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Review 4061: Owner, La Joliette
2bed/1bath house in Goult, Provence
March 2009, 1 week
This house was in the village of Goult. It was towards the top of the hill in a small street without parking. The house was in a row of houses but seemed quite private.
Goult is a lovely old town with narrow streets and old buildings. It does not attract the tourists like other villages in the area so seems more peaceful.
There is one main cafe off the main square. It was open each day except Sunday afternoon and Monday. It sold some English language papers.
There were quite a few restaurants and always one at least open each night.
There was a small general store where most things could be bought. The boulangerie was in the lower part of the village and there were two butchers nearly next to each other.
The building is quite old but has been renovated very well. It is very quiet as it is not a through road. At night the only sound was the church bell in the distance.
The living, dining area, kitchen and bathroom were downstairs (although up several stairs from the street) with a staircase to the two bedrooms upstairs. The main bedroom was a good size with side tables and lamps. There was a room under the house with a couch and table but we did not use it.
The house is quite small with the lounge/dining room opening from the front door. The kitchen is small but has an oven and stove top. There was a full size refrigerator.
You can view the property directly: La Joliette.
There was no garden or outdoor seating area.
The furniture was in good shape with some comfortable new chairs. There was a couch in the cellar area which we did not use. In summer it would be a lovely cool area. There was a table and chairs. The house was spotless.
There were two bedrooms but we used only one. The second bedroom has a large single/double bed but I would have a maximum of three people in the house because of the small size. The bed was comfortable with good linen and pillows.
There was one very small bathroom off the kitchen. The shower had a good flow and there was a shower curtain. It was VERY close to the kitchen - so it may be that some people would not like that.
The kitchen had an oven and there were enough pots and pans to cook a full meal. There was dish washing liquid and cleaning gear. There was a washing machine.
There were plenty of dishes and glasses.
Problems or Bonuses
We knew the house was small from the website but it was pleasantly functional and the size did not matter to the two of us.
The house was spotless and had the basics (e.g., oil, salt and pepper).
When booking we sent a cheque for the deposit, which was given back to us before we left. The rental was cash on arrival. This was good for us as our exchange rate was not very good and a deposit sent from Australia would have made it more expensive.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Eva, the owner, met us in the cafe in the village and showed us the house. She had put the heater and heated towel rail on a few days before as we were the first tenants for the year, so it was nice and warm.
We paid €350 (March) which was very good value for a comfortable very clean house in a lovely village. There was no extra charge for heating.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would be happy to stay here again and would recommend it to friends for a good value for money house in a pretty village close to most tourist attractions.
Things to do in this area
We visited many small villages and towns in the area - Gordes, Roussillion, Bonnieux, Lourmarin, L'Ile sur la Sorgue and Fontaine du Vaucluse.
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