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ferme-auberge in provence

caffey Feb 25, 2011 08:55 PM

Dear Fellow Chowhounds,
Early this summer, we are spending 6 days in Provence, 3 in Vaucluse area, then 3 in the Grand Luberon. I have a list of great cafes and restaurants to try, but am looking for a farm restaurant to have a casual and unique experience (avec vin!). I already know about Auberge de la Loube near Buoux, but I am hoping someone on this board can tell me about other great casual farm experience that hasn't made it into Rick Steves/Lonely Planet, etc.
All the best,

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  1. Parigi RE: caffey Feb 26, 2011 12:54 AM

    I don't read Rick Steves or Lonely Planet therefore don't know what has or has not made it into those books, but the only foreigners I see in the ferme-auberges that I recommend below are my party. In fact the owner of one of them was so surprised to see me - Asian - that he came out to ask me how I had heard about the place.
    My fave ferme-auberges in Provence are:
    - le Castelas in Sivergues,
    - le Domaine de Tenon in Violès, which makes it own oil too,
    - le ferme-auberge Barbegal near Arles, only 1 km from tje breathtaking Roman mills of Barbegal.
    Food-wise, I like Barbegal most, Le Tenon a close second. Setting-wise Le Castelas in Sivergues is out of this world: There's nothing like lunching outside the sprawling sheep farm in front of cliffs, with little sheep jumping on your table.

    Here is a list from Bienvenue à la ferme:

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      caffey RE: Parigi Feb 27, 2011 10:39 AM

      Thanks Parigi and boredough for the recommendations. We will definitely try at least one of these three, if not all.

    2. boredough RE: caffey Feb 26, 2011 04:37 AM

      Le Castelas in Sivèrgues is fabulous. Try to go for dinner when they serve roast pig (it's delicious) and you can watch the glorious sunset, weather permitting. If you end up dining outside, the goats & pigs may join you.

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        EvaD RE: caffey May 18, 2011 04:20 PM

        Hello Caffey. Can you share some of your favorite restaurants in provence? did you find any ferme auberges that you recommend? thanks!

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          caffey RE: EvaD May 20, 2011 07:34 AM

          Hi Eva,
          We don't go until June. Will definitely post on anything great that we find.

        2. sunshine842 RE: caffey May 18, 2011 11:10 PM

          No guarantees, but take a look here: www.bienvenue-a-la-ferme.com

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            tublecane RE: caffey Jun 9, 2011 11:44 AM

            I'd love to see the list of cafe's and restaurants that you are thinking of. We will be in the area in July.

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              boredough RE: tublecane Jun 10, 2011 12:53 AM

              There are already a number of discussions about restaurants in the Lubéron etc. such as: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781261
              Where will you be staying?

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