot more.
Ceyreste is a picturesque medieval village with houses dating back to the 17th century, part enclosed by walls and fortified gates. It’s very close to La Ciotat, home to Eden, the world’s oldest operating cinema. And, it’s where pétanque was born. Close to Marseille with its wonderful museums and Aix-en-Provence with its captivating market and elegant squares. Cassis with its cobbled streets and enchanting cottages is nearby.
And the dazzlingly beautiful Calanques as well as the beaches of Saint Cyr, Sanary and Bandol. The Calanques are a series of inlets ranging from shallow bays to deep water canyons. Some you can reach on foot, others by boat and Brigitte has explored them for many years. Her knowledge of this area, the culture and the people offers you a taste, a glimpse, an experience that is unique. It’s what makes a stay at her B&B even more memorable.
A fabulous holiday home, an authentic experience of secret Provence – a dream come true…
Find out more and book your B&B stay (for up to 6 people with access to a small kitchen that allows for self-catering, as well as a studio flat with kitchenette) at: www.live-and-learn-en-provence.com