First of all, Sophie was wonderful to work with - from my initial inquiry, through the reservation process, to arrival and departure - she was extremely helpful and responsive to all of my questions/concerns. Her English is fantastic as well! She is so kind and willing to help with sight-seeing and restaurant recommendations. We have rented several vacation homes in the past in various locations, this was by far the best experience we have had with an owner and her home. She provided us with a detailed list of all the amenities to help with packing. Just one example of her kindness - our party of 10 (6 adults and 4 children - ages 9mos, 2, 4, and 7), arrived late in sunday night after red-eye flights from the US (DFW, LAX and SEA) to Paris and then a train ride to Avignon. Sophie called a local pizzeria for us to see if they were still open and even accompanied my husband to pick up the order to bring back to the house. She was highly attentive but never imposing. (By the way, we highly recommend the honey and goat cheese pizza from the pizzeria).
We felt as if we were staying in a castle. Part of the home was built in the 16th? century - which only adds to its charm - but it has been fully renovated and is truly a modern home. The home was immaculately maintained and is just as beautiful as the pictures - if not more! The beds were extremely comfortable. The home is well appointed with everything we needed for our stay (including all the kitchen supplies needed for cooking meals for our party of 10 and laundry detergent for our many loads of laundry). Sophie even brought by fresh thyme and other herbs for us to use. There were high quality hair dryers and hair straighteners for use. There was more than enough room for all of us to have our own space as needed and to allow for comfortable group gatherings. The kids (and adults) enjoyed the indoor pool and the wii when we had downtime. The stairs in the home (made of stone) are a little steep - not a big issue, just have to be careful with the kids.
The location is great (a little tricky driving/navigating the narrow streets - but we got used to that quickly) - 10 minutes from the TGV station, walking distance to the bakery, grocery store, and restaurants. Such a charming area! Barbentane was a great homebase for our visits to the surrounding cities (Avignon, Nimes, St Remy and Arles).
I would highly recommend this home to relatives and friends. We can't wait to return someday!