I first stayed at Le Prieuré forty nine years ago in the summer of 1964. My father had found this superb hotel as a stopping off point on the return from Cavalière in the south of France. We had one bad experience of staying at a hotel in Avignon three years earlier and he must have found Le Prieuré with help from an AA Continental Europe hotel guide or by visiting the AA in Leicester Square, London.
I remember eating our dinner outside and coming across some of my mother’s photos recently the place has not changed in the gardens. My mother used to collect ashtrays and was given an oblong pottery one with the hotel name and a picture tastefully inscribed.
We decided to stay there for two nights so we could do some sightseeing in the area.
I had booked on line and paid a deposit and our room was in part of the original hotel overlooking the garden by reception and with an outside staircase going down to the open plan patio dining area. A fantastic room with high ceilings, large bathroom that looked even larger because of mirrors on three walls. Unfortunately the heat control on the shower was not so good, but you could not fault this 5 star accommodation.
As we had not booked for dinner that evening, they were full, so made sure we booked for the following night which was a bank holiday. We had an excellent meal close by at Les Jardins De La Livree which is really great value for money and well worth a visit. It all worked out very well as it was very windy that night and you could not eat outside in Le Prieuré, however because Les Jardins De La Livree were more sheltered you could there.
On returning to the hotel, it was a shame that they do not have a bar for guests. You can have drinks outside around tables and inside, but the only bar in the hotel was in a separate building which I presume could be used in winter months or when it is wet or part of a function room for weddings etc.
The next morning we came down to our 25 euro a head breakfast and found it rather disappointing. In France you do naturally still expect a “Continental” style breakfast, however the coffee pots are on the small size for two people and although we had a refill the request for a second refill was completely ignored. On the second morning they kept on running out of croissants and in an establishment like that you should not be waiting nearly 10 minutes for a new supply at the self service buffet.
The female member of staff who had been the person with the cheese trolley (chariot de fromages) on the second night was running the breakfast operation on the second morning and was very helpful and friendly and is a credit to Le Prieuré.
The dinner on the second night was excellent. We both chose “Le Menu” at €95 per head and small tasty portions were very filling, as there appeared to be numerous courses.
Since my first visit back in 1964 they have added a new block of rooms and a swimming pool. Unfortunately we never had time to try out the pool, but it certainly appeared to be very popular.
The hotel and restaurant is excellent and I am very pleased to have gone back there again, however maybe a little more variety with cold meats and cheese for breakfast. If you want anything extra like an omelete, boiled eggs you pay more.
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