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The charm of Provence
Venez partager au Cadran Solaire, hôtel de charme en Provence, l’intimité d’une ancienne demeure provençale idéalement située au coeur du triangle Avignon, Arles, Saint-Rémy de Provence.
A Magical Place
You will be enchanted by this charming 16th century residence in Provence, and former coaching inn, built from local Alpilles stone, where the present day echoes with the reminders of a rich and eventful past.
Designed as a family home, with a blend of tradition and modernity, a typical local architectural style, its interior of whitewashed walls, family furniture and terracotta tiled floors are all part of the infinite small details that give the place its soul.
You will appreciate the calm and refinement of this authentic “hotel de charme”, with its ten rooms and two suites overlooking a garden full of flowers and centuries-old trees, and its arbour of wisteria and roses inviting you to indulge in the gentle pleasures of life.
It’s in this enchanting, hospitable and beautifully-preserved setting that Elisa and Jean-Claude Rastoin will greet you, as friends. They will also be pleased to offer advice on exploring the Provence region.
You will enjoy all the advantages of hotel service combined with the discrete atmosphere of a guest house. The hotel’s location at the centre of the village makes it the ideal starting point to explore the region’s innumerable natural and cultural places of interest.
Provence the way you dreamt it!
- 16th century “hotel de charme”, charming hotel
- In the heart of Provence, between Avignon, Arles and Saint-Rémy
- A flower-filled garden in the shade of centuries-old trees
- 10 rooms and 2 suites
- Free Wi-Fi connection
- Breakfast on the sunny terrace or in the dining room
- To maintain the serenity of the place, the hotel has no television
A Little History
The building once formed part of the Château de Graveson and was spared at the revolution thanks to its agricultural activities.
At the time it was known as the “Mas du Ferrage” and was occupied by the lord of the manor’s blacksmith.
Confiscated at the revolution, then sold, the traditional Provençal “mas” was converted towards the middle of the 19th century into a coaching inn for the stagecoaches and other horse-drawn vehicles on the Avignon-Arles and Tarascon-Châteaurenard routes. Since timetables had to be adhered to, a sundial was set into the front of the building in 1846.
The part reserved for the inn proper, providing bed and board, was named the “Cabaret Neuf”, a name later given to the street.
At the end of the horse-drawn era, the inn was closed, although it kept its name.
The sundial on the front wall, together with the look-out post used to scour the horizon for approaching coaches, are vestiges of this past.
Towards 1880, it became the property of Mr. Vallon, the mayor of Graveson, who set up a silk factory within its walls, with the silkworm farm in the attic and the spinning workshop on the ground floor.
The 1909 earthquake brought down the church tower at Graveson, but the Cadran Solaire, although shaken about, stayed standing.
The paving stones in the central alleyway once paved the streets of Avignon and were salvaged from the Durance.
From family “pension” in the 1980’s to small hotel and finally “hôtel de charme” after 2000, over the years the Cadran Solaire has managed to adapt its attire to suit the times and thus satisfy the demands of a new type of traveller in the 21st century.
Relax in our luxuriant garden, listening to the centuries-old trees -plane, olive, laurel, persimmon, rose and wisteria- whispering a tale of Provence, lulled by the cicadas’ song.
At dusk, in the early-evening freshness, you will be able to sit and contemplate the star-filled sky of Provence while breathing in the summer’s fragrances, to the sound of the cicadas’ chorus.
The bustle of 19th century travellers has long disappeared and the charming hotel Cadran Solaire is now an oasis of peace for guests seeking relaxation and a change of scenery.
The Word is Out
Guide Rivages des Hôtels et Auberges de charme
Charming Hotel, The Cadran Solaire
Nestled in the heart of Graveson, midway between Avignon and the Alpilles, this small 16th and 17th century “hôtel de charme” was a coaching inn before becoming a silk-making workshop.Read the article
Le guide Michelin
Charming Cadran solaire Hotel in Provence
The front of this 16th century coaching inn, nestled in a beautiful...Read the article
A soft clear light filters through the house, the light of the south pushing past the smallish windows ans stroking Sophie Guilmet's light-handed, rich-pastelled décor where simple Provençal furniture, stencil motifs and natural materials - cotton, linen, organdy and seagrass - give the immediate feel of a well-loved family home.Read the article
Le guide du Routard Provence
We were really taken with this old coaching inn, now a delightful and beautifully-renovated hotel.
Quiet, with a shaded garden. Well-appointed rooms full of charm and at very reasonable rates.
The charm even extended to the welcome.Read the article
Le guide Michelin Provence
The rooms, all different, are pleasant and colourful, with rates according to the room size.
The walled garden, with its trees, is enchanting, set as it is in a quiet spot away from the village centre.Read the article
Le Petit Futé Provence
This authentic 16th century coaching inn, with its period sundial (“cadran solaire” in French), will make you feel quite at home.
I have to say that Rastoin family knows exactly how to put you at your easeRead the article
Lonely Planet Provence
The walls of this 17th century coaching inn, set in verdant surroundings, house an exceptionally well-managed hotel.
You will find romantically-decorated rooms that combine perfectly charm and functionality.
Breakfast can be taken on the terrace.Read the article
Guide Evasion Provence
Charming Hotel, The Cadran Solaire
This old coaching inn is now a delightful little hotel, with its furniture unearthed at antique shops.
You will no doubt be enchanted by the garden, with its deck chairs.Read the article
Le Journal des Alpilles
Le Cadran Solaire, la magie d’un lieu symbole d’une Provence de charme.
Au coeur du triangle d’or de la Provence, entre Avignon, Arles et Saint-Rémy de Provence, le village de Graveson bénéficie d’une situation privilégiée.Read the article
Secret Hotels of Provence - Budget Travel
Once a postal-relay inn, this old stone building in the residential part of a very small town has thick walls, a trellised garden, and a tranquil atmosphere (reinforced by the absence of TVs in the rooms). With high-beamed ceilings and garden views, the rooms are luminous; modern, ornate iron bedsteads, period reproduction furniture, and muted colors complete the decor.Read the article
The Sunday Times - The world's 20 best hotels on a budget
Charming Hotel Cadran Solaire Provence
Gorgeous places to stay, stylish service, stunning views, epic bedrooms - without breaking the bank
Finding affordable accommodation does not mean having to settle for something distinctly average.
Le Cadran Solaire in Provence is a lovely hidden gem in Provence France. The French owners, Elisa and Jean-Claude who retired from careers in engineering and science to run this lovely small hotel could not have been more accommodating or pleasant.Read the article