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Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

I have read many glowing, but totally out of date, reviews of Le Ferme Auberge Castelas in Sivergues and would really love to go. However, recently I read several Summer/Fall 2013 reviews on other sites that are quite negative. Does anyone have any up-to-date information?

We are planning on possibly going there in mid-April for dinner and maybe stay one night. If the food, experience, and accommodations have deteriorated, I'd rather not waste our limited time in the area. I do understand it is meant to be a rustic farm experience and am fine with that.

Any info you all out there can give us would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.

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  1. Out of date ?
    I just wrote a couple of days ago that Pti and we had a very enjoyable lunch there last September.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Yeah, that was cool. Roasted wild boar and lovely roasted red peppers.

    2. We had a wonderful dinner in August - it truly seemed like they were back on their game. It is most fun when there are other diners, so hopefully you won't be alone. Since it will most likely not be warm enough for dinner outside, you might want to go for a Sunday lunch (if that fits your schedule), so that you can still partake of the delicious roast pig...and, weather permitting, sit outside.

      1. @Parigi: I'm sorry I missed that recent post.

        @ Parigi and Boredough: Thanks so much for the info and quick response.

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        1. re: zelda1928

          Have a good trip. Do report back.

        2. I booked 2 nights there last week while on vacation in France- but when we arrived at dusk with no idea that it was so remote-there was no one there. There was a note posted in French but our names werent on it. It was eerie and our kids were freaked out. We drove out of the wilderness and booked the first hotel in town. The owner may have been gone only breifly and the place is kind of cool but it would be better with a group of friends. Now that we are at home I was wondering about the lack of recent reviews.
          Here's mine.

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          1. re: Joellene

            Hmm, sorry to hear this experience. I am looking to send my sister here in a month. There was a report that this place is up for sale. Not sure if it running meanwhile...

            1. re: Kurtis

              It's still on the market according to the realtor's website - these things take time, especially in France. We were there in June and again in July and it was pretty much the same as it used to be (goats & all) - although Gianni does not seem to be as engaged as he used to be. For anyone who's never been there before, I don't think whatever is "off" would be noticed.

              1. re: boredough

                Thanks boredough!

                Have you been to their dinner w/ pig roast during a weekday? How about for a weekday lunch? Is there a price difference?

                1. re: Kurtis

                  Yes, we went on a TUE (June) and a SAT (July) for dinner, and both times we had roast pig with the usual fixins. Friends went there one day for lunch during the week (also in July) and they too had pig (which surprised me, since I thought that happened only on Sundays). I think the price used to be €25 (instead of €30) for lunch. If you'd like me to phone them & try to pin them down, I can do that. We're here another 2+ weeks before crossing back over to the "other side".

                  1. re: boredough

                    That's great to know.

                    Yeah, boredough, I think it would be nice to have more info on their weekday plans as it seems less consistent which was the unfortunate case for Joellene as reported. My sister will be there at the end of September, and if you require more info please email me to address on my profile.

                    Many thanks boredough!

                    p.s. Any new good finds on your perpetual adventures in this region or "other side"?

                    1. re: Kurtis

                      I just spoke to Gianni and he confirmed they are open 7/7 for lunch & dinner of roast pig at €30/pp. (Cash only, of course.) As for other 'finds', we've been on a serious hunt these past few months & tried an assortment of places previously unknown to us - with none particularly outstanding - so we end up falling back on a few old favorites (Auberge des Carrières in les Taillades, le Mas du Capoun in Mollégès, le Bistrot du Paradou, la Ferme de la Huppe in Gordes, l'Arôme in Bonnieux). This week we will be trying out la Bergerie, which is the new casual restaurant at the Domaine de Capelongue in Bonnieux, where Edouard Loubet has his 2-star restaurant. - three courses for €38. I'll report back if there's anything to say....:-)

                      1. re: boredough

                        Thanks for this on Le Castelas.

                        Is there a change of chef at la Ferme de la Huppe? It seems like it when looking at some pictures on their updated website.

                        1. re: Kurtis

                          I actually can't speak about the head chef, but Ferme de la Huppe has been owned/run by the same family for a few years. The wife apparently works in the kitchen; the husband supervises the dining rooms. We've been waited on by a daughter as well. We had dinner there twice over the past few months and the cuisine has been consistently good.

                        2. re: boredough

                          Boredough, you are the hound to end all hounds.

                          1. re: boredough

                            La Bergerie: The restaurant prepares many of the main dishes in their fireplace, which was blazing when we entered at 8pm. Unfortunately that also made it a bit hot & stuffy inside, even with the glass doors open. The terrace's tables & stools are more suited for drinks & light snacking, so we did not ask to be seated there. All that aside, we enjoyed our dinner. Most of the main dishes are cooked in the fireplace - my grilled beef was delicious. The 38€ no-choice menu changes according to the chef's whim, but there are 5 or 6 à-la-carte dishes (starter, main, dessert) as well. I highly recommend getting there early enough to enjoy apéritifs on the hotel's beautiful terrace overlooking Bonnieux (weather permitting) - with the added treat of the staff trotting out 4 or 5 delicious amuse-bouches to accompany the drinks. So there are no surprises, I should add that their house cocktail (crème de truffe & champagne) goes for €20. The setting & the extras make it a pretty good deal.

                            1. re: boredough

                              Thanks, Boredough.

                              Your earthy sounding "creme de truffe & champagne" reminded me of one of our favorites, a "kir royale chataigne". Usually comes in way less than €20.

                              1. re: boredough

                                I'm soooo going to be there. The house I rented last time is a short walk away, between the Domaine and the old church.
                                Milles mercis.