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“Perfect Provence Experience”
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Mas Valentine
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

"Mas" refers to a Provencal farmhouse which is self contained. It usually faces south with minimal windows to the north. They are of stone with the typical Provencal shutters (shades of blue or green or purple supposedly to keep insects away). Mas Valentine is a beautiful example of a Mas. Three sets of double doors open out to a courtyard filled with plane trees, geraniums, and roses. The doors were guarded by two larger dogs and a French bulldog, all of which provided some entertainment. There are tables for eating outdoors as well as a beautiful dining room with an old fireplace. There is a lovely living room area with a chess table and easy chairs. A quite large swimming pool is separated by some tall cypresses and is surrounded by chaise lounges. The temperature in early June was 72 degrees F- too cold for me but not for my husband who swam everyday.
The owners, Marie and Guy, are outgoing and charming. There are pictures of Guy with Paul Bocuse on the dining room walls so it appears that Guy is a serious chef. The food in the restaurant reflects this. They are often fully reserved but will be happy to reserve a table for you when you book. The problems that a few people have had probably reflect the not perfect English of anyone here and the staffing of the desk with young people during dining hours. We had absolutely no problems communicating when we took our time.
Breakfast was included and was yogurt, granola, a huge basket of croissants and baguettes and juice and coffee served in the dining room.
The two rooms on the second floor that we had were lovely- not overdone but charming with windows opening to the south. The bathrooms were up-to-date.
It is a five minute drive into St. Remy- you definitely need a car. There are many other restaurants in St. Remy but they seemed to be filled with Americans whereas we were the only non-Europeans at Mas Valentine during most of our visit. Very nearby sites include Les Baux, the Roman ruins at Glanum and St. Paul Hospital where Van Gogh lived for a year. This location is also close to the Camargue, Arles, Avignon, and the Cote du Rhone villages.
Although the prices may seem high to Americans we found France to generally be expensive and feel that a stay at Mas Valentine will be long remembered- not just another boxy hotel but a real Provencal home.

Room Tip: All the rooms in the main building are on the second floor and face south over the courtyard. There...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Marie-Gabrielle S, Gérant at Mas Valentine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2014

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
First, thanks so much for this comment, we really appreciated your visiting to the Mas Valentine. And we thank you again for the wonderful drawings!
Hope to welcome you here an other time.
Take care,
All the staff from the Mas Valentine.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

My partner and I stayed here for 4 nights and it was a wonderful experience. The grounds and gardens are beautiful. When you pull up you realize that the owners take great care and pride in their hotel. It's a small place with personal service and a lot of charm. The rooms were clean and the bathroom was clean and modern. The location is perfect - a quick 3 min drive into St. Remy and 15 mins to Les Baux. We were easily able to do day trips to Avignon, Nimes, Roussillon, Gordes and up into the Côtes du Rhône wine country villages. So if you are looking for a good home base this is it! There is a restaurant on site that is amazing as well (did a separate review don't miss eating here). Also, the owners have their dogs with them - it's a nice touch especially if you love dogs. When I come back to Provence one day I will definitely stay here again.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Marie-Gabrielle S, Gérant at Mas Valentine, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2014

Dear Sir,
Thanks so much for your comment, it was such a real pleasure to welcome you to the Mas Valentine. We hope to see you again for an other trip to France.
Best regards,
Staff from Mas Valentine

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

We went to this place to celebrate our wedding anniversary in June 2013. We stayed there for 3 nights.
The hosts are an amazingly friendly couple, Marie and Guy.
The place is a bit remote from cities – you need to have a car to get anywhere. The premises are typically Provence, with lovely garden and swimming pool. The area is not that big, but you can enjoy walking around a bit.
The room is in excellent condition, spotlessly clean, with very convenient bathroom facilities. But the true gem is the restaurant at this place. The chef does fantastic dishes, and the selection of wines is very good. Even if you are not staying in the hotel, I would definitely recommend visiting it for a dinner. The meals are prepared from local product, and the owner, Monsieur Guy, is proud of the vegetables growing right in the garden. Breakfasts were very good too, especially omelets – delicious!
The only downside is that the place is quite close to the road, and it is not easy to be in perfect tranquility while in the garden – one can hear all passing cars. But the good things about the place certainly outweigh this. I would definitely recommend the place to anyone looking for memorable Provence vacation.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

The hotel itself was quite picturesque, however, the owners seemed more interested in the restaurant than the hotel. The tennis courts were not usable. The pool was not heated - we were there in July and it was way too cold to be utilized. We wanted to have a glass of wine from a vineyard we visited on the patio, but were told we were not allowed to do so, and ushered back to our room like prisoners.

