I had the opportunity to visit this adorable little town for the weekend. Plombières les Bains is located in the picturesque Vosges, North East France. It’s a small village with an incredible amount of charm; full of antique stores, walking tracks, thermal springs and stunning architecture.
Over 2000 years ago, the Romans traveling through this area noticed steam coming from the river, which they discovered was caused from natural thermal springs. The water has great healing properties and became a very popular retreat for many wealthy families including Neapolian III. It was also used for people recovering from war related injuries to bath in. It’s incredible to think that I was walking in the same underground corridor, sitting in the same sauna and enjoying the same spa as people did 2000 years ago (obviously they have renovated the exterior but underground is still the same, unfortunately cameras don’t work in saunas!)
Later that afternoon Marine and I headed off for an 8+ km walk through the forest to soak in some more of Plombieres’ natural beauty – and we also made some new friends along the way.
I stayed in this incredible 4 story house. Some would call it a castle, right? And to be honest it did kind of made me feel like a Cinderella for 2 nights! With everything you could possibly imagine or want (think stunning architecture, large luxurious bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, alfresco area, 2 dining rooms, library, gym, pool, art studio (ok that’s just my suggestion/dream – but they are in the process of creating a space downstairs in the amazing sunroom dedicated to textiles [so that’s kind of an art studio right?] – textile design was popular in the area 200+ years ago).
Hidden away in the hills it really is the prefect weekend retreat and I’m very grateful I got to experience it all. I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend too? x