staying in Provence..... a 17th century bastide for rent - MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME

provencal bastide

 While in Provence this summer, we visited friends in their beautiful 17th bastide, and when I discovered that they occasionally let their house, in the month of August,  I thought you would like to know about it.

a place to stay in Provence - my french country home

This beautiful property is just 10 minutes from Aix en Provence, and yet firmly in the countryside.

17th century door provence bastide

The garden is generous and surrounded by vineyards, the view from the house and from the pool is over endless grape country and across towards Aix and the blue mountains beyond.

view over pool and vineyards

view over provence

Being so close to Aix makes it easy to pop into the market, or to eat out in the evening, but frankly if I were here, I think I’d just stay put!

market aix en provence

The interior of the house is very French, very elegant but without bling.   It is comfortable without being luxurious.  The rooms are huge, with high ceilings and stone, or antique terracotta floors.

interior provencal home

It is furnished throughout with a mix of antique furniture, comfortable beds and loads of books.

interior provencal kitchen

The kitchen is big and simple, with light streaming in through the windows.  There are four bedrooms, one elegant bathroom and three simple shower rooms.

interior french kitchen with copper

Outside dining is divine with the stone barbecue and iron table  under a grape vine, and in the shade of a huge fig tree.  Warm in the evenings and cool in the shade, away from the midday sun.

evening dining al fresco under the vine

The surrounding countryside is mostly vineyards and small towns or villages, it makes for great cycling country, and I hear that bikes are easy to rent close by.  You could even cycle to the vineyard that makes wine from the grapes on the property

summer aperitif, wine and cressin

If you are interested in renting this bastide, the best thing is to check with the website from next May, the house will be available for next August…… happy planning!

plant and candles on outdoor  bistrot table



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