Le Mas des Roses
This stunning 17th century 'Maison de Maître' is set within its own park of beautiful mature trees with an enchanting 14th century consecrated chapel and olive grove, the total grounds extending to approximately 30 acres. Beaucaire, with its medieval castle and beautiful Sunday market, is located in the Gard department in Languedoc-Roussillon and lies at the intersection of two historically important regions, Languedoc and Provence. All major sites that have evoked the undiminished attraction of Languedoc and Provence are in reach: Beaucaire is situated in the triangle of Nimes, famous for the Pont du Gard, Avignon with its Palais des Papes and Arles with its Roman Amphitheatre, many festivals and bullfights.
Built in an era famed by the reign of Louis XIV, the Mas des Roses is believed to date back to around 1685. Its completion date, 2 years later, is immortalised in an original iron fire-back fireplace in the dining room. Today, Le Mas des Roses retains this gracious and mysterious sense of nobility. Showcasing its glorious past in the careful and elegant preservation of the original architectural features, modern furnishings and high spec equipment have ensured that Le Mas des Roses is a formidable retreat perfect for friends and families alike. The particularity of the property is that two staircases lead to two different sections of the house. Here the themed bedrooms are located: The main part (Le Manoir) with a large Master suite and two more bedrooms and the guest section (La Ferme) with 4 similar bedrooms located on two floors.
- 4 Receptions Rooms
- Large, modern fully equipped kitchen with access to an outdoor breakfast terrace
- Dining room with seating for up to 14 guests
- Wine cellar and tasting room perfect for the sommeliers among you to sample some of the most exclusive wines
- Cosy TV room with comfortable seating for 8 people
- Laundry Room
- L’Orangeraie boasting a piano with relaxation and dining area
First Floor - Le Manoir (3 bedrooms, sleeps 6)
- Bedroom 1: Large Master suite with 180x220cm king-size bed, walk-in dressing and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 2: The yellow bedroom with king-size bed (180x200cm). En-suite shower room
- Bedroom 3: The park room with king-size bed (90x200cm) with en-suite bathroom
First Floor – La Ferme (4 bedrooms, sleeps 8)
- Bedroom 4: The Chinese bedroom with king-size bed (180x200cm) and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 5: The blue bedroom with king-size bed (180x200cm) and en-suite shower room
- Bedroom 6: The Bamboo bedroom with twin beds (90x200cm) and en-suite shower room. Small sitting room with bamboo sofa and armchairs
- Bedroom 7: The Provençal bedroom with authentic Provençal furniture and fabrics. Twin beds (90x200cm). En-suite shower room
- Please kindly note that the villa manager lives in an annex of the property.
- Due to the style of the building, air conditioning is not needed in this property.
- All rooms except the master bedroom have two 90x200cm beds that can be either made up as twins or as king-size beds.
- Barbecue Facilities
- CD Player
- Central Heating
- DVD Player
- Fans Available
- Hair Dryer
- Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
- iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Library (CD's)
- Library (DVD's)
- Mosquito Nets/Fly screens
- Outdoor dining area
- Printer available
- Swimming Pool (with cover)
- Table Tennis
- TV (Satellite TV with English Channels)
- Wine Cellar
General Activities in provence
- Ballooning over the Luberon - one of the most fantastic ways to see the stunning Luberon is by air
- Market trip - enjoy a market in a town close to your villa and buy finest meats, olives, oils, wines and cheese of the region
- Private Art Class - try your hand at landscape painting as a professional artist teaches you the fundamentals in your own villa for a half or full day
- Private Cookery Class - attend a cookery school in Avignon and meet a top level chef who will take you through course in typical Provencal cooking with a modern twist
- Luxury yacht - charter a luxury yacht, powerful speedboat or traditional sail boat and truly immerse yourselves within the culture of this cosmopolitan and chic region
- F1 Experience - Get privately chauffeured to the region of the Var; home to an FIA approved circuit. Tour through the garages, observe mechanics at work, before heading out to the track with expert drivers to study its corners and cambers and pick up top tips
Sporting Activities in provence
- Cycling - France provides flat or rolling countryside suitable for biking. In Provence, rent a bicycle and explore Mont Ventoux, one of the atapes of the Tour de France
- Boules - this typical French game can be played nearly everywhere; many towns provide dirt, gravel, hard-packed sand squares as playing surface for boules
- Hiking - plenty of hiking paths are found throughout this part of France
- Horse riding - you will find horse riding schools in Aix en Provence, Laudun or Vaison
- Golf - find a golf course near you ( Aix en Provence, Marseille, Avignon); there are approximately 17 golf courses in Provence
- Climbing - there are various rock climbing opportunities in the Dentelle de Montmirail and Buoux
