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Paradou as base for 5 day Provence trip?

Hi everyone,

I am new to these boards and have spent the past week trawling through the various threads on Provence. The level of detail and local knowledge is astounding and more than I have seen on any other board!

At first I was quite overwhelmed but as I read and re-read, I think I am starting to gain a better appreciation.

I do have some specific questions however.

We will be spending 5 days in Provence for our honeymoon in mid-Sept. We are very experienced travellers in our early-30s and have lived in many countries and contintents. We are not familiar with this area of France. Also, we are used to winging it a bit and rarely book much in advance. This seems to be something that would not work well for us in Provence in mid-Sept!

We don't have a huge amount of time to spend as we will be leaving behind our small daughter with her grandparents who I think could not manage more than a week with a high-energy toddler. So we'd like to make the most of the time we do have. Luckily we will only have a short flight to get there so won't have to worry about jet-lag etc.

So we are considering staying at the Maison Du Paradou in Paradou. The place looks really lovely and we both prefer a relaxed, rustic atmosphere rather than ultra-luxurious hotels which we find tend to be a little formal/stuffy.

Is Paradou an appropriate base? Or should we consider splitting our time between there and another hotel such as the Domaine Du Capalongue?

If we do stay in Paradou, we know there is the Bistro du Paradou in the village so that would certainly be one meal. From this board, I have also decided on Oustau De Baumaniere for lunch on one of the days. After that I am a little stuck.

As I said before, we'd really like to go for the relaxed, rustic, local type restaurants and not anywhere super formal. We are not necessarily looking for Michellin Stars. We like to enjoy a few glasses of wine.

So we don't really want to have to drive long distances for dinner. And in fact, I am concerned that being based in Paradou, we will have to drive for every dinner which means a limit on the wine.

Any suggestions or recommendations whether this is a good base or if we should split our time? And any more local restaurant ideas would be great. I should say that we don't have to eat a big, elaborate meal every night and would be happy to have something easy on a couple of nights - local pizza etc.

Our budget for accomodation is circa €250 p/n.
Many thanks!

Jun 13, 2012
MadamJane in France