At La Bonne Etape, I will show you our own little garden of Eden. As George CLOONEY said (during his visit to the Bonne Etape in 2011) "This place was an oasis…". Discover our 6,000 m² organic kitchen garden! Let me take you on a sensory journey. A guided visit during which I will share some of my culinary tips. This richly planted garden with its dozens of plant varieties is a truly exceptional place where we host a range of events (weddings, concerts, plays, etc.) as well as our summer restaurant on the lawn in the shade of the fruit trees… dine accompanied by the sweet song of thrushes and cicadas.
For one morning, come and join me in my kitchen for a unique experience. Discover the atmosphere and meet the people who work in a busy Michelin-starred restaurant. During the cooking course I will share many of my culinary tips with you. Together, we will make dishes that reflect my passion for our beautiful Provence region and showcase produce from our garden.
In our Michelin-starred restaurant (uninterrupted since 1964), I invite you to try our delicious menu - your taste buds will not be disappointed. Our Jarlandin menu (named after the inhabitants of Château-Arnoux) includes six dishes, which showcase local products that are very dear to me: Sisteron lamb, aromatic herbs from our organic kitchen garden, almonds, Mées olive oil, lavender honey, etc. A range of flavoursome products carefully prepared to seduce your taste buds. Our sommelier will propose some of our very best bottles from our wine cellar, which has over 600 different wines.
For more than twenty years, La Bonne Étape has maintained a special relationship with the Moulin Fortuné Arizzi, a producer of extra pure virgin olive oil from Haute-Provence, located 10 miles from the property in the Durance Valley. We invite you to visit this exceptional estate to discover the production secrets of this region’s oil, created from a medley of three olive varieties: aglandau, picholine and frantoio. At the start of the visit, a tasting introduction will allow you to explore all the sensory qualities of this treasure from Provençal cuisine.
Discover the enchanting landscapes by bike that stretch out across the banks of the Durance. Between historic villages and unspoiled nature, more than 30 marked routes of distances between 2 and 35 miles allow you to enjoy the landscapes of Haute-Provence at your own pace. By bike, mountain bike or electric bike, take the Napoléon route from the hotel to join the Courcousson route or the Corniche des Crêtes route to admire the panoramic view over the village of Mées and its “Penitents,” unusual rock formations that climb towards the sky, at more than 3000 feet. Le Val de Durance offers an endless natural and cultural richness to explore in total peace under the warm Mediterranean sun.