Unique house in a gorgeous rural setting, with modern luxury and Provençal authenticity

Sleeps: 16
Bedrooms: 8
Weekly price guide: £1611-£19330
Pool: Yes
Type: House
Property Ref: LEM2955


General Description

There could be no finer marriage than that between the Provençal countryside and this property. This beautiful property backing onto the hillside is like a world apart, a cocoon just for you, with an outstanding view of the Vallée des Baux. As soon as your car takes the turn into the rural track you glimpse the houses beyond the olive trees, outrageously lovely.

Life in this 13-hectare property, in the heart of the Alpilles, is organized around four buildings, the Bastide, the adjoining Mas, the Tower and the Grange. The renovation, beautifully done, has left each building its personality and independence. People will gather from the Grange, the Mas and the Bastide to share many a special moment on the terrace, beside the pool. The signature of this property is a certain philosophy of rural chic, country life in all the purity bestowed by style and elegance. A skillful mix of authenticity and modernity.

The Bastide, was the home of the estate's proprietors. Its position, opening onto the terraces and swimming pool, offers plenty of possibilities for places to gather for drinks, a party, or dinner around a big table with family and friends. On the ground floor, there is the living room, dining room and kitchen. Sitting comfortably on the two sofas in the big living room, bathed in light from its large windows, you'll feel as if you were in the garden, the charm of the original beams contrasts elegantly with the contemporary fireplace accentuated by a painting inspired by Picasso. The layout of the ground floor is very practical, the rooms leading to each other and all at the same level. People can move at ease between the indoors and the terraces outside, from living room to garden and from kitchen to dining area. The contemporary spirit of the interior design carries through to the kitchen, including its high-tech equipment. Its high table, an extension of the central island, makes it pleasant to linger here, while the adjoining scullery facilitates the logistic side. The laundry room and the guest cloakroom are by the stairs.

A stone staircase leads to the first floor with the three bedrooms, all are south-facing, with breath-taking views of the garden and olive fields. The view stretches as far as the Camargue, a little nearer looms the massive form of Montmajour Abbey, a gem on the Unesco World Heritage list, and the slender metal and glass outline of Frank Gerhy's Luma tower. The beds are wide, the bed linen silky smooth, and the bathrooms swathed in the emblematic scent of Eau d'Orange verte by Hermès. The master bedroom with its old parquet floor adds warmth to the minimalist atmosphere of this huge room opposite the staircase. It has its own bathroom and WC. The secondary bedroom next door, also with an authentic old parquet floor, looks down to a lavender bed, and the pretty powdery violet of its walls gives the room an infinitely soft feel. Its bathroom and WC are on the landing. The west bedroom with crimson walls enfolds the bed and echos the color of the setting sun, whose light pours in through the open doorway of the west-facing bathroom.

The Mas was originally the estate's farmhouse. It is entirely independent, with its own large and lovely courtyard and a fountain in the shade of the famous nettle tree (some three centuries old and protected heritage). The palm tree is another gem. On the ground floor, the living room and kitchen, as usual with a Provençal farmhouse, the kitchen is where you enter the house. Absolute comfort in this kitchen fitted with the very latest equipment. The adjoining laundry room and pantry make life that much easier. From the kitchen you enter the living area. Its sofas, bookshelves and 1940s bar seem just right for TV and reading. A palm tree floor lamp adds a humorous Art Deco touch. Of the three French windows, two lead to the courtyard, the third to a vast sheltered outdoor lounge. There's room in the outdoor lounge for numerous guests around the tables, in the Provençal summer tradition of long convivial evenings sheltered from the legendary mistral wind. On the First floor, three bedrooms. The master bedroom is independent, accessed by the stone staircase. An access from the terrace behind the Mas has been created, giving the bedroom a direct connection to the gardens. The huge room boasts a king-size bed, an office corner, a walk-in wardrobe and a bathroom with bath and shower. From the window you can see across the courtyard, nettle tree and tower, to the plain beyond.

