Our Provençal home away from home was the Le Mas de l'Île bed and breakfast. It’s located on the lovely la Barthelasse island just minutes from Avignon. It was absolute heaven. After 6 days of being completely spoiled in this gorgeous setting, none of us wanted to leave.
We all stayed together in the Poppies suite with two rooms that slept the four of us very comfortably. You would think four women sharing a bathroom might be a challenge. But, we coordinated everything with great ease. The room was air conditioned and had free wifi. There was a courtesy tray in our room and we also had access to a communal kitchen.
Our room was on the ground floor and opened up to both the front of the house and the back.The grounds are lovely with several shady areas to sit. Although my favourite spot was perched on a big boulder with my face to the sun. There is a pool with plenty of lawn chairs, unfortunately it was out of commission while we were there.
The highlight was breakfast each morning served in the arbor. It was like eating in a cozy, green nest. We would gather excitedly each morning, well-rested and ready for the day. Over coffee, tea, baguettes, pain au chocolat, granola, homemade yogurt (yes, homemade), fresh fruit, honey, and homemade jams, we would talk about the day before and plan for the day ahead. Each day there was a special dish served, lovingly made by our hostess, Valérie. One day it was muffins, the next a sweet loaf. My favourite was the
French toast pain perdu sprinkled with powdered
sugar. It was absolute perfection and none of us wanted it to end. To
be with my sweet friends, sun shining in gorgeous Provence, enjoying
this gorgeous spread was something I’ll always cherish.
I can’t say enough about our hosts, Valérie and Laurent. They are the reason this B&B has a five star rating on Tripadvisor. It felt like we were just guests in their home. They were full of information about the area, always offering tips and suggestions, or even a ride to the station. They insisted that we didn’t need a taxi.
Our stay at Le Mas de l'Île was absolutely delightful. I think someday all four of us will make our way back to this beautiful home away from home. I realize there is ridiculous amount of gushing in my posts about our Provence trip, but it was just that good.
Where was the best breakfast you've experienced on your recent travels?