In Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, situated in the heart of Provence between Avignon and L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, we welcome you to our home, « L’Oreliane », with its swimming pool and garden. The 4 bedrooms in our bed and breakfast are open all year round.
Located in the Vaucluse , our pretty fortified village sits on the top of a hill facing the Mont Ventoux, the Comtat Venaissin plain and the River Sorgue countryside, with its back to Avignon. It’s a typical provençal village where you’ll find quality local produce and AOC wines. It is also well-known for being the birthplace of the 19th century literary movement named ‘felibrige’. This movement was initiated by Frédéric Mistral to « protect, maintain and promote the language, culture, civilisation and identity of the Oc territories »
Proud to be locals, we are happy to share all the love we have for this land of sunshine and its traditions and we welcome you to our family home, where wine producers have been living for 60 years. When we renovated our house in 2013 we honoured this heritage by giving each of the rooms the name of a variety of grapes : Cardinal, Angevine, Muscat and Alphonse Lavallée.
Having a house with a soul is a privilege in itself ; turning it into a place to relax and share friendly conversations is an even greater privilege. We open up our hearts as well as our house to ensure you have an unforgettable stay, rich in emotion and discoveries.
In a relaxed atmosphere enjoy having breakfast in the shade of the micocoulier tree, cooling down in the pool, reading in the sunroom, tasting our specialities and Christine’s dishes.. We are here to ensure your well-being and are happy to spend time chatting, laughing and sharing our tips with you.
Welcoming guests is a profession, and implies a sincere interest in people as well as an unlimited passion for our beautiful region here in the south of France. For you and for our Provence we aim to satisfy the need for friendly, authentic tourism, thereby contributing to the development and preservation of our region and its heritage.
We guarantee you : ‘Aqui Sian Ben’ ! (provençal for ‘here you will feel good’)
We hope you’ll feel at home here
Christine and Dominique
« Everything in « L’Oréliane » reflects our personnality and our values : the decoration, the choice of colours and materials, the vintage objects, and the design of the garden and swimming pool. »
With the top of the village and the church belltower as a backdrop, a small swimming pool at the back of the B&B offers the opportunity to relax and have a swim out of sight of prying eyes.
A small fountain flows out of the ivy-covered wall and into the pretty pool nestled in a haven of greenery, under the benevolent gaze of the olive tree. Sit back in one of the deckchairs around the pool and relax, and let yourself be lulled by the song of the cicadas. Whether you prefer shade or full sun, you’ll find your perfect spot by the pool. A small fridge with soft drinks is at your disposal..
Our garden tells the story of Provence, and a little part of our story too. Its mediterranean plants, its birds, its fountain and its intimacy make it a most pleasant environment both for sitting at a table for a meal, or just for relaxing in a comfortable chair..
In front of our home proudly stands « the most provencal of trees » (according to our old grandfather) : our magnificent micocoulier tree provides welcome shade in the hot summer months.;
Most of the vegetation is evergreen, as it is in the surrounding countryside : trees and bushes which are well- adapted to the heat and dry ground, like olive trees, oleanders and myrtle.
A beautiful persimmon tree planted in 1981 at our wedding gives an incredible amount of persimmon fruit which Christine delights in cooking. We love its shade in the summer and admire its beauty in the autumn and winter with its beautiful purple hues and orange balls.
As a reminder of Dominique’s wine-producing past we have planted a vine, with the round pebbles at its foot which prevent it from suffering from the cold in winter nights. Here and there we put bright-coloured flowers in pots.The numerous rose bushes, lavendars and other aromatic plants (sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil...for the better-known ones) diffuse their scents before being used in our dishes. Equally, our citrus trees (orange, lemon, grapefruit), aside from their undeniable beauty, help to make delicious dishes and desserts.
We cherish this garden which gives us quite a lot of work, for sure... But what a pleasant setting, so ideal for relaxing and sharing !
Our charming little fortified village has a typical provencal soul. It is appreciated for its beauty and its geographical location, between Avignon, the UNESCO- classified papal city, and the ‘Pays des Sorgues’ with the renowned L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a paradise for antiques-lovers, and Fontaine de Vaucluse, the site of the largest resurgence in Europe.
Inside the village walls you’ll find a multitude of narrow streets and small squares shaded by plane trees or wisteria, fountains, a beautiful roman church, an 18th century belfry, attractive townhouses... At the top of the village you can go for a walk on the plateau, among the vineyards. At the viewpoint indicator the panorama is superb , with a view on the plain and dozens of its villages, on the mounts of the Vaucluse and on the Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence. Breathtaking !.
On a clear day you can even see the Luberon and the Alpilles from the paths on the plateau. There are many paths to walk or cycle on.
In the village there is also a weekly market all year round (on Wednesday morning), and a farmers’ market from spring to autumn, a concert hall (l’Akwaba), a travelling cinema (La Strada) and a large offer of sports.
We live in the heart of a very rich department, which is itself in the heart of Provence : just a few kilometres away from our home you will find numerous magical sights to discover.
To name just a few : the Thouzon cave in Le Thor, the most beautiful river in the department which will lead you to the Monts deVaucluse, the provençal Colorado with its ochre earth spreading from Roussillon to Rustrel, the hilltop villages of the Luberon (Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes, Lourmarin, Lacoste...), the cedar forests of Cabrières d’Avignon and of Bonnieux, the Nesque and the Toulourenc Gorges, the Mont Ventoux, the Sainte-Victoire mountain and Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, the Sainte-Baume, the superb Blue Coast…
For further details look in the chapter Discovering
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