Le Mas Des Carassins Hotel
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After getting up and showered as usual we sat back to have a cup of coffee (andy) and tea (Emma) and Emma partnered these with some left over bacon and eggs from the extremely lack lustre carbonara that we cooked last night (I'll warn you all that Barilla gluten free is quite terrible). But I was lucky enough to have some lovely fresh pain au chocolat - french pastries like a croissant but with chocolate too!
Everything into the car again and we were on the road, back ...
... up for what she believed in. Even though all the adults and older kids were going along with it, she spoke out from her heart and was completely genuine and appalled that looks would even be a factor in friendships. And she is completely right. We always talk about how women are so critical on themselves. We wonder why young girls are already so self conscious, and we blame it on magazines, television, or the need to impress men... But really... The problem ...
From the Gorge of Verdon at 500m altitude, we headed down to the coast to visit Avignon, Pont Du Gard and Nimes before driving into Languedoc from Haute Provence.
There was huge traffic jam getting into Avignon, and no parking as there was festivities there, so we headed off ...
30 minute bus trip to the olive vineyards, had to turn back just out of the town because the "Baltimores" got left behind. Stan the Canadian made such fun of it we were in stitches saying he was surprised it wasn't the kiwis missing haha. The tour of the olive oil production was fascinating and the tasting superb. Bought some oil and dips to bring home, ...
... I could have shopped all day. For a small village there was plenty of variety! We headed back to Villa Rosalys and got back by 3.00 pm. We changed and had a swim, then read for a while. Tonight I cooked Pancetta and spring vegetable pasta in a very garlicky tomato sauce - yum! As usual, we ate on the terrace overlooking the valley but a strong wind blew up (the Mistral) which sent us inside. Not sure where we will go tomorrow - that's half the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Mas Des Carassins Hotel St-Rémy-de-Provence
Double booked our room
We attempted to stay at Les Mas de Carassins last year. We booked on the phone and never received a confirmation, but didn't think much of it as they had all of our information. Much to our surprise when we arrived they informed us that a "sick woman was in our room". But worse than this, they said that all the hotels in town were booked solid as there was a huge Italian convention in town. I asked why she wasn't moved to a hospital if she was that ill, and the concierge quickly moved on to another topic - they had located a room for us in another hotel. I don't think there could be anything worse than arriving at a hotel late at night and not having a room. I think it is clear that the hotel simply double-booked because of a large convention, and decided to give my room to the crowd. I was so irritated by the whole situation as I had done a lot of research, that I called the next morning and asked if our room would be available that night. The concierge got off the phone and then on again and said no. I then told him I didn't believe there really was a sick woman at all and he replied, But we offered you full use of the pool! Sorry to say, especially considering all the rave reviews, but pretty sites with gorgeous rooms and pools don't make a hotel, not at this price tag. Competent service is a must. By the way, our other hotel was actually a total gem, at $50 a night, friendly service, clean rooms. It's just down the lane, Canto Cigalo. Breakfast in the garden. Of course it's not a resort hotel with a pool, but then, it's predictable. We've been back many times, and saved alot of money. Thanks les mas!
5 star charm and service
I used TripAdvisor to find a place to stay in Provence and was delighted with the reviews. I was lucky to be able to secure a room for a night.
We were thrilled with the service we received even prior to our arrival. Arriving the week of the Grand Prix and Cannes film festival, we were unable to secure a rental car. The hotel found one for us and even arranged our train. They continued the service with teaching us how to drive a manual shift and driving us 40 minutes to the Arles train station.
The breakfast and dinner were a tremendous value and excellent. Breakfast was included in the room charge and had a multitude of various cold items. The dinner was $26 Euros and started with port, an amuse bouche, an entree, a main course, cheese platter, salad and dessert.
The room (I believe one of the larger rooms) had a jacuzzi, a full bed and a single bed and was $142 EUfor a night (breakfast included). It was a cozy and light room.