Two secondary bedrooms above the living room share a huge landing reached by a spiral staircase. As if lifted up by the hand of Zeus, one can walk out onto a broad terrace facing the scrub-covered hill. Each room has a king-size bed and its own bathroom with Italian shower and WC.

The Tower, a former post-house, it was probably built in the late 15th century. For the occupants, it's an independent part of the estate with an atypical charm. Its entrance beside the driveway makes it completely independent. Its interior design with stone walls throughout gives the amusing impression of living in another age - but the omnipresent comfort is a firm reminder that we're in the 21st century. The ground floor consists of a living room and kitchen, from a terrace decked with rosemary and rose bushes, you enter the Tower's kitchen. From there, four steps down lead to the cosy and comfortable living room with its old fireplace. Life just feels good here. The upper floors have the two bedrooms. The tower's stone spiral staircase leads to two rooms, one on each upper floor. It's all there, mullioned windows with interior shutters, old wooden doors, carefully preserved floors. The top bedroom has a truly wonderful view, you feel like you rule the world! Each room has modern comfort, a king-size bed, a bathroom with Italian shower and WC.

Accommodation Facilities

The Bastide 220 m2 (6 guests):
Kitchen with Miele Refrigerator, Gaggenau steam oven/microwave oven/ convection oven,
bean-to-cup coffee machine, induction cooktop, dishwasher & bar counter and four high chairs by Starck.
Scullery with American refrigerator.
Laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
Living room open fireplace TV & sofas.
Dining room.
Guest cloakroom.
(1) Master bedroom King size bed 180 cm bed, cupboard - walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and coffee table with bathroom double wash basin large Italian shower and WC.
(2) Double bedroom King size bed 180 cm , cupboard - walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and chest of draws, bathroom with bath and double basin.
Separate WC on the landing.
(3) Double bedroom King size bed 180 cm bed, walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and coffee table with bathroom double wash basin large Italian shower.
Separate WC on the landing shared by bedroom 2 & 3.

The Mas 260 m2 (6 guests):
Kitchen / dinning room with central island, American Meile Refrigerator, steam oven, convection oven, induction cooktop, dishwasher & Knoll table and chairs.
Scullery with American refrigerator.
Laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
Living room with sofas and armchairs, open fireplace & TV.
Covered terrace with awning with dinning and seating area.
(1) Double bedroom King size bed 180 cm bed, walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and coffee table and office corner with bathroom with bath & Italian shower, double wash basin and WC.
(2) Double bedroom King size bed 180 cm bed, walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and coffee table, with bathroom with Italian shower, wash basin and WC.
(3) Double bedroom King size bed 180 cm bed, walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and coffee table, with bathroom with Italian shower, wash basin and WC.

The Tower 90 m2 (4 guests):
Kitchen / dining area with central island, Siemens refrigerator and freezer, Neff oven/ induction cooktop, dishwasher & Knoll table and chairs.
Scullery/ laundry room with Bosch washing machine and dryer & dishwasher.
Living room & dining room.
Guest cloakroom with WC.
(1) Double bedroom King size bed 180 cm bed, walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and coffee table with bathroom with Italian shower, wash basin and WC.
(2) Double bedroom King size bed 180 cm bed, walk-in wardrobe, armchairs and coffee table, with bathroom with Italian shower, wash basin and WC.

All bedrooms and bathrooms have:
High quality king-size bed and four pillows.
All windows fitted with screens.
White bed linen and bath linen.
Flat screen TV with international channels, Wi-Fi.
Range of Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte toiletries.
Heated towel rack.
Bathrobes.
Hairdryer.
Scales.

Grounds:
13-hectare property.
Grounds lit with special light effects.
Northward view of the Alpilles.
Southward view of the Vallée des Baux.

