Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2715: Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat, Apartment
apartments in B&B near Avignon, Provence
April 2007, 5 days
Our party of three greatly enjoyed our stay in Provence at Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat in early April. Andree and Charles are gracious hosts who operate a serene and very tidy B&B in the northern reaches of Provence. We were dazzled by the endless fields of tulips backing up to the property and fruit trees in blossom at this time of year in the immediate area, proving that Provence is more than its signature fields of summer lavender.
Our two-bedroom unit had a commanding view of Mont Ventoux and adjacent vineyards. It was very well maintained, private and comfortable. This is an ideal place to downshift to a relaxed and peaceful break in a gorgeous part of the world.
We took advantage of the Mas' wine tour package and were glad we did. Charles was both informative and patient as we worked our way through various Rhone Valley wineries. This tour would be enjoyable and educational for both the novice and the serious oenophile, thanks to Charles' obvious passion for, and understanding of, Rhone wines (you are in safe hands as he does not sample the wares as he leads the tour). We topped off the day of touring with a terrific meal prepared by Andree back at the B&B and tasting of wines that we had experienced during the day.
While we had some trepidation about the Mas' cash-only policy, we found that ATMs were plentiful just minutes away. Just be sure to inform your bank in advance about your plans and you should have no problems.
All in all, we heartily recommend the Mas for its terrific combination of slightly-off-the-beaten-path location, comfortable and clean accommodations, informative (optional) wine tour and terrific hospitality extended by Andree and Charles.
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