The hotel itself was a charming farmhouse in the true Provence style with a charming dining room and sitting area.
The grounds were exquisite and there is outdoor dining and a swimming pool. It is a 7 minute walk from town.
I plan to return again in August. It was a true find.
we stayed here in late sept 2003 for 2 nights.
absolutely charming hotel. relaxed, casual atmosphere with beautiful grounds with outdoor dining tables, chaises, and pool. our room was freshly-painted with attached bathroom with tub. we had gorgeous provencal linens on our double canopy bed, with an additional day bed in our room for lounging. everything was spotless.
the food (dinner) was delicious and reasonable--as good or better than many restaurants in town. breakfast was included, in our room rate, and was the standard croissant/cheese/fruit/yogurt/hardboiled egg breakfast buffet served at many french hotels.
the staff was EXTREMELY friendly and accomodating.
the hotel is far enough from town and off the main road to be very quiet, but an easy 10 minute walk into town. if you have a car, there is ample parking at the hotel, and the parking lot is gated and locked at night. .
my only regret is that we spent so much time sightseeing, that we spent little time relaxing at this beautiful hotel.
Provencal charm of Mas Des Carassins
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the charm of this small, intimate hotel during our trip to Provence in August-September 2003. Although Mas Des Carassins is within walking distance of town in St. Remy, the hotel offers a private and relaxing respite complete with fountains, a large swimming pool and beautiful gardens. We were a bit jet lagged upon arrival at the hotel but the staff pampered us by serving a memorable 5 course dinner in the dining room. It was fabulous as were our accomodations. We highly recommend Les Mas Des Carassins and will return. Ellen Simons-Mertens and Randy Mertens
My husband and I stayed at Le Mas de Carassins during our honeymoon in July 2003. What a wonderful hotel - the grounds are beautiful, the pool so relaxing, the rooms are large and tastefully understated, the food delicious. It's a short walk into St. Remy and a convenient place from which to visit Avignon and Arles. We can't wait to return.
Great Lodging Choice
Les Mas is a charming, well located hotel. From its nicely appointed rooms to its lovely and relaxing gardens and quiet surroundings (yet, within walking distance of bustling St. Remy ), there was little to find fault with. The staff, Michel, Pierre and Christophe were most accommodating. On the evening of our arrival in St. Remy, it was already dark, and my companion and I were tired and ornry and thus, we could not find the hotel. After calling to inform them of our whereabouts, Michel kindly drove out to find us and lead us back to the hotel. We spent five wonderful nights there, and hopefully, I will return.
Le Mas Des Carassins
Perfect in every way! From the beautiful gardens, private pool, tasteful decor, spacious rooms, incredible food, gracious hosts...my husband and I stayed here for 2 nights June 2003. Didn't want to leave...A+
What a find!
We stayed three nights in May 2003 and could not have been happier. Rooms have been recently remodeled with lots of tile and decorative color schemes. Staff was helpful. Very quiet. Beautiful gardens. Dinner was excellent and reasonably priced. We liked the central location within easy driving distance of Avignon, Les Baux, Arles and Nimes, as well as the hilltop towns of Luberon. Easy hiking nearby in the Alpilles. This was the nicest hotel we stayed in on our three week trip to Europe and we would definitely stay again. Excellent value.
The most restful experience
From the moment we pulled in to the gravel lot, we know we were in for a treat. The decor was graceful,the rooms large and lovely, the whole place had a very elegant yet homey appeal. We had a wonderful provecal meal under the trees in the garden.hey also took special care of our daughter when she developed a flu there. All in all, a totally wonderful experience.
Real Provence the Best Experience
/My husband and I stayed at the Mas last summer, July 2003. Delightful in every way. Veronique, Michel and Pierre took very good, and personal care of us. Great food, good chef, wonderful pool, tables inside and outdoors. Just close enough to town to walk and far enough to be in the real country side of France. Lovely rooms, each with its own personality. I would recommend this highly, and can harly wait to return. Lois and Stan Gilbert,