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Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat
Ranked #1 of 4 Jonquieres B&B and Inns
Toronto
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“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

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........

Room Tip: Go for the view towards the mountains.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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escarrat, Propriétaire at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, responded to this review, December 2, 2011
Dear Toronto wine lovers ! I really cannot find the words to express my thanks for your great review.
I am very pleased to learn that I've been able to help you finding a reliable new supplier for your wine business.
I'm also pleased to read that though Andrée, my wife, was away from home during your stay, you have been satisfied by your room and the home made breakfast !
Concerning your satisfaction with bed quality, I must stress that they are the same as what you can find in the **** stars hotels of the Accor Hotels around the world.
Merci beaucoup and cheers !
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

I was traveling from Australia and had never been to Provence and was looking for a rural setting and spent 8 days at the mas of Charles and Andree. I have rated it 5 of 5 on every aspect, and it is one of the more restful and relaxing holidays I have ever had. It is also a very good base to explore from. The apartments are extremely clean, fresh and cheerful. You will probably have the pleasure of meeting a few other guests, which I did, however it is also very private and you feel as if you have the mas to yourself. Charles and Andree are helpful in every way and genuinely enjoy being in this business and meeting their guests. I hope you have the pleasure of staying there. Linda from Sydney.

  • Stayed October 2011
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escarrat, Propriétaire at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, responded to this review, December 2, 2011
Dear L... from Sydney, we have read your review with great pleasure and also proudness to realize that you have been the 80th reviewer to rate le Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat with 5 stars !
Your review will help new visitors to make their selection for a peaceful stay in Provence, most of all interesting spots to visit being at less than one hour drive. Thank you so much for your nice words !
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Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

This place is amazing. If you want an authentic Provencal experience, look no further. We stayed in the Ventoux apartment - the views were out of this world. The apartment overlooks the vineyards and famous Mont Ventoux. The sunsets and sunrises are breathtaking and the place is a complete sanctuary of peace. Charles was a splendid host and the croissants and special homemade jams they serve for breakfast are unlike anything you've tasted in America. I still long for those croissants. We chose to do the wine tour with Charles and it was worth every penny. The wine country there is so inspiring and beautiful - it is everything you've dreamed of. Charles suggested some fantastic places to visit including the Antique Theatre in Orange. We also opted to visit Arles, Avignon (the Palace of the Popes there is the largest medieval castle in the world) and we took a 2 hour drive to the French Riviera. We took a scenic drive from Saint Raphael to Cannes. We had the most delicious mussels in St. Raphael. If you have the time and don't mind the 2.5 hour drive, it's worth the time to go there. Anyhow, back to the Bed and Breakfast...it was an amazing place for a 'base camp'. It is centrally located in Provence so it's just a short jaunt to any of the surrounding cities and sits amidst the splendid backdrop of green, lush vineyards. This place is amazing!! I wish I could give it 10 stars instead of 5!

Room Tip: The Ventoux has spectacular views.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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escarrat, Owner at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, responded to this review, September 24, 2011
Thank you so much for your great review about le Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat. There are 4 units : "Ventoux" and "Montmirail" are at the 2nd floor with the same breathtaking view over the "Mont Ventoux" and the "dentelles de Montmirail". Another apartment "Ouveze", at the 1st floor has also the same view from its private shadowy terrace. And "Mistral" at the 2nd floor is a bigger apartment sleeping 3 persons, with view over the flowery garden. Regarding the croissants, to be honest, YES we know they are among the best you can get in Provence ! It's a real pleasure reading that you have liked them that much...
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

The vision of a perfect Provencal farmhouse, with the unexpected addition of charming owners. Could not ask for more - if we are ever in the region again we would not think of staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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escarrat, Propriétaire at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Idyllic ! One only word to sum up your experience at le Mas du Clos de l'Escarat. But one word so FULL of sweet and charming meanings... SO my answer will be as short but also as full of meanings : MERCI BEAUCOUP !!!
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Monona, Wisconsin
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Reviewed June 25, 2011

My wife and I did not stay at the Mas de Clos de l'Escarrat but we did contact Charles about his wine tour. This was the highlight of out eigth days in Provence. He started us with a sniffing test of various fragrances as a prelude to our upcoming experience. Then we spent over half a day with Charles touring different wineries and tasting a few to many wines. In addition to being warrm and friendly, Charles is very knowledgable about the wines and wineries of the Cotes du Rhone area - from how the wines are blended to the complex AOC regulations that make a Cotes du Rhone wine.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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escarrat, Propriétaire at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, responded to this review, July 10, 2011
What is interesting in your review is that you are stating that you did not stay with us. Indeed we accept to propose wine tours even to people who are staying at another place nearby. Basically the wine tour consists in visiting 4 wineries, one chocolate manufacturer to experience wine and chocolate pairing and, time permitting a sniffing test of professional fragrances to train your nose.
If the option with dinner is chosen, then we also propose a blind tasting before the dinner which is always very funny and memorable.
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Dallas, Tx
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

