We have returned home from our 9th holiday in The Orangerie in Provence Paradise.
I can confirm all the good things that have been said about Paradise from the set table, chambred wine with a delicious meal, to the well stocked fridge and delivery of breakfast croissants.A life saver after a long journey for all guests. Where else do guests receive such consideration?
We now know and appreciate the charms of the area. St. Remy town is well within strolling distance of Paradise. The Wednesday market spread all around the town is an absolute must. Here is the place to buy not only fruit & salad supplies but Marseilles soap, scarves, and a multitude of things, have a look to see what catches your eye!
The town has a multitude of events at various times from local Wine Tasting ( a very French affair ), local artists and craftsmen exhibitions, sporting displays in the Square by the local associations and the Carmargue horsemen who bring their bulls to parade around the town under strict security of course. To mention but a few.
The town has other attractions including a Van Gough trail, for it was here that the artist spent time and painted some of his most famous paintings. The trail shows pictures of these sites which are still reconisable today.
For Roman history enthusiasts Glanum has a huge Roman site to be followed by a visit to the Pont Du Gard, Les Beaux, and the Nimes and Arles Arenes still in use today.
Not to be missed are the villages of the Luberon. A wander and lunch on the terrace of a shady cafe go down a treat - always try the Plat Du Jour!
For children canoeing and horse riding can be fun and the Crocodile Farm is a must. Unpromisingly sited next to a power station here are housed 500 crocs in as natural a setting as possible. Amazing to be so close to these creatures. A visit to the flat extemely fertile area of the Camargue to see the rice paddies,white horses and black bulls ending at Aigues Mortes the walled town for lunch in the town square is another must.
I could go on but do your research before you come - no time- well William is of course a font of knowledge and will be only too happy to help with suggestions.
However do leave time to appreciate the lovely gardens and the swimming pool to relax in Paradise after a busy day.
Needless to say we are secure in the knowledge that we have booked for next year!!.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PROVENCE PARADISE is a cluster of six Provencal farm houses from the 17th century. We began complete restoration in 2004 and finished in 2008. The property is perched on a hill just over St. Remy de Provence, which is not far from Avignon. It's only a 10-minute walk to the centre of the old village. Sunshine 332/365 days/year. The gardens are lush and a small stream makes its way toward the watermill, where water cascades to make the wheel turn slowly. International family environment. Safety, comfort and good value. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Provence Paradise Hotel St-Remy-De-Provence