French country fanatics rejoice! Also, lovers of Provence, kick up yer heels. Because today we’ll explore the Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande! Is it the prettiest hotel in the South of France? Many say “oui.” Where is the 5-star French boutique hotel La Mirande?
Avignon is a city in southeastern France’s Provence region, set on the Rhône River. From 1309 to 1377, Avignon was the seat of the Catholic popes. It remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791. This legacy can be seen in the massive Palais des Papes (Popes’ Palace) in the city center, which is surrounded by medieval stone ramparts. Avignon charms visitors with its ancient streets, restored medieval ramparts, and the immense Gothic architecture of the Palais des Papes–the papacy was based here in the 14th century. The annual Festival d’Avignon, a major arts festival, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors for theater, dance, film and street performances.
Firstly, Hotel La Mirande has exquisitely renovated interiors where no expense was spared. The decisions as to what should stay and what should be added were thoughtfully considered. Indeed it’s not everyday a nobleman’s 18th century townhouse is restored and opened to the public! Secondly, you’ll experience the romance which comes from history and age within this building where even some of the former servants’ quarters have been preserved. Thirdly, you may fall for the luxurious modern amenities in the guest rooms. (Think televisions in mirrors!). Additionally, you cannot beat La Mirande’s unique location next to the magificent Popes’ Palace. The landmark is visible from almost every room and from the charming gardens at the hotel. Finally, La Mirande is also considered the perfect setting for a French Downton Abbey.
“On becoming a 5-star boutique hotel, La Mirande has not ceased to be a private house, and is a better guardian of its history than many a palace that is only preserved for visitation or to house a museum.” ~La Mirande
As mentioned, the hotel property is extremely close to Palais des Papes.
Palais des Papes. Photo via @4cornersoftheworld. In case you were wondering, the Popes’ Palace is so tall you can see it from far away. This intimidating cluster of towers is a citadel within the walled city, the attempt of the French crown to establish the papacy here for good. It boosted Avignon to become the capital of Christianity for the better part of a century (1309 to 1377). Also, almost all rooms at La Mirande offer a close and romantic view from different angles of this world heritage monument, the world’s largest Gothic palace.
Just how close? Undeniably! Take a gander…
In case you wondered how it appears at night!Photo: @joerg_lehmann_foodphotographer
I knowwwwwwww, right? How in the world did that happen?
A Quick History Lesson
“The story begins in 1309 with the establishment of the Popes in Avignon. One of the cardinals accompanying pope Clement V was his nephew, Cardinal de Pellegrue, who built a “livrée”, as cardinals’ palaces were called, in the privileged location of the direct neighbourhood adjoining the Popes’ Palace. Up until the siege of the Popes’ Palace in 1410, when it was partly destroyed, the “livrée” had remained the property of cardinals, in particular Hugues Roger, brother to pope Clement VI, and Hugues de Saint-Martial, the last incumbent.” ~La Mirande
Soooooo, oui. Perhaps since Cardinal de Pellegrue was related to the pope, he was permitted to build his home extremely close to the palace. However, the property obviously looked different in the 1300’s. Sadly, the original structure was partly destroyed. In 1653, a classical facade was built by architect Pierre Mignard. Then in 1987, the hotel was purchased by the Steins who restored it over the next three years.
Photo: @eastside_gallery via La Mirande. The hotel overlooking the Palais des Papes.
The boutique hotel’s twenty-seven rooms on the first floor are all uniquely decorated. Indeed each has its own 18th century wall covering, which was reissued by design houses such as Braquenié, Le Manach, Canovas, Comoglio, and Rubelli. The interior wall design of the bedrooms represents the composition and symmetries en vogue in the 18th century. As a result, you’ll find authentic dado wood panelling and historic cotton print wall coverings (reaching from the dado rail to the crown moulding). In addition, guest rooms include: matched silk lined curtains, vintage parquet floors, and antique furniture. Also notable? Firstly, invisible mirror televisions are integrated in the room’s overmantel or trumeau. Secondly, large antique windows offer a splendid view through the period-appropriate old glass to the neighbouring Popes’ palace (with the exception of four rooms which have street or court views). Thirdly, paintings, engravings, and carpets also grace the beautiful guest rooms.
A Beautiful Video to Experience the Magic
While I have assembled a photo gallery of some of my favorite images of La Mirande from around the web, I have also painstakingly attempted to organize images of each guest room. As a result, I hope you will more easily experience the splendor of the lovely fabric patterns and architectural interest. Additionally, where possible, I have identified the room number.
Consequently, you can choose your favorite room and record this detail to any bucket list! Meet me at the finish line and let me know your favorite room number! Also, PIN what feels PINWORTHY to save those glorious moments for later. This is quite zee fantasy tour so certainly choose something delicious to sip. Since you may be staring for awhile, I want you hydrated. Also cheese or a nice chocolate is in order.
(By the way, the more time I spent with these images, the prettier they became…yes, indeed, timeless lovely always wins!)
Moments Around La Mirande
Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande is surely a feast for the senses. (via Stacie Flinner)
French blue is unmistakably gorgeous! Photo via @lamaisonpierrefrey
via La Mirande
Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande will undoubtedly charm you. (Photo via @hannah_murray1)
Magical Pink Moments
Pink dining room. Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande has certainly been restored lovingly.
Photo via @lamaisonpierrefrey. Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande on Hello Lovely Studio.
via La Mirande: Room 28 on the first floor, with a view of the courtyard, wooden panelled walls and lined with canvas printed patterns inspired by “Indienne” fabric imported in the 17th century
Room 28. Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande on Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo via La Mirande: Behind its stunning facade, La Mirande exudes the sweet way of life of yesteryear. The twenty-six upper-floor rooms boast a unique décor, each with its own 18th century wall hanging recreated by Braquenié, Le Manach, Canovas, Comoglio and Rubelli, to name a few.
