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Bonnieux: Les Trois Sources

Chemin de la Chaine, Phone: 4.90.75.95.58
www.lestroissources.com

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2052

When: September 2007

Five-room B&B in a large medieval complex in the countryside below the village of Bonnieux. Huge rooms decorated with antiques. Beautiful setting.

Les Trois Sources, photo by Kathy Wood

We spent a week at Les Trois Sources in mid-September 2007. This five-room B&B is located about a five minute drive below the village of Bonnieux. Although it is just off the main road to Bonnieux, you feel a long way from civilization.

Parts of the building date back to the 12th century, and our host Paul told us that it was once a priory and also a hospital. Later it was a silkworm factory. The name refers to the three water sources on the property. Some of the oldest parts of the house (including an old bread oven) have just been recently recovered. Paul and Caroline moved here from Paris and restored the property about ten years ago and have really tried to preserve its medieval heritage.

You won't find bright Provencal fabrics here - instead the rooms are decorated with antiques and there is definitely a medieval feel. I think they've done an excellent job in creating a very unique environment.

Our room was absolutely huge (pictured on the website here: http://www.lestroissources.com/Album%20Paul/chven_a.htm ) with high ceilings, wooden beams and several windows. The toilet was located in a separate room from the rest of the bathroom, and the bathroom included both a shower and an old fashioned tub. Most of the rooms were located up a wide spiral staircase.

We didn't have breakfast here, but when the weather is good, it's served outside in the courtyard by the old mulberry tree, usually at 9:00 am. In cooler weather, there's a dining room inside the main part of the house.

The house is set in the midst of vineyards, orchards, and lavender fields. There are wonderful views of the Luberon and Vaucluse mountains and several of the neighboring villages.

The pool is away from the main house, I think to separate a modern luxury from the otherwise ancient feel of the house. The pool is surrounded by tall brush. I spent an hour or so there one afternoon and have to say that I did feel a little isolated.

Paul speaks very good English, and he and Caroline both offer a friendly welcome. Our room was 130 per night.

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