Located in the quaint medieval town of Eygalières and set against the spectacular backdrop of the Alpilles mountains, the villa is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding French countryside.
Built in 1592 but recently fully renovated, the spacious and calming interior is elegantly but comfortably furnished throughout with a striking mix of French antiques, eclectic decorative items and some fabulous original works of art and sculpture. The house is fully air conditioned and cooled.
The Bastide is supported by original stone pillars and huge cavernous vaults on the ground floor.
Your welcome to the Bastide is through the chestnut antique door into the stone vaulted entrance with its Louis XIII fireplace.
The ground floor flooring is original antique flagstones. This stone floor is wonderful in summer as
it is cooled by underfloor cold water which in winter is heated to give a glorious cosiness.
The 1st and 2nd floors have central heating from either antique cast iron radiators or reverse cycle.
Thehouse is fully air conditioned and cooled.
The kitchen is large and retains its period wooden beams, gently limed to a soft hue. Flooded with natural light, it permits a glorious panorama of the Alpilles through the stone arch into the living areas and out to the garden beyond.
A breakfast bar area is located at one end of the central stone Island.
Reached from the kitchen is the back kitchen and laundry. Double doors open out to the internal courtyard.
The inviting winter lounge/snug is accessed from the kitchen through an antique glass paned and curtained door. It also houses a Louis XIII Original fire place.
Through the stone kitchen archway is the dining area.
A glass and iron door leads onto the pretty internal courtyard with its heady scented Jasmine and tinkling fountain.
The dining area opens onto a light filled summer lounge, with another Louis XIII fireplace. The lounge leads out to the rear garden.
The large study with fire place is accessed through the summer lounge. It opens onto the back garden and internal courtyard through large arc shaped glass and steel doors. It was in years gone by, the chapel.
A billiard room with bar, adjoining the summer lounge flows outside to a terrace with table and chairs overlooking the pool and the view.
A cloakroom is housed under the stairs.
Master Bedroom Suite
Both the bedroom and the open plan huge master bathroom have awe inspiring views of the Alpilles. The cast iron bath is centred in the middle of the enormous bathroom in front of the fireplace and the window allowing one to soak in the warmth of the fire whilst gazing at the view.
Two shower roses allow for his and hers showering. The toilet is separate and is hidden behind an antique etched glass door.
The bed is an American super king.
Separate dressing room.
2nd Bedroom Suite
Open plan bedroom and bathroom. Single marble shower, separate toilet, cast iron bath.
American super king bed. Windows to front courtyard.
3rd Bedroom Suite
Separate bathroom with single marble shower.
American super king bed. French doors to internal courtyard and windows opposite opening to entrance courtyard.
Cinema Room/Games Room
Open fireplace, 65 inch flat screen TV with surround sound.
4th Bedroom Suite
King size bed, desk with view out of window to village
Bathroom with single shower and single sink
Views over village and Alpilles.
5th Bedroom Suite
American super king bed. Separate bathroom. Views over the Alpilles.
2 single beds
Bedrooms 6 and 7 share a shower room with sink and toilet. Both have views over the entrance courtyard.
1 Technogym VarioCross Trainer, 1 Technogym spin bike with built in TV,
TV, Sound system, also with air conditioning and heating. Accessed through the cinema room.
The rear garden is home to an enormous stone table with seating for 24.
Next to the table is a stone wood fired pizza oven and gas BBQ.
A sun drenched terrace above the pool is equipped with a large canvas Parasol, outdoor iron seating and a second dining table.
The garden boasts a large selection of fresh local herbs including, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, sage and oregano. It has a lovely lawn area surrounded by bushes and several olive trees. A further terrace sits under the delicate cover of a wisteria.
The villa is located in the charming village of Eygalières, in the Bouche de Rhone area, and set against the backdrop of Les Alpilles, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and green oases.
Only 8 minutes by car from the renowned St Remy de Provence with its bustling bars, restaurants, and designer shopping.
30 minutes from the Luberon villages. The world famous Calanques are accessible by boat from Marseilles/Cassis.
It is only 15 minutes from the north/south A7 Autoroute, 45 minutes from Marseille airport, 20 minutes from Avignon Airport and under 2 hours from Nice, the Cote d’Azur and St Tropez.
A maid service is included 5 days a week, 3 hours per day.
A gardien provides daily pool and garden maintenance and is contactable if problems arise.
A chef/butler can be hired at an extra cost.
All bathrooms have toiletries and hair dryer, and bath/pool towels and bed linen are also provided.
Fresh flowers are supplied on on arrival, as well as a large welcome basket of staple food plus wine.
Perched on top of a small hill, away from all noisy traffic, Eygalières is a medieval village which smiles down on acres of olive trees, almond blossoms, lavender fields and the famous Van Gogh purple irises.
The Alpilles are home to the ancient resting places of the Knights Templar, pilgrims on the Route De Compostela, the Chateau of the Maquis de Sade and more recently the headquarters of the famous French Resistance fighter, Jean Moulin.
From the once majestic chateau tower, one can stroll through the village, meandering past the centuries old Campanile that rings out the hour, the original hospital of 1672, and the old church, stopping at the Boulangerie for a croissant or tart and finally arriving at the atmospheric Café de La Place for a coffee or Pastis.
The Eygaliereois are passionate about protecting their Provencale heritage. The village is host to many festivals in the spring and summer. The Fete de la Musique in June, Paella night in July and the week long Fete de St Laurent which sees running of the bulls in the day and dancing in the street in the evening.
Fridays host the lively weekly market with its fresh local produce, flowers, clothes and gifts.
Eygalieres is an ideal base from which to explore the famous towns of Avignon with its Papal Palace, Orange and Arles with their almost intact Roman Amphitheatre and Arena, Aix en Provence with its beautiful fountains, museums, art galleries and designer lifestyle shops and Marseille with its fabulous beaches and atmospheric old port. It is 30 minutes from the Luberon villages. The world famous Calanques are accessible by boat from either Marseilles or Cassis.