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“Magical B&B in the heart of Provence” 5 of 5 stars
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Chemin des Capellans | St Etienne du Gres, 13013 Saint Etienne du Gres, France   |  
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“Magical B&B in the heart of Provence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2005

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in September 2005 after reviewing TripAdvisor and seeing the web site, which turned out to be fully accurate.
The B&B was excellent value and I'm still smiling as I write this, as the whole Provence experience was a highlight of our 5 week European trip.
The Presbytery is a lovely old 2 storey provencal building next to a chapel built by the crusaders 1000 years ago. There are 3 large guest rooms in the B&B, two upstairs and one downstairs. All with ensuites. Our room was large, quiet and very comfortable. The decor is very(!) eclectic and staying there was great fun. The old chapel building is slowly being renovated and will be truly amazing as accommodation.
The owner is Marie, a charming lady who provided great continental breakfasts at the communal table downstairs, where we met 2 other couples on driving and/or cycling tours. In warmer weather, breakfast is apparently served in the lovely garden. Part of the fun was communicating (Marie's English was better than our French) and we got valuable advice about which of the local villages were must-sees, when the markets were on, etc.
The Presbytere is situated 2 minutes from St Etienne which is more like a semi rural district rather than a town. It is situated in the absolute heart of Provence with excellent road access to all of the fantastic towns and villages of the area - Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Arles (you MUST go on market day), Les Baux (wow), Gordes (wow), Nimes and Aix. It is very close to the larger villages of St Remy de Provence (in particular) and Tarascon for many choices of evening restaurants and little shops to browse in.
A car is a must, but be careful following the directions, as the signposting is tricky, particularly after dark. If, like us, you can't decide between staying in a village or out in the countryside of Provence, but do want to be in the centre of everything, we'd recommend The Presbytere. And it's bargain-priced too.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2005

Tucked away in St. Etienne du Gres (right next to St. Remy de Provence), this B&B is ideally located to explore all of Provence. I loved the beautiful embroidered linens on the beds, the antiques decorating the room, the spacious and updated bathroom and all of the little authentic Provencal touches that our hostess went out of the way to include (lavender sachets under the pillow, wildflower bouquets scattered around the room, fresh plums in a bowl, lavender savon de marseilles in the bath, etc.) Breakfasts were nice in the beautiful garden, the air of history in the place is amazing, and the owner Marie Chantal was extremely gracious and thoughtful - really the perfect hostess! We would definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2005

We have just returned from a most wonderful 3 day stay at the Presbytere. aka Presbytere en Provence, and would definitely agree with the other reviewer that gave this an excellent rating. It should be stated that the Presbytere is closer to Arles than Avignon in the wee village of St Etienne de Gres. During the hot season, the lack of a pool may be a disadvantage to some as temperatures can get hot. We were most comfortable with temps in the mid to high 80's.

We were treated so well by our lovely hostess. Marie Chantal. The house was 14th century, with a 11th century chapel. Our fabulous room, decorated with antiques as was all the house and garden, was huge with the most amazingly big, old beams. Each morning we ate in the garden. Our breakfast usually consisted of a fresh fruit compote of watermelon and strawberries, freshly squeezed orange juice, croissants, breads and Marie's own confitures. Delicious. Marie's English was much better than my deteriorating conversational French. She helped us with reservations and places to see. She's a gem!

We'd go back in a heart beat.
The Mac Queens
Americans living in East Anglia,England

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2004

We were a group of 4 that went to the Presbytere in July 2004. The hostess of this B&B, Marie Chantal, is very unique and one of the nicest people we've ever met.

She pays attention to detail, provides a wonderful french breakfast every morning in her beautiful garden, and even gave us day trip itineraries in the south of France. She tried harder to speak English than we tried to speak French! Gotta love it!

She went that extra mile and no doubt, we highly recommend her B&B.

  • Stayed July 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chemin des Capellans | St Etienne du Gres, 13013 Saint Etienne du Gres, France
Location: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Saint Etienne du Gres
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Etienne du Gres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Le Presbytere En Provence Saint Etienne Du Gres, France

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