I had booked for 7 nights and as time was approaching, I was anxious about staying there for so long.
We stayed in “Julie’s room” from May 28th to June 3rd.
The room itself was spacious and decorated with taste, in a typical Provençal way.
The bedding was very good and everywhere was very clean.
The bathroom was a bit small, but adequate. Soap, shampoo and shower gel were provided.
We had a nice little balcony overlooking the garden, the henhouse, the fields and the mountains.
Adjacent to our bedroom was a big lounge, again well decorated.
We had some of our breakfasts there (when the weather was bad) and it is also where we sometimes spent a few hours in the afternoon. This room was also very pleasant, mainly because of the French windows all around.
Going via outside stairs, a kitchen was available to guests. This was a nice room, complete with fridge, microwave, hobs, sink, kettle, coffee machine and cupboards. There were plenty of plates, dishes, cutlery, cups, glasses, etc.
Weather permitting, Carole would serve us on the terrace with breakfast, which was plentiful, varied and healthy.
There was fresh bread, freshly baked pâtisseries, home-made jams, yogurts, fruit salad, orange juice, coffee or tea.
One morning, we even had the nice surprise to be presented with some “choux” (pastries) from the cake they had at one of their children’s communion. What a nice gesture it was!
As the lounge is contiguous to the owners’ habitation, at first I did not feel very comfortable about it, especially knowing they had two young teenage sons (their daughter is only there at weekends).
We soon realised our “fears” were unfounded.
For several days, we almost doubted they had two children. We never ever heard them, never saw them, let alone being disturbed!
In the morning, we would see Carole when she served us breakfast. She was never intrusive, had a great sense of humour and we had some really good laughs with her! She also gave us some good advice about the area. The only thing I reproached her with (tongue in cheek) is that one day she said that going up to the citadel would take us 20 minutes. We did go, but OMG! Not only was it very tiring, but it must have taken us just under one hour to get to the top!
Having said that, it was worth going. The view was magnificient!
We had a few chats with her husband, Christian. He was a very pleasant and interesting man too.
I do not want to forget the gorgeous dogs. The male Bernese mountain dog and the female Beauceron are absolutely lovely and so friendly! And, more to the point, so well behaved and obedient! Once I tried to entice the Beauceron in the kitchen. She would not have it because she knew she was not allowed in!
Just like for the children, this is all to the owners’ merit.
It is a place I would definitely recommend. Charming hosts, very pretty B&B, so peaceful and relaxing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Build near the medieval city of Entrevaux during the 18th century, La Maison de Julie continues the local tradition of hospitality : with charming rooms as well as gourmet breakfasts, that reflect the scents and flavours of the Haute-Provence South Alps. We hope to see you very soon.Carole, Christian and the children. ... more less
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