A few words from your host
Anne-Lise is happy to welcome you as if you were …in your own home !!! You will feel at home in this beautiful noble town house near the Palais des Papes.
Passionate about home decoration and architecture, Anne-Lise and her husband have renovated with great taste this town house at the heart of the Old Avignon, a few steps away from Palais des Papes, where they live with their son. Your hosts love architecture, and also their region and will be very happy to share with you its little secrets.
They have chosen traditional architectural motifs, harmonious colours in perfect harmony with the spirit of the place to create a happy mixture of history and modernity.
Their philosophy? To create a home away from home. The breakfast is often home-cooked, home-baked including brioche, bread, and jams. Your hostess is a food-lover who puts great emphasis on fresh and quality produce.
The house and its history
The street Petite Saunerie in Avignon has a long history at the heart of our town center. Spreading from the Place du Cloître St Pierre to the Saunerie, the Petite Saunerie Street is located five minutes from the PAlais des Papes, and has witnessed many comercial activities of past centuries. At first it was named “La Fromagerie Antique” (“the Antique Cheese monger”) the current name ” saunerie refers to foods curating process along this ancient street many medieval buildings, like ours, still stand.
Our house dates from the 15th Century, parts of it have been rebuilt but the tower dates from that time. From the 17th Century onwards we can trace all the inhabitants, great families of musicians and lawyers. In the 19th Century, our house belonged to an attorney at law who lived here with his thirteen children! This house encompassed his office, and a large array of bedrooms, nurseries, studies, large kitchens, stables. There were two entrances, one for his office, and one for his home. Horse carriages would pass the threshold and enter into the courtyard. A small chapel can be seen in our kitchen / dining room and is a reminder of a very devout family member.
Once you have set foot in this “hôtel particulier ” (former noble man or merchant town house), you will be seduced by its inner courtyard, a true heaven of peace in the hustle and bustle of the city and will be seduced by Provençal architecture at its best. i