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- Karen Brown's Recommendation:
Bastide Rose, snuggled in a curve of the River Sorgues, has an enchanting, fairytale setting on an idyllic little island formed by a canal that loops from the river. Having lain derelict for many years, the property was in ruins when Poppy Salinger discovered it but she could visualize its enormous potential. Madame Salinger (widow of Pierre Salinger) had traveled throughout the world and dreamed of creating an intimate hotel incorporating the best features of places where she had stayed. She is continually making improvements: the extensive landscaping and pool have been completed and the five individually decorated guestrooms and two suites are proving immensely popular. Each bedroom is personally decorated by Poppy with its own eclectic theme. Although there is a style to fit every taste, the same high quality of amenities is found throughout. (For those wanting a little more privacy, inquire about their cottage which is available to rent on a daily or weekly basis.) This hotel is so personal that we pondered whether to put it in our bed and breakfast book; like a bed and breakfast, this is Poppy Salinger’s home, filled with her personal memorabilia and furnishings, where she pampers guests as friends. Her son, Emmanuel has joined Poppy and continues her tradition of welcoming guests to the Bastide. As chef of the wonderful kitchen, with 24 hours’ advance notice, Emmanuel will also prepare an amazing table d’hôte dinner to be enjoyed with other guests. Together they have opened an interesting museum dedicated to, and in honor of Pierre. Also for those who love to apprentice under the chef, please know he will organize cooking classes to include the entire experience: from buying produce at the local market, to preparation and the final reward – course tasting! Available for 2 to 6 persons, in English.