Les Agathes - Chambre d’Hôtes and Table d’Hôtes

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Schon 4 Mal waren wir in der Provence, und 3 Mal in Folge haben wir auch in Les Agathes Station gemacht. Isabelle und Jonathan sind die perfekten Gastgeber, das Zimmer topsauber - was nicht überall selbstverständlich ist - in tollem Ambiente, und Salon ein guter Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge mit dem Auto oder der Bahn in der Provence bis in die Camargue und Marseille. Engagiert helfen sie auch bei kleineren und größeren Problemen wie Restaurantsuche, Autowerkstatt, Mietauto, etc. Leider hatten wir dieses Mal eine Autopanne, konnten die Sache aber dank Isabelles unermüdlichen Bemühungen gelassen nehmen. Nach 2 Tagen war das Auto wieder startklar, eine Extranacht zum Saisonende kein Problem. Wie immer haben wir uns super wohl gefühlt und kommen wieder – bestimmt!  Kerstin & Hans

Bonjour Isabelle, bonjour Jonathan, 

Nous confirmons être bien rentrés à Liège. Nous tenons encore à vous remercier pour la qualité de votre accueil. Nous avons eu constamment l’impression d’être des invités plutôt que des hôtes. Nous avons donc la conviction que nous revenons de France enrichis de 2 nouveaux amis. Nous avons le ferme espoir de vous accueillir un jour à Liège. Je sais que les gens du midi ne se déplacent guère vers le Nord, mais sait-on jamais ? Et peut être aurons nous un jour l’occasion d’être de nouveaux vos hôtes.  Avec notre meilleur souvenir.  Colette et Pierre

We have just returned home following a 4 weeks touring holiday of Provence by train. We spent 3 nights at Les Agathes where Isabelle and Jonathon gave us the most perfect welcome. Arriving at Salon station we were met by Jonathon. Each day Jonathon was happy to taxi us on our outings to explore Salon.  In fact nothing was too much trouble for this lovely family and we were welcomed into their home like family friends. 

The chambre is beautifully appointed and we enjoyed the best night’s sleep of our holiday in this restful place, it is indeed an oasis amongst the happy bustle of Salon de Provence. Each morning an abundant breakfast, complete with homemade jams, free range eggs from their own hens and any special request met with aplomb.

As we had been travelling we opted for having our evening meals at Les Agathes a delightful experience not to be missed; mouth-watering local dishes lovingly prepared and served; a charming repast with amiable company.

Les Agathes is the ideal place for exploring the area, whether you are in a car or like us travelling by train.  Salon de Provence is a fascinating town, with much to discover especially the old town and the chateau. What made our stay especially perfect was the care and commitment Jonathon and Isabelle award their guests, in a most perfect place.  Thank you Isabelle, Jonathon and Calypso for the wonderful welcome,  the relaxing stay, and the sumptuous meals.
Sandra & Roy.  UK

The Agathes chambres d'hotes was a delightful oasis during our stay in the Salon-de-Provence area. The modern, lovely room is like a private apartment complete with its own terrace overlooking a vast lawn and garden. It is rural living just on the outskirts of town.  Jonathan and Isabelle were superb hosts, providing wonderful ideas for sightseeing and great conversations in English and French. Our delicious breakfasts featured special touches like freshly picked strawberries from their garden. This gem offers the perfect combination of peaceful privacy when you want it and the exceptional hospitality of warm and attentive hosts.
Debbie and Glenn Clarke
Ontario, Canada

Propiétaires tres sympathiques  qui nous acceuillent avec une boisson fraiche. La chambre d'une propreté impeccable est fonctionnelle et la literie confortable. Nous sortons directement sur une terrasse au soleil levant avec table et fauteuils et nous pouvons profiter du cadre bucolique. Le calme est remarquable jour et nuit. Bien que la ville (Salon) ne soit qu'à quelques minutes en voiture nous avons particulierement apprécier de ne pas avoir à reprendre la voiture (garée dans la propriété) pour chercher un restaurant en ville, car Jonathan nous prépare un trés bon repas avec les produits de son potager. Le petit déjeuner est copieux avec confitures maison et j'ai particulierement appréciér la confiture d'orange recette anglaise. Bref nous y avons fait 2 séjours et n'hesiterons pas a y retourner pour visiter la région.
Josiane et Louis 

"PERFEKT" beschreibt unseren Aufenthalt im „Les Agathes“ am besten. Das Zimmer war ideal für 2 Personen, sehr liebevoll eingerichtet und die Terrasse, auf der wir täglich unser Frühstück serviert bekamen, war ein Traum.

