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L'Evêché Bed and Breakfast
Vaison La Romaine, Provence, France

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L'Evêché The 16th century "bishop's palace" in Vaison's haute ville is the warmly welcoming home of Aude and Jean-Loup Verdier. When they opened guest rooms several years ago L'Evêché rapidly became a favored spot for Patricia's students as well as other Vaison visitors. Note please: Payment is by cash or check only.

A haven of peace in the old city, located five minutes from Vaison's downtown and its cultural and gastronomic activities, L'Evêché B&B, in Vaison la Romaine, Provence, France is an ideal resting place for journeys towards Les Baux, l'Isle sur la Sorgue, St-Rémy de Provence, Grignan, Dieulefit, le Pont du Gard, Uzès, Avignon.

L'Evêché has many rooms, all of them in a discreet and cosy setting. Ancient furniture, paintings, pieces of art are part of it and contribute to their charming atmosphere. The house, in the middle of the medieval city of Vaison la Romaine, opens to various terraces and patios with plants and flowers.

L' Evêché is a huge house but Aude and Jean-Loup only rent out five rooms, so that they can give more attention and time to their guests. Each room has its own private bath and toilet and individual decoration. Two of the rooms are suites with private sitting room ... ideal for three people travelling together.

One of the suites has a second floor with another sitting room and a solarium terrace, with a beautiful view of the old town and the castle.

Vaison la Romaine is the jewel of Roman Provence as its name indicates, Vaison la Romaine is a must to visit in the Haut Vaucluse. The city, highly interesting from an archeological point of view, is surrounded by the river Ouveze.

On the right bank are two different quarters: the site of the ancient Roman colony and the modern town. Archeological digs have revealed immense, luxurious, and elaborate Gallo Roman homes. There were floors in mosaics, marble, marquetry, and statues, ponds, atriums, and private thermal baths, all showing life in Roman times.

On the left bank on top of a rocky spur is the Haute-Ville, originating in the 13thc. In Medieval times the villagers settled in the heights at the foot of the castle to protect themselves from robbers and invasion.

Today the castle is in ruins, but Haute-Ville is a picturesque spot to visit. There are little shady squares, ancient doorways, and narrow cobbled streets dotted with superb fountains or lined by the facades of 16th and 18th c. mansions. Historic sites to see include:
  • Gallo-Roman times: Puyman and La Villasse archeological sites, 17m. wide Roman bridge
  • Romanesque times: Notre Dame de Nazareth Cathedral and its cloister (between 6th and 13thc.). St. Quenin Chapel with its sculptures
  • Medieval times: Haute-Ville and its 1464 church
  • Tuesday morning market
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
Rue de l'Evêché - Cité Médiévale
84110 Vaison-la-Romaine, France
Tel: 334 90 36 13 46
Fax: 334 90 36 32 43
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