17/03/2015 – Enjoying an over night trip down to visit a number of properties and businesses in the Mont Ventoux region. I set of yesterday from the Alps in warm spring sunshine. The weather remained beautiful all the way on the 3 hour trip up until about 10km from Bedoin, when a bit of rain came in. I parked up at my first property just outside Crillion le Brave, a beautiful medieval village clustered together on the a hill top overlooking the Mont Ventoux. The property that I have come to visit and spend the night in is owned by an interesting and charming Hungarian/German couple who moved to France over 50 years ago. They brought the property 25 years ago and since then it has been used to offer under privileged children and summer holiday house and more recently a romantic location for weddings. Their plans are now to offer the house for groups of cyclist. Despite the inclement weather, the
property is stunning and set in huge grounds with a swimming pool fed from an old Roman well filled from waters sourced direct from the Mont Ventoux. The 15 guest bedrooms which sleep up to 30 are basic but with good beds. Meals taken under in a canopy of trees in a beautiful court yard and on chilly nights in a beautifully converted barn. This property will generally be rented on a self-catered basis, but there is a catering service in the local village who are able to come in and provide meals for large groups.
This September, Bike Lodging, who also offer an outside catering service, will be hosting a group of 24 cyclists at this property.