Provence Holiday Houses

The Alpilles

Gorgeous countryside with fascinating medieval sites and amazing Roman remains.

With the picturesque old market town of St. Rémy at its heart and the pine-covered slopes and limestone peaks of the Alpilles mountain range humming with the sound of cicadas during the height of summer, plus its wealth of historical sites and artistic associations, this area for many epitomises Provence.

The area offers some of the best of Provencal life - beautiful villages of honey-coloured stone, lively and colourful markets, great restaurants and café bars. Superbly preserved Roman sites and delightful medieval towns, museums and art galleries. The gourmet delights range from the Appellation d'Origine Controllé olive oil to the many good wines produced by a wide choice of domaines and this rich agricultural area produces the tastiest of fruit and vegetables. Many artists have studios here inspired by the landscape and light which attracted Van Gogh to spend his time here in St. Rémy and Arles.

The area is great too for walking in the hills, cycling the back roads through the olive groves or relaxing with a picnic under the heavenly scent of the pine trees and wild herbs in the countryside. All times of the year have something lovely to offer in this beautiful region.

The towns and villages nearest our houses

Les Baux

The stunning medieval fortified village if Les Baux sits on a limestone peak south of St. Rémy. Steeped in history the Citadel at the height of the village affords distant views of the Camargue and the Mediterranean. The nearby village of Maussane has everything for your everyday needs with it small supermarket and boulangeries as well as restaurants and an excellent pottery shop.

St. Remy de Provence

The lively cafés in the delightful old town of St. Rémy invite you to linger all day soaking up the atmosphere on the boulevard. Explore also the pretty squares of the old centre with its many restaurants and charming shops.

The market every Wednesday morning is not to be missed. The town comes alive with the scents and colours of Provence. Linens, gourmet foods, pottery and colourful stalls of provencal fruit and vegetables are not to be missed.

The town has a rich cultural history with the fascinating Roman remains of Glanum and Les Antiques just outside the town and associations with Van Gogh. Follow the Van Gogh trail around the town interspersed with images of the pictures he painted.

Alyscamps, Arles

Just few of the local sights not to be missed!

The Alpilles is a renowned olive growing area and you can enjoy olive oil tastings at several of the local olive oil mills such as the Moulin de Calanquet near St. Remy and the Moulin de Castelas near Les Baux for an interesting explanation of olive oil production and shops selling their products.

The area has many good vineyards too, many of which welcome you to taste their wines or take a stroll through the vineyards for example at the Chateau de Romanins.

Interesting historical sights to visit include the Abbaye de Montmajour which dominates the countryside near Arles and the pretty village of Eygalieres with its weekly Friday morning market is always a relaxing start to the weekend.

And for something completely different the Carrieres de Lumiere in the limestone quarries near Les Baux has a superb sound and light show based on an artistic theme which changes every year.

Chateau d’Estoublon

A short excursion away

Avignon with its glorious medieval architecture and sumptuous Papal Palace – a stunning sight not to be missed, along with the famous bridge across the River Rhone. This lovely old city is a rich cultural centre with many excellent art galleries and the July festival now a major European event.

The celebrated vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape and most definitely worthy of a day excursion to enjoy tastings at some of the famous wine domaines. This appellation is one of the most famous names in the Cotes du Rhone area. In the vineyards you can see clearly the large river pebbles which soak up the sun’s heat during the day to warm the grapes at night.

Arles, too is just 30 minutes away, a charming town with its superb Roman remains including the fascinating Musée d’Arles Antiques. The museum contains some superb Roman mosaic floors and gives a fascinating insight into the influence of the Romans on this area of Provence. The town has strong associations too with Van Gogh – lots to explore in this lovely old town.

And a bit further afield

The famous Roman theatre at Orange and the world famous viaduct of the Pont du Gard. The fascinating old town of Nimes. Spend a day exploring the Camargue where you could include the Parc Ornithologic for those famous pink flamingos. For a day by the seaside, St. Maries de la Mer is around 1 hour's drive.

St Remy
Camargue Flamingos