This is one of the most exquisite private estates in Provence. At the heart of the Rhone valley, within easy reach of Avignon, St Remy, Aix-en-Provence and the famous Carmargue region, this is a truly glorious property. From Paris to Avignon, it is only 2.5 hours by the non-stop TGV super express train, and 50 minutes by air. Located between Carpentras and Orange near Avignon this is a wonderful place to stay.
The Chateau comprises the château with 9 double/twin bedrooms and the adjacent farm with 7 double/twin bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The wonderful, fully enclosed landscape embraces 17 acres of mature parkland, elegant formal gardens, orchards, streams and an exciting range of sporting facilities. At the heart of all this and at the end of a long avenue of ancient plane trees lies the Château itself.
The Château is refined and sophisticated and the sense of history is enhanced by a unique collection of antiques. However, with air-conditioning throughout, an internet connection in each room and mobile phone with voicemail this property is not without 21st century touches. The adjacent 18th century farm building, conference room/salon provençal, business centre, extensive sports facilities and an astonishing pool makes this a property for all seasons.
The present owners spent six years in restoring the Château to its original XVIII century state by using either XVIII century building materials, flooring and wood panelling or, where XVIII century materials were unavailable, perfect reproductions. The latest technology in telecommunications, plumbing, wiring and central heating/cooling were installed at the same time. The Estate's parks, communicating streams, moat and gardens were all restored and replanted with breathtaking results.
Prices start from €36,000 per week for the chateau depending on the season. Daily rates start from €6000. Please enquire for a quote tailored to your group.
Interior and grounds
Chateau - With all 850 square metres of the Château having been restored to their former 18th Century glory the owners then furnished it with beautiful European and Oriental antique furniture and art. However, the Château's cooking, heating, cooling, telecommunication, electrical and plumbing systems are definitely 21st century!
With three large reception rooms, a library, a large 18 person dining room and a large informal dining kitchen the chateau is certainly spacious. The Château's rustic internal courtyard is perfect for al fresco meals and the scents and sounds of the fountains, aviaries and jasmine covered walls set a wonderful scene. The Château has a fully equipped home-cinema which includes a 42" plasma screen, surround sound, DVD, Satellite TV and music system.
There are 3 large master bedroom suites (one king and two queen sized beds) – one suite on the ground floor and two on the first floor – all en-suite with a separate shower. Six further bedrooms (one king, two queen and two double sized beds and one with twin beds) are on the second floor. Each has its own en-suite bathroom (with showers over the bath) tiled with lovely Provençal tiles.
Farmhouse - The Farm building has been fully modernised to provide guest bedrooms and facilities, the Conference and Business Centre and sports facilities. The Maison Rose is one bedroom with a king sized bed; and either a suite with one twin-bedded room and a salon with convertible sofa, or two twin-bedded rooms. The Maison Jaune contains one king, one queen and one twin-bedded room. The courtyard level bedroom has one king sized room. As with the Chateau all bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with baths and separate shower stalls.
The guest bedrooms all overlook the beautiful internal courtyard which is very pretty and contains cloisters, various seating areas, lawn, lemon trees, jasmine clad walls and a fountain. A ground floor dining room can also be used as a card/games room, and is just off the courtyard. There is also a professional kitchen.
There is also a 20 person conference room fully equipped with multimedia facilities and its own reception room; the salon provençal; a fully equipped business centre and the estate office.
The more sporty guests can use the gym, play squash, tennis or water polo at any time of day or night. And the tennis and basketball courts are also floodlit! The less sporting can take an enjoyable walk in the extensive grounds or settle for a genteel game of croquet, badminton or volleyball on the especially dedicated lawns.
And of course the marvellous "mirror" swimming pool (25mx10mx4.5m), with its Olympic 1m spring board, water-polo facilities and its adjoining children's pool (3mx3mx0.6m), is a wonderful place to lounge. This area also provides an outdoor shower and a spacious, open dining Pavillion and attached sitting room and kitchen/barbecue). There are separate changing rooms, with shower and WC facility next to the pool area, so you need never leave!
Location and local information
The nearest airport to the chateau is Nimes 60km away and Sarrians, the local village is within walking distance.
You will not go hungry in this region of France with its specialties of truffles, calisson, melons and wide variety of wine. Chefs make pilgrimages from near and far to select the cream of the crop from Provence. Guests can enjoy the riches of the region by visiting the picturesque markets of the nearby towns and villages. Local farmers bring their baskets of seasonal produce to sell directly from the traditional wooden trestle tables, placed under a canopy of plane trees.
We can make up a wonderful treat where our Chef and Sommelier will ensure a memorable stay at the chateau should any guests wish for something extra special.
If you feel the need to leave the glorious grounds of the château there are activities aplenty beyond the gates. The Fontaine de Vaucluse provides perfect trout fishing. Of course, you can canoe down the river and take in the peaceful scenery. Our Chef can prepare a picnic for you to enjoy amongst the vineyards and orchards on the river banks. For the more active: horse riding, hiking, cycling and skiing can be arranged. There are also several nearby golf courses.
Music lovers will already know of the world-class operas and concerts that take place in the region. In Vaison la Romaine and Orange concerts are held in the historic Roman theatres. The Summer Arts Festival in the old papal city of Avignon is famous for its films, theatre and street performers. And let’s not forget bullfighting. The stunning setting of two of the most intact Roman arenas in France - Nimes and Arles – is perfect for watching the toreadors and the bulls act out their ancient ritual.
The area is steeped in history. There are ruins, ancient villages, monuments, museums, medieval villages and towns and unchanged countryside to see and explore. The influence of Greek and Roman involvement over the last 2500 years is obvious everywhere. The scenes below show just a taste of what can be found in the areas around the chateau.
Catering and services
For most of our Tenants, not only will our Estate provide some wholly new experiences, but the region around it will do so as well. Therefore, in order to maximise our Tenants enjoyment of the unique experiences awaiting them during their stay at the chateau:
The Estate’s Chef (who does not speak English, so our P.A./Staff can interpret if necessary), will be able to arrange a wide variety of menus to suit the Tenant’s requirements. His menus can range from a sophisticated “Degustation” menu highlighting the best of French cuisine, to a menu of Provençal specialties, to a simple “home cooking” menu, when everyone needs a break from their previous excesses! Don’t forget that the Estate’s Gym and other sports’ facilities can help our guests get rid of their newly acquired, extra kilos!
Obviously, no meal in France is complete without Wine. In this regards, the Estate has its own cellar and Tenants may chose, from its Wine List, a wide selection of some of the best wines available in our region. Alternatively, should the Tenant wish to enjoy some of the best premium wines that France has to offer, our associated “Sommelier”, David Thomas of Avignon, can, with advance notice, endeavour to acquire such wines.
Finally, as our region is full of wonderful vineyards, which offer both wine tasting and direct purchases from their cellars, going on a wine-tasting expedition is great fun and, for many, a must. In this connection, the Estate has provided a small, separate wine cellar, in which the Tenant can store the wines they acquire during their stay. And, should they find a regional wine, or wines, that they particularly like and which wines they would like to take home, David Thomas can assist with the shipment of such wines.