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Sous L'olivier
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lagnes
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Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

We visited Julien and Carole's farmhouse hotel for 6 nights in July and had the most amazing holiday we could have asked for.

The hosts were gracious and generous, the food was delicious, the wine flowed freely and the pool was beautiful. Julien's family welcomed us and made it an amazing time for the adults and our 3 year old.

Despite my ambitions to explore the local restaurants we couldn't resist eating in every night and were never disappointed. The long, warm evenings felt like stepping back into (an admittedly Instagram-worthy) childhood, with good adult conversation between guests from around the world and free range kids making fast friends with Julien's brood and the other hotel guests. Such evenings seem to be in short supply in today's modern age.

I couldn't help but notice the negative review immediately below from a guest who stayed at the same time that we did. Relaxing by the lovely pool I happened to overhear the conversation on the lawn between that guest and Julien where Julien was informed they would be cutting short their stay as they did not like the food. Suffice to say, the customer is not always right and Julien was more gracious than I would have been. Each to their own, and perhaps it was not the right place for those particular guests. But it must be very difficult to pour your heart and soul into your accommodation and food and then receive negative feedback and an unfair review that stays on your site forever. Luckily for Julien I think he is fairly thick skinned and certainly has enough happy guests over the years that he could just rely on word of mouth and still be fully booked.

Stay here if you would like simple but elegant accommodation, lovely and plentiful home cooking and to share the real life of a family and mingle with other guests. Just relax and go with the flow as each night will be a bit different. It may not be the best choice for an exclusive romantic weekend to enjoy solely your own company, but that's not the point. We will most certainly be back.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

We booked Sous L'olivier for a week in July after reading reviews and loving this area of France. The experience was not good at all. The many photos on the website ,we found , did not match the actual place itself. It looked fab in the pictures but was actually very disappointing. We had a room just off the main courtyard with French doors that opened onto a sitting area with lovely views BUT the little table and chairs provided to sit on were completely covered in rust. We couldn't be sure the bed had fresh bedding on it as it appeared very crumpled and un ironed. I decided to go for a swim and found that the pool was unclean with a grubby ring if dirt all around the edge. The sun loungers were all rusty and some of the covers were torn and tatty. I couldn't swim up and down the pool without banging my legs as there were hidden steps at one end which extended down into the water. In the evening , all the guests met for drinks in the courtyard. We had Juliens home made wine which was ok. He was very chatty and dined with the guests. Our main problem with Sous L'olivier was the terrible food. Goodness knows how it had got good reviews on Trip Advisor , but what we were presented with was most certainly the worst cooking we have ever been given in over 30 years of coming to France. Our main evening dish was rabbit tart with some sort of vegetable covering. The whole thing was well over cooked . It was dark , tough and completely inedible. The sweet was a kind of fruit custard tart which was again well overcooked and burnt on the top. We hardly ate anything. We decided that night , that if breakfast was no better , we would go. The following morning , breakfast was set out but there was no sign of our hosts .The orange juice ran out ,there were bowls of dark stewed fruit, three sliced cakes with flies buzzing around , burnt croissants and the same burnt dessert dish from the evening before. I couldn't eat anything. We spent the first day of our holiday visiting tourist information offices to try and find alternative accommodation which was near impossible as it was July 14th ...a holiday time in France. We ate out the second night and came home to pack our bags. Breakfast the second morning was exactly the same. The identical sliced cakes, stewed fruit, burnt croissants left from the day before and we were not at all surprised to see the re-appearance of the burnt dessert which was now two days old. When we told Julien we were leaving , he was extremely angry , rude and started shouting. At that point , he didn't even know the reason why...it could have been for an illness at home. When my husband told him it was mainly because we hadn't eaten the main meal and two breakfasts since our arrival ,he just continued to shout and be rude. If you read his comments on Trip Advisor to any guest that has voiced displeasure at his holiday home, you will see how rude this man can actually be. You don't treat guests who have a genuine concern in this way. He walked away and left his wife to draw up the bill. We paid for the two days of our stay because we couldn't get out quick enough and didn't want anymore unpleasantness. We did eventually find a fantastic hotel not too far away for the remainder of our special holiday. The whole experience was awful and I would avoid this place at all costs.

Room Tip: Don't choose the ground floor room just off the courtyard
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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souslolivier, Propriétaire at Sous L'olivier, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2016


Just to have some news
is that your psychoanalysis is over?

Take care

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Reviewed 3 August 2015

We loved staying here with Julien's divine cooking (a surprise each evening as he never gives away what he's cooking), the communal meals of an evening, the delicious home made jams and compotes at breakfast, the gorgeous wines, and the heavenly soaps and toiletries. Our kids loved Julien's children Hugo and Clovis, and they spent a couple of days playing beautifully despite no common language between them. the Peci family room is generously proportioned and well appointed. The gift shop also stocks the toiletries, wines and jams so you can take a piece of this delightful place with you. I am only sorry my liquid soaps about to run out, as the smell brings back memories of Provence. The hotel is also handy for all the local sights.

Room Tip: We took the family room which was enormous!
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

After a stressful summer season, I really needed to kick back and relax. This was the perfect spot. A stunning farmhouse bed and breakfast off the beaten track, but equally near enough to see plenty of picturesque villages and towns.

We were welcomed by Julien, the owner and he offered us a bottle of chilled, homemade rosé and chilled fresh apricots set on a table under the shade of the trees in the courtyard. Bliss.

We had already booked to have dinner there, and what a good choice that was. We gathered with the other guests at 7.30 for an aperitif of more homemade wines and liqueurs and homemade pork terrine. Dinner was excellent Provencal food. We all sat at a communal table with our host, who kept popping out to prepare the next part of dinner. Truly a wonderful experience and the food was superb. We ate there the next night too, as why travel to a restaurant when you have this quality on your doorstep?

Breakfast was also out of this world! I have never seen such a breakfast spread! About 15 homemade jams, bottled fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, local cheeses and meats, fresh baked croissants, pain au chocolat and various breads - it never seemed to end!

The room too was beautiful and spotlessly clean. And the bed very comfortable. There is no air conditioning, but they did have a fan, a fridge and microwave in the room.

I will definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

I have stayed at this property five times over the past 14 years and it just gets better and better. The rooms are generously sized, with comfortable beds and well fitted bathrooms. The pool now has a sliding cover to keep the heat in when it's not being used, so it is always warm, even after a cool or windy spell.
The courtyard where meals are taken is just delighful and a worthy setting for Julien's extraordinary cooking. Be sure to take up the offer of table d'hôtes with other residents in the evening, as you will not eat better elsewhere and Julien & Carole are wonderful hosts.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Paul B
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Address: D900 | 997B vers petit palais, 84800 Lagnes, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue > Lagnes
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lagnes
Price Range: €108 - €221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Familly farm in the middle of Provence in front of Luberon Near Gordes Roussillon Isle sur sorgue and many village of Provence Come to try our cooking ... more   less 
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