I spent 4 nights at La Bastide des Templiers and felt lucky to have chosen it from among the many chambres d'hôtes and B&Bs in La Provence Verte, a beautiful area of rivers, lakes, and mountains. Set high on a woodsy hill above the small village of Bras, La Bastide is clean, tranquil, safe, and comfortable -- my basic criteria for lodging -- plus multilingual hosts Harald and Joël do everything under the sun to assure a pleasant stay for their guests. A bonus: Joël is a certified massage therapist, and I thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing 1-hour massage in the cozy wellness center that is separate from the house (it has a 2-person Jacuzzi as well). It's a 15-minute walk down to the village of Bras, past some vineyards, if you want a stroll, and an easy, beautiful drive to larger villages in the area to take in market day, look at a waterfall of the Argens river, or see the old abbey at Thoronet. Although it was too cool to swim in mid-October, I loved reading by the pool and watching the sunset from there. I highly recommend La Bastide des Templiers.
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