Le Pavillon de Galon

  • Location: Countryside
    Michelin-starred restaurant: In walking distance
    Tuesday Morning Market in Cucuron: In walking distance
    Luberon National Park: In walking distance
    Beach: 80km (1h by car)
  • Marseille Provence Airport (MRS): 60km (50 mins by car)
    Nice Airport (NCE): 205km (2h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Stroll through the gardens, they are a pure oasis and even have 48 different kinds of fruit trees.
Whether you prefer heated swimming pools or natural spring-fed pools, both are available on site.
During the summertime you can even book the entire guest house as a self-catering villa rental.

The property is not suitable for young children because of the natural pools and the swimming pool.

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An introduction to Le Pavillon de Galon

How would you describe Le Pavillon de Galon in a nutshell?

Pavillon de Galon is a luxury B&B with only three suites in the magnificent Provence. A former hunting pavilion built in the 18th century, the guest house in Cucuron sits on 11 acres and is surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and with enchantingly beautiful gardens. The suites offer panoramic landscape views of Luberon National Park. It is a very calm and private retreat with the most stylish setting that gracefully combines traditional stone-wall architecture with contemporary comforts and amenities. For example, you can choose between their heated infinity pool or the property’s natural pools that even have a small beach.

Pavillon de Galon is an 18th century hunting pavilion. Please tell us a bit about the history of the property.

It’s very interesting because Pavillon de Galon used to be a very important Roman villa. We have the most important water spring on this side of the Luberon and the Romans are, of course, very clever, so they mined it to bring the water directly to our place. It works naturally with no pump or electricity, apparently coming from the south of the Alps.

Later on, for the wealthier people in the 18th century in Provence, the countryside provided a pleasant escape from the towns. Hunting pavilions were built for people who wanted to come with friends for hunting, and for pretty girls. As opposed to Bastides or manor houses, that were more for the family. So it is kind of a pavillon de plaisir.

The original owner was a shipowner and he had boats going to the Americas, from where he brought back plants and trees that were planted here. Some of the trees we have on the terrace are more than 250 years old and have been classified as some of the oldest in Provence.

What was the inspiration to open Pavillon de Galon?

I’m Parisian and after Paris and many travels we decided to come to the Mare Nostrum, the most beautiful climate on Earth. The Luberon region is trendy and expensive, and we thought this valley would not be for us. But destiny is not always under control. We really liked the 18th century architecture and gardens, the fantastic, extraordinary trees, and the pools with water. It is just fabulous.

What would you describe to be the spirit of Pavillon de Galon and your philosophy?

It is all about living with nature.

In your opinion, what is the secret of being a good host?

I realized that if you don’t share a beautiful place, you just go crazy. The first time I thought of this I was working hard in the garden. I thought that if someone is doing this kind of work and is getting so involved in it but has to keep it private and hidden behind big walls for people not to see it from the road, the guy will become totally schizophrenic. We try to share nature, it is important to share beauty.

And our guests really appreciate that and they like the fact that if they want to be on their own, they’re completely on their own, and if they need anything, they know we are here to help them since we actually live here as well.

What kind of guests do usually come to stay at Pavillon de Galon?

The other day we looked at the type of people who come here, who they are. Many are writers, artists, intellectuals, famous people in the movie industry, and they come here to relax. They know they can escape the outside world being here and at the same time live a pretty simple life.

What else is there to do in the region?

Just behind us, 600 meters behind the Pavillon on the north side, we have the Luberon mountain, which is pretty impressive. It’s 1,200 meters. It’s a very wide mountain with 60 percent of all the European butterflies. If someone loves butterflies, it’s really the place to come. And a lot of our guests also come here to go to the famous music and opera festivals and about two hours away we have very good skiing as well.

To you personally, what has been most rewarding about running Pavillon de Galon?

I think the enthusiasm of some people to consider this their preferred place on Earth. For example, we have a very busy and important person who works with the United Nations and lives in Madagascar who comes to visit regularly. When he’s here, he’s totally at peace with nature, spending his time meditating or drawing the landscape. When we get guests like this, they find their peace here.

Pavillon de Galon garden
Pavillon de Galon
Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Grand Suite
Junior Suite
Suite #3 bathroom
Suite #3
Suite #3
Dinner outside
Outside seating
Untreated spring water pool
Pavillon de Galon

Le Pavillon de Galon rooms & rates

We only have three suites at Pavillon de Galon. This is an enormous luxury for our clients. The style of the interior aims to relax and has some French design, which is modern – ‘60s, ‘70s – mixed with old paintings and modern photography. We don’t want to have too many things on the walls or make it too bright or have too much fashion. I work a lot for all those magazines on style, decoration, design so I don’t want to bother people with fashion. We are in a way fashionable, but we are old fashioned.

  • Grand Suite for 2 people / 40 m²
    420 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    The Grand Suite is located on the first floor of the main house, with views over gardens to the South, private entrance and terraces. The room offers a comfortable double bed and a spacious daylight shower room.

