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This former farmhouse has been transformed into a warm and upscale home, designed by a famous Scandinavian designer who successfully combined the charm of the old with the most modern of amenities.
A spacious living space and kitchen on the ground floor of the main house allow families to stretch out, cook long meals together, or host one of our in-home chefs. There are three bedrooms also found in this main house, with the third and fourth bedrooms situated in private stand-along cottages just up the small hill (about 15m). This separation between bedrooms allows for great privacy between guests where needed, and little alcoves of relaxation for every individual.
Note, there is a small shallow water canal just behind the main house, with a charming stone bridge to cross when walking to the cottage and Maison d'amis bedrooms, as well as the large pool area.
In all, this property exudes the charm of Provence - boasting a beautifully manicured garden with spectacular varieties of flowers and trees. The large pool is perfectly positioned overlooking the main farmhouse, and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the valley and Alpilles hills. The adjoining pool house is complete with a kitchenette, inviting guests to dine and lounge outdoors.
There is perfect privacy here for guests wishing to find rest and peace at certain times, while also being able to share meals at the main house and fun together at the pool.
5 bedroom/ 5 bathrooms sleeps 11
Ground Floor (RDC) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout
Second Story (1er étage) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout
Garden cottage (25 sqm):
Petite maison d'amis (25 sqm):
Dimensions/ Depth: 13m x 6m
Security (Fence, Alarm): Alarm no fence
Salt water System: No
Note: The vast pool area overlooks the property and the beautiful gardens; it has fantastic views on the Alpilles mountains and the valley.
A shallow narrow canal (50 cm deep) flows through the property.
End of stay cleaning as well as 4 maid hours twice per week are included in the rental fees. More maid hours possible if requested. Linens changed weekly unless agreed otherwise. Maids not responsible for washing guest dishes/ pots/ pans or personal laundry.
5 out of 5
The location and house were absolutely wonderful. Many places to see and experience are within a 90-minute drive from the house. The service in the lead up to the trip all the way through to Raphael - locally onsite to great us - despite it being 10pm at night was very much appreciated The fact that he also had some basic food there and milk was enormously thoughtful and helpful.
Areas for improvement:
In terms of the house - just a few minor points.
The house overall was lovely - clean, well appointed, plenty of modern amenities, air conditioning was very good (and needed a few times). The water and ice in both refrigerators is uncommon in europe so a really nice touch.
We love to cook and did so quite a bit. I would recommend a few more service items (some big platters and flat serving dishes and service to go with them (service spoons and forks). We were told we could not use toilet paper in two of the downstairs bathrooms, which made it a bit awkward for the guest in the ground floor room (near the kitchen). If there is a way to address that. While the pool sensors are legally required, i believe, we experienced 3 days of Mistral wind which set them off several times during the day and once at night so we disabled them. While I did not see it, you may consider putting a small bridge on the “garage” side of the Mas to cross the stream rather than having to walk all the way around - especially if you are brining lunch up to the pool.
Would you recommend Mas de Castillon, Only Provence, Chefs or Tours? Why or why not?
I absolutely would recommend all aspects and already have.
What star rating would you give Mas de Castillon? 5
What star rating would you give Only Provence? 5
What star rating would you give Chefs/ Tours you experienced?
3 for the Chef; 4 for the wine tour
Chef Yvan was good - food was excellent, he was fine but I got the sense he wanted to get in and out as soon as possible. Nothing major and we had a good night but that was my sense.
Eric on the wine tour was excellent - warm, friendly, excellent English. In terms of the wineries (i picked 2 of the three), Beaucastel was fantastic, meeting his friend Bea at Grand Tinel was wonderful. I was let down by La Janasse. Great wines but the tasting was not done well (junior person who knew very little - like a trainee). It was basically like walking into their front store - nothing special. Also, one could not buy anything before 2014. So more feedback for that winery. But again, Eric was fantastic.
Very strong customer service. All members of OnlyProvence were extremely responsive and flexible. I would happily work with OnlyProvence again.
|Closest Village||Fontvieille||5 KM||3.1 mi||Map||Village Info|
|Nearby Village||Paradou||5 KM||3.1 mi||Map||Village Info|
|Nearby Village||Les Baux de Provence||10 KM||6.2 mi||Map||Village Info|
|Nearby Village||Saint Rémy de Provence||15 KM||9.3 mi||Map||Village Info|
7 km north east of Arles and 8 km south of the Baux de Provence via the D17is the Fontvieille - Daudet's windmill
Fontvieille is situated in the heart of the "Provence des Alpilles", not far from the historic arena at Arles, the citadel of the Baux de Provence, the museums of Saint-Rémy and the Avignon Festival which is less than 30km away !
Fontvieille - Church: After having left Arles, you will follow a pretty road (the D17 in the direction of Les Baux and Maussane) which crosses the superb countryside of the Alpilles with its vast fields of olive trees, shrubs and lush green fields, with the majestic Montmajour abbey in the distance.
Fontvieille - Town hall: Arriving in Fontvieille, you will discover a picturesque village with its ancient houses built from stone extracted from the famous quarries founded in the 15th century. The arenas at Arles and Nîmes, the 14th century chateau at Tarascon and most recently the Palais Longchamps and the Bourse at Marseille have all been built from the same stone.
Fontvieille - Mautauban castle: Fontvieille is the village where Alphonse Daudet wrote his famous "Lettres de Mon Moulin". To visit the "Moulin de Daudet" and its small museum, climb the small hill until you reach the summit where the wind-mill overlooks the valley. From the hill (easy to climb), you will have a superb view of the Alpilles and the "Château de Montauban" where Daudet lived from time-to-time.
Fontvieille - Church: It was here, surrounded by this "scenery of stone" (or "caillasse" as they say here), on this hill-top covered in olives, pine-trees and oaks that Daudet found the inspiration for his stories.
He dreamt up his characters while listening to the stories from the shepherds and inhabitants of the Montauban chateau.
A variety of walking-tracks ranging from 2 to 9 km are available so visitors can appreciate the beauty of the natural environment, and it is even possible to walk in the foot-steps of la chèvre de M. Seguin!
The easiest way to get to Inland Provence from the US is to fly to Marseilles International Airport (MRS). If you would like to see Paris, fly to Charles de Gaulle Airport then connect directly to the TGV(high speed train) from CDG TGV2 to Avignon TGV(3 hours direct) and rent a car. You would plan to see Paris on the way back, taking the TGV from Avignon TGV to Gare de Lyon, getting a cab to your hotel in the city.
Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet. Alpilles landscapes.
Route des vins, olive oil.
Historic cities of Arles, Avignon, St Rémy de Provence less than 20 minutes' drive.
Morning Outdoor Markets
Sunday: L'Isle sur la Sorgue
Wednesday: St-Remy, Mouriès
Thursday: Maussane les Alpilles
Within Walking distance
There are hiking trails and cycling road starting from the property.
Grocery shops in Fontvieille, larger stores in Arles.