Pros:
Cute dogs of the owners
Beautiful setting
Delicious breakfasts
Good location to explore many different towns

Cons:
Poor value for the money
Owners too interested in the restaurant vs. hotel
Pool & tennis courts not usable
Not walking distance to anything

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

My friend and I spent 6 days in this hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is conveniently located about a 20-min drive from Avignon, central to most of the Provence we wanted to visit. The hotel is a very charming country house with only a handful of rooms (no more than 6 from the look of it). The hotel is run by a couple who was very helpful to us in sorting out our itinerary in Provence. The rooms were a tad bit small, but ours was in very good conditions. I think the hotel is quite new and it shows. There is very little tear and wear in the room. There is a small garden in front of the hotel you can walk around. By far the best thing about the hotel, however, is the restaurant. My friend and I are there on the last night of our trip and the food simply blew us away. We had had pretty bad luck with food in Provence, strangely, and were desperate for a good meal. And man did it deliver. The food was exquisitely prepared. It was very tasty and the ingredients were very fresh. You can tell whether the food was thoughtfully prepared and this one definitely was. It is worth staying in this hotel just for the restaurant.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Spent 3 days in Hotel Mas Valentine with wife and daughter. Husband and wife team run a very clean place and has a wonderful Garden and Pool area. Pool is a bit small and works to take a dip and cool off in the summer months. The old main building has been well renovated and clean as can be. Smaller rooms but very nice and pleasant.

Dinner selections are great for a couple nights and wine menu is offering a nice selection.

GUY pronounced GEE in French the owner is very good and how ever the dinner service is a bit hectic at times. He runs the Michelin star level kitchen and restaurant team attempts to deliver the all tables a good level of service. The food is very good and guests enjoy it, garden and food seems bring locals from area also.

Couple issues are that reception or getting checked in or out can take sometime.
Staff works hard to welcome you for sure just it can take a bit...

Just that its a smaller place and yet in high demand at peak times.
For sure at the dinner evening hours they are 100% focused on kitchen and guests at the tables.

Village-St Remy de Provence is a charming small town and great to walk around in.
Example - we chose to eat in the local village one night and returned back to sit in garden area
and looked for a drinks via bar waiter or team and chill in evening air,

Took a very long time to be even be greeted and focus was only service for full dinner guests.
Finally then provided a drink after 20+mins..but again we felt out of place.

I would return to the place again. However I suggest guests expect the stay to be a bit expensive and then throw in a bit of French chaos and drama at times...

Room Tip: Regular DBL room was a bit smaller- but they allowed a extra single bed for my teen daughter in room...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We discovered this hotel through tripadvisor.
Once you arrive, you are lovely welcomed by madame Marie, the owner. She explains clearly the facilities, as well the things to discover in the region.
Apparently, it was their first high saison, so all facilities were in perfect condition.
The room is lovely decorated, an eye for detail. The airco works perfect.
The bathroom has a seperate toilet.
Bed was average size, i guess 160cm wide.
Hotel has a great swimmingpool, where you can relax, drink a wine or read a book. Towels are provided by the hotel.
For dinner, we ate on their outside terrace. Lovely decorated with detail.
Food was from a high caliber, fresh, enjoyable and somethimes great combinations.
Service was ok, although staff could use some training. Also waiting for aperitief and wine took too long. We skipped twice the aperitief as it took more then 10 minutes. That would be the only minor point.
We clearly recommend this venue and the lovely owner 'Marie'!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mas Valentine

Address: 44 route de Noves | 13210 Saint Remy de Provence, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Price Range: £136 - £343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mas Valentine 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mas Valentine... A story of heart " A day of November 2010, we were on visit in Provence, an intense downpour falls in Saint Remy de provence... This building of character wich we guessed behind high trees, a great simplicity but a real charmer... It was it, what we had dreamed, authentic without make-up, love at first sight! This is the way: ONCE UPON A TIME, in Provence, was born the Mas Valentine..." Marie Gabrielle et Guy Soulerot A Mas at the heart of the massif of Alpilles, Saint Remy de Provence, in a stretch of wilderness of more than one hectare, raises itself this authentic Mas of the end of the 18th century, where we cultivated the flower for the perfumers of Grasse. After a complete renovation of several months, the Mas valentine, Provencal house of charm and character, open its doors the summer, 2012. Since we cultivate there: the authenticity, the welcome, the conviviality, the gastronomy... ... more   less 
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