    Guests may choose between two twin or 180 cm king size top quality beds. TV and a large choice of DVDs is available. Free Wifi & ADSL accessible in rooms and terraces. Guest also have access to a shared small kitchenette with a microwave for light meals like salads etc.

  • Junior Suite for 2 people / 30 m²
    380 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    The Junior Suite is located on the first floor of the main house, with views over gardens to the South, private entrance and terraces. The room offers a comfortable double bed and a spacious daylight shower room.

    Guests may choose between two twin or 180 cm king size top quality beds. TV and a large choice of DVDs is available. Free Wifi & ADSL accessible in rooms and terraces. Guest also have access to a shared small kitchenette with a microwave for light meals like salads etc.

  • Suite #3 for 2 people / 60 m²
    480 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    The Suite #3 is the newest addition and is located on the ground floor. It features a double bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower. There is an option to add a beautiful living room/library to your rental for more space.

    Guests may choose between two twin or 180 cm king size top quality beds. TV and a large choice of DVDs is available. Free Wifi & ADSL accessible in rooms and terraces. Guest also have access to a small kitchenette with a microwave for light meals like salads etc.

Included in the rates
Rates include Wi-Fi and parking, access to the exclusive Orangerie lounge, breakfast, bed linen and towels, as well as daily housekeeping during the week.
Optional extras
Services on request: massages and manicures, bicycle rentals, cooking lessons, wine tastings, and landscape painting classes. You can also have them organize lunch-parties and receptions for up to 50 guests.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome, however the B&B is not suitable for young children. An extrabed is EUR 70 per night.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

We have a swimming pool that is originally from a fresh water spring, but treated to be totally clean. It has two different decks so two couples can be on two separate decks, not visible to one another. In addition, we also have an original Roman untreated freshwater pool.

We really care a lot for people to have their own privacy. The suites have a common entry to the apartments that is separate from the main house. They have a small live-in kitchenette that is shared between the two suites if they don’t want to go to any of the good restaurants we have nearby.

My wife and I, as well as our dog, who also live on the property, are really into gardening and our gardens were classified as a Remarkable Garden by the French Ministry of Culture.

We are mostly growing our own things organically and are totally against pesticides. We also offer cooking classes in the main kitchen and make our own wine. We only do 1,000 bottles so it’s small but very luxurious.

Things to do in Provence & Cucuron

  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding

We are really located in the perfect place to discover Provence. Within a one hour drive, one can visit the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the fountains in Aix en Provence, the antiques markets at Isle sur Sorgue or the Roman arenas in Arles. Closer to Cucuron one can tour the hill villages of the Luberon — Lourmarin, Gordes, Bonnieux, Menerbes, Ansouis, Lacoste, Gordes, Roussillon, Goult, Oppède — and for people who want more activity, there is plenty to do from golf, tennis, trekking and mountain-biking to rock climbing and horse riding.

Naturally, one of the big advantages in our region here is that we are part of Luberon National Park. We don’t have advertisements or bad architecture here. Everything is super protected. But if you want to repair your car or need a supermarket or something industrial, you just have to go 10 mins to be out of the park and find what you can find anywhere else.

Le Pavillon de Galon reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
I would rate my stay 5/5! Pavillon de Galon is that rare gem: a home from home, with all the comforts and freedom, but with an Eden-like setting which you could only dream existed. The location is spectacularly peaceful. It is an escape from the everyday world. Guy and Bibi were perfect hosts. We will count the days before we plan our next sojourn.
Amit M. (UK)
stayed at Le Pavillon de Galon in June 2015
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
A wonderful place! I thank you for your recommendation of Le Pavillon de Galon. It is a wonderful place, and we had a peaceful, relaxing time there. The hosts are quite gracious and helpful, and their establishment gets my heartiest endorsement. So on a scale of 1 to 10, I would be happy to rate it a 10.
John G. (USA)
stayed at Le Pavillon de Galon in October 2014
4 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
This is a clear 9. Wonderful.
Markus H.
stayed at Le Pavillon de Galon in August 2014
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Just perfect! Our stay at Le Pavillon de Galon was perfect! We had four very relaxing days there...loved the place, loved the staff, loved Bibi and Guy who own it... It was a real treat!
Annabel S.
stayed at Le Pavillon de Galon in July 2013

The location of Le Pavillon de Galon

Pavillon de Galon is surrounded by five hectares of land, with several gardens and a spiral full of olive trees. You‘ll enjoy the stunning 360 degree-vista as there is nothing disturbing this view, with no houses in sight. We are right in the heart of Luberon National Park, south of us is a chain of mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

There is such a strong contrast between the busy city life in Marseille and Paris and the stillness at the Pavillon. The only noise we have here are birds and the water spring. Yet you’ll find that we are so close to Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Gordes and then of course Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Arles.

When is the best time to visit Provence?

Personally, I prefer spring, autumn and winter because there are less people in the area generally. We have a very special, magic light here that gets very strong in summer. Some people like it and it can really raise your spirits, but it’s too strong for me. I look for the tree that gives the best shade.