We are trying to figure out what would be the best choice of where to stay for our 4 days in Provence in mid-October. Would welcome thoughts on (1) in town versus out of town and (2) which town exactly.
Our group is 9 people: my wife and I, our 3 girls (ages 13, 10, 8), my in-laws and my sister-in-law/brother-in-law. This would serve as our home base and we will have cars to travel around.
First question: In town versus out of town? We will be coming from Paris, Loire and Rivera. We have an apartment in Paris near Notre Dame (just our immediate family). In Loire, we rented a beautiful chateau in the countryside. We haven't decided accommodations for the Rivera. For Provence, I thought it might be nice to stay in town so we can walk to restaurants since in Loire and possibly Rivera we may not. That being said, I keep seeing some lovely houses outside of town. If we stay in town, we will likely split up and get 2 apartments (and thats okay). I doubt we can find something in town big enough for 9 people. Staying someplace with charm and character is important to us.
Second Q: Which town? Wife heard good things about St Remy and that was where our focus was, but haven't landed on a place(s) yet. We have looked at Arles too. We just found a beautiful house to rent in Graveson -- looks sleepy, but anyone stayed there have more color? Sister-in-law suggested Uzes.
Any thoughts or suggestions on both questions are welcome.