Where to Stay in Provence With Kids
There is something magical about knowing you are going to Provence. Images of vineyards, castles and beautiful women wandering through fields of lavender is what first comes to my mind. Our South of France Family Holiday in Provence did not disappoint. I only wish, we had had more time to enjoy this beautiful region in France.
We arrived by car, thanks to our Auto Europe car rental, after a night in Paris and a night in Lyon. About 30 minutes outside of Avignon was our B&B, Hotel L’Hermitage in a small village called Pernes-Les-Fontaines. Hotel L’Hermitage is a mansion and garden converted into a 20 room B&B.
It was not your usual accommodation, it was better.
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We were in room number twenty, with room for the kids. One queen bed in one room and two singles in the other, with a bathroom connecting the two. I wish I had more photos of the rooms to show you, but my Go Pro with my photos ended up at the bottom of La Sorgue River, just a short drive away from our hotel. You will not find Hotel L’Hermitage on Booking.com or other websites, you need to contact them directly to book. They still have old fashioned pen and paper to book their rooms.
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Outside in the beautiful grounds of this 19th century mansion, were trees, fountains and a swimming pool. The pool was perfect for my “not-quite-swimming” boys because it had a shallow area that was less than 2 feet deep and it extended the width of the pool. It was perfect for me to sit in and enjoy the hot summer sun, and great for them to smash around in, until they were ready to explore the deeper water. They were out there bright an early each morning and barely let the crew finish with the pool vacuum
Most of the other guests came for a tranquil retreat (hopefully a 6 and 3 year old did not upset that), or were passing through on their bikes. It is the perfect stop for cyclists and we saw them arrive and leave daily, as they explored the region.
The outdoor eating area served as a breakfast area, somewhere to relax and read the paper, a quiet oasis to enjoy the gardens and the atmosphere of Hotel l’Hermitage.
Breakfast was everything we needed and more, before we explored the region each morning. A basket of fresh croissants and breads, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice and a self-serve cold breakfast bar with cheeses, meats, fruit, granola, yogourt and more.
One of the best things about Hotel L’Hermitage is that the kids could roam around. Unlike a hotel, which unless a resort does not usually have an outdoor space, the kids were able to roam the gardens, swim in the pool and could go up to our room alone to retrieve a toy, or we could leave them for some quiet time watching a movie on my laptop without worry.
Pernes-Les-Fontaines is centrally located between Avignon, Mont Ventoux and Luberon and would be my pick for the best villages to stay in Provence if you have a car. This South of France destination made for perfect day trips in Provence to L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Orange, Chateaneuf-du-Pape and was a good stop before hitting the rest of the South of France with kids!
Rates start at €78 plus breakfast.