Was unseren Urlaub zu einem echten Highlight machte, war die Gastfreundschaft der Familie Lee. Wir wurden schon bei unserer Ankunft wie gute Freunde begrüßt und fühlten uns somit auf Anhieb wohl! Isabell und Jonathan waren sehr hilfsbereit und Isabel gab uns jeden Abend wertvollen Tipps für den nächsten Tag. So haben wir auch im August viele schöne Plätze gesehen die nicht von Touristen überlaufen waren. 

Das Frühstück ließ keine Wünsche offen- verschiedene Marmeladen, Honig, selbstgemachtes Joghurt, frische Früchte, Pfannkuchen, Baguette, Croissants- wir bekamen alles was unser Herz begehrte! 

Auch die Lage der Villa war optimal um die Provence erkunden zu können. Einerseits liegt „Les Agathes“ sehr zentral und dennoch hat man einen idyllischen Rückzugsort nach einem aufregenden Tag. 

Wir möchten uns bei Isabel, Jonathan und Calypso für unseren unvergesslichen Aufenthalt in ihrer Villa bedanken und kommen sehr, sehr gerne wieder!

Solcare il confine della Provenza è un po’ come entrare in un mondo separato da tutto il resto. La natura ti abbraccia, così vissuta dall’uomo eppure quasi incontaminata. Il viaggio poi continua con una vera immersione nella storia, la Roma dei Galli sembra ancora vivere e pulsare nella sabbia delle arene o sulle scene dei teatri. Luoghi così ti offrono anche incontri e accoglienza che ti conquistano. È così che abbiamo fatto della casa di Isabel, Calypso e Jonathan la nostra base privilegiata per vivere questa meravigliosa avventura. Superato il cancello di Agathes, abbiamo subito capito che a quel luogo, a quelle persone, ci saremmo affezionati. Un enorme giardino verde ci ha accolti, cornice al sorriso di Isabel che, in un ottimo italiano, ci ha mostrato la stanza che per 7 giorni ci avrebbe consentito il riposo, il relax…

Ogni nostra tappa cominciava con una meravigliosa colazione fatta davanti al piccolo portico che Isabel e Jonathan hanno ricavato davanti alla cucina. Cornetti, marmellata fatta in casa, e tante altre bontà hanno fatto si che l’ora della partenza la mattina venisse ritardata per godere qualche istante in più di quella benessere. Lo stesso può dire per la serata in cui abbiamo deciso di cenare con la famiglia Lee, una serata davvero speciale, a base di ottimo pesce sapientemente cucinato da Isabel e John, un buon vino e una compagnia eccezionale.

Una parte del nostro cuore è certamente rimasta a Les Agathes, e non escludiamo di tornare indietro per riprenderla!

Crossing the border of Provence is a bit 'like entering a world apart from the rest. The nature embraces you, so experienced by men, it seems yet almost untouched. The journey continues with a full immersion in history, the Rome of the Gauls still seems to pulsate  and live in the sand of the arena or on the stages of theaters. These so wonderful places can offer you wonderful welcomes like the one we found in "Les Agathes".  The house of Isabel, Calypso and Jonathan became our base, privileged to experience this wonderful adventure. Entering the gate of Les Agathes, we quickly realized that we would have appreciated such place, such lovely people. A huge green garden greeted us, it was the frame for the smile that Isabel, in perfect Italian, she showed us the room that would have allowed days of rest, relax ...

Each of our stage began with a wonderful breakfast made ​​under the small porch that Isabel and Jonathan have made ​​in front of the kitchen. Croissants, homemade jam, and lots of other goodies have meant that the hour of departure is delayed in the morning to enjoy a little longer the welfare. The same can be said for the evening where we decided to have dinner with the Lee family, a very special evening, based on excellent fish expertly cooked by Isabel and Johnathan, a good wine and great company.

A part of our heart has certainly remained in Les Agathes, and we do not rule out going back to take it!!)
Giuseppe and Luisa - Italia

We found the Agathes chambre d'hôte on the Salon de Provence web site, we chose it because of the location and the setting, we were welcomed upon on our arrival and were always looked after during our stay.

