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19thC Country House,Large Pool,wonderful gardens and walking distance to village

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Country House in Paradou near St Remy de Provence - Peaceful Rural Location Near Chic Market Town St Remy, Charming Maussane And 40mins To Cool Beaches

At the end of a small dirt road there are 2 stone pillars supporting grey metal gates with a secure ctv entrance system . As the gates swing open you get the first glimpse of Mas des Anges. Partially covered in Virginia creeper, grey wooden shutters, plantain trees to the fore , a wisteria covered pergola and a large gravel drive leading to the house., this is our home. 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in an exceptionally stylish country house with very beautiful large gardens, not at all overlooked - it is stunning. The views are unparalleled.- the hills, olive trees and wild shrubs -completely quiet and tranquil. The old stone house ( dated 1820 ) is extremely comfortable and well appointed.It was completely renovated in 2003 to a very high standard with solid polished plaster floors set with oak strips, solid oak doors and huge french doors opening out to the various terraces and gardens.It has been maintained and decorated to a very high standard with big linen sofas a large wooden biblioteque with huge selection of books,dvds and cds. There is a large stone fireplace and coffee table with books and candles. The Wifi throughout the house is good . There is a large plasma screen television which receives both English and French channels,and we have apple tv for additional films. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with a large electric oven ,gas hob with 6 burners, microwave , magi mix good quality pans, lots of utensils and very nice quality crockery and cutlery. The kitchen is open plan to the inside dining room with an oak table and chairs for 8 people though in the summer the door from the kitchen is to the west facing terrace near the pool where there is a large marble table under a shady pergola which has seating for 10. The pool is 6m x 15m with stone steps at the shallow end surrounded by stone terraces with pots of tumbling flowers . There is a pool house with pizza oven and tools including a pizza paddle, a large gas barbecue lounge beds etc. Next to this is an additional room for changing with 2 loos and assorted toys , blow up lilos etc for the pool . The garden is 2 acres of mature trees, shrubs and fragrant flowers. There is a large lawn borded by cypress trees, hedges and secure by electric gates. so the garden is completely enclosed making it safe for children but the views are not hindered so the wonderful hills and fields can be seen. Clients all comment how a house with such amazing chic typically French interior design can be so very comfortable and relaxing.Its a super house for children as very safe and spacious.but equally good for a group of adults as it is luxurious without being overly precious and the communal spaces work very well providing lots of space for entertaining .All bedrooms are enormous, so noone gets a small poky room.The master bedroom has a cot if required with circus mosquito net changing station for baby and bouncy chair. Every bedroom has either a bathroom with bathtub or shower room with large rain shower heads each has a loo and basins Toiletries and loo paper are provided to start you off and every room has a hairdryer. All rooms have large wardrobes, mirrors, chests of drawers and room fans. Please note the house does not have air-conditioning as it has very thick stone walls and shutters on the windows. Old French houses were very well designed to keep the fierce sun out in July and August and the mistral out in the winter ! This is a wonderful house Ideal for a large family or two families sharing with children as lots of room to be private or together . There is lots of outside seating with comfortable cushions, 8 sunbeds, parasols, small additional tables and really superb views over the Alpilles regarded as an area of outstanding natural beauty.The garden is beautifully planted with olive grove, fruit trees, fragrant white roses, a field of lavender and mature shrubs. Very peaceful location but easily accessible either walking or car to great restaurants, bustling markets and chic shops . Excellent golf course in Maussane. Horse riding in Paradou , fishing in nearby lake at St Remy.Popular with cyclists walkers and lovers of good food and wine. Vineyards for tasting visits many restaurants and bistros. Many festivals throughout the summer and wonderful food and bric a brac markets weekly in the village. This is the Provence that people dream about- quintessential , charming chic and authentic- a world away from glitz and excess ! The house epitomises this ethos and is loved by all that fall under its spell


Owner
alison
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

About alison

I am a dentist and have a well respected practice in north Northumberland.I now live between Paris and the south of France. I have three adult children, who love the house and area as much as I do! Mas des Anges is very much a family home and we have had many parties and family gatherings here over the years. My daughter was married here 5 years ago and my other daughter was married here - with a marquee in the garden in August 2015 so it holds many special memories.The house is very lovely with views across the surrounding garrigue with amazing tranquillity and light. We are a family very interested in art, film and music. The library has an interesting collection of contemporary art books and an eclectic mix of DVDs in French and English. We are also foodies so lots of recipe books! my daughter now has a small baby so the house is well equipped with baby stuff !

