Hotel Highlights

  • Luxuriously romantic rooms where you can hide away for days
  • Perfect weekend-away location, with antique shops and markets
  • Garner design and travel tips from the hosts, their house and its shop

Overview

Boutique hotel La Maison sur la Sorgue is a side-street sanctuary off a busy square in the charming southern French town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue. The globe-trotting owners, Frederic and Marie-Claude, have decorated this hideaway with mementos from their adventures, turning a restored old mansion into an airy expanse with Asian accents.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Four, including two suites.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3.30pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $377.02 (€273), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

The hotel has a little shop called Retour de Voyage, where you’ll be able to buy tables and trinkets picked up around the world by the owners.

At the hotel

Boutique, CD, DVD and book libraries, WiFi downstairs and in the garden (€12 for your whole stay). In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD, Compagnie de Provence toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Chambre à la Loggia is spacious and loft-like, with deep-crimson walls and a huge private terrace overlooking the gardens and market square. Just down the steps, book the Suite of Shadows for spectacular light effects involving the shutters at sunset. And for the best bathroom, pick Room with a View; it has an antique roll-top bath, wood panelling and a pretty vista of an 18th-century chapel.

Poolside

There's a wood-decked outdoor pool in the tiny, leafy courtyard.

Packing tips

Your wanderlust and inner interior designer – this place will make you want to globetrot and gather for your own home.

Also

In-room beauty treatments can be arranged. Smoking is allowed in some outdoor areas, including the terraces of the two suites.

Children

Cots are provided for €25 and extra beds for €55. Hotel staff will babysit for €50 an evening.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but the hotel can arrange for a local chef to prepare dinner for small groups. Breakfast is served in the ground-floor dining room or in the garden, between 8.30am and 10.30am.

Hotel Bar

Drinks are served downstairs on request, where a carefully curated soundtrack flits from classical and jazz to George Michael (in a good way).

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Dress code

Well-travelled, informal chic.

Top table

Poolside, beneath the sycamore tree in the garden.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Minutes from the hotel, Café Fleurs (+33 (0)4 90 20 66 94) on Rue Théodore Aubanel is a pretty, elegant lunch spot with plenty of shady outdoor seating. Café de France (+33 (0)4 90 38 01 45) on Place de la Liberté is our tip for evening drinks and watching the town go by. For marvellous menus set by Daniel Hébet, head to Le Jardin du Quai on Avenue Julien Guigue (+33 (0)4 90 20 14 98). It’s charming inside but, in the summer months, try to book a table in the flower-filled garden. Finally, find holiday treatsville at Gelateria Isabella (+33 (0)4 90 20 85 42) on Esplanade Robert Vasse, which makes all comers happy with enormous portions of home-made ice-cream and sorbet.

Local bars

Just minutes from the hotel, Café Fleurs (+33 (0)4 90 20 66 94) on Rue Théodore Aubanel is a pretty and elegant lunch spot with plenty of shady seats outside. Café de France (+33 (0)4 90 38 01 45) on Place de la Liberté is where to go for a drink in the evening to sit and watch the world. Save room for pudding from Isabella Gelateria (+33 (0)4 90 20 85 42) on Esplanade Robert Vasse – enormous portions of home-made ice-creams and sorbets.

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Waterside brocante market

La Maison sur la Sorgue

6 rue Rose Goudard, 84800, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence, France

Planes

The nearest airports are Marseille (90km) and Avignon (20km). British Airways (www.ba.com) flies to Marseille from London Gatwick; Flybe (www.flybe.com) will get you to Avignon from regional airports in the UK, including Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester.

Trains

The TGV service will get you from Paris to Avignon in under three hours. The station is 25km from L’Isle sur la Sorgue.

Automobiles

Parking will set you back €15 a night. It’ll take around 30 minutes to drive from Avignon, via the N7 and D900.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Valérie Abecassis , Style spotter

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

 

My husband is a strong contender for ‘Most Stereotypical Parisian of the Year’. He can’t stand the countryside, he detests the South of France, and he’d rather sp...

