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Lou Calen (2024)

Hotel with a legendary past in one of France's most beautiful villages
9/10 and 85 online reviews
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Hotel in Cotignac

Lou Calen (2024)

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Hotel with a legendary past in one of France's most beautiful villages
9/10 and 85 online reviews

Lou Calen in brief

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Lou Calen is an exceptional hotel located in the heart of the village of Cotignac, in the Var department of Provence. It's a jewel hidden in a verdant park with 34 rooms, 3 outdoor pools including an adults-only pool, a Michelin-starred restaurant, an artisanal brasserie, an art center and a summer wine bar. Some suites are independent and located in their own private home.

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Enter promo code LETSGOMYLOVE when booking on Lou Calen 's official website and benefit from an exclusive romantic package: -5% discount on your stay, late check-out at 1pm, bottle of Mirabeau sparkling rosé and free upgrade subject to availability. The promo code works all year round, except between July 10 and August 25. Look at this image to see where to enter the promo code.

Between July 10 and August 25, simply mention Let's Go My Love during booking to benefit from all the above advantages, except the discount. Always a pleasure!

When you book online, you can get your room key directly on your phone, so you can enter your room independently. Good news: small dogs are accepted in certain rooms, for a small extra charge.

Huguette Caren, a native of the area, acquired Lou Calen in 1971. Huguette had no hotel management qualifications, yet she quickly transformed the old building into a 16-room hotel-restaurant. In 1972, General de Gaulle's wife, Yvonne de Gaulle, moved into the hotel and helped make it famous. We found this old article from a newspaper of the time.

By the end of the 70s, Lou Calen (which means "oil lamp" in Provençal) was well known beyond French borders. Its cosmopolitan clientele included many artists who came to record their albums in the studios of the famous jazz pianist Jacques Loussier, located at Château Miraval, just a few minutes from Lou Calen: AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Sting as well as The Cranberries and The Cure, for example.

The hotel closed its doors in 1999, and Huguette decided to switch to fabric painting and writing. But 15 years later, the legendary hotel has risen from the ashes, in the form of a formidable eco-responsible project focused on people, nature and romance. By the way, do you know who has owned Château Miraval since 2011? Brad Pitt!

Lou Calen is home to 34 rooms, divided between the historic hotel lining the village's main square and the Mico zone, a large, leafy estate planted with trees. Here's a map of the estate to help you find your way around.

The rooms in the historic hotel are modern and comfortable, with stunning views over the village. Some have terraces where you can enjoy the scents of Provence.

Want more privacy? Choose a room or suite in the Mico area! They are scattered around the estate in independent buildings and range in size from 16m² to 90m² for the largest suite. We've fallen in love with these 3 rooms:

1. Le Bastidon: a room with authentic charm, featuring old stonework and a private south-facing terrace.
2. La Troglodyte: an unusual (and oh-so-romantic!) room embedded in the rock, with a living room in a magnificent glass roof.
3. Le Pigeonnier: a particularly enchanting suite in a characterful building with a unique view of the Cotignac rock.

Depending on your choice, you'll enjoy the following amenities: king-size bedding, soft Tencel sheets from Mascioni Collection, private bathroom with bath and/or shower, welcome products from Une Olive en Provence, biodegradable slippers, fully-equipped kitchen, wood-burning stove, Japanese toilet and air conditioning.

Every morning, a delicious breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10.30am. The bread comes directly from the village bakery. If you have a special diet, please let the team know in advance, and we'll be happy to accommodate your wishes.

During the day, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to meals! There's a Michelin-starred restaurant and several bars throughout the estate. At Jardin Secret, chef Benoit Witz's kitchens simmer up a joyful, colorful Provence. In summer, Didier welcomes you to his wine bar with a very special selection. Finally, all year round, head to the creative micro-brewery to taste delicious local beers.

Good to know: Lou Calen is currently being expanded and will soon offer new areas, including a second restaurant and a pastis bar. Work is underway in some parts of the estate, but every effort is being made to minimize inconvenience.

Cotignac is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. When you arrive, it's easy to see why. It's simply enchanting, and all you want to do is spend an entire summer there, enjoying the pleasures of life. It's nestled at the foot of an immense cliff of volcanic tuff, riddled with secret caves and topped by 2 12th-century Saracen towers. We love the colorful facades, fountains and venerable plane trees.

You're just 45 minutes from the Gorges du Verdon and 1 hour from Aix-en-Provence. A little further south, the Côte d'Azur and its superb beaches are literally waiting for you!


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Enter promo code LETSGOMYLOVE when booking on Lou Calen 's official website and benefit from an exclusive romantic package: -5% discount on your stay, late check-out at 1pm, bottle of Mirabeau sparkling rosé and free upgrade subject to availability. The promo code works all year round, except between July 10 and August 25. Look at this image to see where to enter the promo code.

Lou Calen in a nutshell

1 night and more
From €210 / night
You have your own private room
In the quiet countryside
Open air pool
Bathtub according to the room
Optional breakfast
Gastronomic restaurant
Optional massages
Free wifi connection

Frequently asked questions

Yes, Lou Calen offers 3 large outdoor pools, one of which is entirely reserved for adults.

Yes, small dogs are accepted at Lou Calen in certain rooms, for a small supplement.

Arrival is from 4pm and departure until 12am.

Yes, some rooms have a bathroom with bathtub.

Yes, enter the promo code LETSGOMYLOVE when booking on the official Lou Calen website and benefit from an exclusive romantic package: -5% discount on your stay, late check-out at 1pm, bottle of Mirabeau sparkling rosé and free upgrade subject to availability. The promo code works all year round, except between July 10 and August 25. Between July 10 and August 25, simply mention Let's Go My Love during booking to benefit from all the above advantages, except the discount. Always a pleasure!

Lou Calen is home to 34 rooms, divided between the historic hotel lining the village's main square and the Mico zone, a large, leafy estate planted with trees.

You're just 45 minutes from the Gorges du Verdon and 1 hour from Aix-en-Provence. A little further south, the Côte d'Azur and its superb beaches are literally waiting for you!

Yes, all rooms are air-conditioned.

Contact

13 Rue de l'Araignée, 83570 Cotignac
1h10 from Aix-en-Provence station (car)
1h25 from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (car)
Arrival from 4 pm and departure until 12 am
+33 4 98 14 15 29
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Lou Calen and surroundings

Gorges du Verdon
45 min by car
Toulon
1 hour by car
Aix-en-Provence
1 hour by car
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1h40 by car
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1h15 by car
Marseille
1h20 by car
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1h50 by car
Avignon
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