La Belle Cour offers chambres d’hôtes in the traditional Provençal village of Céreste, in the Luberon Natural Park. The house with its secluded and cool courtyard provides a haven in a charming and busy Provençal village. Whether you enjoy relaxing in the secluded courtyard, walking in the beautiful hills of the Luberon or exploring the area, you will find this charming house an excellent base for your stay.
Guests at La Belle Cour are very much "en famille". The bedrooms are in the main house and the reception rooms are warm and welcoming.
With bread from the bakery and patisserie next door, we provide a delicious French breakfast which we usually eat in the courtyard.
The house is a comfortable family home and has been lovingly restored by successive owners. Now as a chambres d’hôtes, it's the perfect base to explore the the old village or further afield.
Céreste is an ideal base from which to explore Provence. Situated on the border of Vaucluse and Alpes de Haute Provence, it is just a short drive from the many fortified mountain villages perched on the hillsides and the market towns of Apt and Forcalquier.
The historical cities of Aix en Provence and Avignon are an hour's drive away or, if you prefer, you could take a drive over the Plateau of Valensole to see the lavender fields before spending a day exploring the amazing rock formations in the Gorges de Verdon.
Whether you choose to walk, ride a bike or drive in your car, there is a network of well marked roads and trails in the hills of the Luberon. We have a good selection of detailed maps that you are very welcome to borrow during your stay with us.
We have done many of the walks ourselves and for cyclists, there are both easy and challenging cycle paths - all will take you through beautiful scenery.
Explore the area and fall in love with the Alpes de Haute Provence.
Céreste, November 2016
The clocks have gone back, leaves on the plane trees are turning yellow and gold, the summer visitors have left and the village is very quiet. Mornings are cold but by midday temperatures are in the teens and we sit and have a cup of coffee in the courtyard under a blue sky and a white, watery sun. Autumn has arrived in Provence.
La Belle Cour has now closed for the winter and will open again on Easter weekend of 2017. We've had a busy summer with guests from many different countries, many of whom have become friends and we hope very much to see them again some time in the future. This year Poppie has been happy to welcome some visiting dogs, with Darcy the handsome cocker spaniel being definitely her favourite.
Scaramouche has also enjoyed a very busy season - the unusually high temperatures in July and August encouraged people to call in and enjoy the usual delicious sorbets and ice creams and also to try some of the new flavours that Gwendal introduced this year. Elizabeth's second book, "Picnic in Provence", has encouraged several Americans to visit the village and, of course, to stay at La Belle Cour - we've very much enjoyed meeting them.
We would like to thank our visitors from this and previous years for choosing to stay at La Belle Cour - we have really enjoyed your company and we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
Rod and Angela
In 2012 our friend Gwendal set up Scaramouche, a glacier making artisanal ice cream. Our little shop was transformed into into an attractive boutique with tables outside where visitors can enjoy some delicious flavours.
From an area which offers an amazing range of organic fruits and herbs, Gwendal buys his basic ingredients from local growers to make the sorbets and ice creams which have resulted in Scaramouche being voted the fifth best ice cream in France by Trip Advisor.