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Best base ideas for the luberon and avignon

Jan 8th, 2011, 11:04 AM
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Gordes is a village, Avignon a city. why not stay at both.
Split the time but staying inside Gordes it will be mobbed but stay at the outskirts and visit. Lots of wonderful places stay. I stayed outside avignon one year in the Villlage Villeneuve=Lez-Avignon. Everyday I could walk across the bridge to Avignon or take a bus. My hotel was beautiful.
I read it has been taken over by someone else, the chef/owner of another famous place in Les Baux.
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Jan 8th, 2011, 11:17 AM
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We stayed at Mas de Romarins this past September and loved it. We ate all three evening meals in the hotel as the food was excellent. There are a few restaurants in Gordes but can't comment on them. Gordes, as already mentioned, is a village. A lovely place but without transportation I think it might be too confining for more than a day or two.
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Jan 8th, 2011, 11:58 AM
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My mistake. It's Le Mas des Romarins (rosemary) and while we had a wonderful room with a private terrace, after looking at your criteria for a hotel, I'm not sure it'd suit you.
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Jan 8th, 2011, 11:59 AM
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I think some of your desires are a little difficult to fit. Basically, I like cities and like both Avignon and Aix so cn get behind the idea of having plenty to do. But if you are going to have a car, it isn't convenient to stay right in the center of cities for parking. And that is where it is convenient to drive out of the area a lot for day trips. So for Avignon, probably that hotel I said was a bit of a hike from the main swuare would be the best for parking, not sure. I don't know what arrangements the Mirande has for parking -- actually, there is a large underground lot right under the place in front of the palace, but it can be difficult to get a spot in there at times. But it is easy to drive in and out of town to that lot as it's right off the main highway.

Gordes is a small, perched village, not a place that I would find convenient for the purposes you stated. It sure isn't convenient for walking around a lot (and with a toddler, to boot) as it is very steep and has a lot of cobblestones around as I recall. Gordes is full of tourists, also, it got popular as it is an attractive setting.

If I were going to stay in a small village like that, I'd pick one that wasn't up on a hill like that (you can't even drive into it, as I recall). I would not at all want to be walking to dinner along the Rte de Senanque, especially with a toddler. I wouldn't even want to do it myself, most likely. As I recall, Domaine d'Enclos and the area it is in (les Imberts or something) is not that close to Gordes, it is quite a ways away. I just was by there last summer (driving around) and remember seeing it.

YOu can find something to eat in Gordes, though, as long as you aren't picky, so I wouldn't worry about going hungry.

Why does your husband want Gordes, what is it he thinks is desirable about it, that might make a difference. If he wants a smaller town, I can understand that. When I stay in that area, I stay in a country inn with a pool and lovely grounds for relaxing with easy access to a main road for driving--in a flat area, not one of those perched village deals. But it is in the country, I couldn't walk to anything from it. I prefer to stay near Pernes-les-Fontaines. Which actually has a few things to do in it now that I think of it and is more accessible than those perched places (and not as popular with tourists, which I like). But the hotel I stay in is a few km north of the town itself. And the hotel is not a high-tech place where I think of someone working, it's not modern.

Gordes could work for you if you understand the limits. No way would I stay a week there, I'd go mad. Maybe the idea to split the week between those two is the best compromise (Avignon and Gordes).
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Jan 8th, 2011, 12:32 PM
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>>>As I recall, Domaine d'Enclos and the area it is in (les Imberts or something) is not that close to Gordes,<<

I think you have Domaine de l'Enclos mixed up with some other hotel. It is not in (or very close) to Les Imberts. It is on the Rte de Senanque, and it is the closest hotel to Gordes on this route. My IGN map says it is about 1/2 K from Gordes. We walked to Gordes from the Domaine/Rte de Senanque many times - so has anna_roz, & possibly historytraveler. The Mas des Romarins is further down the Rte de Senanque.

We have also stayed in a Gite very close to Les Imberts & close to Gordes for 4 weeks, and walked from the Gite to Gordes (45 mins). Nice area.

On her other post, Misho said that she wanted to hike the Cinque Terre in Italy - so I don't think she will have trouble with the 1/2 K to Gordes.

BTW, a GR walking route runs down part of the Rte de Senanque, and then on to Senanque Abbey. This is a very scenic/dramatic walk downhill. We took this walk, but had friends pick us up at Senanque Abbey.

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Jan 9th, 2011, 12:25 AM
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"...which one would you go for, Gordes or Avignon..."


You won't enjoy pushing a stroller in Gordes for long. It's also very small and doesn't offer many spaces for children to roam (I can only think of one).

Within the last four years we've stayed at the Hotel d'Europe with toddlers twice. The service is excellent and our only wish was for a pool (not easily found w/in the walls of Provencal towns).

In July/August 2010 we stayed here:
Pernes is smaller village (pop. 10k), but an easy drive to both L'Isle and Carpentras for dinners. The home is beautiful, fully modern inside, with very private courtyard pool.

If you do choose Aix, please consider: http://www.villagallici.com/
A beautiful property just above the city centre, 10 minutes walking downhill to the heart of Aix. 15 minutes walking uphill back to the hotel (or 11Euro cab ride including stroller surcharge). My one year old son was doted on and fully welcomed.

Have a great trip.
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Jan 9th, 2011, 03:35 AM
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Many thanks to all of you...
mmmmm have to do a lot of thinking with hubby now!
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Jan 9th, 2011, 10:22 AM
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Indeed, we walked Rte de Senanque to Gordes. There is also a back road, sort of a short cut, directly from the back of Mas des Romarins. Honestly, it was a lovely stroll and the views nothing short of magical all around. We look forward to revisiting the area this coming June.
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Jan 13th, 2011, 10:39 AM
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Thanks everyone for ur valuable recommendations and advices.
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