Mon. Nov 28th, 2022

Carole Bamford is not only the proprietor of leading lifestyle brands Bamford and Daylesford Organic, but she’s also at the helm of the award-winning Château Léoube, a winery that’s nestled along the beautiful coast of the Côte d’Azur.

A historical Provençal estate that dons 70 hectares of vineyards and 22 hectares of olive groves, and in the same vein as Daylesford in the U.K., the mantra of ‘local, seasonal and sustainable’ is championed. Here, grapes and olives are tended under the guidance of head winemaker, Romain Ott, using traditional artisanal methods and organic principles that align with the land and the seasons to produce Provençal wines, and olive oils reflect the areas in which Château Léoube estate sits. With all her local intel, Carole Bamford shares her guide to the South of France, from the best beaches to beach clubs.

Stay: Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

It’s pure understated elegance; everything is exquisite without being ostentatious, and the setting is breathtaking. I’ve had some memorable stays there, so it’s a hotel that’s tinged with nostalgia for me. I think it’s a very special place.

Address: Boulevard J. F. Kennedy, CS 10029, 06605 Antibes Cedex, France

Shop: La Fromagerie du Marché in Saint Tropez

This cheese shop is just inside the market, and I go every morning to stock up. They have a really broad selection of really good-quality cheeses – local, as well as varieties from further afield, and it’s a really interesting place to shop where you’ll always discover something new. The Saint Tropez market itself is also wonderful, especially the fish market.

Address: 16 Pl. aux Herbes, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France

Play: Gigi Ramatuelle

There is a really relaxed beach house atmosphere with everything you could want, and you can go from day to night.

There’s a great Italian restaurant and a bar, as well as a spa and a pool, or you can spill out onto the beach at any moment. It’s fun but beautiful, and their bellinis are fabulous.

Address: 1050 chemin des Barraques, 83350 Ramatuelle

Eat: La Chaumière

Relaxed but elegant, and the food is delicious. It’s a family-run restaurant that specializes in grilled meats, and the dishes are cooked in front of you, so there’s a spectacle too. It’s simple French fare, but they just do what all wonderful French restaurants do well – they cook good ingredients with care and attention. I love discovering hidden gems, and this really feels like one.

Address: 384 Boulevard de l’Observatoire 06300 Nice

Bar: Eden-Roc bar at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Their terrace is high up and looks straight out over the sea, so all you can see is nothing but blue for miles. Sipping a glass of cold champagne here recalls so many wonderful holidays in France, and I will never tire of the view.

Address: Boulevard J. F. Kennedy, CS 10029, 06605 Antibes Cedex, France

Café Sénéquier

It’s fun and bustling with a great menu of French classics, but I like it best off-season when you can sit at their outside tables and watch all the comings and goings of the port.

Address: 29 Quai Jean Jaures, 83990 Saint Tropez

Shop: Club 55 boutique

They only stock items that aren’t sold anywhere else in France or abroad so you know you’re going to find something original. The kaftans and beach linens are favorites of mine, and the quality is terrific.

Address: 43 Boulevard Patch, 83350 Ramatuelle, France

Culture: Villa Noailles

The modernist building is striking, and there’s always something interesting to see. I try and get to the International Festival of Fashion every year.

Address: Montée Noailles, 83400 Hyères, France

Beach: Plage du Pellegrin

It’s one of the wildest and most unspoiled beaches in the area, and I’m fortunate to have it so close to our house.

Address: Plage du Pellegrin, Route De Leoube, 83250 La Londe Les Maures, France

83250 La Londe Les Maures, France

Vineyard: Château Léoube

Of course, I had to say this. It’s the vineyard my husband and I have owned since 1997. The setting and terroir of the estate are beautiful – the soil is rich in minerals from the sea, and we think it gives the wines a unique flavor. We’re also very proud of the way we work with the vines, using artisanal methods that are in harmony with the land and the changing seasons.

Address: Château Léoube, 2387 Route De Leoube, 83230 Bormes-Les-Mimosas, France

Favorite place: The chapelle Saint-Georges on the pilgrim way above Léoube

It’s a beautiful walk up to the chapel, which is perched on a hilltop, and the chapel has one of the most breathtaking views overlooking the bay with a clear view of the sea. The walls of the chapel are white, and there’s a purity and simplicity to the building that I love. It’s a little refuge, and somewhere I’ll always visit when I’m at home.

Address: Château Léoube, 2387 Route De Leoube, 83230 Bormes-Les-Mimosas, France

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