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  • Loved our stay in Pelissanne
    5 of 5

    This was our home away from home for 9 days in late November while we were visiting our son at the École de l'air in Salon de Provence. The housekeeper Yvette met us, provided instructions to the home (glad my son was there to interpret as I do not speak French) and even popped in mid stay with homemade marmalade. The home was much more than we needed but we loved every bit of it. We cooked meals every night, ate in the magnificent dining room and had family time. We were unable to take advantage of the rooftop terrace due to the weather but I did sneak up there our first morning and enjoyed a cup of coffee. The home does have a spiral stone staircase - a bit daunting to my 78 year old mother but it was well lit and she managed ok. Parking was hit or miss in the city centre but there was public parking at the post office a short walk away. Pelissanne is a very quaint town - my daughter and I spent an afternoon walking around wishing we lived there. We visited a local olive oil mill (Moulin à Huile des Costes, 445 Chemin de Saint-Pierre, 13330 Pélissanne) and did a tasting. There is a fantastic market in town on Sunday mornings - we enjoyed bread from 2 different bakers (look for the long lines) and a vendor serving paella. The yellow vest protests impacted our travel, but we learned to take the back roads and came across several unexpected finds including the Abbaye de Montmajor. The home is the perfect location for side trips to Saint Remy (site de Glanum and Saint-Paul asylum where Vincent van Gogh spent 53 weeks), Aix en Provence (larger city, museums, etc - amazing restaurant Crêpes Cidre et Compagnie and the Fabrique and Musee du Callisson, Camp des Milles (WW2 interment camp - 40 Chemin de la Badesse, 13290 Aix-en-Provence), Arles (roman ruins), Pont du Gard (incredible Roman aqueduct), and Nimes (more roman ruins). Salon de Provence is a town approx 4km away - fun to walk around and has 2 soap factories - Marius Fabre and Rampal Latour. We have had nothing but good luck with VRBO - the owners were responsive to our emails and even offered assistance after we left (we lost our rental car keys and had to get in touch with local police). Great experience and I would go back in a heartbeat.

    Stayed: Nov 2018
  • Spacious!
    4 of 5

    This was our first VRBO experience and we were unsure what to expect. After travelling about France for 3 weeks and becoming used to "cozy" accommodations, this spacious apartment was a most delightful treat. Apartment is a misnomer for this unit is half a house with 12 foot ceilings. A curved staircase leads from the front foyer to the second floor and 2 roomy bedrooms with ensuite shower and toilets, large, comfortable beds complete with sheeting and towels. There is a third bed or sitting area in the upstairs gallery and a lavatory under the stairs on the main level. The kitchen is complete with refrigerator/freezer, gas cooktop, large electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, single serving coffee maker and toaster of sorts. All cooking and dining utensils were included. The dining table easily sat 6 people. A desk, loveseat and chair make up the sitting area. A CD player and selection of music discs was available. All was beautifully appointed and scrupulously clean. Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed having all the comforts and space of home and more, the independence and the opportunity for "home" cooking. We offer our great thanks and appreciation to Melissa, Nick and their family for the hospitality of their charming holiday home. While all of this information is to be found in the descriptor of the property, some things, we offer as "newbees" to the VRBO experience. The photo in the descriptor is of the back of the house, don't look for it as the front. Even with a GPS we had difficulty finding the residence arriving as we did after dark. It took us 15 minutes to figure out that the key to the front gate does not turn, one only pushes it in fully to disengage the lock. A map of the area in the welcome book would have greatly aided us in finding a grocery and pharmacy given the narrow one way roads of the area. Likewise, some instruction in the welcome book as to how to light the stovetop would have been of benefit. We were never able to accomplish that and heated all our meals in the oven. We trust Nick and Melisa found that we left their home as clean as we found it. Merci

    Stayed: Oct 2018
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