staying in Provence….. a 17th century bastide for rent

by Sharon Santoni

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



Louis Mathis August 27, 2014 - 11:28 am

I could not find the address where to get the prices to let the house.

paola August 27, 2014 - 12:00 pm

sempicemente una casa meravigliosa in un posto da sogno posso sapere il prezzo grazie

Sharon Santoni August 27, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Hi Louis, just email the owner on the link ‘this address’ and he can give you all the information



katerina stepovikov August 27, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Darling same here … does what it did for Sheri ……How can we correct this ….?? !! Would like to book ……

sheri levitt August 27, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Hi Sharon,
When you click on “this address” it is not available….. there seems to be an error.
Kindly advise…thank you!!

Cheryl August 27, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Yes, the link is not working. Beautiful home!

Phyllis August 27, 2014 - 12:36 pm

When you click on the link, it says “404 not available.”

Jeanne McKay Hartmann August 27, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Sharon, the only problem is that I think I would never, ever want to leave. Beautiful. I can’t imagine a more lovely place to soak up summer and the bounty of Provence. Thanks for the tip! XOXO

Katherine August 27, 2014 - 1:36 pm

This is the kind of treasure you would never find on your own. Thank you for sharing the information, it is now on my list of places to go when back in France.

Sharon Santoni August 27, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Sorry about the problem with the link, it was working normally from here I just reset the address, it should function normally now

thank you for your patience


Sarah@ european farmhouse charm August 27, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Hi Sharon :)! Oh my goodness this would be a perfect place for inspiration for our vineyard and boutique winery. We are planning a trip to France after our daughter’s wedding next year. We would love to come shopping with you too! I’ll be in touch soon,
Hugs to you,

Billie-Jo August 27, 2014 - 3:32 pm

The link worked for me as it directed me to the email address !
I would so love a summer here.

Colleen Taylor August 27, 2014 - 3:36 pm

What a fabulous place to rent while there. I’m definitely keeping this on the back burner of my mind. Thank you for sharing this. X

Peggy Braswell August 27, 2014 - 4:03 pm

what a glorious place + I will definitely bookmark this one + thank you.

Charm Logan August 27, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Hi Sharon,
What is the contact information for the bastide near Aix to rent?
Thank you,

Leighton White August 27, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Hi Sharon, we live in Brisbane, Australia and love to visit France every 2nd year. We would love to book the property near Aix-En-Provence for a month in 2015 however the email link is not working for us. Could you kindly help ? Thanks, Leighton & Sharon

BeBe Trinkner August 27, 2014 - 4:48 pm

We cannot find the link to contact the people who own the Bastide. Could you email me the link or information? We are very interested in renting it next summer.

Thank you so much. LOVE your blog. It reminds me how much I love the countryside of France as well as Paris!!!

BeBe Trinkner, ASID, now retired

Rosemary August 27, 2014 - 9:02 pm

This looks wonderful. I would love for my sisters and I to be able to spend a week there!

Jo-De Davis August 27, 2014 - 9:10 pm

Hi, Sharon,

Still can’t access the address and am definitely interested. Any suggestions?


Mary Kay Crouch August 28, 2014 - 3:52 am

Sharon, I shared your same enthusiasm while staying at your charming Country Estate in Normandy. Yours is equally fabulous!

Julia August 28, 2014 - 8:25 am

Oh WOW is all I can think of saying – this property is the perfect dream spot for a holiday – only trouble I could see is I would never want to leave…..xx

Jennifer Clark August 28, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Gorgeous villa! Last summer the entire family (20 of us!) visited Italy. I have already sent an email to everyone, linking this post, suggesting we do it again, this time in France!

Sigh…. I don’t think I would want to leave, either…..

Thanks, Sharon!

Roxane August 28, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Oh, simply superb!! This amazing treasure is being saved for future adventures! Thank you Sharon for sharing this with us.

Sheryl Mercer August 28, 2014 - 8:30 pm

I have tried to connect to the link for the house to let for next summer but cannot get through. Can you give me more contact details please.

Miss Diane August 28, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Quelle magnifique demeure! Je conserve le lien pour un prochain séjour en France. Merci beaucoup!

Lorenza August 29, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love Provence!!!

Lynn Minnick MyGREENLifeandRealEstate August 29, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Aix is one of my favourite places in Provence! I have hopes that my son will study abroad there one day which will give me the perfect excuse to spend more time there 🙂

Debby August 31, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Oh, yes, please! Where do I sign up? If I win the lottery, this is moving to the top of my bucket list! Have a great weekend. xo

Elaine October 2, 2015 - 12:23 pm

I would like to contact the owners to book this beautiful home for a week in August. Is the contact:


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