Marie Chantel Gayte is your hostess in this gorgeous spot. Our room was huge, with a sitting area, tv, desk, an "independent toilet" (in it's own little room) and a nice ceramic bath with a deep tub. Madame doesn't speak English, but my French was apparently sufficient. She changed the linens daily AND put fresh flowers both on our table and in the bathroom. I didn't realise they were fresh until the morning...the colors were so extraordinary. And of course, lavender scented the air and linens. When we'd come back after dinner, she had closed the shutters and drawn our drapes and turned down the bed for us. It was so totally quiet, and when the lights went out -- well it was complete darkness! The recharger for my camera battery suddenly seemed like a neon spotlight!
Best of all was the breakfast each morning. Fresh fruit and juice, croissants, baguettes, scones, sweet rolls, home-made preserves, honey, and big pots of cafe and hot milk for cafe au lait. All served in that exquisite garden!
There are only three double rooms, and over the weekend the other two were taken by French couples. No credit cards. We will come back again. Why mess with a perfect match!
It's daunting to recommend a single accommodation for all of La Belle France,
but Le Château de Roussan in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is probably the most evocative,
most ancien regime place we have stayed.
The chateau was built at the beginning of
the 18th century by the Marquis de Ganges on land owned by his ancestor Nostradamus. It's well situated for exploring Provence, but it's in the country so you will want a car.
The photo shows our room overlooking the garden. Very Manon Lescault.
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