Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 710: Domaine Faverot, Cottage
cottages on an estate near Maubec, Provence
October 2003, one week
This lovely property is located in the Provencal country near Maubec, a small village in the Vaucluse area of Provence at the foothills of the Luberon. The surrounding vineyard is beautiful and very quiet, peaceful, and relaxing.
You could walk to nearby Maubec that has a small grocery and restaurant; however, we always drove. Other beautiful villages are very close to drive to including Menerbes, Gordes, Rousillon, Robion, Coustellet, Cavaillon, Isle sur la Sorgue.
The building is a wonderful French stone farmhouse. I'm not sure of its age. It is in excellent shape and has been beautifully restored. There are four two-story (by U.S. standards) apartments in the building. We never heard our neighbors, probably due to the thick stone walls. The front door and all windows have big wood shutters that you can close (or not) giving it the look and feel of a cozy, romantic, country cottage. I'm sure they are needed when the Mistral blows through. There is also a fireplace; however, it didn't get quite cold enough for us to use it.
Each cottage has its own large terrace on the first floor with table, chairs and shade umbrella. I'm sure it's delightful in summer for meals, but in October we didn't get to use it.
There is a fantastic swimming pool with lots of space to lounge. Although the weather was pleasant during our stay it wasn't warm enough for a swim.
The furniture is in excellent condition and comfortable. The cottage is perfect for two people and there is plenty of seating, including a comfortable loveseat. There is also satellite TV with access to many French channels.
The bed was very comfortable and covered with beautiful French linens. There is also a large dresser and closet. The window looks out on the beautiful vineyard and is covered with romantic, gauzy, flowing curtains.
The bathroom has been restored to perfection. There is a large soaking tub with one of those flexible water faucets as well as a pretty good sized tiled shower. The sink sits above the counter giving the bathroom a very luxurious look. The lighting is nice and bright and the towels large and soft. It was also nice and convenient to have a little powder room downstairs.
The kitchen was fully equipped and very usable. There were more than enough dishes, sliverware, and serving utensils of excellent quality. Although you could easily cook a full meal, I never did - it was vacation! The kitchen also has a microwave, toaster, and electric teapot. The fridge came with butter, jam and honey for your morning baquette.
Problems or Bonuses
The best surprise was having beautiful fruit, bread and Domaine Faverot wine waiting for us when we arrived. We were tired from our long trip and that was just perfect for our dinner. It was also a treat having our own, private wine tasting with Francois Faverot who generously answered all our questions about wine making, the vineyard, its restoration and how he got into the wine business. We were also thrilled that both Francois and Sally spoke English. They are both from London, although Francois is half French.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners, Sally and Francois Faverot are wonderful people and available to help you with anything. Sally answered my numerous emails before we arrived and Francois generously provided us with packing material for wine we had accumulated along the way.
Although I think the website is well done and one of the reasons I chose this property, Domaine Faverot is much more wonderful than the pictures on the website.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would most definitely stay here again and would easily recommend it to anyone staying in the area. We found October a perfect time to be there - great weather and not a lot of tourists. I hear that Spring is lovely too.
Things to do in this area
There is so much to do here. As I mentioned above many of the perche villages are just minutes away. Coustellet is a wonderful small village with a beautiful Sunday market and cute shops and only 5-10 minutes away. Afterwards, its a short drive to Isle sur la Sorgue for that HUGE market. Cavaillon is also very close (maybe 15 minutes) and is a large town with lots of restaurants, cafes, shops, and groceries.
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