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A beautiful, well-equipped property, ideal for a large family or families. It has a lovely pool and plenty of shady areas to relax in. The Bastide is furnished to a high standard, with elegant bedrooms, a pleasant living room and a kitchen which makes preparing meals part of the holiday experience. Andrew and Maggie are friendly and helpful but never intrusive. Chamaret only has a bakery but there are a number of supermarkets within a short drive. Grignan, a short drive away, is a delightful small town with an attractive castle and a number of restaurants.

By Judy Giles from York, United Kingdom on 9/3/2010 for a stay in 8/1/2010

We and the family all needed a break. Having visited the previous year we decided to ask about vacancies and found a suitable vacancy in the Truffle Gite. The furnishings and fittings were excellent with the kitchen facilities better than those at home. My wife and I had the "Blue Room" with its window overlooking the courtyard, orchard and main drive. Our daughter and her youngest son had the main bedroom and her teenage son had the put-up bed in the lounge. Everything was immaculate (even the outside lawn, barbecue and pool). Fresh vegetables were often available from the garden, but the short walk into the village was no problem and the surprisingly well stocked supermarket and wonderful bakery satisfied most of our food needs. The 15 minute drive to the hypermarket more than provided the rest. A visit to Grignan is a must and the restaurant recommended by the Paynes was very special - we celebrated our Wedding Anniversary here (so was the cafe at the foot of the village). The local pottery is certainly worth a visit. Two things that stood out for us were the historical sites so close (Arles, Avignon and our favourite, Vaison la Romaine) and the Chateauneuf and Cote de Rhone wine areas on the doorstep. The locals are all very friendly and helpful. In this respect, Mr & Mrs Payne stand out. It would be impossible not to have an outstanding holiday at the Bastide des Launes.

By Dr Featherstone from North Worcestershire on 9/3/2010 for a stay in 9/1/2008

The Bastide des Launes was perfect for my partner and I. For us it was everything we could want for a wonderful stay. Our hosts were kind and helpful and provided us with everyting we needed. We stayed in the Truffle gite and it was enchanting, well catered for and clean. We especially appreciated the information pack and a supply of Dvds - 'A Good Year 'is a must when holidaying in Provence. The location of the property was ideal for our holiday. It is very easy to get to Orange and avignon, as well as the pretty town of Vaison la Romaine, or travel south to the popular villages of Roussillon and Gordes. The local villages around the property are well worth visiting and the highlight is definetly Grignan, wonderful to explore, eat in and especially take photographs in. Even if you venture only to Grignon and back - borrowing the bikes and cycling there is recommended! - The Bastide des Launes is a perfect base for an idillic holiday and you will certainly want to return there. We can't wait to go back to the Truffle gite and the warm welcome we received, to laze in the sunshine, drink pastis, sample the delights of french food and relax.

By Helen Scrimgeour from Leamington Spa on 8/4/2010 for a stay in 10/1/2009

We have enjoyed 2 memorable holidays at Bastide des Launes. The accommodation is very comfortable, tastefully decorated and very well equipped. The pool area is perfect with lovely views. A stroll away is the pretty village of Chamaret with its own bakery. Approximately 4 miles away is the larger village of Grignon with a very good choice of restaurants. Andrew and Maggie, the English owners are friendly and welcoming and very knowledgeable about the area. We felt relaxed the minute we arrived and are looking forward to returning in late august.

By Jill from Elwick on 8/1/2010 for a stay in 7/1/2009

We had a week staying in the 2 bedroom gite and found it comfortable and well-equipped.The outdoor areas and the pool were delightful, and the local villages are charming.It was a good base for going further afield, with avignon and Orange within easy reach. Andrew, our host, was very helpful and a mine of information about local wines, which was very handy.

By Cands7771 from Staplefield on 7/27/2010 for a stay in 6/1/2008

Tranquillity right in the heart of Provence with the world’s best wines on your doorstep. Spacious well appointed accommodation combined with the beauty of the pre-Alps and a most attentive host with made this a fantastic holiday. Can't wait to get back!

