I recently spent 5 days at Mas de Capelou, and wish it could have been twice as long. This lovely historical estate is nestled amidst pear, apple and fig trees. Birds chirping, blue skies, elegant pool, lots of spots to nap or read...I was there with my (lively) 82-yr old mother, and we stayed in the ground floor suite - a large master bedroom with good-sized bathroom/deep tub, with a smaller bedroom with two beds and doors leading to a covered patio. The room was very clean and modern, with two sets of curtains to give one a choice of deep darkness, or to allow the moonlight and sunlight to stream in the upper window while maintaining privacy below. Mas de Capelou is a five-minute drive outside the walls of exciting Avignon, and yet is quiet countryside. The location was much more convenient and user-friendly than trying to drive or park in Avignon. It is perfectly located for day trips in any direction - we did Les Baux, St. Remy de Provence, Arles and Aix en Provence, there are plenty more. Jean-Pierre served fresh bread and croissants, homemade jellies and delightfully strong coffee in the morning, with options for those who need a bigger breakfast. Dinner is an option on weekends and is not to be missed! Catherine's cooking is innovative, she uses fresh, local ingredients, and the flavors are marvelous. She made a pear tart one night that I am still dreaming about. A similar 4-course meal at a restaurant would have easily been twice the price, and in such a peaceful lovely setting it could be very romantic for some! Truly, the dinners we had there were the tastiest we had in all of France, including Paris and Lyon. The pleasure of the meals was enhanced by Jean-Pierre and Catherine, a delightful, intelligent and interesting couple. Jean-Pierre is resourceful and informative and assisted us as well as others in making reservations or researching information on the Internet (there is WiFi). We highly recommend Mas de Capelou.
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- Come and discover the Mas of Capelou, a charming 17th century country mansion nestling in a magnificent 2ha domain of orchards. Located on the island of Barthelasse, facing the Cité des Papes, you will be in the heart of Provence and its numerous places of interest. The Mas is 5 mn (6 km) far from Avignon Old City center. ... more less
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