Our vision of a stay in Provence became a fulfilled reality. A 19th century farm house (mas) with an updated and remodeled interior, surrounded by vineyards was everything we had hoped to find. Our apartment was completely private with all the necessary amenities including up updated bath with walk-in shower, a small but well appointed kitchen and our own private terrace overlooking the vineyards and Mt Ventoux in the distance. Many suppers were enjoyed al fresco - wine, cheese, pate & bread as only the French can make was on that terrace. Morning sunrise was spectacular. Excellent pool, gardens & lawns for relaxing after a long day of touring the surrounding hill towns & wine country. Charles & Andree were superior hosts! Charles held a wine tasting seminar (for 4 of us) in their dining room just to help prepare us for our tours, one of which he conducted for almost 6 hours. We were at wineries that you would never find on your own! One even has concrete storage vats! This was an A+ rated experience and we are already planning a return - for a much longer stay!
We bought a case of wine at 3 different wineries & they shipped to us - all arrived quicker that we ever figured they would and not a bottle was so much as chipped. We have tried a bottle from each case - same great taste as at the winery. Charles wine contacts are terrific! Merci, Robert
Our favorite stay in our 3.5+ week tour of France - and we stayed at some wonderful apartments/homes in the Loire Valley, Bordeaux & Paris. Our great GPS finally got lost in Jonquieres but Google maps took us directly to the front door! Charles & Andree are wonderful people who made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Pre-arrival communication with Charles was perfect. Friendly, helpful & respective of their guests privacy. WiFi was strongest in the garden but you can use their super fast DSL inside - connecting with the provided cable. Loved the apartment and the kitchen was perfect given that we were by then eating the way the French do - large lunch meal at wonderful restaurants while touring and then supper, back on our own terrace, of wine, pate, cheese, sliced brioche (you can buy it in rounds already sliced in the bread section at the Carrefour grocery store. I think it's the French secret of staying slim!
We stayed in the Ouveze suite for 6 nights - it's the blue suite in the photos. The A/C was helpful as it was in the 90s (late August). The bed is comfortable & there is ample closet & drawer space! Nice tiled-top corner table in the suite provided good computer space (since we ate breakfast & supper on the terrace). I was wishing the marble topped terrace table with the black wrought iron legs would fit in my suitcase - unfortunately, no......
So much to do from here - all the hilltop towns like Gordes, Menerables; easy drive to Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence and even the Mediterranean is only an hour drive; markets held different days of the week in really charming towns; great food in restaurants everywhere; incredible scenery; even go to the top of Mt Ventoux
As a side note, food at the grocery stores is a bargain (all over France -only slightly more in Paris) - packages of pate are 1.5 Euros, a huge wedge of Brie is 2 Euros, goat cheese is about 2 Euros & good wine is 5 to 10 Euros. Croissants at a boulangerie are still only 1.3 Euros even in Paris. There is a smaller, good grocery store in Jonquieres and then the huge Carrefour between Jonquieres and Orange with everything you could possibly want. Everything is close in France and the countryside is so beautiful & the people are so wonderful.
Looking forward to a longer stay in the future! Give Auguste a hug from us too (he's named after an emperor, of course!)
Merci beaucoup Charles & Andree
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Jonquieres 6 miles from Orange antique theater, and 20 minutes only from Avignon in the heart of Popes's Provence and northern sunny Vaucluse, the Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat is a lovely old stone farm house, of typical Provencal style, which incorporates buildings dating back to the 17 th Century. This bed and breakfast has been carefully renovated to preserve its authentic, rustic character and charm, without compromising the need for modern comfort in all the accomodations. Breathtaking view over Ventoux Mount. Comfortable self-catering accommodations. Lots of tourism and visits in Provence. Beautiful landscapes and lavender fields in the Luberon area. These accommodations are located near Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape. Tour the wine route with us and enjoy unforgettable wine tasting of Cotes du Rhone wines including the prestigious Chateauneuf du Pape. Charles and Andree purchased le Mas (meaning farm in Provencal vernacular) at the end of 1995. The old farm, dating from the XVIIth Century, was nearly a ruin, so they decided to completely renovate it, transforming it into a Bed and Breakfast with self-catering units. By mid-1996, the first two studios, "Ventoux" and "Montmirail", were ready for rental. A crystal clear swimming pool was installed in the winter of 1997, featuring a diatom powder natural filtration system with salt water electrolysis purification. Under the careful eye of Andree, the garden has become a tranquil place with additional flowers attracting birds and cicadas. As more and more guests asked for accommodations at le Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, two more rooms, "Ouveze" and "Mistral", were added in 1999. Andree, with her architecture and design background has kept updating the decor of the rooms with her exquisite taste. Recently, she has worked on the design for the exterior walls of le Mas. Charles began leading wine tasting tours in 2002 to special wineries, which has delighted many guests and has proven to be popular ! Titus (Lab) and Auguste (American cocker) will welcome you in their very friendly manner.... ... more less
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