As I was finishing my research on routes for my upcoming trip, I came upon this upscale “campground”, and I just had to write about it! Called Lodges en Provence, this isn’t like any campground you have ever seen. A stay at Lodges en Provence is an experience in what’s called glamping–camping done in a glamorous fashion with designer tents and first class amenities. Leave it to the French to help reinvent the popularity of camping. Located in Richerenches in the Northern Vaucluse, Lodges en Provence is a five star holiday park with 50 upscale lodges made entirely of wood and canvas and are perfectly integrated into a grove of truffle oak trees. The units combine the comfort and level of service of a hotel with the facilities and privacy of a holiday rental, and they are just oozing with charm and coziness. And that’s just the beginning.
The lodges are fully equipped with bathrooms, kitchens and separate sleeping areas with beds and linens, televisions and Wi-Fi. The canvas and wood units have a wood stove and the wood lodges have heating and air conditioning. Both of these units are open all winter. But there’s more! There are two restaurants and bars and wellness services at two eco-spas that include a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, high pressure jet shower and massage services. But there’s more!
The town of Richerenches is the capital of the black truffle and home to the best known truffle market in Provence and possibly Europe. Every Saturday from November to March, the town is flooded with people searching for the highly prized truffle, the Black Diamond of Richerenches. Imagine waking up to the smell of brouillade de truffles, scambled eggs with truffles, a seasonal special at one of the Lodge’s restaurants. Or for a real indulgence, imagine enjoying a truffle tasting menu paired with local wines served at the Lodge. Unfortunately I won’t have the time to visit this place during my upcoming trip, but I hope that if you are in the area, you give it a try. Rates are not cheap, $450 for three nights for 4-6 people, but the experience would be priceless! I definitely will be investigating more glamping and camping possibilities for upcoming stories and guidebooks.