From the outside, this intimate Avignon hotel appears to be the residence of a Champagne baron from the 18th century. In fact the oversized stone building was erected on the remnants of a cardinal's 14th-century palace (a portion of the façade dates to the 1700s) and was later the private home of a member of Napoleon's entourage, among others, before eventually becoming an antique-filled, 20-room boutique retreat. Period furnishings, classic working fireplaces, and a traditional garden recall the property's history, and a celebrated on-site cooking school invites you to soak up the scents and flavors of the romantic Provence surroundings.
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