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La Bastide de Boulbon
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

This was the last hotel that our family (2 adults and 2 teenagers) stayed in during our recent trip to France and it was an absolute delight. Our hosts, Marie-Claire and Jan, were wonderful and made our stay one to remember.

Travelling in Southern France in July is very hot and we were so happy to relax each day, after a busy day's outing, in the wonderful garden and swim in the pool. Drinks and light snacks were available. While we could have dined out more, we enjoyed dinner so much our first night here, we chose to eat dinner at the hotel any night it was served. We also enjoyed our breakfasts, which were delicious, by the garden as well.

Our family stayed in the cottage at the entrance to the property and it served our needs very well. There was a master bedroom and a bedroom with bunk beds with a bathroom in between. The cottage was air conditioned and had a TV (although we never watched it).

We had never heard of Boulbon but it turned out to be a perfect central location for exploring the surrounding towns and sights. We wandered around the town of Boulbon early one evening (although it's small, it's fun to do this) and Jan and Marie-Claire gave us excellent guidance on the sights we should see each day.

We spent one day in Avignon (a must do!), and another day visiting towns such as Les Baux (another must see) with all the sights that Jan had recommended along the way. (We ran out of time that day, there was so much to see but we enjoyed it all.)

Thank you Marie-Claire and Jan! If ever in Provence again, we will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Our recent stay in July was fabulous. The rooms are cozy and well appointed...our hosts were mind readers...anticipating our every need and extremely helpful with suggestions (and great maps) for local sightseeing and restaurants. We could not have asked for more. Will absolutely recommend this spot to friends and family and will definitely book with them again!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Dona D
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

After a few nights in Paris, an eight-day trip from Lyon to Arles on a Uniworld Cruise (perfect in every way) we ended up in this wonderful and perfectly located French Chateau. Peace and quiet rule the day amongst lovely gardens, a pool, spacious and immaculate rooms (stay in room 4), and charming hosts that take care of you like family (we really did not want to leave!). Perhaps the highlight of our five-day stay was the Chateau’s location in a small village topped by an old fort/castle that was close to everything – and without the hustle and bustle of traffic, tourists, and noise. Day trips were very easy with plenty of help from the owners (maps, suggestions, and out of the way places). Breakfast in the morning was wonderful and diner at night a treat under the stars. However, while dinners were excellent, do venture out – there are close and very good restaurant finds within easy driving distance (take your Garmin – you will need it).

If you are thinking of staying in Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Saint Remy, or Aix – instead consider staying at this lovely old world Chateau. All of these wonderful towns are within 25KM or less, along very good country roads and little hidden jewels along the way.

Every so often, we come across a place where we say, “we will come back here”, and mean it. This Chateau was a slice of heaven and we will be back, for sure.

Room Tip: Corner room #4 over looking the side and front gardens was spacious with a kingsize bed, a large bathroom and excellent airconditioning.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank gccrab
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed at the Bastide in late June - it was an incredibly relaxing spot in Provence, well-located just a 15-minute drive from Avignon. Most of all, the hosts were super helpful to us when our car broke down and we were stranded there the day we were supposed to check out. Jan made all the necessary phone calls for us in French and offered to take us into Avignon to the Avis location there.

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The room was spotless, very quiet, with a good-sized bathroom and nice, but small shower. We were on the first floor (room #1,) which has French doors that opened onto a private area in the garden. Sitting at the small stone table there, you can look across the garden and up at the old fort overlooking the tiny town of Boulbon.

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The garden was beautiful - amazing flowers, a lawn like a carpet and a really nice stone pool. The terrace looks out on the garden and when the Mistral isn't blowing is a great spot for a meal or a drink.

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Breakfast was not included but was nice - fresh breads and croissants, jams and honey, an egg if you want it, and ham and cheese. We had dinner there one night too and it was very relaxing and tasty. We ate in Avignon two nights out of three, and dinner at the Bastide was the best one we had while there.

Room Tip: Room #1 on the first floor has French doors that open onto a private space in the garden. It was very quiet with a King-sized bed and very nice bathroom. A/C worked well.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed at La Bastide de Boulbon July 3-6 and were thrilled with the property and very happy we chose it over other options we considered in the general area. We traveled to Avignon from Paris on the TGV, and because of the Avignon TGV station location, driving to Boulbon was quick and very easy. We wanted a place to stay that offered a restful and unique experience but was near enough to the various sites we hoped to see that we weren't driving long distances each day. For us, Boulbon and the La Bastide de Boulbon turned out to be a perfect choice.

The property is small and intimate. It has been beautifully restored and maintained. The overall design and appearance of the hotel fit my vision for the perfect getaway in the south of France. No fussy patterns or prints; no old fashioned charm. This is high style, neutral colors, beautiful furnishings and a streamlined design aesthetic. La Bastide de Boulbon would fit perfectly in the pages of Architectural Digest. It was exactly what we like and what we wanted for our trip to Provence. An added bonus was the owners. Marie Claire and Gann are onsite, very available and truly wonderful hosts. Both were warm, engaging and helpful -- ever present but never in an intrusive or overbearing way. Their small staff was equally responsive, ready to assist or respond to our requests when needed. We found the overall level of service to be perfect and our needs always met. Breakfast and dinner is available each day in the garden, and we chose to eat breakfast one morning and dinner two evenings. The breakfast menu is as you might expect but a bit more than your usual continental breakfast. It was a little pricey (not big breakfast eaters!) but all very good and the setting in the garden could not be beat. Dinner was equally good, with a limited menu but with a number of reasonable options that reflected the cuisine of Provence. Everything we tasted was well prepared and very tasty. I particularly appreciated the chef's willingness to work with me to accommodate some dietary restrictions, and because of the flexibility, I enjoyed some of the best meals I ate in France at La Bastide de Boulbon.

For us, being able to return in the evening to enjoy a glass of wine in the garden followed by dinner on the patio under the enormous plain trees was a most excellent way to end our days. As I sit here now writing this review, I know that our stay at La Bastide de Boulbon was the highlight of our two-week trip to France and England. I'm certain that it will take its place on a short list of the most memorable places I've stayed - ever.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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