There’s something so satisfying about finding an Airbnb that’s everything you hoped it would be and more. This 2 bed 17th Century apartment is an absolute dream in the heart of the stunning town of Pezenas in South-West France.We arrived at the unassuming back entrance of the private mansion, known as the Hotel d’Alfonce and were led through the heavy doors into a Provençal style courtyard; into another courtyard to see the front of this medieval delight.
The apartment is on the second floor of this historic mansion.
It was such a pleasure to have this amazing balcony and outside space to use for breakfasts straight from the boulangerie, lazy afternoon naps and evening drinks.
Inside is just as impressive. The lovely owners obviously have great taste – mixing contemporary touches with the original features.
A hanging ‘curtain’ hides a second double bed and a beautiful wardrobe hides the television. I loved the fact that you can still see the exposed wall and stunning vaulted ceiling.
The rest of the apartment doesn’t disappoint…
The bedroom is almost monastic in it’s minimalism, as is the bathroom and yet it has these beautiful curves and heavenly brushed-concrete floor which I still dream about (it was amazing to walk barefoot on).
The kitchen/dining room was a blend of the minimal with the dramatic with it’s pure white kitchen unit (featuring all mod cons) and theatrical ‘curtain’ and hanging sculpture. The heavy glass doors that led through to the balcony from the kitchen and bathroom were so clear and pristine that both my husband and son walked into them thinking they were open!
I particularly loved the lattice windows and quirky shutters.
It becomes quite clear when walking around the lovely town of Pezenas that it is a hub of creativity. There are lots of restaurants, art galleries, jewellery shops and boutiques – even if you don’t stay here, it is definitely worth a day visit.
The streets are beautiful and there is a definite Spanish influence here.
Pezenas is know for Le petit pate de Pezanes which are supposedly what inspired the British mince-pie. It is an 18th Century recipe made from shortcrust pastry filled with sweet & spicy lamb mince. Being gluten intolerant I couldn’t try them but I did make my family sample them and they weren’t too impressed!
What we were impressed with however, was the most amazing ice cream shop – Marguerite – which became our daily haunt. The ice-cream here is just divine and made with all the best ingredients. The interior is pretty stunning too!
There’s lots to see around Pezenas – chateaux, vineyards and we particularly loved the village of Roquebrun where you can go wild swimming in the river.
I would highly recommend this spectacular Airbnb and a visit to this beautiful area of the Languedoc-Rousillon. It really is a fascinating place to visit and quite different from the rest of France.
Do let me know if you have visited this area or would recommend anywhere else to visit in France which perhaps is not that well known. I’m forever on the lookout!