Belgians love Provence and Provence loves Belgians! Why? Simple! Belgians are generally known as ‘bon-vivants’, enjoying good food, culinary art, good restaurants, finer wines and…CYCLING ! 🙂
All the more a reason for Belgians to come on holiday to Provence (only a 1000 KM drive away) but even more so to start a new life in Bédoin.
A few FACTS about BEDOIN
The first thing you’ll notice when you get close to Bédoin is the large, imposing church of Saint Pierre with its Spanish-looking style, quite different from most others in Provence. In fact, the style is Jesuit, built in 1702 and restored in the 19th century. In spite of the different style, the church does have a wrought-iron belfry so typical of the region.
Located at the base of Mont Ventoux, Bédoin is the starting point of one of three routes to the summit of the mountain. This is the most famous and difficult ascent. The road to the summit has an average gradient of 7.43%. The other routes start in Malaucène and Sault.
Mont Ventoux is well known as one of the most grueling climbs on the Tour de France. A climb up Mont Ventoux has been a stage on the Tour many times since 1951. Except for the first ascent in 1951, when the approach to the summit was from Malaucène, in all other years the approach to the summit has been from Bédoin. So it is very fitting that the roundabout at the entrance to Bédoin depicts a cyclist riding up hill with the sign Bédoin Mont Ventoux.
MAISON MON Ventoux
Holiday cottage ‘Maison Mon Ventoux’ is located at the foot of the Mont Ventoux, at the southern side of the mountain. It is literally located nearby the starting line where every cycle tourist takes off for his/her challenge.
‘Maison Mon Ventoux’ is a free-standing, completely renovated villa for 6 to 8 persons, with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 lounge area, and with possibility for 2 extra people.
There is a front garden
with possibility to park the car in the shadow of the lime tree.
A beautiful sun terrace with a lovely swimming pool are also awaiting your visit! ♥
A NEW LIFE for Marnik, Els & little Lou
In 2010, Marnik and Els decided to buy their hideaway in the sunny South. Later on, in 2013 to be exactly, they decided to put an end to their busy lives in Belgium and moved permanently to Provence. In January of that year, they became the VERY proud parents of their cute son Lou, and to them it seemed the perfect moment to be able to free up more time for their smallest new member. They enjoy life to the fullest … and they are very happy to share this joy with their guests … sharing the experience of how it feels to live like “God in France”! ♥
Even though you can also choose to simply rent the holiday house with your family or friends, most guests however choose for the formula ‘chambres d’hôtes’. This means that breakfast and evening meals are included and boy oh boy, you will never regret this choice with Els’s cooking skills! 🙂
Her meals usually consists of an appetizer, a main meal and a delicious dessert. As I said before, Els loves cooking, especially with local products, and that shows! Doesn’t this look YUM!
Els loves to make her own jams, she is very creative and has interior design skills and that certainly shows in all the beautiful little details in and around the house… The rooms are not featured here but will follow later on. Oh yes, in case anyone wonders what keeps Marnik busy? Well, he renovated the entire house basically all by himself and continues to do so every day! Such a FINE job he did/does!
Take a look by clicking on the images!