alison purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why alison chose Alpilles

We are true Francophiles and had holidayed for many years in this area and other parts of the south of France. This area kept drawing us back. It is magical! there are many beautiful places to visit for a true flavour of Provence. The local markets bustling with colour and vibrancy, amazing little restaurants including the famous bistro de Paradou, and the highly acclaimed Chez Franke and Flo in Maussane reviewed and held in high esteem by food critic A.A.Gill Maussane des Alpilles and Les Baux are 5mins drive and are classed amongst the most beautiful villages in France. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and deservedly has a reputation of attracting artists and writers. There are many festivals throughout the summer celebrating local culture. Luckily the area is still unspoilt! We found the house nestling in the hills of the Alpilles completely tranquil and bathed in sunlight. It charmed us immediately ! The views are uninterrupted countryside with sheep and olive trees- quintessential rural Provence. yet everything you need - restaurants , food markets, charming village square and gorgeous little shops are all within a 5 minute drive. The garden is all enclosed and a complete delight. the house has thick old stone walls so is cool in the summer without the need for unhealthy air conditioning and has roaring big fireplace in the cooler winter months. Life is easy here. The kitchen is well stocked with appliances, pans etc for proper cooking and there is a large gas barbecue for those hot days when everyone wants to eat outside. All the rooms are spacious- theres not one cramped, tiny bedroom and all bathrooms have modern plumbing ! we stayed in many houses previously where there was always a compromise but this house suits everyone! we arrive with kids, friends and oldies and all relax immediately. Its an all season house.Theres plenty of space to be together or retreat so life is easy here.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Peace tranquillity and beauty. We have 5 recreational bicycles,( more professional bikes can be rented in St Remy ) table tennis and boules. The large pool has a separate pool house with barbecue and wood burning pizza oven.It has its own loo/changing facilities and lounging beds Moroccan style for relaxing watching the sun set over the mountains.The garden is truly gorgeous with wonderful roses,lavender olive and fruit trees.

ideally placed for Paradou,Maussane and St Remy the house competes with the attractions of the area as it becomes very difficult to leave. Everyone who comes falls under its spell. Its so magical and so very comfortable. Children play safely and have so much space. Adults hide away with books on shady terraces. Meals become a blissful way to while away the hours under the pergola overlooking the pool and gardens . Heaven !

Guestbook comments from the owner

Last years visitors waxed lyrical-so much so we have already repeat bookings. A group of American doctors came in October and agreed to give a testimonial if so requested as did the cycling group in June and a group of journalists in July. contact me if you want to be put in touch. Everyone agreed it is a perfect house for groups of friends but also a wonderful family house for children and adults alike.People fall in love with this area as it is true Provence- very different and much more chic than the cote d'azur :)) The house is perfectly situated to be as quite and peaceful as you like but also near enough to all the best restaurants, village squares with bars and shops and cultural pursuits. We travelled all around the south of France renting many houses before we found our idea of heaven- we hope you feel the same !
Jan 2011
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Paradou in Bouches-du-Rhone

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bed 1 has bath/shower moroccan tadlekt en suite and separate wc. Bed 2 has bath/shower en suite very modern and separate wc. Bed 3 has bath/shower en suite separate wc. Bed 4 shower,basin+loo Bed 5 new beautiful walk in shower/wet room,basin+ sep loo
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1.double bedroom . bathroom/ separate loo.Huge wardrobe 2-superkingsize bed, large bathroom/sep loo. 3 superking+ bathroom/sep loo 4.twin bedroom- can be made up as superking+large shower room +loo 5 superking+walk in power shower room with sep loo
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Furnished to very high standard and interiorly designed professionally. The floors are exceptionally stylish polished plaster with oak strips or reclaimed antique tiles with sea grass carpet upstairs. The house is an eclectic mix of old and modern with emphasis on comfort and style. Mostly furnished by Blanc d'Ivoire and Flammant. All beds are extremely comfortable and can be made with goose down duvets in cooler months and high thread count 100% cotton bedlinen throughout. All towels are generous and 100% cotton. All bedrooms come equipped with hairdryers adequate mirrors,chests of drawers and wardrobe space. The windows all have shutters and glass so the house remains blissfully cool in the summer and insulated in winter.The house is alarmed and has electric gates so is extremely safe and secure.All kitchen crockery and glassware is matching and of a very high standard. Plastic glasses are available for around the pool. An excellent team led by Neassa to ensure everything works ! Outside: Two acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with spectacular views to the National Park . Separate terraces by the swimming pool surrounded by flowers and shrubs, and by the living room all extremely private and tranquil. Access by private driveway and electronic gates. Large size 6x13 meter private swimming pool with pool alarm and separate pool house with two toilets, wash basin and changing facilities.The pool house has a wood burning pizza oven,lanterns large beds and sound system. There is a marble sink and the room resembles a maroccan riad. External lighting to the garden allows romantic night entertaining and the pool is lit underwater for nightime swimming. The terrace by the pool has a large built in barbeque and there is a large marble table and chairs for 10 people under the loggia overlooking the pool. Another covered terrace outside the drawing room has comfortable armchairs, a beautiful day bed and coffee table overlooking the roses and uninterrupted views of fields. Utility Room: Washing machine and separate tumble drier.Ironing board and iron. Large sink and lots of shelves and cupboard space .Large additional fridge /freezer. Storage for bicycles, sunbeds, table tennis, football,boules,tennis rackets,barbeque tools and parasols Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels + bed linen 100% quality cotton are included, separate pool and beach towels.We can arrange maid daily/ weekly as you require. The gardener Florian comes weekly.Pool cleaned by robot+ weekly serviced by Pierre. Other: Beautiful landscaped gardens with olive trees white roses and lavender large pool surrounded by terraces and flowers. The Pool House has barbecue and wood burning pizza oven with chill out area separate music system, lounge beds decorated moroccan style

