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At the charming hotel Cadran Solaire, experience the discrete charm of an ancient Provençal house, ideally located at the heart of the Avignon-Arles-St.Rémy-de-Provence triangle

La magie d'un lieu

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!

En quelques lignes

• 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

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Un peu d'histoire

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.

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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.

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On parle de nous
  • Alastair Sawday''s
  • The Michelin Guide
  • The Michelin Provence Guide 
  • The Rivages “Hôtels et Auberges de Charme” Guide
  • The Evasion Guide
  • The “Journal des Alpilles”
  • Secret hotels of Provence 
  • The Sunday Times
  • The “Guide du Routard”
  • “Le Petit Futé”
  • Lonely Planet

Alastair Sawday''s

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.

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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.

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The Michelin Guide

Charming Cadran solaire Hotel in Provence

The front of this 16th century coaching inn, nestled in a beautiful...

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The Sunday Times - The world''s 20 best hotels on a budget

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.

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The Michelin Provence Guide

Charming Hotel, The Cadran Solaire

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.

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The “Guide du Routard”

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.

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The Rivages “Hôtels et Auberges de Charme” Guide

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.

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“Le Petit Futé” Provence

Charming Hotel, The Cadran Solaire

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 ease

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The Evasion Guide

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.

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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.

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The “Journal des Alpilles”

The Cadran Solaire, a magical place that symbolizes the charm of Provence.

Set at the heart of Provence’s golden triangle, between Avignon, Arles and Saint-Rémy de Provence, the village of Graveson occupies an exceptional location...

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Le Petit-Déjeuner, Pastel de Jane Lampard, réalisé lors de son séjour au Cadran Solaire
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LE CADRAN SOLAIRE - 5 rue du Cabaret Neuf - 13690 GRAVESON - Tel. : +33 (0)4 90 95 71 79
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