My partner and I stayed with Harald and Joel for a total of 5 night from July 2 - 7, 2011. We arrived rather late on a Friday night, due to difficulty in securing a rent car in Marseilles, but were greeted warmly by Joel. He introduced us to his partner Harald who spoke "better English" then he did (which was not bad). Harald showed us around the house and then to our room and gave us the run down on the "house rules". Both of us fell in love with Bastide des Templiers almost immediately. The quiet atmosphere and sound of the breeze thru the pine trees reminded us of our cabin in Colorado. We had the "blue" room, which was in a nice quiet corner overlooking the valley and the pool area. Good clean room with plenty of space for us to spread out. There is no air conditioner, but then who needs it. The nights are refreshingly cool. It would have been a shame to mask the atmosphere with a noisy air conditioner.
The breakfast spread was great. Crusty bread, flaky croissant , homemade jams and Lavender Honey, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, coffee and tea. All you really needed.
The pool area was nice and quiet and enjoyable after a long day of driving and sightseeing Provence. We used the Bastide des Templiers as a base for our journeys throughout Provence. One day in Avignon, then next in Nimes, the next, a hot air balloon ride over Lavender and Wheat fields north of Aix-en-Provence.
All in all, very peaceful and enjoyable. We would love to come back.
- Also Known As:
- La Bastide Des Templiers Provence/Bras, France
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in sublime scenery of woodland, vineyards, lavender and olive groves, right in the heart of France's lovely "Green Provence", this family run country Guest House invites you to a haven of tranquillity and relaxation amidst beautiful natural surroundings. A piece of paradise offering a true hideaway from it all.Enjoy the luxury ambiance of this Provencal manor with its 5 spacious ensuite guest rooms (B&B), 2 self-catering studio-flats, pool swathed in greenery, Mediterranean gardens, terrace, spa and massage services on site, guest lounge with library, TV, DVD, computer, WIFI, internet and kitchenette. Thanks to its central situation halfway between the Verdon Gorges and the French Riviera, "La Bastide des Templiers" is the perfect base from which to tour Provence and see its famous attractions. ... more less
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