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

5

Wonderful familh holiday

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a weeks holiday in this wonderful property. Tim and I and our 3 children age ranges 19 to 25 with Sophie's boyfreind and Jamie's girlfiriend. One of the best family holidays we have had. Was rather nervous about renting a house as have to admit Tim and I are a fussy couple. But we needn't have been. It was like staying in someone's luxurious home that had just been featured in House and Garden ! Everthing you could possibly want for a perfect holiday. Oh and the beds ! I am going to ask Alison where she bought them from. The most comfortable sleep ever ! Tons to do in the area. I already knew that I loved this area of Provence and for a reason. The countryside is beautiful and so many villages and towns to visit on the doorstep. Alison left an extremely comprehensive manuel with everything you could need listed- times of markets/ restaurants/ all contact numbers etc etc. Alison's housekeeper Neassa is the loveliest most helpful person. Nothing was too much trouble with Alison herself checking we were all fine. Have only been back 24 hours and we have booked for next year !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much ! next year booked already speaks volumes
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5

Tasteful, homely villa in great location

  • 5 of 5

We shared the house with another family for two weeks and had the best time! Great location with lots of easy to get to towns nearby and one of the best restaurants in the whole region in the same village! The Bistro du Paradou. The house is family friendly and pool right by the kitchen and outdoor eating area making it easy to watch kids. All the rooms are beautifully done and gardens very pretty too. Not overlooked in any way either. Can't think of any complaints and hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Perfectky lovely to read this about the house as that's exactly what we love about the house and location It really makes for a perfectly relaxing holiday with enough going on not to be bored. Welcome back any time !
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Wonderful family holiday

  • 4 of 5

My family (party of 8 adults, 1 toddler and 1 baby) had a fantastic week stay here in June. The house and it's grounds are simply stunning, the photo's are great but truly can't do it justice, it's that beautiful! Also, the house seemed much bigger than i expected. The house was equipped with everything we needed - with the exception of English commentary during the Euros ;) I think we could have watched it if we had brought our Sky viewing card but hadn't realised this beforehand. There were an extreme amount of flies during the beginning of our stay i believe due to some unsettled weather before we arrived which of course could not be helped, but were difficult to keep on top of! They seemed to ease off as the week went on and the weather remained hot. Paradou is lovely, we used the house bikes to explore locally which was great. We used the pizza oven a couple of times which was fun. The pool was lovely and refreshing for us adults but i wish i had brought my baby's wetsuit costume as he (8 months old) found the pool too cold. Our toddler also found it a bit nippy but managed to brave it for longer. I'm sure if they had their wetsuits they would have been fine. The alarm on the pool gave piece of mind with the children. We would love to return one day and will be recommending this to all our friends in the future. Alison was fantastic, always friendly and warm and answered all our queries, her housekeeper was brilliant and very accommodating too.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its always good to hear that guests have been delighted with the place and time and time again we hear that the photos don't do it justice ! The place is just wonderful and perfect for families. It is rural so sadly at certain times - and it does seem to be when a storm is due, there can be flies due to the farm next door but they settle as the temperature rises. Equally the pool is not heated but by July it is wonderfully warm as it is in full sun all day. Adults find it refreshing but maybe little ones could be cold in the deeper end. The television is indeed mainly French though news channels can be accessed in English. We have a sky box so if guests bring their own sky card they can access all channels on sky satellite.( Im a bit of a technophobe so Im assured by my son this works !) I would welcome this family back any time as they really looked after the house as if it was their own and everything was left immaculate. So happy they had a lovely holiday !
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5

