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Review 3623: La Magnanerie, La Petite Maison


Review by Doug Phillips from Canada who is a SlowTrav Contributor

3bed/2bath house near La Begude de Mazenc, Provence

La Petite Maison, Chateauneuf de Mazenc, photo by Doug Phillips


June 14-28, 2008, 2 weeks


We stayed at La Petite Maison, a rental for up to six people in Chateauneuf-de-Mazenc, a residential enclave of about 40 dwellings a short distance up a steep hill from La Begude de Mazenc in Drome Provence. In North American terms it is what we would call a semi-detached, sharing a stone wall with another home. In practical terms, it was a separate residence.

Parking was a couple of minutes down the hill and in a bit of an awkward spot. There was another parking space in close proximity to the house, but it was already taken. The immediate area was very quiet, but we kept busy for two weeks. I appreciated the area much more by the end of the rental period.

Nearby Amenities

Walking downhill into La Begude to Mazenc was a definite option - approximately 1km to a boulangerie, boucherie, Petit Casino (mini-supermarket), tabac (for an English-language newspaper), restaurant and two cafés. Walking back uphill was a bit more of a challenge. In practical terms, we walked into the village a few mornings and one evening - otherwise we drove.

The House/Apartment

Historical? Well, parts of the building go back to the 12th century. But it is a modern well-equipped residence on two levels - the kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom on the upper level and two bedrooms a bathroom and a large living room on the lower level. There is an outside terrace on each level. We spent a lot of time, especially in the mornings and evenings, on the upper terrace, off the kitchen. The views, privacy and furnishings from the upper terrace were very good/excellent; those from the lower terrace less so. There are recent (2008) upgrades in the kitchen - two new refrigerators, new stove and counter tops. In addition, there are new AC/heating units in each room. Laundry facilities and a clothesline are a minute away.


There were two private terraces. We used the upper one off the kitchen frequently. We seldom used the lower one. There is no pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were in good condition. There were six of us there for one week - seating was not an issue. I was there for a second week. There was a weekly cleaning on Saturday morning. Cleanliness was not an issue.

The couch in the living room on the lower level was not very comfortable.


Two bedrooms had queen-sized beds; one had two singles. The bed/bedroom I slept in was very good. The bathroom on the upper level was larger than the one on the lower level, but both were fine.


The kitchen was the main common area in the house. It was large, modern, well-equipped, adjacent to the upper terrace and close to the main door. We cooked several meals in the kitchen. Being in the kitchen was not a hardship.

Problems or Bonuses

Surprises? This was the best rental we have stayed in in France. The owners live most of the year in North America. I think they have prepared their accommodations to the standard that they would expect in a rental.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We rented, via my brother who made the arrangements, directly with the English-speaking owners, who were there during our rental period in their home a minute away from La Petite Maison. The published information accurately reflects the on-site reality. In June 2008, the basic rental for two people staying at La Petite Maison was $CDN1400, with an additional $100 for each additional couple, up to six people. For three couples it worked out to $533 per week.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Well, we had Internet and long distance phone access from the owners' den from 9:00am to 6:00pm. They had recommendations for things for us to do. They made restaurant reservations. They prepared a "Welcome Dinner" for us one evening. They invited us in for a farewell drink on our last evening. If they were around, we sometimes stopped in and chatted in their kitchen or out on the terrace.

It was almost as if they were glad we were there.

Yes, I would recommend La Magnanerie to my best friends, if they wanted to stay in Drome Provence. The only issue might be location. It is a pretty quiet area. There is not a lot to see or do within a few minutes' drive of Chateauneuf-de-Mazenc. Otherwise, highest recommendation!

Things to do in this area

Things to to do? Within a five-minute drive - not much. Within an hour's drive - a lot. See my Trip Report, A Traveller in the Drome.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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