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It was a privilege to live in this lovely Provençal home for six weeks and watch spring unfold in the beautiful garden below. Martine HONORAT is the consummate host, attending to every need we expressed, making accommodations for unanticipated situations, ensuring that everything functioned optimally throughout our stay. We were there to work rather than to vacation, but when we had moments to see the sights we found her a wellspring of information that she graciously shared. Our one regret is that we didn’t get to spend as much time with her as we would have liked to!
The flat is indeed spacious and very comfy with antique furnishings but newer mattresses and fine linens. We had family visiting at various times during our stay, with up to four adults sharing the house quite comfortably. There is a double bed (not a queen) in the back (east) bedroom, a twin in the small room just next to that, and two twin beds in the front (west) bedroom that can be made into a king. The arched windows and doorways throughout are very attractive, and the heavy wooden front door with its 1930s iron work is just exquisite. We enjoyed the flat screen television and its 3 HDMI inputs. Our ROKU brought from the States worked flawlessly, and if you are a subscriber, Netflix offers a nice selection of French movies and television shows. The WiFi is strongest in the living room, making streaming on various devices unproblematic.
The parking space outside the garage is shared, so if you are going to have a car, be prepared to coordinate comings and goings with Martine. She made this a perfectly painless process for us, for which we were most grateful. Also, be aware that the gate is sized for smaller cars. We switched from a rather wide Peugeot 2008 to a smaller 308 partway through our stay and found the later much easier to maneuver. Except for those days when you want to go out of town, a car is really not necessary. Most everything one could want to see or do is within a 10-20 minute walk, and there is very regular bus service for getting from one side of town to the other. There are two car rental agencies (Sixt and Europcar) just a few minutes’ walk from the house on the Boulevard de la République.
Just to clarify one little thing we were expecting to find because of the earlier reviews: There is now no dryer. Laundry must be hung on the folding enameled metal rack which can be moved from one terrace to the other to follow the sun.
Merci infiniment, Martine!
We were in Aix for 4 nights here and we couldn’t ask for more. Very helpful personal attention from our host, and everything within easy walking distance. Despite being in the heart of old town (with numerous celebrations going on), the heavy shutters and windows blocked virtually all of the street noise. Plus, careful attention to design in the apartment. We loved it.