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“Countryside charm”
Review of Les Trois Sources

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Les Trois Sources
Ranked #8 of 15 Bonnieux B&B and Inns
Vancouver
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12 reviews
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“Countryside charm”
Reviewed April 20, 2011

After fleeing the traffic-clogged coastline of Antibes which we thought looked allot like California, we were so happy to find the quiet (in April mind you) charming hill top village of Bonniveux. Les Trois Sources was exactly what we were looking for in accomodation and was recommended to us by another B&B owner on the coast who likes to escape to this part of the French countryside on weekends. If you like to be away from the hordes and experience more a "natural" France, take walks and hikes (there is also mountain biking near by) while drinking fabulous regional very drinkable 9-Euro-a bottle wines and hitting up some pretty spectac cafes on the hillside, this is the place for you. Be sure to ask B&B owner Paul for restuarant recommendations for Bonniveux. Walk off your dinners on the winding, skinny laneways filled with charming 1300 and 1400 architecture. Hit the local supermarche for cheese and wines and have your own fun in the garden before dinner. Breakfast is a typicaly simple affair for this part of the world (coffee, bread, jam, croissant). There's a pool to lounge by. The spring is a wonderful time to go as it's not too hot and the tourists have yet to truly arrive. Paul has done a wonderful job of restoring this historic property. A highlight of our 2 weeks in France.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, MD
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

I almost don't want to right this review because I want to get a room at Les Trois Sources when we return to Provence. This converted hospital turned chapel turned farmhouse dates back to the 13th century. Our two nights here were easily the high point of our week in France. On the property are vineyards, numerous fruit trees and Lavender fields. Our room was at the top of a stone circular stairway and was as lovely and romantic as any we have stayed in anywhere. It was also huge! With windows open to admit the September breeze, no TV, no WiFi (? The owners had a computer with internet access - my wife and I agreed that it would be a sacrilege to turn ours on) it was a perfect place to relax, sleep and reconnect.
Breakfast was simple but luscious with fresh bread that I saw Paul bringing in from a nearby bakery each morning. The location is a few minutes from Bonnieux and Lacoste, and easy drive to Gordes, Rousillion, etc. From here, one can hike the Luberon, cycle, sight see and shop to your hearts' content. Lots of Caves in Bonnieux for wine tasting.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Rafael, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2010

Stayed almost a week in this wonderful B&B and missed it as soon as we left . It is situated in the vineyards just below Bonnieux with views of this hilltop village and Lacoste. Wonderfully restored 18th century stone farmhouse with lush, shaded courtyard where breakfast is served in good weather. Lovely, helpful hosts. Delicious breads with homemade jam and yogurt for breakfast. This is a wonderfully rustic location with easy access to everywhere you want to visit in the Luberon.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 3, 2010

We stayed at Les Trois Sources last year and I finally decided to speak up about our experience when I read the latest review from Germany. I really do agree with them about having the sensation we were intruding on the privacy of the owners family. It really put a damper on what could have been an otherwise memorable experience. We thought the place was lovely and we had a great room on the top floor of the old building (we had a light and bright room, the one next door was very dark with small windows so we asked to see another one.)
Every time we ran into a member of the family it felt awkward, even though I'm sure they probably didn't want it to be that way. I somehow felt that they were renting out rooms in the place out of necessity rather than out of a love for the hospitality industry. Who can blame them for not being crazy about having guests all the time. But it did make us feel weird. Then at breakfast one day, I accidentally tracked in a tiny bit of dog doo on my shoe (from their dog obviously) and i was told later by the owner to keep an eye out for dog doo on the property. I felt shamed. Naturally I didn't mean for it to happen but how did mentioning it help the situation?
Anyway, I had so wanted this hotel to be a great experience. It really could be if the owners just lighten up a touch. I know they do try in other ways for it to be nice.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

