A luxury house to rent near Jouques, Provence, France
Price Guide 2021:
From €1,590 to €2,590 per night
7 nights minimum stay
- Concierge service
- Daily housekeeping
- Delivery of breads & pastries for breakfast
- Private chef, butler & babysitter on request
- 4 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
- 3 twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
- Quadruple bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- 2 further bedrooms are used by staff from June to September
- Heated outdoor swimming pool (15m)
- 200 hectares of parkland & gardens
- Helipad & 2 horse boxes
- Fully equipped kitchen & dining room seating 18
- Boules & table tennis
- Available on request: yoga, Pilates, tennis, gym & cooking classes, massages, biking, rafting, guided hikes, e-bike tours to Sainte Victoire, helicopter tours, wine tastings, winery visits & guided tours around Provence
- Marseilles-Provence airport 50 mins
- Aix-en-Provence TGV station 40 mins
- Marseilles Saint-Charles station 50 mins
- Jouques village nearby
- Aix-en-Provence 25km
With its frothing fountains and shady gardens, orange stone buildings and sun-dappled squares, Aix-en-Provence has surely to be one of the prettiest towns in all France.
Cézanne certainly thought so. The father of modern painting was both born and buried here, and his works were inspired by the town’s surrounding landscapes and luminous skies.
By far his greatest obsession was the Sainte Victoire mountain just east of town, which he featured in 44 oil paintings and 43 watercolours. Few places, however, have better views of its great bulk than the gardens and terraces of Maison de Sainte Victoire.
Set in private parkland of 200 hectares, among lavender fields and olive groves, this authentic Provençale farmhouse, or mas, offers eight en-suite bedrooms, a wonderful outdoor pool and Cézanne-worthy views of the surrounding countryside and Concors massif.
Remodelled by a Belgian architect, the straw-coloured stone house is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, with wooden and tiled floors, traditional shuttered windows, plenty of exposed beams and a heavenly farmhouse kitchen.
The shady terraces provide amply opportunities for dining al-fresco, and the welcoming host Michele will arrange anything you need, from yoga and Pilates to massages and private chefs.
You can cycle through local vineyards, ride e-bikes to the base of the Sainte Victoire mountain, or hike to its summit and touch the cross upon the top.
If the summit sounds too much, there are plenty of other trails to follow in the local area, as well as wineries to visit and the nearby village of Jouques to explore – a charming Provençale village with a peaceful, serene setting and a history dating back to medieval times.