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La Maison - Domaine De Bournissac
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Noves
Reviewed October 9, 2010

Stayed at hotel while in France but luckly for only one night. The Hotel could be lovely if only it was cleaned!!!. We had a chipped bath, no plug in bath, empty tissue boxes, smelly towels, handles missing off furniture, air con also did not work, I could go on!!!! But very pleased we were only there for one night & out of choice was up & out by 8 o'clock the next morning to go to our next hotel which we knew is lovely & we could feel clean again!!! Food very very expensive unless you stick to the set menu & our worst meal while in france . I would never have thought it to be a Michelln restaurant.

Go at your own peril!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 6, 2010

In almost a month’s stay in the south of France this turned out to be our favorite place. It manages somehow to combine a casual provincial ambiance with flair and elegance and just a touch of shabby gentility. The landscaping could use a bit more maintenance, for example. But in a very French way the most attention and energy goes into the work of the kitchen and dining room which bustle with activity occasionally resembling that of a Chinese fire drill.
La Maison is an old manor house situated on a hill overlooking a plain to the east. A good swimming pool is located below. The decor in the public rooms and bedrooms is in understated good taste. The famously scenic Les Alpilles and the town of St. Remy are nearby. The latter, once a charming Provence village, is now filled with the usual tacky tourist shops. Wednesday is market day and thus the most interesting time to visit if one can find a parking spot.
The main draw of La Maison is its Michelin one star restaurant. Lunch is served under plane trees in an atmospheric outside courtyard, the evening meal indoors in an attractive country style dining room. The cuisine can only be described as the best provincial France has to offer, which is to say that it is outstanding. One important caveat: the restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, which means that most of the staff are absent. If one happens to arrive on those days service is minimal and erratic. There is, however, another excellent restaurant called Le Croque Chou in the nearby village of Verquires.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2010

We stayed here for two nights in May. Pleasant setting however the general state of the hotel is not good. The terrace where one could sit to enjoy the view of the valley is run-down and dirty and there is a constant smell of sewage lingering annoyingly in the air which takes the enjoyment out of the experience. We were overall not impressed and did not feel that the restaurant was worthy of a Michelin star. Would not return

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank treeto
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

We looked forward to our stay at La Maison and expected to spend money on a luxury stay. Sadly we found a small hotel which was rather tired and where standards had slipped since the last glowing review on this web site two years ago. The bedroom and lavatory had doors which would not open and close fully without jamming, one of the double basins leaked, the TV was tiny, we had to ask for one of the lights to be repaired and the lighting of the room was pathetic. The bath was badly chipped and the shower curtain completely inadequate. There were no robes and the towels were tiny, worn and very thin. For 145 Euros per night (low season) we would have expected a higher standard.
The hotel boasted a special Chef and fine dining. We started on our first night with the Hotel's 45 Euro menu (£90 for two without wine with the exchange rate at parity). The starter of artichokes was spoiled by the poorly prepared artichokes which still had hard, rough outside leaves on them. The fish was barely cooked, the garlic cloves were burnt and the seasoning was far too salty and heavy with vinegar. We did not eat in again but it was worth the nuisance of having to drive to St Remy where the food was more local and rustic but the quality of cooking was better on the whole. The house menu did not change during the three nights that we stayed. Breakfast, at £34 for two was, in our view, over the top with a basket brimming with bread, pastries, croissants and home made jam, There were home made natural yoghurts, fresh fruit juice, individual fruit salads and a large jug of coffee. The quality of the breakfast was very good but we couldn't begin to eat such quantity on a daily basis when a cafe complet was what we wanted and we certainly couldn't justify the cost. There was little customer care, noone offered to put out mattresses on sunbeds by the pool, old magazines lay in a crumpled mess in the hall and we were treated by almost surly indifference when we checked out. A very tired hotel which we wouldn't recommend but one can see that it had been quite special in days gone by.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Frank478
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

My wife and I stayed at La Maison for 3 nights during our honeymoon and loved every minute of it. La Maison is located 20 mins drive from Avignon Airport, 30 mins drive from Avignon TGV and 5 mins drive from St Remy de Provence.

It is not so much a hotel as a world class restaurant with a number of beautiful bedrooms. As a result if you are looking for a hotel with amenities such as WiFi, mini bar and all hour room service this is not for you. However if you are looking for somewhere to completely relax in a beautiful and romantic environment then this is the place for you.

Now to mention the food. During our stay in France we tasted some amazing food, France being the best place to eat in my opinion, and La Maison was simply superb - no surprises that it has a michelin star. You have a choice over a number of set menus from €45 per person to €120 per person. We spoilt ourselves and on 2 nights we went for the €85 menu which is 5 courses and then cheeses and desert. These nights were more of an event rather than just a meal. It was a blind menu so we had no idea what they were going to serve and we were blown away with the quality of the food provided. If you stay at La Maison having this menu is a must, alternatively you could go for the 11 course menu but we were told to give ourselves 4 hours for that!!

St Remy does offer a huge range of alternative high quality restaurants and we also went to Decovert in the centre of St Remy and had a lovely meal.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2007

This is a truly amazing hotel. Quirky in the rooms, yes, but with a degree of professionalism that is not overbearing but subtly ever present. The grounds were wonderful, the pool excellent but the food and wine was to die for. We had chosen la Maison to be away from the fireworkson the quatorze Juillet as our dog was with us. The only difficulty we had was finding the place. Once there, all was reaxation. The surrounding villages are charming, and the dog walks were memorable.
I'd certainly go again (tomorrow if I could).

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank crawfie
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Reviewed May 17, 2007

Couldn't have been more pleased about our stay at the Maison de Bournissac. Beautiful property with a great restaurant. The only slight disappointment was that the pool was not open on a very hot day which is a mild niggle for us when we are paying full price and not all the facilities are available. However the restaurant was outstanding and lots of fun and breakfast was without peer. This is a magical place to stay and would be a great place to spend a few days while visiting Provence. They were so accommodating I am sure a simple dinner could be available for an extended stay as teh food is very formal but very, very good.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with friends
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Address: Montee d'Eyragues | Paluds de Noves, 13550 Noves, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Noves
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Noves
Price Range: $130 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Maison - Domaine De Bournissac 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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