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Traditional Provençal Mas in the South of France
Maillane, 10 minutes from Saint Rémy de Provence
5 bedrooms, sleeps 9 people. With pool.
Le Mas des Cabris
This lovely old mas has been enriched over time by caring restoration without losing its essential charm and character. It is just over 2 kms from the village of Maillane and 4.5 kms from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which has good shops and several restaurants, a very good supermarket and a market on Wednesday mornings. A car is essential for life at the Mas but Saint Rémy is within cycling distance. Beautiful Arles is 16 kms away, Avignon 20 kms.
The house is in a quiet, secluded situation, surrounded by apple orchards, in the plain at the foot of the Alpilles hills, an area of underground streams, which makes the countryside green and lush all year round.
The interior of the Mas is very comfortably furnished with all modern facilities and decorated with contemporary paintings and sculptures. In an annex, separated from the Mas by walls and hedges, there is a small apartment where a couple who tend the garden and swimming pool live.
The house has a living room with a large fireplace and salon area with television and telephone and a dining area that leads from the kitchen and windows opening onto the garden. A staircase leads up to the first floor. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes an oven and hob, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. From the entrance hall, there is access to the cellar and a bathroom with shower. Outside is a laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
The library bedroom with twin beds and a mezzanine area, has a large window overlooking the garden, making it very light and airy. The study has a small salon area, which is pleasant to relax in with a fireplace and an extra bed if needed. A second single bedroom is next to the study.
Upstairs, is a large double bedroom with a corner sitting area with television and telephone and two other bedrooms, a single and a double. The bathroom has a dressing room, bath and washbasin with a separate wc.
The house has a security system and central heating in the main rooms with efficient electric heating in the other rooms, making it pleasant all year round.
The garden of more than half a hectare has two huge plane trees and two stone tables, garden furniture and a barbecue. In season there are cherry, fig and plums trees - eat as much as you can! The swimming pool (7 x 14 metres) is fenced for the children's safety.
Les Baux-de-Provence (10 kms) is an abandoned, ancient village, perched high above a ravine with the remains of a medieval château, at its most romantic though, in the cool of the evening as the sun goes down. It is a very popular place and has lots of shops selling local handicrafts, herbs and perfumes.
There is something for the whole family in this part of Provence. There are riding stables, which can organise treks into the Alpilles hills or into the Camargue, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course in Mouriès, 20 kms from here. The beaches at Salins de Giraud or Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (which also has excellent seafood restaurants) are about a 40 minute drive away.
A day can easily be spent walking around Arles and seeing its riches. Almost everywhere you go there is something to see; the remarkable Roman amphitheatre, Les Alyschamps, a path lined with sarcophagi, the St Trophime cloisters dating from the 12th century around an enchanting garden, the Roman baths of Trouille, amongst much else.
Prices and booking information
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am
Reduced prices for 2, 3, or 4 week bookings
Cleaning on departure is included in the price
Extra cleaning during your stay can be arranged,
payment is direct to the housekeeper
A deposit of 30% is requested on booking
with the remainder sent 2 weeks before arrival,
together with a returnable damage deposit
Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner
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