The Les Trois Sources did not suit any expectations from the other ratings. From the first point of view there might not be any defects but after our days long trip we got other impressions. The Guest house is in a beautiful landscape, surrounded by lavender fields and vineyards. Furthermore it is in a very good condition, neat and dapper but clairaudient. Unfortunately we could not lock the doors so we had to take all our belongings with us, whenever we went outside. Besides it is needless to say that such a situation is dangerous, because even other guests had the chance to get into our rooms. A safe was not given to us, because it didn’t exist. The breakfast was very simple given that it just composed of jam, honey, some bread and a croissant. The house host seemed unkindly, reserved and somehow as if every guest disturbed their privacy( as the house hosts lived in the guesthouse as well!). For example the did the host knock on our doors at least twice a day, one time at 9 o‘clock a.m. and then on 4 o‘clock p.m., to tell us to shut the windows so that the hot air will be kept outside. It is needless to say that all that as the guest house did not have any air-conditioning, the only way to cool down the room was to open the windows thus 9 o‘clock in the morning is not an appropriate time to awake guests. Much more conformable would have bee to get a little and polite advice during the breakfast. Disturbingly rude was that on our last day we got a breakfast existing of two charred croissants, which we happen to have taken a picture of.

All in all it can be said that the les trois sources is a appropriate place to stay in just for one day at most, but I would not advice it to anyone who is hoping for a nice and easy way to spent their holidays!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2008

Les Trois Sources is all that it is reknowned to be ... and then some!

A fantastic guest house which offers all that is best about Provence. The location - a short distance from the picturesque medieval villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste - offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, being set in a converted silk farm surrounded by acres of greenery. The grounds provide a tranquill stroll with vineyards, an orchard and lavender fields to tease the eye; while the courtyard - which also plays host to breakfast - provides comfort and shade from the Provencial sun. And the location of the pool - away from the main grounds, amidst the vineyards - insures that bathing is private and, likewise, others are not disturbed by noise.

The guest house is luxurious for those looking for all that is fine about Provence - the antique and rustic features matched stylishly and carefully throughout the various rooms of the building, avoiding the cliched and the garish. Rooms are spotlessly clean and well serviced; while the beds are comfortable. Views from the rooms are magnificent, especially at night when the Chateau-de-Sade that sits at the top of Lacoste is lit up.

For those in search of Romantic charm, or those seeking tranquility, this is the perfect location.

The hosts, Caroline Guinard & Paul Jeannet, are very friendly and helpful. Moreover, they avoid the pitfall of so many guest house owners who feel they must push themselves upon you at every opportunity: Caroline and Paul respect your privacy and appreciate that seeking a tranquil and relaxing stay does not require their constant presence or intrusion.

It is a bit of a journey to reach Les Trois Sources, if not indistance, then certainly over the terrain - especially if you make the mistake of not following the hosts' directions and relying instead on GoogleMaps, as we did - and car hire is essential. That said, it is worth the effort. More to the point, it provides the perfect location for excursions to other beauty spots, such as Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France.

  • Liked — The location - peaceful and beautiful
  • Disliked — Having to leave!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2008

If you read the other reviews you will realise that this place deserves its accolades. At 144 Euros it is pricey for a bed and breakfast but we had a lovely suite of 3 rooms on the top floor with views of the nearby countryside and the hilltop village of Lacoste which is illuminated at night. Not entirely silent as there is regular traffic on the nearby road but nonetheless very rural Provence. The lady of the house is extremely elegant and brings you a lovely French style breakfast in the courtyard each day with 4 types of preserves and 3 types of bread, fresh orange, yoghurt and terrific coffee or tea (I even had my precious Earl Grey). There is a cracking little swimming pool and plenty of areas to sit and read in the shade or walk through the lavender fields if you wish. Access to other areas and restaurants is easy via the nearby road and you can visit the hilltop villages or nearby towns and still easily find your way back. It was hot during our stay, 35 Celsius, so it was very warm at night and for those of you used to A/C you may have a problem, this is a real old building so air conditioning is provided by the night breeze!
We loved our stay here and would highly recommend it for people who want to sample a real house with real people and not just a modern copy or artificial hotel chain.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Les Trois Sources
Address: Chemin de la Chaine, 84480 Bonnieux, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Luberon > Bonnieux
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Bonnieux
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming bed and breakfast, charming guest house. ... more   less 
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Les Trois Sources Hotel Bonnieux
Les Trois Sources Bonnieux, France - Luberon

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