“A grand house in the middle of this famous market town with lovely big rooms and a pool in the courtyard”
There are 2 suites and 2 vast rooms at La Maison, all on the second floor. The suites have separate sitting rooms, but their bedrooms aren't as large as the ordinary rooms (which aren’t ordinary). On the whole we preferred the rooms for the greater sense of space.
Ours - Room with a View - was the simplest of the lot, though ‘simple’ is hardly the word to describe what you find here. It's positively cavernous, its ceiling open to A-frame beams, with views to the front over a narrow street. There are lilac walls, coir matting, an enormous armchair for 2 and a four-poster bed wrapped up in crisp white linen. The bathroom is equally smart - and big enough for 2 separate sinks plus a claw-foot bath.
Room on a Loggia is even more impressive: equally enormous with a beamed ceiling sloping down to French windows that open onto a delightful covered balcony, which stretches along the side of the house and overlooks the courtyard - absolute bliss.
The Attic Suite is spread over 2 floors. Climb the stairs and find a glorious bathroom built of American hardwood. Its private terrace holds a couple of sun loungers, while back inside the sitting room and bedroom come in neutral colours.
We didn’t see the Shadow Suite, which overlooks the market square; from what we hear though, it’s as stylish as the rest of the rooms.
In good weather, breakfast is served at a big table in the courtyard. Otherwise, you eat at separate tables in the enormous kitchen/dining room. Tables are laid with much style: clean white rectangular crockery (which you can buy in your host’s shop) that sits on smart slate tablets. You get cold meats and delicious cheese, small bowls of fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, then a sack brimming with small baguettes, croissants and pains au chocolat. There’s tea and coffee, a pot of yoghurt, even the morning paper.
Seasonal Provençal cuisine is served by arrangement for parties of 6 or more. You might get chestnut soup with grated chocolate, squid salad with pistachio nuts, filet mignon with freshly cooked apples, a plate of local cheeses, then a tarte tatin with a Vervennes jelly.
The town has a couple of excellent restaurants. Number one is Le Vivier, which just about everyone in Provence mentioned to us. It’s got a Michelin star and the elegant interiors match beautiful food. Those with a hearty appetite may want to check out the 7-course gourmand menu. If you want something simpler, try L’Industrie for good pizza or Café de La Sorgue, a busy brasserie which overlooks the water.
Children of all ages are welcome. Take over the whole place if you're coming en masse - it's worth it! That said, some little ones might find the location too tranquil.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can fit a baby cot and extra bed.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking