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“A wonderful experience in Provence”
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L'Ombre du Palais
Ranked #11 of 53 Avignon B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
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63 reviews
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“A wonderful experience in Provence”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Thea and I stayed with Sabine for 6 nights in early October. This was our base for exploring Provence with a driver\ guide This was a great combination. Previous reviewers have already encapsulated the wonderful experience of L'Ombre du Palais in their comments which I also endorse. Our stay with Sabine was the most memorable in our 5 weeks in France and I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Sabine Ferrand’s L'Ombre du Palais is why my husband and I love to travel. How often do you get a comfortable, tastefully decorated room, a knock your eyes out guest terrace with a terrific view of the main sights, a tasty French breakfast and a hostess who takes care of your every need? We arrived late (by American standards, right on time by French) and were greeted with a wonderful pre-arranged meal. Each morning Sabine made recommendations on our itinerary, and placed hard-to-get reservations for restaurants that served local, delicious food at reasonable prices. When Joe came down with a cold, she sent down herbal tea, cakes and mystery green pills from Italy that resuscitated him. For our TGV rail departure, she prepared a picnic of frommage and jambon sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, chocolate, and tea cakes. We were the envy of all the Pringle eating passengers on the train! This is a great place to stay – just book it!

Room Tip: The Kadinsky room was fairly quiet, but overlooked the Mecure Hotel which could be noisier in peak s...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Diss, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Sabine's house is a delight and so is she. I stayed there with my two children, Josh age 10 and Esther age 12 who were entranced watching the sun set from the roof terrace. Sabine was most accommodating in creating a dinner that suited their tastes. The location is extraordinarily central but with luggage it was worth taking a taxi from the station as there are restrictions about cars entering the city centre. The house is a treasure trove of interesting objects and pictures with each room named after an artist. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Canberra
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 nights here in early October 2013. Meeting its owner, Sabine, was as delightful as staying at this excellently located and comfortable lodging where you are treated as a welcome guest in what feels more like a home rather than a standard B&B. Sabine arranged for transfers and a one-day guided tour of the countryside surrounding Avignon (a must when visiting Avignon itself) by Michelle, whose company we thoroughly enjoyed and who, like Sabine, treated us like a family friend and in whose company we shared the moving experience of visiting as part of the tour the Cistercian monastery of Notre-Dame de Senanque just as the monks where finishing Mass. Avignon itself was an experience not to be missed but the kindness and hospitality extended by both Sabine and Michelle made it one of most memorable of our 6 weeks overseas.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

“My house is your house.” Owner Sabine Ferrand’s motto, displayed in the hall, truly reflects the feeling one gets when entering A L Ombre du Palais. Located close to the historic centre of town and Palais du Papes, we stayed five nights at this comfortable B&B and found the atmosphere as warm and welcoming as its hostess, Sabine. A charming décor of reds, russets and gold provides the perfect setting for Sabine’s interesting eclectic mix of art, artifacts and antiques. The room we stayed in, the Ambrogiani, was spacious, clean and quiet. Sabine and her assistant, Madeline, were attentive, thoughtful and kind, arranging for us to be picked up at the railway station, advising of weather changes and providing train schedules, restaurant and activity suggestions. We did not participate in Sabine’s cooking classes, but were invited to her table d’hotes to sample the gourmet delights prepared by guests who did. Should we ever be so fortunate as to visit Avignon again, LOmbre du Palais would be our guest house of choice.

Room Tip: If you have mobility issues, ask for a room on the ground floor. Stairs are steep and narrow.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We stayed two nights at Sabine's lovely B&B perfectly located in the heart of Avignon. Sabine is a gracious and accommodating hostess. She is delightful company and was very helpful with planning our visit to Avignon. Breakfast featured fresh fruit and chocolate croissants. The hotel couldn't have been more centrally located - right next to the Palais des Papes. I particularly enjoyed breakfast on the terrace and reading under the sun on the roof deck. Many thanks to Sabine and Madeline for a lovely visit to Avignon.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I'm so happy we got this chambre d'hot. Very close to the central, yet very quiet at night (it could be noisy depending on ppl around, but when we stayed there, ppl seemed to be quiet at night). The landlady is such an amazing, helpful, kind, and has a lot of knowledge about the city and around, and would help you out searching what to do/eat to make the most of your stay.

She has a great sense of interior design, so inside the house, it felt like as if you are staying with a fashionable designer hotel. The room was very clean and well organized as well. It was so amazing to have breakfast/dinner as we looked at the palais du pape. She is a great cook as well, we tried her table d'hot one night, and had a most pleasant night with great wine. I would highly recommend to try the table d'hot if you have time.

If I visit Avignon again, I would definitely stay there again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: L'Ombre du Palais
Address: 6 rue de la Vieille Juiverie | Place du Palais des Papes, 84000, Avignon, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Avignon
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Ranked #11 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Avignon
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Number of rooms: 5
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