We’re gathering the addresses of the best B&Bs, hotels and other overnight locations we can find. All of which, we feel, are great places to go for a weekend or a bit longer. Surrounded by the beautiful Corbières region, century old olive groves and vineyards, Les Jardins de Saint Benoît in France is the perfect place to reconnect with nature.
What makes Jardins de Saint Benoit a great place to stay?
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Corbieres region in Languedoc-Roussillon, France, Les Jardins de Saint Benoît is a magnificent resort made up of comfortable cottages lining narrow streets, and a picturesque garden. Not only are you surrounded by ancient olive trees and the heady scent of lavender, there’s also a fruit orchard and vegetable garden. You can laze the days away by the pool or walk down to the nearby Nielle river, where kids (both young and old) can enjoy a day full of adventure in and around the water. The houses are inspired by the region’s architecture, combining traditional style with contemporary luxury; choose from one- or two-bedroom village houses with terraces, or three- to five-bedroom maisons vigneronnes (winemaker’s homes) with a private pool. There’s also a good restaurant, wellness spa and kids club focused on nature.
What’s for breakfast?
You can either make your own breakfast in the fully-equipped kitchen of your house or opt for a true Mediterranean-style breakfast at the restaurant that includes Viennese pastries, artisan jams and a selection of the region’s cold meats and cheeses.
Be sure to visit the weekly market, where you can try – and of course buy – locally-made cheeses, olive oils and drinks.
The restaurant at Jardins de Saint Benoit serves authentic local dishes using quality ingredients, such as Langedoc venison, fresh vegetables from their garden and local artisan tarts. There are themed evenings several times a week, including wood-fired mussels on a Wednesday and local growers’ meals or winegrowers’ dinners on Fridays. And of course, there are plenty of delicious regional wines to choose from, too.