A Palatial Tub & Checks
Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande – Deep Versailles Sighs
Photo via La Mirande: Room 20 : corner room on the first floor overlooking the garden and the Benedict XII rampart of the Palais des Papes; walls panelled and lined with printed canvas.
Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande.
Photo via La Mirande. Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande.
Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande. Image: via @pascal.anders
Because just three words: PA TI NA. Photo via La Mirande
OOOOhhhh la la…expand this image and eat with your eyes! via La Mirande
Walls Have Never Been So Happy
Guest Room 24 via La Mirande
Because turquoise with happy pinky reds!!! Room 24
via La Mirande
Photo via La Mirande
Because you need a close-up of the exquisite door hardware.
The wallcoverings in Room 21 may be my favorite. Photo via @@generated
via La Mirande: Room 21 : First floor room overlooking the garden and the Palais des Papes. Walls wainscotted and also lined with canvas printed “La Rivière Enchantée. ” This imported canvas is from the Compagnie des Indes in the 18th century.
Layering That Begs to Be Studied
Photo via La Mirande: Room 22 : Suite on the first floor overlooking the garden and aso the Palace of the Popes. Walls paneled and lined with printed canvas. Chain motif pattern is a replica of a canvas preserved in the “Mont Geoffroy” castle (Mazé – France).
Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande. Indeed the French do color like no one else!
Prettiest hotel in Provence?
Prettiest hotel in Provence? Image: via @tristan_olphe
Room 22. Because red and purple can be best friends.
Guest Room 22 via La Mirande. Prettiest hotel in Provence?
Room 22 via La Mirande. Prettiest hotel in Provence?
Photo via La Mirande: Room 27 : bathroom with block printed wallpaper; cement tile flooring.
Room 27. Image: Le Mirande. South of France hotel decor. Charming indeed!
Ready to Be Hungry?
South of France hotel decor. Chic indeed.
Photo via La Mirande. Raviole de potimarron et clémentine, eau de coing.
Image: La Mirande. Undeniably Beautiful Avignon Hotel La Mirande.
Photo via La Mirande. Le printemps est là . Langoustine, petits pois et moutarde de Crémone.
via La Mirande
Photo via La Mirande. Découvrez le nouveau petit menu et autres délices printaniers du chef Florent Pietravalle au restaurant de La Mirande!
French Country Paradise
Unmistakably chic. French Hotel La Mirande Design Inspiration. Image via @jeanhueges
Image: Lauren Nelson
Photo via La Mirande. The bathroom constitutes a noble room in itself. Find delightfully unexpected décor of vintage Mauny block-printed wallpaper, and also antique faucets and Carrare marble.
Chic Provence hotel. Image via Habitually Chic
Room 31. Chic Provence hotel is surely one of a kind.
Guestroom via La Mirande: Room 31: corner room on the second floor overlooking the garden, the Palais des Papes and the Dentelles de Montmirail. Also, walls paneled and upholstered with printed canvas, windows enhanced by rear-archs in the fashion of those in the “petits appartements” of Queen Marie Antoinette in Versailles.
Chic Provence hotel bathroom with stunning view!
In case you need classic French toile in your life.
The Fruits of Restoration
In case you need lantern inspiration for your French country Pinterest board.
Elegant decor in La Mirande hotel in France.
Chic Provence hotel is surely one of a kind.
Elegant decor in La Mirande in France.
Undeniably Chic Provence hotel. Image via @therosechateau
Photo via La Mirande. Room 37 : room on the second floor with terrace overlooking the Palais des Papes and the roofs of Avignon. Also, walls panelled and upholstered with “Valmy” printed canvas.
via La Mirande: Roasted chicken from Mas de Carles and lically grown vegetables
Unmistakable chic within La Mirande in France.
Photo via La Mirande. Chic Provence hotel.
Because ambient lighting matters.
Red & Green Stripes
In case you need an image to pin to your holiday decor inspiration boards!
via La Mirande
Dreamy Guest Suite
Because unique is beautiful.
In case you were wondering, these rooms were designed before hotels considered “selfie factor.” However. Can you even fathom the high selfie factor with these incredible fabric wallcoverings?
Because timeless chic rocks.
Kitchen & Guest Table
Guest Table in La Mirande Kitchen!
Kitchen at La Mirande.
Guest table in La Mirande Kitchen!
Beautiful La Mirande kitchen.
Kitchen at La Mirande Photo via @dimitri_kuchenbrod
Guest Table in La Mirande Kitchen.
In case you have also dreamed of taking a cooking class in France.
An Exquisite Dining Room
Dining room with high ceiling in La Mirande is lovely indeed.
La Mirande dining room.
In case you need a visual for “high style.”
via La Mirande
Cozy fireside dining at La Mirande.
Chinoiserie at La Mirande is unmistakably classic French too.
Also note the art!
In case you need a lemon…
Because charmingly cozy always wins.
In case you need a visual for “beyond elegant.”
Chinoiseried walls of the Chinese Cabinet room, La Mirande Hotel, Avignon, France.
La Mirande Common Area
In case you care to leave your undeniably lovely guest room.
Surely this is the essence of chic!
In case you need an excuse to go to Provence.
Because. that chandelier!
In case you are checking in, I am happy to meet you here.
Because contemporary art can be sexy.
Not sure I could get to sleep here with all this pretty in Provence…how about you????
French Country Pieces
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