Wow! If you are looking for an "experience" in an amazing noble house, then this is it. We found it in the book of "Chateaux de France". The Hotel Pagy de Valbonne is located in Lambesc, a small town 15 mins out of Aix-en-Provence. It's tucked in just behind the town square. The large doors open and therein lies the surprise. An amazing mansion with stunning eclectic decor. Each room has been lovingly decorated and is different from the other but all are great - I saw almost all of them.
Monsieur Michelle and Monsieur Coco (the parrot) are lovely but it is Mia, the young lady of the house that is the true STAR! She's an amazing hostess, chef and is warm, funny, attentive, helps you with your French!, suggests great restaurants and is the decorator of the entire mansion - quite amazing for someone who is only 29!!!
Although the hotel does not have large grounds, it's not necessary as the pool is lovely and the hotel itself is so big that we didn't even bump into any other guest while there (& it was full!). We stayed in the Apollonia Suite which was huge & stunning.
I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to travellers that want an out of the ordinary hotel experience just out of Aix-en-Provence where you feel like it's your own home. And here's another hint - In the hotel let's just say that there's a picture of one of the world's most famous movie star couples who travel everywhere with their kids who hired the house for 10 days and stayed there in absolute privacy. I'm not telling who as Monsieur Michele had to sign a confidentiality agreement! Think of the most gorgeous male & female stars who are married to eachother and their international kids... If it's good enough for them then you can imagine how good this place is!!!!
Loved it. Thank you Mia, Monsieur Michele & Coco for an unforgetable memory!