This beautiful old door has been protecting this statuesque mansion in L’ Isle sur la Sorgue for well over a century. Today, this door, and others throughout what is now a hotel, are reminders of the history of this special structure.
The doors now enclose a blend of modern and antique furnishings that make this 4~room hotel feel very special and comfortable, yet obviously historic. This is the attic suite, where we stayed. In addition to the mellow charcoal interiors,
I loved how the windows seemed to have been placed to capture the most beautiful views of the charming city that surrounds the hotel.
As much as I enjoyed gazing at these views and watching the changing Provencal light, we were there for a purpose, to shop for antiques.
L’Isle sur la Sorgue, in Povence is one of the top spots for antique shopping in France.
So, we treaded down the well worn stone stairs, admiring the inward slant, the imperfections in the walls and walkways and the peaceful pieces the hotel owners have procured from Asia over the years.
They bring an added layer of serenity of to the hotel.
I also admired the whimsical wire sconces secured to these ancient stone walls. They bring just enough light, and wonderful shadows to each floor.
Of course we needed fortification to make it through a demanding day of marketing. The warm and inviting kitchen, beckoned us with a flowing stream of lively music and scents of cappuccinos.
Our table was set and waiting for us. Freshly prepared scrambled eggs arrived within minutes as well as a pair of those cappuccinos we had smelled.
If that weren’t enough Frederic, the proprietor, current Master and ever insightful and helpful host of this historic manse, brought us dessert for breakfast! After a few bites of this luscious creme brule and sweet pineapple we were ready to go.
“Well, wait, lets take a quick peek out back, I hear there’s a place to relax and a pool..
d’accord, allez, allez…”
After a perfect start, it’s no wonder that we had a very productive day, indeed.
And after this lovely day, we were very happy to return to our attic retreat to relax and get ready to do it all over again.
La Maison sur la Sorgue is conveniently located right in the center of town, the Sunday market is right outside their front door. They only have 4 rooms, so contact them early if you want to stay there. Fredric and his wife, Marie-Claude are happy to set up special tours of the area, culinary adventures, tennis, golf…just ask.