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Provence – Where to stay

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If you want to explore a region in style, then you just do not want to sleep “anywhere”. A nice hotel or a cozy Bed and Breakfast, where you feel really comfortable and welcome, add the last bit of perfection to your trip and provde long lasting memories afterwards. If you book a package, accommodation usually comes with it. But if you go on a self-planned trip, then you will face your own choice. And you wonder which pictures and reviews you can rely upon.

This text is part of my series of Provence blogposts. I had the opportunity to go on a five-day tour through Provence, an experience I want to share with you here. This post is about where to stay for the nights. On my blog you will also find a post on basic information about Provence and a post that gives you a more general overview on our trip. In further blog posts, I will get into deeper insights of our tour on various specific topics. You will find all posts of my Provence series linked at the end of this post. So here we go!

The first night of our tour we spent in a rather ordinary hotel in Aix-en Provence. That’s why I’ll skip that and go straight to the extraordinary accommodations that I want to recommend warmly to you, so that the nights of your trip will be perfect, too.

The Gounod Hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

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The first one is the Gounod Hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The pretty little town alone is worth seeing! It is located in the middle of the Alpilles Natural Park and is said to be the birthplace of Nostradamus. This tasteful hotel in the center of Saint-Rémy is very comfortable. The theme of the romms, that are all differently designed, revolves around the works of great composer Charles Gounod who, in 1863, stayed there to compose the opera Mireille

The Le Jour et la Nuit guesthouse in Vaison la Romaine

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Vaison la Romaine is the location of the second accommodation, that I would like to recommend to you, is located. The Le Jour et la Nuit is a guesthouse surrounded by nature and many fruit trees, which makes it a very calm and relaxing place. You will immediately feel at home in this renovated Provencal farmhouse with rooms decorated in a contemporary and design style. Vaison la Romaine is an ideal starting point to visit the Vaucluse and the Drôme Provençale, not limited to, but ideal for cyclists and hikers. In this guesthouse we had a perfect (vegetarian) dinner, which was made for us on special request.

The La Bastide des Princes guesthouse in Caderousse

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And last, but certainly not least, I want to present you the La Bastide des Princes guesthouse in the pleasant little village Caderousse, which is located only 10 kilometers away from famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The owners of this guesthouse, Annie and Pierre Paumel, welcome you to this authentic, 17th century Manor raising its old stone walls amidst one hectare of grounds, in the middle of nowhere, where peace and tranquility reign. I felt like I was sleeping in a true princess bed in this guesthouse.
Pierre is an internationally recognized chef, that’s why you will find an excellent restaurant here. In addition, you have the opportunity to book an exclusive cooking class with Pierre. But that’s part of one of my other blog posts.

How to find a place to stay

If you want to find an extraordinary accommodation on your own, then I recommend you the book “Chambres d’Hôtes secrètes” by Marie-Dominique Perrin (which is available in different versions and editions over the years) and the webpage Chambres d’Hôtes secrètes.

Although the trip was sponsored by the France Tourism Development Agency, I assure you that I only recommend places and things that I really liked, and that I would recommend to you even without this sponsorship.

This post is part of a series around a 5-day-trip to Provence:

Provence – Basic information
Provence – The dream destination in the South of France
Provence – Where to stay
Provence – Wine and art and the art of wine

(more to follow)

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