Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3737: Owner, La Petite Maison (#80678)
1bed/1bath house in Lourmarin, Provence
25 June-05July 2008, 2 weeks
This "little house" is located in the middle of Lourmarin on a quiet place across from a small church. All shops, weekly market, restaurants, Internet café and many walks are within easy walking distance. The village of Lourmarin, itself, is a great location for varied day-tripping (mountains, sea, lavender fields, bastide towns, Roman ruins, forests and other perched villages).
Easily do-able without a car, if you can get yourself to Lourmarin. A couple of fantastic boulangeries, an epicerie, a wonderful weekly market and of course several cafés and restaurants. A larger grocery store is about 10-15 minutes away by car, but not necessary for your stay.
A 17th century 2+ story house in great shape. With windows and shutters closed it is virtually silent ... those church bells add to the character! With windows wide open the most common sounds are the little fountain in front of the house, the bells and a few passersbys - and maybe a car now and then, but not too often as the streets are very narrow. This house is in great shape and very clean. Main floor comprised kitchenette/eating/sitting areas and small balcony at the entrance, upstairs a large bedroom with a desk and a "Polly Pocket"-sized bathroom (fine for us shorties!). The basement provided ample storage for luggage and a bike, as well as a full-size washer and dryer.
The small balcony/terrace is private and perched with a view onto a small place; church, fountain and street. There are some plants, a small bistro-style table and two chairs; perfect for people-watching.
All of the furniture is in excellent shape and comfortable. Plenty of seating on the main floor; this "little house" never felt small.
The bed was comfortable! Two nightstands with four drawers provided extra storage, along with a sideboard-style cupboard. The bathroom is attached to/in the bedroom. A slow travel guru (Chris) who suggested the house said it "was the tiniest bathroom ever", my husband, an ex-submariner, says the shower is smaller than the ones on the sub - seriously! So ... if you are tall this may be difficult! We are short and it was fine.
This was what I'd call a "kitchenette." It had a larger than typical refrigerator, a toaster oven and a hot-plate with two radiant heat burners that were really great, working better than some stoves in other gites. There were plenty of dishes, utensils, pots and pans - some were difficult to find, make sure you look in all the cupboards!
Problems or Bonuses
Some of the best bonuses are the tiniest! There are many electrical outlets in this house, great areas for writing and reading, access to the owners is easy as they live less than a block away. Also, there is a Livre D'Or full of wonderful information on the coffee table - take advantage of that, read it when you arrive, not at the end of your stay!
This house is as it appears in its pictures, no surprises except for the tiny shower (not depicted in photos), which we knew about ahead of time. The balcony looks larger in the photos than it truly is.
All in all it was a great place to stay!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners live in the village and are easily accessible. As one is English and the other American they both speak English and are willing to offer up local secrets and suggestions. The e-mail contacts were a bit slow, but they were always reliable; perhaps the nature of busy people.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again and I would recommend it. While it really felt spacious for the two of us, I do not think it would be an easy place to sleep more than two; although the website says "1-3" and that they can put a small bed/cot in the bedroom. A baby in a crib, perhaps, but another adult, no.
Things to do in this area
There is so much to do! Local market and neighboring village markets, hiking, we went wine-tasting in Bandol and to the sea, the Foret des Cedres is gorgeous, the lavender routes, shopping, eating, walking around the village - just experiencing the magic of Provence!
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