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Provence | La Bastide de Marie

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LA BASTIDE DE MARIE
BY: RODERICK MURRÉ | AZURINE

WHY: Holiday/research trip
WHEN: April 2014 
WHO:  Me and my wife, Michelle

A rustic elegant country farmhouse set amongst vineyards in the heart of the Luberon.
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- DETAILS, DETAILS -

TYPE: Elegant historic farmhouse.

ROOMS: The hotel has 14 rooms decorated in bright Provencal colors decorated with local antiques. Each room has a different color scheme. Some of the rooms and the suite lead straight out into the garden, others have vineyard views. The Classic and Bastide rooms start at 25 square meters and the Suite Marie is at 45 square meters. Guests can also stay in La Roulotte which is a green, old fashioned caravan located on the lawn near one of the pools. They also offer the 5 bedroom Villa Grenache located nearby amongst the vineyards

POOL/GYM: The 29-foot indoor pool is located in the basement of the hotel with trompe l'oeil murals which surround you with the gardens of Versailles. The gym is located opposite the pool with with all the requisite weightlifting, cardio, and exercise equipment. Personal training is available upon request.

RESTAURANT: Guests can enjoy an al-fresco lunch or a romantic dinner overlooking the hotel's vineyards and under the stars, or dine in The Bastide, which is the main dining room with stone walls and floors and panoramic views over the vineyards and the hotel gardens. Executive chef Laurent Houdart prepares local Provencal cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients.

VIBE: Elegant, intimate, and rustic.

BAR: There is no bar at the hotel but guests can request beverages at anytime of the day. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés are served every night in the restaurant and terrace, where guests mingle before the meal.

SPA: The property has two treatment rooms where guests can relax and enjoy a massage or a facial. Other areas where guests can enjoy a massage could be in front of the pool, at the foot of an old olive tree or among the lavender plants. The hotel uses lovely Pure Altitude products

WIFI: Complimentary throughout the property.

KIDS: The hotel is family friendly. During the autumn school break, they offer a three-night package including complementary accommodation and half board for kids under 12 sharing with parents.

LOCATION: Just outside the village of Menerbes, in the Luberon in Provence. Forty minute's driving from Avignon Airport (AVN), and an hour from Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). Also accessible by train.


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- A few things -

 La Bastide de Marie is a hidden gem located amongst the vineyards of Domaine de Marie. These elegant red and white wines are served during lunch and dinner. Stay at the property in September and enjoy watching the harvesting of the vineyards.

On certain Sundays during the season, Chef Laurent Houdart and his team offer cooking classes. After a visit to the local market at Coustellet and a tour of the kitchen and garden you will learn how to cook local Provencal dishes. It's an excellent way to experience the local lifestyle and develop a true sense of place.

Please note that La Bastide de Marie is a seasonal hotel and is open from April 18 to November 16, 2014 and December 19, 2015 to January 4, 2015.

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