We are a couple, late 50s, North American's living 20 years in Europe; on this trip, we were accompanied by an elderly North American couple.
All of us enjoyed our stay at La Victorine b&b immensely.
Based on our personal priorities, we would share the following comments on La Victorine (LV) b&b:
LV is well-placed in the center of a circle bounded by Bonnieux, Roussillon, Goult & Lacoste – each of which are an easy 10 minute drive from LV. We found it an excellent location for touring the Luberon as well as accessing a good variety of local restaurants in the evening. We would choose this location over a center like Bonnieux with its congested streets, tourist activities & the like.
LV was immaculately clean throughout, including our rooms (we occupied the two ground floor bedrooms), the common areas in the house & around the garden. Our rooms were tidied each morning, which we would not normally expect with b&b accommodation.
The bedroom beside the stairs has a very spacious walk in shower, while the second bedroom has a wall-attached shower head over a bath tub. The water pressure, as well as the temperature & availability of hot water, was excellent in both bathrooms. Shelf space for toiletry bags, etc. was sufficient-to-good. One bathroom (the one with the walk-in shower) would benefit from hooks to hang clothing, etc, which were provided in the other bathroom.
Both rooms were very quiet, even with the window/garden door open at night for ventilation. We could hear an occasional muffled sound from the adjacent room (our traveling companions) but nothing from the bedrooms occupied above us. LV bedrooms do not have tv's & we heard no sounds from the common areas just down the hallway from our bedrooms. Similarly, there was no traffic noise from the D road a few hundred meters to the south of the b&b.
The bedrooms were quite spacious (at a guess, 25sq m.) with very good, comfortable beds – firm but not hard. The beds are low, which was a little bit challenging for one member of our party who is less agile. There was more than ample access around both sides of the bed/beds, where bedside tables & reading lamps are provided. Both rooms had glass doors leading to vine-shaded, personal-use patios, through which the garden/pool area located to the rear of the b&b could be accessed directly.
Value for money:
Excellent value for money.
Wi-Fi was good & consistently available in the common areas. Access was not available in our bedrooms due to the thickness of the walls.
We found the LV to be tastefully designed throughout, with creative attention to detail. There are many attractive features in a décor which we would describe as Mediterranean with a modern twist. A large kitchen is provided for guest use, with a full-sized refrigerator in which we stored picnic supplies & ice packs. The kitchen is very well supplied & a family/group could easily prepare an evening meal here. The kitchen adjoins a large open plan sitting/dining room & then separately a comfortable tv room (French-only tv stations). Outside, we enjoyed an aperitif under the large shading trees in the LV's very agreeable & inviting garden, with it's views to the distant chateau in Lacoste. Next to the garden is a decent sized, modern & very clean pool, which appeared suitable for families. Breakfast was served outside in the walled inner courtyard, which is at the rear of the b&b, next to the garden. Breakfast was fresh, the traditional croissant & baguette, plus yogurt, fresh juice & delicious home-made jams. The coffee was excellent. Additional coffee & baguette was offered without our asking. Our hosts, Helene & Patrick, were personable & engaging, including with the members of our group who spoke no French. They willingly offered helpful advice on local markets, restaurants, the best sights & local specialities.
We had excellent dinners at two moderately-priced brasseries in Bonnieux, the Un P'tit Coin du Cuisine, & Le St. Andre. At both restaurants we had delicious meals, friendly service & outside terrace dining.
Wheelchair access (not a consideration for our group but important for some friends):
The two bedrooms on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible. The doorways into the bedrooms & into the bathrooms might be a squeeze for a wheelchair but are manoeuvrable. The same applies to the toilets & the walk-in shower. The main floor common area (kitchen & sitting/dining room) is flat, with no steps. There is a step up to the tv room. Breakfast would be taken in the common area dining room as the outside garden terrace is made of loose gravel & is a step down from the main house. It might be possible to take breakfast in the garden area which is accessible from the car parking lot.
- Also Known As:
- La Victorine Bonnieux, France - Luberon