Background about us: Both my husband and I are avid travelers. I do extensive research before traveling and use TripAdvisor for a majority of that research. I only hope to give you better insight into this B&B.
Arrival: We traveled from Annecy via GPS and did not have any problems finding this B&B. (Hint: Pre-load all your destinations into the GPS as favorites, it makes traveling MUCH easier). We walked into the B&B and waited a few minutes for Françoise to finish up her load of laundry. She was so welcoming and gave us all the information we needed to begin our stay.
Rooms: We spent one night in the Suite Degas and then spent the next three nights in the room Mistral. When we originally made our booking, it was only for 3 nights, so when we wanted to stay an extra night, Françoise was able to accommodate us in another room for a night. It gave us the opportunity to test out two different rooms!
Suite Degas: Quite spacious! It is located on the 2nd floor of the main house. The sitting room faces the back of the house and the bedroom is in the front of the house. The bathroom (two separate rooms) are located in between. The suite is wonderful! Comfortable beds, great views. This room does not have AC, so the windows provide the breeze. The hard part is keeping the windows and doors open without slamming shut. The sitting room door could use a door stop. :)
Room Mistral: Another HUGE space!! This room is located on the 2nd floor past the sitting room. It features an open bedroom with a sitting area. The bathroom is located up a spiral staircase. The bathroom features double vanities and a large shower. There is also an additional bed upstairs. This room features AC, so it was our preference. Both rooms are also beautifully decorated with items from their families.
Common areas: The whole house is amazing! The main house is a 12th century hunting lodge. Two other additions were completed over the centuries. There is a living room with TV to watch news. (No televisions in the rooms). Breakfast was either outside on the patio or in the dining room. Over the course of 4 nights, we were able to have breakfast outside once and the other three breakfasts were inside due to the Mistral winds.
The outside spaces are lovely! Lots of beautiful gardens and open areas. The patio features an outdoor kitchen with refrigerator, tea/coffee and items to make a quick dinner. We only wished we had stayed longer in order to appreciate this area. There are two or three cottages located around the open grassy area and pool. Depending on how long you plan to stay, you could either stay in the house or the cottages. The pool area was also very lovely. Not quite warm enough to swim though (late June).
Breakfast: Absolutely wonderful! Françoise makes her own yogurt, which you can add granola and fresh fruit (if desired). Plenty of bread options are provided (baguette, croissant, ect.). There is also hard boiled eggs, fresh jams and butter. Françoise and Paco provide a fresh fruit plate every day and juices. My husband did miss a meat option, but we understand that this is a French breakfast and we were able to embrace it.
Françoise and Paco: Lovely hosts! They love to help their guests with any questions and advice needed. We enjoyed sharing our daily plans with the other guests as well as Françoise and Paco. Extra maps were provided if needed and reservations were made prior to arrival via e-mail. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this wonderful B&B to anyone visiting the area.
Location: We picked this location for our exploration of Provence. It is located across the bridge on a separate island across from Avignon (about a 5-7 minute drive). We were able to explore Avignon, Pont du Gard, Nimes, Arles, Vaison-la-Romaine, Sault (Lavender), St. Remy and les beax. All of these locations were less than an hours drive. Sault was a bit farther. Here is how we spent our time: 1st day-Avignon, Pont du Gard, ended the day in Nimes. 2nd day- Vaison la Romaine (market), wine road (wine tasting), took a detour over Mount Ventoux and went on the hunt for lavender. 3rd day- morning in Arles, castle tour in Les Baux and ended in St. Remy. 4th day- headed over to Aix-en-Provence for a scheduled market tour....and then continued to Eze (French Riviera).
Pick this location if you have a car because the parking is ample and free! There are plenty of options on either side of the island for dinners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beneath the wall of the city, in the shade of centuries-old plane trees, the 16th century guesthouse is an oasis of peace and greenery. Accomodation : 5 rooms with shower or/and bath, a large living-room with fireplace, piano and library dedicated to guests, a 1 hectare park and a sunny swimming pool,out of sight. The hosts provide lovely generous breakfasts. Situation :on theBarthelasse Island, less than 10 minutes by car from the center city, less than 5 minutes from a free parking. With shuttle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domaine De Rhodes Hotel Avignon