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La Maison sur la Sorgue

Anonymous review by Valérie Abecassis, Style spotter

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

 

My husband is a strong contender for ‘Most Stereotypical Parisian of the Year’. He can’t stand the countryside, he detests the South of France, and he’d rather spend a week trapped in a lift than amble around the villages of Provence. There’s no tribal-regional-football reason behind this; he doesn’t even like soccer. No, he just claims that, the minute you leave the capital, the heat is oppressive, the local markets are absurd, and the houses look rather on the old side. He’s a bit of a one, my husband. So it is with a certain sadistic joy that I ask him to accompany me to La Maison sur la Sorgue, a ravishing hôtel particulier located in one of the most attractive market towns in the South of France, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

We’re in the heart of things, which isn’t at all a bad place to seek relaxation and romance. The town square and its baroque church are virtually on our doorstep so, when the mood takes us, we can nip out to sit on a sunny café terrace with a coffee and Le Monde. And, let’s face it: for out-and-out urbanites, it’s vital to be somewhere; in France, the middle of nowhere means just that.

We’re no more than a 25-minute drive from Avignon TGV station, itself two and a half hours from Paris, but we’re deep in prime husband-riling holiday territory, a part of France where grapes, olives and lavender are cash crops, and second-homers are a fact of life for locals. And here’s this pretty little island, where the pace is slow and the air is warm, with plane trees doing an admirable job of providing shade when the heat gets a bit much.

This charismatic region, to the east of the river Rhône and the papal city of Avignon, is still sometimes known by its historic name of Comtat Venaissin, and L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has been called its Venice. The town was built on piles driven into marshland during the 12th century, and it is criss-crossed by canals. Venice it ain’t, before your expectations mushroom, but it is lovely, its streets charmingly skew-whiff and its stone-built houses solid and attractive. The River Sorgue meanders lazily here and there, going underground and re-emerging, and turning massive, mossy waterwheels as it flows.

It’s not easy pulling off a truly excellent maison d’hôte – guests should feel perfectly at home, but it must offer a degree of elegance that puts their own abode just slightly in the shade. The achievement of La Maison sur la Sorgue’s proprietors, Frédéric and Marie-Claude, is remarkable. They took on the property in 2002 and opened house in 2006, after extensive works. There are just four suites, each vast and subtle in style. I’m not keen on over-complicated, artificial deco or low-lit loungey retro, so I’m in the right hotel. In terms of interiors, fashion, design, I crave simplicity, originality, integrity and craftsmanship – the values Frédéric and Marie-Claude seem to have written into their design credo.

Via the magnificent, heavy wooden door, you enter a splendid residence, whose white stone walls act like gallery space for a collection of finds from all over Asia: dark-wood furniture, decorative chests, Buddhas. It’s beautifully and unpretentiously put together. Through the picture windows, we make out the courtyard, shaded by a great plane tree, with laurels, pots of aromatic herbs, a teak swimming pool and an artful smattering of wrought-iron garden furniture. Back in the luminous kitchen/dining room, on a big tiled worktop near the enviable black Lacanche stove, stands an immense platter of hazelnuts and walnuts and – twinkling at us by way of greeting – two glasses of Côtes du Rhône. My husband abandons his wariness of the warm south and lets the hospitable welcome melt away his Parisian tension.

Our room, Chambre à la Loggia, has theatrical red walls, sisal-type flooring, a superbly big bed and, instead of a TV, shelves of Murakami novels; we also find a music system in a little carved-wood wardrobe, not to mention CDs by Pink Floyd and their psychedelic ilk (did I mention that my husband is a card-carrying old hippie?). The suite opens onto a terrace decked out with sofas and an inviting day-bed; we’re delighted by so many opportunities to take things lying down. In the morning, it’s Fr´´déric who mans the stove, serving us a fine breakfast – fresh melon and strawberries, scrambled eggs, home-made pannacotta – on refined white porcelain. He was a Parisian in a former life, until he joined his wife, a Vaucluse native, to breathe contemporary chic into Isle’s accommodation offering. They’ve even rethought the old épicerie that belongs to La Maison sur la Sorgue, piling it with an ever-changing stock of statues from Thailand, hand-blown glass lamps and other objets trouvées and trinkets. Retour de Voyage is not your usual hotel boutique.