By Graham Faulkner from Aylesbury on 7/24/2010 for a stay in 4/1/2009

Ideally located for day trips and situated within an easy walk to the local village. Bastide des Launes has everything needed for a relaxing holiday. The bedrooms are large and comfortable and the huge kitchen / dining room the focal point. Andrew was staying on site and his hospitality was friendly and generous. A holiday we will long remember.

By Rob from Auckland NZ on 7/20/2010 for a stay in 6/1/2006

Andrew has created a beautiful holiday house with all amenities. Our group of 10 booked the whole house and it became our home away from home for one week. It is located close to the village and many interesting day trips were within a short distance. Andrew was the perfect host.

By Warren & Bev Young NZ from Auckland New Zealand on 7/20/2010 for a stay in 6/1/2006

Superb accommodation in a fantastic setting. An excellent "first class" holiday property. Home from home. The pool and amenities are great. Lots to do and see in the area. The best French markets and lots of traditional villages and towns, as well as fantatic vineyards. Owners are friendly and helpful. The only holiday property we have ever re-visited - this was our third visit.

By Beverley from Dobcross on 7/19/2010 for a stay in 5/1/2010

A great place to stay. We have been lucky enough to have had at least five separate summer holidays at Bastide des Launes, as a family and twice with friends, never have we been disappointed with the accommodation, location, facilities, friendliness of our hosts Andrew and Maggi and even the weather. The overall accommodation is a lovingly restored large house, finished to a very high specification and located at the edge of the small village of Chamaret.

Andrew and Maggi will go out of their way to make sure your stay is as pleasurable and enjoyable as humanly possible, nothing is too much! A car or a bicycle is essential if you want to explore the surrounding area (and it’s worth doing if you can drag yourself away from the pool) you can even take one of their bicycles. We have spend many years holidaying in Southern France (mainly Provence) which always involves renting a gite, but this is the place we return to the most.

By Ian Hatt from Brussels Belgium on 7/19/2010 for a stay in 8/1/2009

Well-maintained house in beautiful location My husband, our 6 month old, and I stayed in the Truffle Gite. Andrew, the owner, met us on arrival. They had a crib, a high chair, & some toys for our baby which was extremely convenient. The main part of the truffle gite, which has an open layout for bed, dining table, & living room is very spacious. Accommodations include a nice (separate) kitchen which we used often as well as a stereo, tv, & dvd player. If you stay in the truffle gite, you have your own outside patio table; perfect for enjoying croissants with coffee & plotting your day.

The truffle gite also has a private lawn area with a hammock, ideal for reading or taking a break from the pool (fairly large pool area.) The truffle gite & I'd imagine the whole mansion house has beautiful views of the neighboring millet fields. Makes you feel like you're really in the French countryside! The gite has been renovated nicely so it's comfortable & clean but you have a sense of the structure and what it might have looked like in its original form.

We had a car so the location of Bastides des Launes is ideal for day trips. We went to avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Vaison de la Romaine, & Chateauneuf-du-pape during our week long stay there. It's just a few minutes walk into the nearest town and it has a bakery, fruit stand, & a bar. We also drove about 10 minutes for a supermarket that is open on Sundays as well as a huge supermarket about 20 minutes away to stock up on staples. Andrew and Maggie are very sweet, helpful, and prompt with any questions & requests. They'll even let you take their dog on a country hike around the area. It's very easy to book a vacation through them via e-mail. We are from New York and was going to be in Spain prior to our arrival at Bastides. The whole booking process and then arranging to meet andrew for our check-in was very smooth.

We had a really great time and I would recommend Bastides des Launes as an affordable & relaxing way to spend a week in the Provence/Drome region.

By Bora from Brooklyn, New York on 7/18/2010 for a stay in 9/1/2009