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.
This unique experience is offered to you by our head sommelier. Whether you just like fine wines or are a fervent connoisseur of superior vintages, he’ll invite you to follow him into our cellar, which you’ll discover through a secret passageway leading to the underground tunnels beneath the house dating back to just after the French revolution. Fabulous aging cellars await you with nearly 3,000 bottles of more than 750 wines. Enthralled, you’ll go from exquisite surprises to exciting discoveries. An exceptional moment, simply unforgettable
Let yourself be dazzled by the sumptuous natural setting illuminating the Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe. Accompanied by an expert guide the whole day, you’ll discover this beautiful place and its breathtaking landscapes. You’ll be able to enjoy wonderful hikes and kayaking tours. The enchantment continues with a visit to a unique picturesque village, a real gem, famous for its faience pottery artisans. Mixing adventure, changes of scenery, and sensory pleasure, this is definitely an escapade not to be missed.
You’re invited to discover an exceptional terroir accompanied by an expert sommelier guide and surrounded by passionate winemakers. You’ll spend the whole day touring wineries that are secret to most, but well known to the Property. You’ll discover the many secrets of the vineyard and the winemaking techniques, as well as enrich your vocabulary with the wine tasting terms used by connoisseurs of this exquisite nectar. Prolong this magical moment by tasting some blends that will familiarize you with the different wine flavors of Provence, a region that is the pride of France.
Inseparable from the soul of Provence, lavender is a small purple flower that glorifies the landscape and perfumes the air with its enchanting scents. Its blooming heralds the coming of summer, which is always splendid in this region. Between mid-June and the beginning of August, follow our guide as he invites you on a day-long trip to discover this amazing spectacle. Views from exceptional outlooks, pauses to walk in the fields, a visit to an artisanal distillery and the discovery of lavender-based products are sure to awaken all your senses. Enjoy an intense sensory experience full of sweet contentment and poetry.
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.