Catnaps Beside the Largest Private Garden in Avignon

A 19th Century French Mansion Where the Suites Get Weird

By Eric Twardzik ·

"In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost."— Dante Alighieri, la Divine Comédie.

"In the middle of my stay in a converted 19th-century French mansion, I came across the largest private garden in Avignon." — You, after staying at la Divine Comédie.

And that's not all you noticed... 

La Divine Comédie is a former manse in the South of France that's been transformed into five opulent suites for your sleeping pleasure (enjoy the visual evidence). It's now available to book.

Now, about those suites: they're pretty special. Each has its own name, theme and shall we say, "eccentric" décor. For instance, there's the Anatole Suite, named for a fictional, world-traveling uncle that's stocked with his model boats and paintings of the Orient. Or if you're super into volcanoes, you can rest your head in the Naples Suite, filled with paintings of an erupting Mount Vesuvius.

But that's just the indoors. Step outside and you'll find yourself amid Avignon's largest private garden, complete with an outdoor pool, spa and wellness center, and over 100 types of trees and flora. We counted.

In fact, there's so much tranquil, garden-y peacefulness that you might just forget you're staying in the center of Avignon, mere steps away from the Papal Palace.

Yes, yet another Pope-gentrified neighborhood.

Eric Twardzik

Eric Twardzik is often misidentified as a Dane. Embroidered pants and green Chartreuse are the two things that get him out of bed every morning.

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