Descend into the old vaulted cellar, and discover an 18th-century kitchen used for cooking classes.
La Mirande is built on the site of a Cardinal's palace that was taken by siege and razed to the ground in 1410. While no one is a fan of having their castle burnt down, at least some good came out of it - in the end. In 1653, the property was sold, allowing the new owner's son to build the classic townhouse guests see now.
Detailed stone work and period art adorn the 19 sunny rooms and two suites, all featuring silk-lined curtains, open fireplaces, oak parqeut flooring, and ancient woodcuts.
The hotel's elegant French restaurant wields the famed flavors of Provence with precision and grace. If you're are interested in trying your hand at the art, La Mirande's Le Marmiton Culinary School is happy to place you under the tutelage of some of the regions finest (and forgiving) chefs.
Avignon itself is a place rich in history, offering visitors tours of the Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pope Clement the fifth fled here from Rome at a time; which guests may find relatable, as Avignon (and La Mirande) make for lovely places to hide from the harsh light of reality.