Hotel Lou Calen

Hotel Lou Calen

At this unique eco-responsible hotel in Provence you will be able to recharge your batteries, reconnect with yourself, with others and with nature. Lou Calen is a three-hectare estate situated in the heart of Cotignac, a village full of character that was awarded the title "Most beautiful villages in France" in 2022. It is located an hour away from the Gorges du Verdon and the beaches of the Côte d'Azur. With its luxury hotel, restaurant, wine bar and craft brewery, Lou Calen invites you to discover local characters and the Provençal art of living. Its history, intimately connected to that of Cotignac since the 17th century, is what makes it a staple address in Provence. By the way, did you know that 'Lou Calen' means oil lamp in Provençal?


Newlyweds receive a room type upgrade, according to availability on arrival. All Caractère customers are offered a welcome drink.

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This hotel is closed from November till mid december.


24 rooms.


Check-in is possible from 4 pm. Check-out is before 12 noon.


Price from 280 euros.


  • Tourist tax is 3.93 euros per person per day. You can pay this amount on site.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms for 30 euros per day per pet, payable on site.


This hotel houses a microbrewery run by a Belgian brewer.

About the rooms

All rooms are spread across several bastides on the estate and are decorated in a contemporary style.

Our favourite room

Enjoy a pastis on the terrace of the pleasant rooms 'Cassole terrasse' that overlook the park.

Enjoy a refreshing swim

The two heated outdoor swimming pools are open from April to September, depending on the weather conditions. Loungers and parasols are available.

Work out and wind down

The hotel is ideally located for exploring the region by bike or for walks in the beautiful nature among lakes and waterfalls. Enjoy various wine and olive oil tastings, get to know the creativity of local artists with new artistic techniques or take part in a workshop on wellness, sport, culture or gastronomy.

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Food & drink

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Don't miss the hotel's new Bar à Pastis, located on Cotignac's picturesque village square with a beautiful terrace, and discover its extensive selection of pastis with references from around the world. It's a refreshing break at any moment of the day!

dress code

We advise you to dress in a casual chic manner.

There is a continental breakfast buffet, which can be enjoyed on the terrace in fine weather. The gourmet restaurant 'Le jardin secret', which was recently awarded the green star of the Michelin Guide, is located in a 200-year-old bastide overlooking the hills of Cotignac. There you can enjoy the authentic flavours of Provence, prepared with regional and daily fresh ingredients, mostly from the restaurant's own vegetable and herb garden. In the micro-brewery 'Le Tailleur de Bière' or under the terrace beneath the plane trees, a whole range of original and seasonal beers await you. This micro-brewery - run by a Belgian brewer - has a reputation far beyond the borders of Cotignac. Booking a table in advance is essential given the limited capacity!

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The hotel is set in a beautiful three-hectare garden with olive trees, lavender, herbs and vegetables in the centre of Cotignac, one of the most beautiful Provencal villages. Draguignan is at 35 km, Saint-Tropez and Sainte-Maxime at 65 km, Aix-en-Provence at 75 km, Les Gorges du Verdon at 70 km and Marseille at 100 km.

Are you travelling by plane?

Marseille airport is 100 kilometres away and the airport in Nice is 120 kilometres away.


There is a transfer available between Nice or Marseille airport and the hotel, which costs 200 euros per journey.

Do you have a (rental) car?

You can park your car free of charge in the private car park. There are also charging points available.

Caractère review

Recently renovated hotel in a typical Provençal style with a unique location in the charming village of Cotignac. It offers beautiful views of the surrounding hills. It is the ideal location for interesting excursions in this beautiful part of Provence. Celebrities such as Joe Dassin, The Cure and Pink Floyd have all stayed here.

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