The room was very comfortable and very clean.  For breakfast it was a pleasure to eat fresh eggs from the hens in  the garden.  The full English breakfast was a better quality than in England! 

We left after 2 nights and felt relaxed and happy about everything and we do not have any negative comments.  We spent the afternoon at the racing circuit for a driving expérience with Cascade Events. It was well organised, such a fantastic time full of adrenaline.  A must do in the area, but booking is required in advance.
Sophie, Stan and Hugo.  Cannes France. 

Was onlangs voor het werk in Marseille en zocht een overnachting in de buurt. Ik kwam terecht via een website bij "Les Agathes" en dit bleek een schot in de roos te zijn. De gastvrouw an gastheer waren ongelooflijk van nature uit symphatiek  en bijzonder gastvrij, alsof je een van hun was. We konden nog uren doorgaan met praten over een enorme waaier van onderwerpen en toonde interesse. Echt super. Ontbijt was ongelooflijk en maakte zelf een ontbijtje op bestelling.  Dus wanneer je in de buurt bent van de Provence/Marseille dan mag je dit zeker niet missen. TOP.
Andy, Belgium

Tremendous hospitality, from the minute Jonathan picked us up at Salon Station until Isabelle dropped us off at Miramas, having found out on arrival at Salon that our train out was unexpectedly cancelled due to work on the line!  They certainly know a lot about Provence and, for example, were able to give us plenty of excellent information for our day and evening out in Marseille.  They even lent us Calypso’s digital camera when ours unexpectedly ran out of charge, and posted the results on the web for us to download when we got home.  Our four breakfasts were delicious every day (10+ out of 10 for the home-made jam and yoghurt) and the BBQ dinner we shared on our first night was a great way for everyone to get to know each other.  Lovely, friendly family – perfect hosts – and a fantastic place to stay.  We’ll definitely be back.
Eric and Jeanette Pearson, Hazlemere, Bucks, England

Nous gardons de tres bon souvenirs de la nuitée chez vous. L’hospitalité que nous avons senti était chaleureuse. Le repas copieux que vous nous avez préparé a été tres délicieux. Notre fille Iris et Calypso se sont bien entendues. Bien sur, aux environs le calme que nous ne connaissons pas! Mais ce qui a été le plus important est que nous nous sommes sentis bienvenus, et que vous avez fait de vos mieux pour nous bien accueillir! Quand nous avons l’occasion, nous reviendrons certainement aux Agathes et je peux vous recommander à tout le monde! Cordialement et peut-etre à une prochaine fois. Paula, Ando et Iris (la famille hollandaise avec qui vous avez fait du cheval)

Op onze fietstocht door the Provence belanden wij in Salon de Provence. Wij hebben daar overnacht in Chambre d'hote Agathes. Een geweldige locatie, net buiten de stad, met een riante kamer. Toppunt was echter de vriendelijkheid  en gastvrijheid van onze gastvrouw en gastheer Isabelle en Jonathan. Geen moeite was hen te veel om het ons naar de zin te maken. Belangrijk pluspunt vonden wij ook dat beiden perfect Engels spreken, Kortom: van harte aanbevolen.
Alex en Jannie

Quel bonheur de pouvoir offrir, à celle que l'on attend depuis si longtemps, et après plusieurs jours d'attente, et après un long voyage, la douceur d'un dîner aux chandelles sur la terrasse même de notre chambre... Romantisme assuré à la douceur de la nuit tombante accompagnée du chant qui s'endort de ces charmantes cigales...Et puis, et puis... Surtout la toque de Jonathan, rien que pour cela, ça vaut le détour! Merci en tout cas à vous deux pour ce formidable accueil! Ce week end était donc très prometteur pour la suite...Au plaisir de nous revoir.
Amicalement, Daniel et Sylvie

Great place to stay and I was served the best breakfast in town! Jonathan and Isabelle are great hosts, and I really enjoyed discovering the history of the area while I stayed. The Castle, Museum, House of Nostradamus and the Marius Fabre soap factory are well worth visiting. Can't wait to come back and see the Calanques.
Darren, Kent. UK

