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Memorable Places to Stay in Provence

28 December 2012 1,251 views 4 Comments

This post is more than a year overdue, but I wanted to quickly share info on two places we stayed in Provence that we thought were quite lovely. There are of course tons of other places to stay in this region, and while these spots worked for us and our itinerary, they may not work for everyone, and they certainly aren’t destination stays on their own. However, we really enjoyed them and found them to be a good value for our money.

The first place, is Apres la Sieste, located north of Avignon. When we arrived, we were welcomed with macarons and glasses of rose. This was the morning that we got engaged in Paris, so it was fun to continue the celebration.

Apres La Sieste Courtyard and Welcome Snack

Apres La Sieste Courtyard and Welcome Snack

And here is our room:

Apres la Sieste Room

Apres la Sieste Room

Breakfast was included in our rate, and each morning Chloe, our hostess, made us fried eggs which we enjoyed with fresh-squeezed OJ, tea, kiwis, plums, homemade jams, bread, and croissants.

Mmmm brunch

Mmmm brunch

And here is the heated pool where I took a dip one morning.

apres pool

We paid 100 Euros a night back in September, 2011, and the rates have gone up since then, but I did think that they were priced a bit low for the value, and Chloe is a great cook, and she and her husband were very kind.

Later on in the trip, we stayed at La Pauline, a beautiful converted mansion outside of Aix. Pauline was Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister, and the mansion used to be hers. When we arrived, we toured the beautiful grounds with the manager, who told us all about Pauline (who was quite the loose woman), and showed us the manicured grounds, gorgeous pool. and olive orchards on the property.

Beautiful sculptures and manicured gardens at La Pauline

Beautiful sculptures and manicured gardens at La Pauline

Welcome snack of rose with bread sticks and olive tapenade

Welcome snack of rose with bread sticks and olive tapenade

Sunset by the pool

Sunset by the pool

Our rate was 90 Euros, which didn’t come with breakfast, but it did include that nice amenity that we were greeted with. According to their website, the going rate is now 200 Euros per night for a room. Have you visited Provence? If so, where your favorite places to stay?

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