The Bastide:
Heated pool 15x4m.
Safety cover for the pool.
Sun loungers & parasols.
Lounge suite.
2 shaded outdoor dining suites.
Barbecue.
Fountain.
Provençal ornamental garden.
Outdoor shower and WC.
Automatic gate.
Private car ark.

The Mas:
Inner courtyard, south side:
Outdoor dining suite.
Barbecue.
Outdoor lounge.
Well.
300-year-old nettle tree.
Provençal ornamental garden.
Covered terrace, north side:
Direct access from bedrooms.
View of the Alpilles.
Lounge suite & chaises longues.

The Tower:
Kitchen terrace:
Dining suite & parasol.
Barbecue.
Provençal ornamental garden.
Lounge terrace:
Lounge suite & parasol.
Well (beware for children).

The olive farm:
2800 young olive trees.
60 truffle oaks.
Canal des Baux (beware for children).

The Grange (Caretaker house:
Kitchen garden.
Chicken run.
Terraces.
Green space.
Provençal ornamental garden.

Additional Notes:
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Fully fenced property.
Outside areas under video surveillance.
Private parking areas.
Wi-Fi.
Upkeep of the property by the onsite caretakers.
Daily housekeeping,
Household linen.
Bathroom and swimming pool linen.
Maintenance of pool, garden and outdoor amenities.
Meet and greet.

Please Note:
The Grange is the Caretaker;s House It;s entirely separate from the rest. The entrance is at the back, out of sight. The caretakers, a couple, look after the upkeep of the property and the olive farm. They are discreet but agreeably present, ensuring the tenants' comfort and security.
Security deposit: A copy of the certificate of civil responsibility from the client's insurance company must be submitted 30 days before arrival. Security deposit 6000 €.

Larger events (more than 18 people): the price to consider is the use of the complete property (Bastide- Tower - Mas). Otherwise the property can be rented separately: Bastide 3 bedrooms rooms (6 guests) or Bastide & Mas with 6 rooms (12 guest) or the whole property Bastide - the Mas and the Tower (8 bedrooms for 16 guests). Also, for minimum 3 nights or 7 nights at certain times of the year please enquire for more information. Price shown is for 8 bedrooms (16 guests) for 7 nights - please enquire for other options

Local Area / Activities

This region has plenty to offer. Apart from the charming picturesque village of Fontvielle, under 5 kilometres away, with its shops and cafes and restaurants, you can venture a little further in the lively village of St Rémy or just 17 kilometres, is a charming classical little town, capital of the Alpilles with all the amenities, boulangeries, little boutiques, quaint pavement cafes and excellent restaurants. Following its winding cobbled lanes you will discover the small squares, historic buildings, churches and museums and on Wednesday the colorfull weekly market will offer the opportunity to discover local products and handicrafts which is a must to see.

A little further north of St Rémy is the magnificent walled city of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts the gothic 'Palace of the Popes', a wonder not to be missed. Awe-inspiring Roman buildings and ruins are scattered everywhere in this Ancient Roman Province, the impressive triple-tiered aqueduct of the Pont du Gard and the massive arena in Arles are certainly worth a visit. Further southwest, under an hour's drive, is the Camargue National Park, a fascinating wetland known for its pink flamingos, fighting bulls and wild horses. Finally the Mediterranean sea, the sandy beaches at Ste-Maries-de-la-Mer are about an hour by car.

Fontvieille: 4.5 km
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: 17 km
Avignon: 29 km
Arles: 14 km
L'Isle sur Sorgue: 49 km
Pont du Gard: 33 km
Nîmes: 39 km
Marseille: 89 Km
Aix en Provence: 745km
Nice: 250 km
Airport: 63 km to Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
Airport Avignon: 31 km
Airport Nimes: 38 km

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £1611
High Season: £19330

Security deposit: €6,000 to be paid to the owner 30 days before arrival and refunded 15 days after departure, subject to full damage inspection

Key Features

  • Swimming pool
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • English satellite TV
  • Internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Fire / Stove
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Golf nearby
  • Watersports nearby

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