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Spa Time Relax at Hotel Crillon le Brave

By Cheryl Shufflebotham:

In keeping with our yearly tradition and being a supportive wife while my husband does the challenging cycle up Mont Ventoux, I needed to find a place to pass the time. Thus the Spa des Écuries at Hotel Crillon le Brave was my “sacrifice” for a few hours. Well, what choice did I have? Discover Cheryl’s photos of this beautiful spa in the heart of the Vaucluse in her Cobblestone and Vineyards post.

Hotel Crillon le Brave

Located in the Vaucluse, Crillon-le-Brave is a hilltop hamlet with sweeping views of Mont Ventoux and Southern Rhône Valley vineyards. Today, the vista that Cheryl enjoyed is relaxing, but during Roman times and the turbulent medieval era, the elevated location was both strategic and defensive. The village name comes from a local fighter and hero Louis des Balbes de Berton, le Brave CRILLON. More about the town’s history here (in French).

This commune is tiny relative to neighbouring villages and the larger centres of Carpentras (12km away) and the once Papal city of Avignon (40 km). The central location makes Crillon-le-Brave a terrific vacation base for exploring the region. Biking in the region is heaven for cyclists, with the challenge of Mont Ventoux looming larger than life. For more reading, Mont Ventoux a Cycling Challenge: Taming the Beast.

Marked by the church steeple at the top of the rise and one main street the hamlet has a permanent population of under 500 people. The town has seen much conflict over the centuries, but today is a calm oasis with a 5-star hotel. Hotel Crillon le Brave opened its doors in 1989 in Maison Roche with just 11 rooms. Twenty-five years later the hotel is an amalgamation of eight village houses. There are 24 guest rooms and 12 suites, a gourmet restaurant La Table de Ventoux and of course the spa that Cheryl enjoyed while she waited.

Hotel Crillon le Brave (website)
Place de l’Eglise
Crillon le Brave
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 65 61 61
Spa des Ecuries

    

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Cheryl Shufflebotham

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Although, Cheryl and her husband live in upstate New York, she tells us that she is always yearning, planning, maneuvering to make her way back to France.

Cheryl's love for France started almost eleven years ago with "a once in a lifetime" ten-year anniversary trip. These wannabe expats have been back every year since that trip!

Cheryl's first French love is the region of Burgundy, but then a few years ago, she discovered Provence. Now she admits that she is torn between Burgundy and Provence. It sounds like Provence has her spellbound, "I can’t quite put a finger on what it is about Provence, but its intoxication keeps luring me back for more."

Cheryl started her blog Cobblestone and Vineyards to explore the simple charms of France, those small details that capture the heart.

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