The Ventoux, the Luberon, Provence… just reading these words, a whole world of smell and taste comes to life: lavender, honey, essential oils and the bustle of Provence markets.
There is a strong tradition of craftsmanship in the Vaucluse In Sault, within easy reach of our 4-star hotel, meet artisans and discover their crafts. The Savonnerie en Provence (soap works) presents artisanal processes for making soap. The Boyer nougat confectionery opens its doors and workshops from July to August to unveil all the secrets of making nougat and artisanal macaroons.
Thanks to the richness of its soils, the Vaucluse abounds with exceptional local produce: olive oil, truffles, wines, aromatic and medicinal herbs... In the Sault Valley where lavender and spelt grow, other local produce can be added to this list: essential oils, lavender honey, flour, artisanal soaps, nougat and macaroons. All the produce from our beautiful region is available at the shops and artisanal workshops in Sault, just a stone's throw from the Hostellerie du Val de Sault.
Sault is proud to be home to one of the oldest municipal regional museums, founded in 1859. This charming museum is home to a varied collection which spans the ages: fossils from the tertiary era, an Egyptian mummy in its sarcophagus, everyday objects from Roman times, revolutionary weapons, 20th century agricultural tools, and more... Just a few kilometres from our 4-star hotel, visit the many museums of the Luberon: the Museum of Lavender in Coustellet, the Museum of Baking in Bonnieux or the Museum of the Crèche Provençale in Cavaillon.
Is it possible to not fall for the charm of Provence markets? If you think so, you will be put to the test in this stunning little corner of Provence. Since 1515, the picturesque Sault market has taken place on Wednesday mornings, full of the colours, tastes and smells of local produce (lamb, lavender, Provence herbs, candied fruit, nougat, macaroons...). Still feeling sceptical? Then head to the market at Apt which, for its atmosphere, its history, and its originality, was listed as a "marché d'exception français" (exceptional French market) in 1996.
In the country of lavender, thyme, rosemary, and sage, a myriad of distilleries produce essential oils, usually organic. Within easy reach of the hotel, in the village of Sault, no fewer than three distilleries offer products made from distilling aromatic plants. Their essential oils, each with specific properties (antiseptic, revitalising...) can be used in aromatherapy to improve your health and stay in shape. The distilleries of Sault offer guided tours to learn about the production processes behind these oils.
The unique quality of light of Provence has attracted many painters: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse… And many of their paintings have immortalised the beauty of these places which enchanted them. The varied landscapes of the Ventoux and the Luberon, which surround the Hostellerie du Val de Sault, also inspired many painters.