As far as the rest of the local shops go, L’Isle just happens to be the third most important world hub for vintage furniture and brocante finds, with treasures from every era, including the old-hippie years of the Sixties and Seventies. There are 12 permanent markets and 40 boutiques, and up to 300 dealers crowding in at weekends. We aren’t in materialistic mood, so we take a drive out to Velleron, a village known for its farmer’s markets; and further on to Gordes, a perched settlement with protected status. To avoid the tapenade shops and save our ankles from mediaeval cobbles, we repair immediately to a locals’ café with three outdoor tables. Here, we look up at the sky and down at the Luberon valley, and surrender to wine, foie gras and the inimitable pleasures of French country living. Back at La Maison sur la Sorgue, we sprawl on our terrace, warmed by the sun, the wine, the freedom. And – can it really be? – my husband’s eyes seem a little mournful as he checks the Avignon–Paris return tickets are in order for the morning.

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Reviews of La Maison sur la Sorgue from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 16 Sep 2013

We loved

Beautiful boutique hotel, tastefully furnished with a wonderful welcome. With so few bedrooms we really felt that we were guests in their home and the two rooms we used were well appointed and extremely spacious. Particularly enjoyed the little sun terrace in Suite of Shadows. Fantastic breakfast, cooked in front of us in the open plan kitchendining area. Would highly recommend.

Don’t expect

The pool is small and has no terrace, so don't book here if lazing by a pool is what you're after. It has a lovely courtyard area, though, and it's very centrally located hotel for all that l'Isle sur la Sorgue has to offer.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on 4 Sep 2013

We loved

We had a wonderful two-night stay at La Maison sur la Sorgue towards the end of a week-long sojourn in Provence. The town itself is a wonderful contrast to the hillside villages of the Luberon, being that the Sorgue river flows through the middle and at times it is not unlike being in Venice. Frederic was a attentive host and his hotel provided a beautiful and peaceful respite at any time of the day; the fabulous alfresco outdoor area, together with plunge pool, was a cool and welcome respite at the end of the heat of our summer afternoons. That together with the French-Asian fusion of furniture and artworks created an ambiance wherein every corner provided an unexpected surprise that was both unique and interesting.

Don’t expect

A clearer explanation with directions of how to find the location would be better, in that it is right in the centre of the town and not easy to find or park if you are driving.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on 6 Jun 2013

We loved

My husband and I spent five lazy days in this beautiful home in the middle of l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Frederic and Marie Claude were delightful hosts. Breakfast was a visual and scrumptious treat. Frederic made fantastic eggs for us almost daily. We had the Suite of Shadows: it had a wonderful sitting room with a very comfy chair and sofa, a seperate large bedroom with a very comfortable bed. It looked out onto the inner courtyard so it was quiet, especially in the evenings. The bathroom was very large with a great soaking tub! The decor is soothing to the eye in shades of grey and lavender. The whole hotel is appointed with wonderful elements of design, French, Asian and contemporary. It made for a quiet respite before Paris.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 17 Oct 2012

We loved

It ticked all the boxes: restrained and luxurious renovation of a traditional house with a wonderful mixture of modern, Asian and French styles. Plus, it’s right in the middle of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, so it's perfectly located. Frederic was a perfect and welcoming host – he also cooks wonderful breakfasts which are beautifully presented.

Don’t expect

Nothing!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 30 Aug 2012

We loved

Pricey, but oh so nice. This place makes you feel right at home. There's a kind of casualness to the layout and the design of the place, that is just really calming and perfect. Oh and the breakfast is great too, almost like a mini five-course meal.

Don’t expect

The shower! To be honest it's quite horrible. You have to sit in the bathtub in order to not make the whole place wet. There's no place to hang the showerhead either, so you'll have to wash yourself with one hand. A simple glass divider and a hook for the showerhead would solve the problem easily and would actually make the bathroom perfect. It's a beautiful, large room that deserves better than the clumsy cleaning we had to go through.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 2 Aug 2012


Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on 25 May 2012


We just came back from a wonderful stay at La Maison sur la Sorgue. It is a beautiful, stylish hotel, which actually doesn't feel like a hotel at all – more like a home. We stayed in the room with a view – whilst not much of a view, in my opinion, it was extremely comfortable and had a 'rustic chic' feel to it. Breakfast every day was a treat, from the quality of the products to the presentation. Frederic and Marie Claude were amazing hosts and drinks every night in the courtyard were wonderful. We were in Provence for a wedding and La Maison sur la Sorgue was an oasis of calm within a bustling market town.

Rating: 8/10 stars