A New Home in Provence

Two of my most wonderful friends decided to tie the knot in France, she’s French you see.

And not just any old place in France, the home of French country romance, rolling hills, crumbly villas, peeling shutters and blushing rosé, Provence!

It was a magical affair spread over 3 days with chateaus, peonies, chandeliers hanging from trees, music, dancing and a great deal of wine.

You know my motto by now, “if a little’s good, more’s better”. I popped out a couple of days early to enjoy the sunshine and explore a little of Provence.

Checking into a friend’s villa, filling a basket with the bare necessities and setting off to find the pool.

With the warm afternoon breeze picking up the smell of tumbling jasmine, the burgeoning rose garden and the new season’s lavender, it felt like stepping into a story book.

The sort of place you could lose yourself.

Or at the very least, your hat.

Straw hat with silk bow – high st version

Chevron bikini top // Broderie Anglaise skirt

Gold and tan sandals

Basket (from an old French market years ago, but this one’s similar)

The villa’s split into two parts.

The main bit, which we stayed in.

And the pool house, which I immediately fell in love with.

Surrounded by lavender, roses and draped in honeysuckle, complete with pastel wooden shutters and creamy stone walls.

We felt like we’d stepped back in time.

Eventually, having walked the long way around, we finally spotted a glimpse of glittering turquoise off in the distance.

I took the shortcut.

Paradise found.

Lavender sunbeds, no less.

We downed tools and made ourselves very much at home.

^ If anyone could tell me the name of these ombre spray roses, I’d be very grateful! 

We popped open a bottle of Provence’s finest.

And got down to business.

Retro bikini topbottoms

Hopping up for the occasional refill.

Rose with rosé among the roses.

I think it’s fair to say I found my new home!

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  • disqus_ZKQ446WYa3

    The rose might be ‘Ghislaine de Ferigonde’.

  • Michelle Joseph

    Those flowers are gorgeous and I am loving your bikini! *Heart eyes*

  • Ellen Rooms

    I’m leaving for Entrechaux (Vaucluse, close to Vaison-la-Romain) on Monday. I’m so happy you’re putting these posts up now as I’ve been seeing your instagram pictures from your Provence trip. I hope there are many more posts to come 🙂

  • Viviane Feeney

    Rose with rosé among the roses; love it! I thought by the title that you bought a house in Provence. I can so see you doing that!

  • Laura Torninoja

    Firstly – that stripy bikini is the cutest!

    Secondly – I’m craving rosé SO much right now.

    Beautiful pictures as always! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • I love Provence, one of my most favourite regions in the world 🙂

  • Alex Cole

    LOVE the straw hat! I’m headed to France in August and I’m hoping I’ll have time to pop down to Provence.
    Alex // preppybeancounter.blogspot.com

  • Ana C.

    In Portugal, we call “Santa Teresinha” to that little roses 😉

  • What an idyllic place! Love the chevron bikini top too x


  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    Rose I got married in Eygalieres, which is just down the road from this villa! What a beautiful place your friend has you lucky thing 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your trip, Provence is my favourite place in the world!

    I did actually write about our wedding and some tips for brides to be in case you wanted to take a read ahead of you planning your wedding – you must be SO excited! xx


  • Peppermint Dolly

    That bikini is fab, but oh my goshie – do I love that hat!!


  • Emily

    I love Peter Mayle’s travel books — such an incredible escape when you can’t get to Provence yourself!

  • That bathing suit is adorable!

  • Michelle Newby

    This looks GORGEOUS! We still haven’t made our way to Provence, but last year we did a road trip through Le Croisic, Bordeaux & Biarritz and there is just something about France that makes my heart flip!

    Thanks for sharing!! Michelle


  • Kblossoms

    Beautiful lavender, flowers and house in Provence http://www.kblossoms.com

  • Looks like an incredible weekend getaway! Provence is on my list and this post made it jump a couple of spots! 🙂

  • That’s it, I’m booking a trip to Provence! 😉


  • looks amazing there and loving your bikini Rosie.

    Mel x mediamarmalade.com

  • Love your outfit! France is beautiful x


  • Gorgeous post! This looks like such a beautiful peaceful place to spend some quality time…

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  • Samantha Gibb

    I’m off to Bordeaux for a friends wedding next weekend, thanks for the hat tips! x

  • Kate Higgins

    Hi Rosie,

    I think this is the rose you are looking for: http://www.heirloomroses.com/roses/super-dorothy.html?

  • Beautiful! Love your bathing suit too 🙂

  • Holly

    Stunning! I am currently considering getting married abroad and this is definitely on my list.

    Holly x