I have known Jonathan and Isa for many years and they have always been the perfect hosts, making you immediately relaxed which is just what you need when on a holiday. The setting of Les Agathes couldn't be better for the relaxing break either - away from the busy lifestyles we all lead and set in lovely grounds where home produce is grown. You are even treated to the occassional fly past from the nearby flying school hosting no less than the Patrouille de France (French Red Arrows). I'll definitely be back soon.
Iain. UK

Excelente en todos sus aspectos. Moderna habitación en una bonita casa con todo lo necesario para una estancia agradable. Cómodo acceso independiente a través de un gran y bien cuidado espacio abierto y una amplia terraza. El conjunto respira quietud y tranquilidad. Bonito sitioy muy cerca de Salon. Lo mejor, el trato y la amabilidad tanto de Isabelle como de Jonathan que casi en cualquier idioma están siempre dispuestos a echar una mano en todo. Muy recomendable.  Espero volver pronto.
Jose & Maria. Barcelona

Excellent in all aspects. Modern room in a nice house with all that you may need for a pleasant stay. Comfortable, independent access through a large and well kept open space and an ample terrace. Nice place, quiet and peaceful and very close to Salon. The best though, the kindness of both Isabelle and Jonathan that in almost any language are always ready to give you a hand in everything. Fully advisable. I hope to be back soon.
Jose & Maria. Barcelona

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour en votre compagnie. Trop court à notre goût mais nous espèrons bien vous revoir prochainement dans votre charmante chambre d'hôte ! Tout était parfait ; l'accueil, le cadre, le petit déjeuner, le temps... Bref, merci pour tout ! Nous espèrons aussi avoir une photo de votre nouvelle pensionnaire ainsi que celui ou celle à venir dans la rubrique "Menagerie" :-)
Jeremy, Anna et Julie K. France

Tres bon sejour parmi vous. Vous etes tres sympatiques et tres accueillants. Nous n hesiterons pas a vous faire de la pub.  La fin du week end a ete super avec le soleil. A une autre fois peut etre.
Alain et Marie Helene Saone et Loire 71 Bourgogne  

I just wanted to say a big thank you for your hospitality over my stay at Easter. Salon is a charming place, the accomodation was exceptionally clean and comfortable, and the food was lovely. Day trip to Marseille was great, and the weather beautiful! Really hope to come and stay again in the future.Thanks once again.
Wendy. UK

'Thanks to Isa and Jonathan for the wonderful stay at Les Agathes. Lovely room and great food and an ideal location to see the best of Provence'. Wish we could have stayed longer!
Jenny UK

Thank you again so much for the super-healthy-bio-from-the-neighbour’s-garden dinner - everything was just perfect. 
Diane. Belgium

My daughter and I recently stayed at les Agathes for a 4 day break during the Easter holidays. JJ collected us from the airport, which was relaxing as we didn't need to worry about car hire or directions and taxis etc.When we arrived Isabelle prepared us some freshly laid eggs courtesy of the resident chickens which were divine.The house is spacious, clean, light and airy but most of all welcoming. The bedroom boasted everything you could wish for, clean crisp bed linen, plenty of space for your clothes, flat screen tv and a very comfy bed!Les agathes is very peaceful indeed and you can rest assured that the ingredients used for dinner will be home grown in the veggie patch or poly tunnel and sourced from  local suppliers.Les agathes is conveniently situated within walking distance of the beautiful and quaint town of salon, which holds a wonderful weekly Market.  If you are feeling more energetic why not take a trip to les Alpilles for an afternoon hack on an appaloosa horse through the beautiful olive groves...the lees will be happy to organise your horse riding trip for you. (or any other trip for that matter).Les agathes really is set in an idyllic location within easy reach of so many different activities and run by two of the most friendly, welcoming, helpful and interesting people I have met. For sure a destination worth visiting! We enjoyed our stay so much that we are returning in August for a week with other family members where we plan to visit the Calanques, the Carmargue and the gorges of Verdon. Further details of our August trip to follow!
Kate. UK

Juste quelques mots afin de vous exprimer nos remerciements et reconnaissance pour le beau séjour en votre chambre d'hôte.

Nous avons apprécié votre gentillesse, flexibilités ainsi que les copieux petits déjeunés.

Soyez assurés que nous vous recommanderons aux amis et connaissances qui viendraient en Provence.

Si un jour, vous passez à Québec, passez nous voir. Cela nous fera vraiment plaisir.

Encore mille merci pour tout.