Bring out the gypsy in you...well, a gypsy of the well-dressed, luxury-loving, gourmet-style type. Highly suitable for Provence.
La Bastide de Marie is one of Provence's best hotels in the heart of the Luberon. It has all the requisite delightful Provencale decor, a library and tasting vault, two restaurants and a Spa Pure Altitude with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and two swimming pools. Just the place for wanderers.
Now if you want all that, and a feeling of being away from it all, you can book for their gypsy-style caravan or 'Roulotte'. It's in the grounds of the hotel and is surrounded by vineyards. But this is no ordinary caravan. It has wooden floors, a bed with a gilded wood headboard, a wing chair, no less, and what is described as a 'quaint' washroom.
It's not gypsy prices, but at this level of luxury...sorry authenticity...from 465 euros per night for two people, including b&b, afternoon tea, lunch or dinner, served with an aperitif, wines from the Domaine de Marie, mineral water and coffee, it's pretty good value.
They've also got rather a nice deal on a special lunch. You go shopping at the local market in Coustellet with the hotel chef, tour La Bastide's vegetable garden, have a two-and-a-half hour cookery lesson then lunch at the chef's table. 90 euros per person.
La Bastide de Marie
Route de Bonnieux
Quartier de la Verrerie
84560 - Ménerbes
Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 90 72 30 20