If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, with fresh air, great food, wine, and beautiful views you shouldn’t look further than here.
Maison Lambot is huge, with quite a few amenities. Built-in top of an old mill, which you can still see parts of if you look in the basement or around the grounds. The basement also contains a gym, with weights, bench presses and work out machines.
On the ground floor is a large beautiful kitchen open to guests in the morning. Covered in vast arrays of food, from fresh croissants to cereals and coffee.
Then onto the outside, it appears that a large earthwork terrace was developed next to the house, almost a third of a football pitch, and two stories high.
As you leave to the rear of the house, there are two verandas connect the outside to the house. It brings a balance of the indoors and outdoors together. The veranda has no cover but is lined with sandstone slated floors, outdoor tables, which gives views of the orchard below, the pool, and the wooded hills and village in the near distance.
The raised platform is covered with a sandy coloured pebbled floor, which leads you to the pool and orchard.
If you’re looking for somewhere to sit for the rest of your afternoon, you could do much worse, than sitting by the pool, reading your books, or listening to music and soaking up the summer sun.
Once lunchtime rolls around, it’s a short walk into the village, Montfort-sur-Argens, where you will find a few restaurants, cafes and a pizzeria. They but they are of a high standard. I visited La Petite Marmite Didier. In 35c temperatures, the restaurant was kept fresh. You can buy a three-course meal, which feels home cooked because of the restaurant’s look and the family running it but also close to a Michelin style in its presentation of the food. The dishes vary daily, it’s fresh with local ingredients, and the courses complement each other. You leave very satisfied in the stomach and happy in the tastes you just experienced.
Upon your return to the house, you are likely to have a siesta.
There are so many rooms to choose from. You can choose from your bridal suite or a decently sized room, all with tall ceilings, comfortable beds, lovely views, en-suite bathrooms and some of the places have the sound of rushing water, from the aqueduct that runs parallel to the house.
The house is on three floors, some of the most scenic views can be had from the top floor, giving you views of the valley below. The middle floor gives you pictures of the orchard, or trees on the earthwork terrace.
Alternatively, buildings across from the house, this is offset by the view and sound of the running aqueduct.
Post afternoon siesta, its time to cool down in the pool and before you know it your day is almost done, it’s 6 pm, and hunger calls once more.
Either back to the village or if you are lucky, you will be there for some of the village roasts held by the farms at night.
Out in the vineyards, you can find a small farm that puts on excellent traditional French roasts, with delicious stews, locally produced and the courses complement each other. You leave very satisfied in the stomach and happy in the taste buds whilst having been sat under a blanket of stars.
Finally, it is too bad and your night is complete, only to repeat in the morning.
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More from Maison Lambot next week.