I stayed at La Violette in April 2012, when I decided to do the first solo trip of my life, and it was to Southern France. La Violette was a very rare find, as it was kind of in the suburbs and one feels like a local staying there. City centre and train station were just a short walk away.
The traditional house had a cosy decor, and my room had a lovely balcony through which I could space out and enjoy the sunshine pouring in every morning. I actually looked forward to going 'home' everyday instead of staying out late like a tourist, as the room and house were just so nice to be in. I appreciated very much the generous homemade breakfast and occasional snack from my host, Isabelle. She is a very charismatic and warm lady with whom you could chat about life, amongst other things.
The greatest thing about my stay was the people in the house - Isabelle, her children and two lovely exchange students. I especially enjoyed hearing the children playing music every evening - it was such a joy. It was the first time I felt like a local in a foreign country, and part of a big family - something that touched me very deeply. Isabelle treated me like a family friend, and gave me a lot of information and history on things and sights in Avignon, including classical music concerts and visit to a nearby quaint village that made my trip a really relaxing and insightful one. I basked in the simple and heartwarming daily lives of the people, and this made it really great for a solo vacation to unwind and reflect on life.
If you are looking for a place with a personal touch to unwind and steep in the local culture, this is it. :)