Why on earth didn’t I take a picture of the wonderful bar? Or of the period features in my bedroom or one of the lounges? Who knows… put it down to travel lag and over-snapping brain freeze. What I did take in Hotel de la Villeon gives just a snap shot of this charming hotel. It is really rather wonderful.
In the heart of old town Tournon-sur-Rhone, nestling right under the St. Joseph vines as the steep hillside pushes the town right up against the Rhone, Hotel de La Villeon has only been open since the beginning of the 2015 holiday season. The hill plays a major role in shaping the hotel, climbing up from the small courtyard – a delightful place to enjoy a simple breakfast (an extra €15) – there are two terraces with views across the old town roof tops to the vines and hills on the other side of the river.
Internally, while ultra-modern, a huge number of period features have been retained. From the listed front door to the original mouldings, antique furniture and beautiful fireplaces the combination makes each of the 16 bedrooms unique. The Hotel de La Villeon website gives excellent views of each for the sophisticated, slightly rustic, charm of each.
“The Hotel Bar of Villeon, Bar ‘Le Gabriel’. was conceived as a modern haven in the patina of old, right on the court, it dares the challenge of contemporary design in the heart of a vault carved into the rock where a basin is fed by a water directly from the source that supplies the upper terraces.”
For my photographic ‘take’ on old town Tornon please see the gallery on Lumination.
Photo Gallery: Hotel de la Villeon Tournon-sur-Rhone
Hotel de la Villeon
2 rue Davity 07300 Tournon-sur-Rhône, France
Room rates start at €143. Pre-booking is required.