Once the home of an order of Carmalite monks, this old Mas set in the tranquil countryside of Provence
Description of Les Carmes Bed & Breakfast:Once the home of an order of Carmalite monks, this old Mas set in the tranquil countryside of Provence, is being totally renovated into a luxurious Chambre D'Hote by the new owners Mike & Ann Parkes, together, with twin son's, Simon assisting with the building work and James, trained by Two Star Michelin Chef Martin Blunos of Bath, providing gastronomic delights and a Residential Cookery School offering comprehensive courses in Provencal cuisine.
Attractions:The countryside around Les Carmes has numerous small towns each with their own character and charm. L'Isle sur La Sorgue and it's famous Sunday market which takes over the town, selling everything, local grown vegetables, bread,material, clothes and flowers. L'Isle is also know for being the Antiques centre and on a Sunday you will find a huge variety of books, bric a brac, furniture and all manner of antiquities in the market. Small cafe's at every corner offer refreshments all through the day making the Sunday market an experience not to be missed. The river Sorgues as it flows down to the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, famous for the source of the river starting here. The walk up to the cavern where the river emerges from underground, is not for the fainthearted, but it does have an array of small shops and cafe's for those who enjoy a rest now and again. There is also an old working paper mill, illustrating how paper was produced many years ago. The source of the river Sorgue, where it emerges from the underground cavern. In winter the water level is very high, this picture was taken in summer when the level is very low.
Below are the latest reviews for this listing:
We loved our stay at Les Carmes last summer. Our room was spacious and beautifully furnished. The hosts were awesome - food was exceptional. I especially loved the delicious croissants in the morning. I would definitely stay here again if in the Provence region. It was truly a Provencial experience with the cicadas, sunflowers (down the road), and lavander. Great location too! Perfect!
Directions to Les CarmesThese instuructions will take you to Les Carmes,if you are using a GPS system beware!,there are two Route de Fontaine de Vaucluse in our area,we are NOT anywhere near the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse,we are in the commune of Le Thor,if you are lost make your way to the centre of Le Thor & telephone us we are only 5 minutes away,do NOT go as far as L’Isle sur le Sorgue,if you do you will have passed us.
From the TGV.
Leave the station area and head to the ring road/courtine go in the direction following signs to the A7 south (sud) Marseilles effectivly you will turn right onto the main ring road,follow that road and do not turn off until you see the motorway way sign (Blue) A7 Sud When you reach the area know as Cap Sud,at the traffic lights turn right following the signs to the Auto route south ,continue straight on and DO NOT turn off, you will go through sets of traffic lights & over roundabouts about three or four kilometers,you will go over a flyover and as you come down towards the roundabout where you would join the auto route stay in the inside lane and take the little slip road marked Cavillion/Apt D973,at this point follow the next instuctions:-
From A7 Junction 24 (Avignon sud)
Leave the motorway at junction 24 and follow directions to Cavaillon. At the roundabout turn left and follow the D973 towards Cavaillon. Continue along this road for 4 kilometers, the river is on your right, passing the Chatreusse de Bonpasse on your left. Continue on D973 under the railway bridge where the road splits… DO NOT FOLLOW DIRECTION CAVAILLON but continue straight on the D22 sign posted Sisteron, Digne and APT.
Follow this road for a further 2 ½ Km you Turn left at the cross roads (Les Vigneres) taking the direction Le Thor on the D98.
Continue along this narrow road until you reach the Stop sign.(2Km)
Turn left (Route de Fontaine de Vaucluse) and Les Carmes can be found 600 m. on the left, a pair of large entrance gates set in a curved stone wall, two large rocks eitherside the entrance with Les Carmes written in wrought iron.
DIRECTIONS FROM L’ISLE SUR LE SORGUE
Leave the centre and follow signs to Cavillion ( turn Left at the small roundabout by the Total garage) go under the railway bridge as you come up to the top of the small rise there is a road to the right sign posted Caumont D25 take that road for approximatly 4/5 kilometers,when you go passed the cross roads signed Les Vigneres continue straight on for 600 meters and we are on the left,large iron gates and two rocks either side of the entrance with Les Carmes written on them.
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