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Property Details

Sleeps:
20 - 28
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
10
Bathrooms:
8
Type:
Villa
Property #:
15773
Nearest Town:
Banon

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Reviews of Large Luxury Villa in Provence with a Pool and Tennis Court

Villa de Banon

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Overall:
Excellent experience.
Enjoyed Most:
Perfect for handling a large group. Staff were superb. The staff provides all the cooking and service and this is included in the price; we were only responsible for the cost of groceries and drinks!
Enjoyed Least:
The bikes on site were marginally good. We remedied that by renting hybrids and road bikes. Serious cyclists should definitely rent bikes. I think the rental agency was Albions--located within a 30-minute drive away.
Surrounding Area:
Nice variety for the varying tastes of members of our group. Great longer distance and more challenging routes for serious cyclists.
Directions:
The directions were correct.

Peter , July

Overall:
We have taken many high end trips, but this was the best one we have had so far. A. Over the top. Wonderful. I don't have enough superlatives.
Enjoyed Most:
Very comfortable set up for a family. The bedrooms are many and large and comfortable. The food served outside, inside and by the pool was very relaxed. The pool was over the top. The whole place is well kept up and modern. We had internet access, ping pong, tennis, fous ball, petanque. We kept 9 children and 13 adults delightedly amused all week. The staff was very friendly, helpful, on the spot. We really liked Andre and Jean-Jacques, Lina, Josie-Anne and Chantal. The took great care of us.
Enjoyed Least:
No complaints.
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding Provencal area is magical. Great mountain biking and hiking. Easy access to all of the stunning Luberon region.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Simiande La Rotande is about 3K away. We walked and ran there often. We also biked and drove to Banon several times, which is about 7K away. Both are beautiful little perched villages.
Tips or Restaurants:
No good restaurants in the area, but the food at the house was great. We had a great time going to the market in Fortqualquier on Monday morning.
Directions:
The directions worked great. It also helped to rent a car with a GPS.
Check In Out:
Andre does a great job of handling everything. All went smoothly.

Jeep, July

Overall:
Excellent. Gorgeous property and grounds. Wonderful swimming pool, tennis courts. Lots of privacy for a smaller group like ours.
Enjoyed Most:
The key for us was the fantastic staff--the caretakers, Jean Jacques and Andree, the cook, Lina, and the two housekeepers. The food was fabulous and the service unflaggingly good-natured and attentive. They made our stay a true vacation. Between the pool, the tennis court, the bikes, the ping-pong table and the wi-fi, the 7 tween-teens in our group were always busy when at the property.
Enjoyed Least:
Our thoughts are really constructive suggestions. They should have bike helmets of appropriate sizes to correspond to the 6 bikes. They should be clear in the property description that soap, shampoo and hairdryers are not provided in the bathrooms so that guests come prepared. It would also be very helpful to have at least 2 converters from U.S. to French current to run appliances.
Surrounding Area:
Access to active sporting adventures and to beautiful scenery and scenic-historic towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Simiane is only a few kilometers away but it is very small and up such a steep hill that it really was not a walking destination for us. The more active family members found themselves biking to Banon, which is larger and about 9 kilometers away - up a very steep hill. We often drove into Banon for small errands. With the ruggedness of the terrain, which we loved, we largely walked for pleasure and drove to towns when necessary. The nearest big market was in Forcalquier, which was easily 30-40 minutes by car. The biggest town-city nearby, which has everything, was Apt, about 25 minutes by car.
Tips or Restaurants:
Most of the board games are in French; we had brought our own. We ate casual lunches when out and about and ate all our dinners at the property. The staff cooked increasingly fantastic dinners to our own and their! specifications. As this is a rugged and utterly gorgeous area, visitors should be aware that the hill towns are fairly far apart, even by car. The house is an oasis of beauty and calm, and definitely "in the country".

Tania, June

Overall:
I brought my children and grandchildren and everyone had a wonderful time at this special villa.
Enjoyed Most:
It was very elegant, which we all enjoyed.

Ofelina, August

Overall:
Our stay would not have been so perfect if it had not been for the care and kindness of the managing couple. They were superb and we left in tears.
Enjoyed Most:
The amazing way in which it had been refurbished. Not one detail had been missed. We do not think we have ever seen such attention to detail nor the sympathetic way in which the restoration had been carried out.
Enjoyed Least:
Leaving it.
Surrounding Area:
The villages and local markets, the wonderful cheeses, fruit, meat and wine.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Banon, enchanting, was not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Because we were so many we really did not eat out except for the Jardin au Basiliv in Gordes, a village about an hour away, very touristy but a must see. If flush, the restaurant at the Basilica Hotel is also great.

Hammond, July

Overall:
I have rented quite a few properties in France and Italy now, and some of my same guests were at this villa, too. We all agreed by far is the best. Must publish better images... it is truly a great property and you cannot tell by the website pictures.
Enjoyed Most:
Staff was exceptional, quality of property and pristine conditions of everything in the property. The villa and its staff were simply exceptional. All dinners were beautifully done and presented. The service just fantastic and needless to say the house is amazing.
Enjoyed Least:
Dealing with the issues related to using the washer-drier. But at the end it was all sorted out.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful scenery, lavender fields, great to enjoy such a nice tennis court in the property and also walks and bike rides. Bikes were provided by the property, so it was nice to have them readily available.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Banon and Simiane La Rotonde. They could be walking distance for the avid walker but must be careful with the small roads and sharp curves. Better to drive and then walk town and areas.
Tips or Restaurants:
Good to do a small grocery shopping with the essentials as water, drinks, etc. However, not necessary as the staff can provide the service. I always like to have some essentials initially so we can get by the first couple of days and until we meet with the managers.

Helga, August