Stunning destination

  • 5 of 5

We were here for a family wedding and have stayed prior to this on a few occasions. The house remains a beautiful peaceful haven to relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside and beautiful villages, Mausanne a firm favorite with a plentiful selection of eateries and a very welcoming square.

We look forward to returning in the near future to this beautiful accommodation, well worth a visit.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: this is a review from clients who have become friends as this is the third time that they have booked our house and there is no greater praise than that of someone who wants to return ! Im sure they will be back as they love both the house and the area and we are more than happy to welcome them !!!
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5

Really beautiful house in gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

we were completely satisfied in every way. The house and garden are immaculate. The kitchen very well stocked for serious cooking- every gadget, basic kitchen stock of oils and condiments, good knives and smart crockery and serving dishes. We took advantage of the lower rates at this time of year and were very happy as the weather was extremely pleasant and all the restaurants and shops in Maussane and Paradou open. We actually didn't go very far as we were very content at the house and going out to the villages for shopping and eating. The beds are sublimely comfortable and big !. Im hoping to come back next year as this is probably the best house we have ever rented. The owner couldn't have been more helpful and communicative which is always a comforting sign. Really top holiday !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thankyou so much. We try very hard to be helpful and also to make sure that the property is well maintained and runs well. Its always a pleasure to hear that someone has had such a lovely holiday.
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5

An oasis in an area of natural beauty

  • 5 of 5

After a long delayed journey from london we arrive in an idyllic little valley to mas des anges. Surrounded by lavender and rustic fields, it couldnt be more fitting to be named house of angels. Blissfully quiet apart from the soothing sound of crickets in the trees, it is exactly what i needed after the hustle and bustle of living in central london. The house and garden are spacious and beautifully decorated in the true provencal style you only ever see in magazines. Being an old stone farmhouse, the bedrooms were suprisingly cool even though the temperatures outside were reaching the 40s some days. Great kitchen and dining area that opens up onto another outdoor dining area with a fantastic bbq grill. Our only complaint was that we had to leave! This house is fantastically homely and the owner couldn't have been anymore helpful and charming with any requests we had.

cant wait to return asap

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,790
for 7 nights
£3,790
 
 
high season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£5,895
for 7 nights
£5,895
 
 
mid season 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,790
for 7 nights
£3,790
 
 
SPRING 2018
3 Mar 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,790
for 7 nights
£3,790
 
 
SUMMER2018
30 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£5,895
for 7 nights
£5,895
 
 
LATE SUMMER2018
3 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,790
for 7 nights
£3,790
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£3,369
for 7 nights
£3,369
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £2,526.57

Booking Notes:
Upon firm confirmation with owner a standard contract will be entered with full payment in advance and £3000 refundable deposit. Details to make a bank transfer will be provided on confirmation of booking. We also require security with a scanned copy of your passport and scanned proof of address to verify who you are. Occupancy must not exceed 10 people. please include phone number on your enquiry as sometimes reply emails have gone to spam and unless I can phone you the booking may be lost !

Changeover Day:
Flexible but prefer Saturday to Saturday vacating at 10am and coming in at 16.00 to allow the cleaners to have everything immaculate for you. We have Neassa who is Irish but lives in Maussane with her English husband Mark to meet and greet you and show you how everything works. She will contact you before you are scheduled to arrive to see what is your estimated time of arrival and if you have any special needs. She will be at the property on your arrival to give you keys and welcome you

Notes on prices:
Payment by bank transfers in euros. I will supply IBAN details on confimation of booking. This house gets booked for most of the season very quickly. Please include your telephone number on enquiries as sometimes emails have gone to spam and the booking has been lost. Also its good to talk to eliminate the possibility of bogus bookings. My mobile is +33673239612 or+33144615310. I can give you a lot more information and help you tailor make your holiday to how you want. Babysitting paid locally. A weekly cleaning is included in the price. However if you require additional cleaning such as a couple of hours every morning then please let me know in advance. I can organise this and the additional cleaning is charged locally.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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