Are you gearing up for summer travels? If so, I thought I’d break with tradition here and offer up a non-local suggestion if those plans include Provence in the south of France - specifically Lourmarin. It is a quaint little village that was voted most picturesque in France several years in a row.
Being a village, it is small and easily toured in a few hours. However, don’t just breeze through and move on to the next spot. Take some time and browse around some of the side streets and you’ll discover hidden gems such as this one.
Now then, where to STAY when you are visiting? Just a ten minute walk down the road takes you to Les Olivettes. This Inn, run by Joseph and Elizabeth DeLiso, (both of whom speak English - he is from Massachusetts and she is from England), has six rooms varying in size from 370 square feet to 760 square feet. All of them have terraces with views of Lourmarin or the surrounding olive groves that gives Les Olivettes its name. Plus, there is a great common room area, as you can see below.
Best of all is a large pool and cabana area. When you want to escape from all the sightseeing and just bask in the sun, this is the place to be. Explore more of this inn with a virtual tour here - http://www.360cities.net/virtual-tour/les-olivettes-lourmarin-france?view=simple - and at their web site here - http://www.olivettes.com/
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