We had just 3 days for Provence, and we are so happy to have been based at Les Jardins de la Livree. It is a charming, family-run inn that is perfectly situated in Villeneuve (which is far more pleasant than staying in busier and more touristy Avignon, which is just a 10 minute bike or quick bus away).
The best way to describe our experience is with an anecdote. On our second day, we decided that our plan to bike around Provence for 2 days would not let us see enough of the region, so we changed gears and decided to rent a car. We mentioned our plans to the woman who runs Les Jardins, and not only did she insist on calling local rental shops for us, but she leant us the massive map-book from her own car. Just the nicest people imaginable.
We didn't have a chance to try dinner, but it smelled lovely! There are also lots of great dining options nearby--we particularly liked "Le Cave" which is a fun, relatively young-crowd tapas restaurant and bar, which seemed to have many more locals than tourists. (There are, of course, plenty of more traditional venues very close by, as well.)
The property is very cute. Lovely roses grow along the old stone wall behind the pool, which is great to swim in our sit beside with some red wine and local cheese and baguette. Rooms are simple, but comfortable. Many seemed to have nice views into the garden.
One note: You could absolutely get by without French, but they provide a very patient and friendly ear on which to practice one's fledgling francais (they were great about smiling and gently correcting my husband's grammar).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At 3 km from Avignon, this is a quiet B&B. You can spend a day at the edge of the pool. You will able to walk in the Provencal Village and visit the Chartreuse Pontificale, the Castel St Andre and the Philippe le Bel tower. ... more less
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