We booked 2 houses (10 people in total) for a weeks stay.
No airco in the houses, while the temperatures outside rose to +35°C.
Nice vacation resort, although little for adults to do (children have lots of animation).
My wife and I are both retired and were looking for a break in the sun to get away from the September blues in UK. We like to travel and use our car if possible so the two day travel time to this venue was not a problem. The price was good, the reviews were good so we booked.
The "Village" is located on the outskirts of the town on a hill. Upon arrival it was obvious that the whole of the complex was securely surrounded by high fencing and the entrance was a rather imposing pair of high electrically operated gates. A little intimidating. Once inside we were greeted by a very nice young lady at reception who gave us the usual paperwork, TV controller and bed linen, explaining, with the use of a map where our house was. Also we were told that most of the complex is a vehicle free zone except for a small period over the weekend during changeover days. We arrived mid week!. The first thing we found was that the property we were allocated was quite a way in to the complex and there were "Barriers" that did not allow us to take our vehicle to the property. So we had to carry all our bags, suitcases etc across gravel paths to our door.
We were allocated a property which was very clean, spacious, stairs to upper toilet and 1 bedroom. Bathroom was on the lower level along with the kitchen/lounge diner. No sink in the toilet so one had to make a trip downstairs to the bathroom to wash hands.
First thing needed was a good cup of tea. After all we are English. No teapot! No kettle! Long story short it took us two days to finally get an electric kettle. (The receptionist lent us hers). Apparently they don't do kettles!
The property was very clean and minimal but adequate. everything was painted grey! The fact that there was not one window anywhere made it a little dismal inside. Worth insisting on an end property that have many windows if you get claustrophobic. The only ventilation was a roof light located very, very high in the bedroom. Only accessible with a long pole.
There also appeared to be no Smoke or fire alarms of any description. In fact we were never given an emergency procedures in case of fire. We also never saw any fire extinguishers anywhere on the site. Its worth noting that in the property we had, should there have been a fire downstairs we could have been easily trapped in the upstairs without any means of escape. (Needs sorting quickly before there is a horrible accident). Outside of the property was a small section of wooden patio. Unfortunately at this time of year the sun never shone on it as it was shaded by the proximity of the other residences. The grounds and surroundings were immaculately kept. Not a scrap of litter anywhere, the staff travelled on shaded golf carts between houses. It reminded me of an old UK TV series called "The Prisoner". All it needed was a big white ball to come bouncing around to complete the picture!
As a base to see the surrounding countryside it is ideal. And i suppose if we were thirty years younger it would have had more of an appeal, but I think we made a mistake this time!
We go on holidays at Demeures du Ventoux very often. It is a great place for family holidays, any time of year. Excellent facilities and a perfect setting for walking or biking trips. Demeures du Ventoux is at the centre of Provence, an extremely beautiful area of France. Great fun for the whole family!