Nearly the end of January and I haven’t yet booked our holidays for this summer, aaargh ! All the nice places get booked before Christmas so I need to get cracking but there is a lot going on at home.
We are not going to Provence this year, contrary to last summer, but I thought I would point you in the directions to to some other places we stayed at in the Lubéron. So today, here is la Bastide de Marie, a lovely lovely place near Ménerbes.
La Bastide de Marie is really picture perfect Provence : it’s an old house with lovely gardens and you arrive to it via a gravelled path off a small road. You have cyprus trees, lush grasses, lavender in pots, crickets singing and of course bright blue skies and sun.
We first went there when I was pregnant with Mademoiselle and had a small but very nicely decorated bedroom. The gardens are quiet and you have two pools : one that runs around the building and is heated and another one in the main garden which is made in an old stone and as a result can be a bit cold.
We went back last summer for lunch as the food is really really good. They generally ask you to book half-board and I recommend it as the food is Provençal and tasty and the apéritif in particular is brilliant; You come down, you help yourself at a buffet laid out with tapenade, salamis, breads, etc.. and then you enjoy your glass of rosé in the lovely outdoor terrace.
For families, they have a couple of big rooms and you need to call them to discuss the best options.
Oh and I forgot that they have a small treatment room where you can have nice massages !
My tips for your family holidays
- I can’t recommend a room as we stayed there before Mademoiselle but if you have a big wallet or can share with another family, La Bastide de Marie rents a beautiful villa at the edge of the domain, with private pool and service from the hotel called Villa Grenache.
- It strikes me as more of an adult hotel but older children would definitely enjoy the pools and the staff is lovely with them.
- If you can’t stay there, you can go and have lunch or diner without being a guest of the hotel