On the advice of an American friend, we stayed 5 nights at Le Mas des Gres in the heart of Provence, 15 years ago. We had a wonderful time there and each evening we relished a superb 4 course dinner prepared by Thierry, the chef. He and his wife, Nina, own and operate this converted farmstead (where back in the day, the animals lived on the ground floor, and the family lived on the upper floors). Even though we have lived half of each year in Paris for the last 8 years, we somehow never made it back to Provence. This year, 2015, we decided we had to return. It was way past time…… Nina and Thierry still own and operate Le Mas des Gres, only now, there is a 14 year old son who was not there when we first visited. The inn is just as beautiful as before, and clearly many upgrades have occurred. Nina and her staff tend to every need of every guest. Our room was large and the bath was very large and very modern and our room was super quiet. While it was too chilly (in mid-October) to be out on the grape arbor-covered terrace for our aperitif each evening, it is more beautiful than we remember. Each evening at 8, all the guests who have opted to have dinner there (and we think they all did) gather in the beautiful, rustic, Provencal dining room and the staff begin to bring the first course, then the main course, then the cheese course, then the dessert, all accompanied by the regional wine of your choice from a very reasonably priced carte du vin. All 5 evenings we were there, every dish of every meal was different from the night before…..and all were stunningly well made and utterly delicious. Seriously, superb food. Thierry shops in the local markets every day. We were struck by how many of the guests were clearly known to Nina and Thierry, indicating a houseful of return guests. For 3 evenings, they hosted 10 older French golfers who were on a golf outing. They were such fun. We felt so welcome and we just hated to leave. I should mention that the car park is walled and gated and we felt very secure. I should also be clear that this hotel is 20+ miles from Avignon and one must have a car, which is fine, since our days were purposely spent driving around the countryside. Le Mas des Gres is ideally located for day trips to Avignon (Palace of the Popes), to Marseilles, to Aix en Provence, to Apt, to Carpentras, and to tiny ancient villages perched on mountainsides in the Luberon and Vaucluse mountains. Finally, there are only 12 rooms and reservations are essential. For certain, we will not wait another 15 years before we return to pick up our friendship with Thierry, Nina and their fine young son.