We stayed here for three nights during a wine business trip in the region. Fortunately our GPS had the actual street name, because finding the Mas would otherwise have been a challenge.
The small road leads you to believe you're going nowhere, and then suddenly a magical transformation of welcoming lights and excited, happy dogs.Charles Barail gave us a great welcome and then let us do our thing to get organized and unpacked.
The rooms were on the first floor overlooking a large vineyard. Beyond was a view of the Mont Ventoux. The layout consists of a good, large bed with pure white linens and thick duvet. The beds are serious hotel quality and one of the best sleeps I've had in France. There are easy chairs for reading or relaxing, a small dining table and two chairs.
The kitchenette is like a pass-through en-route to the bathroom. It was equipped enough to let us make our own dinner one evening and breakfast. Coffee and tea were always available with our own coffee maker and a selection of teas.
The bathroom was fine, although minor details like a moving toilet seat could be addressed.
The shower was powerful and plentiful.
Welcoming decor throughout, Provencal colours and aromas. I'm still not sure where the bedtime lavender aromas came from. There was a unit for both air-conditioning and heat that was very efficient.
Charles' experience in the world of wine was helpful to us as professionals buying wine. He was able to make suggestions about tasting that proved a valuable addition to our portfolio.
During breakfast we enjoyed speaking with him about wine, politics, local restaurants, current technology. His English is very good and his grasp of the region and indeed elsewhere in the world are an interesting beginning to each day.
Breakfast is not obligatory, but as we were on business, I took the option and was very pleased. Fresh OJ, yoghurt, applesauce, lashings of coffee and just baked croissants and bread were a highlight. There were also different home-made jams like white grape, which I'd never tasted.
This stay made me want to return for leisure. There is a small swimming pool in a shaded grove that dreams now of summer. A terrace outside the room has a table and chairs for outdoor dining in fine weather. Next summer........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Jonquieres 6 miles from Orange antique theater, and 20 minutes only from Avignon in the heart of Popes's Provence and northern sunny Vaucluse, the Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat is a lovely old stone farm house, of typical Provencal style, which incorporates buildings dating back to the 17 th Century. This bed and breakfast has been carefully renovated to preserve its authentic, rustic character and charm, without compromising the need for modern comfort in all the accomodations. Breathtaking view over Ventoux Mount. Comfortable self-catering accommodations. Lots of tourism and visits in Provence. Beautiful landscapes and lavender fields in the Luberon area. These accommodations are located near Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape. Tour the wine route with us and enjoy unforgettable wine tasting of Cotes du Rhone wines including the prestigious Chateauneuf du Pape. Charles and Andree purchased le Mas (meaning farm in Provencal vernacular) at the end of 1995. The old farm, dating from the XVIIth Century, was nearly a ruin, so they decided to completely renovate it, transforming it into a Bed and Breakfast with self-catering units. By mid-1996, the first two studios, "Ventoux" and "Montmirail", were ready for rental. A crystal clear swimming pool was installed in the winter of 1997, featuring a diatom powder natural filtration system with salt water electrolysis purification. Under the careful eye of Andree, the garden has become a tranquil place with additional flowers attracting birds and cicadas. As more and more guests asked for accommodations at le Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, two more rooms, "Ouveze" and "Mistral", were added in 1999. Andree, with her architecture and design background has kept updating the decor of the rooms with her exquisite taste. Recently, she has worked on the design for the exterior walls of le Mas. Charles began leading wine tasting tours in 2002 to special wineries, which has delighted many guests and has proven to be popular ! Titus (Lab) and Auguste (American cocker) will welcome you in their very friendly manner.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mas Du Clos De L'Escarrat Jonquieres, France