Our family of three (including our 3-yr-old daughter) stayed at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat for six nights in early June. As we drove up to the property on a small gravel road I felt is if we were entering a fairy tale. This old stone home surrounded by the most beautiful gardens immediately made me feel at peace. We stayed in the ouveze suite. It was charming to say the least. Our own kitchen, private terrace with a priceless view and a small living area. Charles and Andree greeted us upon arrival and gave us some basic information about the property and the area. We were then introduced to the dogs which soon became our daughter's new best friends. To tell you all the gems about this place, the owners and location would take pages so I'll try and sum it up as simply as possible. The property is stunning and VERY reasonably priced. Charles and Andree are gracious and the finest of hosts. They felt like family before we left and my daughter did not want leave them - actually cried when we left. Auguste the dog waited every morning outside room for our daughter to wake up and play with him - this just tickled her to death and was very sweet to see. The dinner recommendations that they made for us were some of our favorite meals of our month long trip through France. They treated our daughter like one of their own grandchildren - if you are a parent you know what that does to your heart to have someone be so kind to your child. The location was perfect - so close to so many wonderful sights - ancient ruins, fabulous wines, ect. Last but not least is Charles' wine tour. The highlight of our month long vacation was hands down the wine tour with Charles. His knowledge of wine is incredible and he has tailored the experience to give you a great overall "taste" of the region. We left with a greater understanding of the complexity of these wines and also a love for some new ones that are basically unheard of here in the states. The tour was followed by a blind tasting and then a lovely meal prepared by Andree. We felt as if we were dining with family and the meal was out of this world. A very big thank you to Charles, Andree and the dogs for making our time Provence so memorable! We hope to see you again!.

Room Tip: The rooms are all outstanding
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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escarrat, Propriétaire at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, responded to this review, July 10, 2011
Yes your little darling girl is so nice, she behaved so well even during the wine tasting tour that we loved her immediately as if she was our grand daughter. That's true.
Concerning your other very great comments about le Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, I will just say also that they could be written by us to promote our place... The great thing is that YOU have written them with all your heart. Merci to be so kind with us !
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

My husband teased me for titling the itinerary for this trip "France, vacation of a lifetime!" but it was! And far and away my (and his) favorite part was the wine tour and home-cooked gourmet meal with hosts who by the end of the evening felt like friends that we enjoyed at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat. We visited 15 cities during our travels through France and loved nowhere more than this jewel with a view of Mont Ventoux that inspired me to paint and attempt to capture its essence. The setting-overlooking vineyards and mountains and colorful peaceful gardens- relaxed the spirit and fed the soul- a swing in a lovely garden made you forget everything but the beauty that is life. We stayed at the Halekulani in Oahu, overlooking Diamond Head on our honeymoon, but I can honestly say, this was the most lovely accommodation and attentive service we ever experienced.
We have already been discussing our plans to return and hit more of the wineries in the region and take advantage of the fruits of this special terroir.
The location is within easy driving distance of many Cote de Rhone wineries that you may not hit on the winery tour expertly run by Charles, which only whets the appetite for return visits. We visited Les Baux, Orange and St. Remy on day trips before embarking to the next region. Finding such charm and charming hosts, we've learned from traveling sans tours, is like discovering the pot of gold at the base of a rainbow-ever elusive. I've never written a review, but felt compelled to do so because the fact it is not at the top of the B&B list (when we stayed another place on the list in Avignon) is a sin. However- I'll quit now for fear it will be booked years into the future and we will not be able to taste the divine croissants of Andree when we're able to return! J'aime cette B&B, vraiment.
PS- If you would miss your pooches while traveling, there are two darlings who adore attention (and munching pebbles) and make you feel instantly at home (almost converting this cat person). Auguste loves to patter along the side of the pool as you swim :)
francaisaucoeur mais dutch via marriage

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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escarrat, Propriétaire at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, responded to this review, July 10, 2011
Your comparison with Halekulani in Oahu is just UNBELIEVABLE ! But I believe you ! We don't provide the same comfort, the same roomy apartments, marble bathrooms... but for sure we try to make our guests feeling "at home", here at le Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat. And the view over le Mont Ventoux is just breathtaking. Not to speak about wines of the Rhone Valley that we like so much : Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Tavel and 100 AOCs more !
Titus and Auguste are stoned by the summer heat but have always a look at the apricot tree, expecting fruits to fall . Merci pour votre review !
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Property: Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat
Address: 321 route de Carpentras | Chemin de l'Escarrat, 84150 Jonquieres, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Jonquieres
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Jonquieres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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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