From the moment I arrived at Auberge du Vin on a Saturday night in Spring and I saw a magnificent fireworks display in the distance I had a feeling this was going to be a special holiday.
There is something for everyone at the Auberge … I think it’s a bit magical that way.
It’s not just the surrounding vineyards, spectacular Mt. Ventoux or large gorgeous farmhouse and local villages. Linda and Chris (the owners) are the heart and soul of this property and in their own special way ensure you experience everything you anticipated for your holiday.
Linda knew I was interested in visiting the local villages on their market day to embrace the way of life and atmosphere. I was not quite confident enough to drive so we worked out a fair rate for drop off and pick up. Linda had already emailed me the local market day information so I had a bit of an action plan in place. Sunday was L’ilse sur la sorgue and if you can only get to one village on it’s market day – pick that one. Monday was Bedoin just at the foot of Mt. Ventoux. Over my time I visited Aix-En-Provence, Avignon, Carpentras, Vaison La Romaine & Orange and our local village Mazan where I had walked and biked on two separate occasions – the Boulangerie is fabulous and the local florist has some lovely last minute gifts if you get stuck and the wrapping is so pretty.
Initially I was booked into Auberge du Vin for 8 days but my holiday took an interesting twist when it was supposed to come to and end. I was due to travel to Sardinia but then Mt. Eyjafjallajokull erupted so my 8 days turned into 16.
You can imagine the luxury of staying for over two weeks at this stunning property with Linda and Chris. I felt more like a local than a tourist … I got my hands and feet in the soil amongst the lavender and rosemary and had fun cooking in the kitchen.
Linda took away all the worry of being ‘stranded’ in the South of France assuring me I would have a bed no matter what when many people were sleeping in airports around Europe for days.
For my last few nights I moved from my large spacious wing of the farmhouse (the beds are enormous and so comfortable) to the equally delicious Gite and I honestly can’t tell you which one I prefer as they are both unique in their own way. Perhaps if you require a little more privacy and seclusion you would stay in the Gite but in saying that I still felt like part of the family even though I had left home!
During my stay I also had a wine tasting and tuition with Linda and I was so impressed that someone held my attention for over two hours! I was a bit decadent and booked Linda for a one on one but I know it’s lots of fun with a large group. Linda also took me to visit my favourite Vineyard Domaine Des Ange – the 2009 Rose was my favourite… meeting the Manager of the vineyard Ciaron Rooney was such a treat for me.
All the special little touches make such a difference, Linda’s home-made tomatoe & red pepper soup (if your lucky you will get the recipe), fresh croissants, breads and cheese for breakfast every day and an endless supply and knowledge of champagne and wine. And a big hug the day I had to cancel my travels to Sardinia. Chris sent me away with a copy of Café Del Mar, my favourite cd I had been listening to, they also have a massive variety of music to choose from. They are both so thoughtful always but never intrusive in anyway.
As I sit here listening to Café Del Mar burning my French candles & incense, with warm memories for a cold New Zealand Winter, I raise my Domaine Des Ange 2009 Rose filled glass to Linda and Christophe and a toast to my next holiday at Auberge Du Vin.
Lizzie Lawless, Auckland, New Zealand
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