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La Madelene
Ancien Route d'Entrechaux, 84340 Malaucene, France   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Malaucene B&B and Inns
Cary, Illinois
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“great wine trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Stayed with Philip and Jude for 3 nights in early September. Jude is a fabulous cook and Philip's wine tour was excellent. Great people and a great time. I highly recommend this trip for wine lovers. Philip's knowledge was outstanding

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

After a wonderful experience last year my wife and I returned to 'La Madelene' in September with a group of 10 guests, who joined us for a Yoga Retreat and "Taste of Provence". Our hosts, Jude and Philip, again, had no problems to fulfill our high expectations and created a warm, welcoming and soothing atmosphere. Jude never got tired to share the recipes of her wonderful meals, Philip' s selection of local wines always hit the spot. And - what can be better for a yoga disciple than finishing an early morning outdoor yoga class on the terrace, touched by the first sun rays and than being immediately exposed to the seductive smells of fresh baked croissants, a variety of home made jams and fresh brewed coffee?
'La Madelene' surrounded by orchards and vineyards and beautiful old trees offers a relaxing atmosphere in very comfortable rooms and is ideally located to explore the Vaucluse and always felt like being at home, when we returned from our excursions to Avignon, Vaison-la-Romaine, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Beaume-de-Venise, Carpentras, Gigondas, Seguret, Vacqueyras or the Mont Ventoux.
A stay at this place and being pampered by Philip and Jude is pure pleasure.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Our stay was outstanding. Phillip and Jude made us feel like visiting family. We relaxed into the renovated Abbey with three solid meals a day and outstanding local wines. At our request, the food was heavily vegetarian using local and seasonally fresh ingredients. Everything was delicious. The after dinner cheese platters were to die for as were the fresh croissants each morning. Our room near the pool was huge with a spacious shower and tasteful, simple decorations and the bed very comfortable. La Madelene is off the beaten path yet close enough to experience all that Provence has to offer.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This summer, my husband and I stayed at La Madelene for 2 nights on a B&B basis and then for 3 nights as part of Philip's Rhone Wine Tour. Both experiences were outstanding and I would highly recommend your staying here. Philip and Jude are passionate about what they do and they do it superbly. They really care that you have the best possible time while staying with them and while visiting the Rhone. La Madelene is a sophisticated and idyllic place to stay while exploring the Rhone. Our room was spacious, private and well appointed. Philip's knowledge of wine, and Rhone wine in particular, is extensive. Yet, he is brilliant at making sure that everyone (both the wine novice and the wine expert) learns about the wines of the Rhone at their own level. The restaurant that he recommended to us was excellent and we would not have found it on our own. Likewise, the restaurants that he took us to as part of the wine tour were all top notch (and we are picky foodies). As others have noted, Jude is an unbelievable cook and the meals that we had at La Madelene were as good, if not better than those we had at restaurants. I just can't say enough good things about Philip, Jude and La Madelene. Rest assured that when my husband and I return to the South of France, we will make sure to return to La Madelene.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We are 4 couples sitting at Marseilles airport reflecting on the last 3 days. There is 100% agreement in the group; this was the perfect long weekend. We are all well-travelled, but Jude and Philip took us by storm. A late arrival on Wednesday did not stop Judy from serving a 5 star dinner with Philip's excellent wine choices. From that point on, until we left on Saturday, the quality remained at top level.
La Medelene is a stunning place in a beautiful setting. The rooms are all renovated to top standard. Jude continued to serve fantastic meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Philip guided us to 8 wineries, all carefully selected to give us the full flavor of the variety among wine producers. From Philip, we learned more about wine than we have ever done before. On top of all this, Jude and Philip did everything they could possibly do to ensure that we had a comfortable stay.
We are all entering flight LH 1089 with big smiles in our faces.
From the group: Jude and Philip, thank you so much.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I am sitting here in our next location - an apartment in Bordeaux - reflecting back on our four fabulous nights at La Madelene. This was my first wine tour, and I certainly started at the top. Philip knows everything about wine and was happy to share his knowledge with the rest of us. Jude is a fantastic cook and hostess and was kind enough to accommodate my request for near-vegan food.
An example of their hospitality - we arrived too late to have dinner in town, tired and hungry. Jude immediately fixed a quick dinner of the best bread, cheese and salad I have ever had. On our last night there, my husband broke out one of his bottles of Chateau d'Yquem and Jude, with little notice, researched which desserts would be the perfect pairing.

Our days there flew by much too quickly. I cannot recommend La Madelene, and Rhone Wine Holidays, highly enough.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good. And they're all unique.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walnut, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

La Madelene, Rhone Wine Holidays, and Philip and Jude are everything written in the reviews and MORE! It was hard to believe that they delivered on every point noted on their sites with perfection. The La Madelene was an ideal setting for a relaxing stay, just like visiting old friends, The dinners that Jude prepared were outstanding and wine selection top end. We will be requesting some of the recipes for sure. The Rhone Wine Holidays tours to wineries were better than expected with owners (or sons or daughters) greeting us and showing us around each winery and taking us thru their wine tastings. A perfect mix of small to larger wineries made for very interesting contrasts in both ownership, wine making, and their wines. Most of the wineeries would be impossible to get into without Philip.The lunches between our winery visits were well chosen and delicious. If not for some rain, the lunches would have been extra perfect with patios overlooking the valleys and mountains available to us. Philip is the wine expert everyone knows and respects (and who we would all love to be) while Jude creates the perfect home, food, and hospitality to make a wonderful stay. More could be said on all the small but important details from breakfast to appetizers and wine before dinners but I will stop here with a large thank you to Philip and Jude.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ancien Route d'Entrechaux, 84340 Malaucene, France
Location: France > Provence > Vaucluse > Malaucene
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Malaucene
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful restored 12th-century priory at the foot of Mt. Ventoux, surrounded by orchards , vineyards, 11,5 metre pools, many terraces and a lawn. Chateauneuf du Pape wine tours available. ... more   less 

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