- Hot Air Balloon - enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Joucas or Avignon
Local Attractions in provence
- Vaison, the market here (on Tuesdays) is the largest in Provence and can be dated back to antiquity. Sightseeing in Vaison includes the roman theatre and baths, Roman church, cathedral and castle ruins
- The villages perches of Le Crestet and Seguret
- The Ventoux, which offers sweeping views over the Alps and the Mediterranean
- Bonnieux, La Louve - Closed in July and August
- Sorgues, Garden of the Château de Brantes - Open from Easter to November
- Marseille, Abbey Saint Victor
- Marseille, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
- Marseille, Old Harbour
- Marseille, Parc Borély with Botanical Garden - Open all year round
- Marseille, The Palais de la Bourse - Open all year round
- Orange, visit the impressively preserved Roman theatre. Enjoy the 'Les Choregies d'Orange' opera festival during July/August
- Frioul archipelago, Château d'If - Open all year round
- Aix en Provence, Cezanne Studio - Open all year round
- Aix en Provence, Cite du Livre - Open all year round
- Aix en Provence, The Albertas Gardens - Open from May to October
- Saint-Remy-de-Provence,The Centre of Art Présence Vincent van Gogh - Open all year round
- Isle sur la Sorgue, a delight for lovers of antiques and brocante
- Nyons, the centre of the olive oil production area with plenty of opportunities to visit olive oil producers
- Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aquaduct
- Avignon, Palais des Papes
- Avignon, Pont St. Bénézet
- Salon de Provence, Nostradamus’ house and burial place
- Manosque, La Maison de la Biodiversité - Open all year
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Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
- Train station: Avignon (25 minutes)
- Airport: Marseille (55 minutes)/Avignon (25 minutes)
Beaucaire (5 minutes)
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (20 minutes)
Arles (15 minutes)
Les Baux de Provence (20 minutes)
- City: Nîmes (35 minutes)/Avignon (25 minutes)
- Beach: Le Grau-du-Roi (1 hour 10 minutes)
- Golf: Golf de Campagne (35 minutes)
Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.
Up to 14 guests:
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03 January to
10 April 2015
11 April to
24 April 2015
25 April to
15 May 2015
16 May to
26 June 2015
27 June to
28 August 2015
29 August to
25 September 2015
26 September to
18 December 2015
19 December to
01 January 2016
- The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.
- Lower rates are available during mid and low season. For more information, please contact a travel consultant.
- Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
- Maid service 3 hrs/day from Monday to Friday.
- Arrival set of pool towels, household and ben linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
- Final Cleaning.
- Central Heating.
- Private swimming pool (15mx7m).
- Telephone (local calls only).
- Wi-Fi broadband internet.
- Extra maid service available at €20/hr.
- Pool Heating available on request (max. heat 24 degrees).
- Free wine delivery to the property for an order of more than 12 bottles. Great selection of local wines.
- Cook service (local cuisine) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 30/hr plus the cost of groceries.
- Chef service (professional service) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 80 per person including the cost of the groceries. A full chef service including breakfast, lunch and dinner is available from EUR 350/day.
- Waiters (obligatory for more than 8 guests): From EUR 20/hr (subject to availability).
- Transfers from Marseille Airport to the Villa (One way): Mercedes Viano or similar (for up to eight passengers) available from EUR 300.
- Transfers from Avignon Train Station (TGV) to the Villa (One way): Mercedes Viano or similar (for up to eight passengers) available from EUR 156.
(Please note: for services between 7.30pm and 7.00am a supplement of 20% is applied).
- Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available for up to 14 guests. A service fee of EUR 50 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
- We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, tennis or golf courses, bike rental or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.
- Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable.
16th July 2012
This is a very special place, beautifully presented and looked after. Every detail, from the daily fresh flowers, to the welcome supper and closing dinner, left us with glowing hearts. Thank you Criquette, you could not have been more graceful and caring a host, your smile every day we will treasure as one of our special memories of our visit here, and my goodness, your cooking…you spoilt us.
Practical information for your provence villa holiday
GMT +1 hour
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping in provence
Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather in provence
Provence is considered a dry temperate region with an average 300 warm and sunny days a year and rain falling on a maximum of about 90. Average rainfall in spring and autumn is low. December and January are the wettest months. With temperatures about 28°C during the summer months those long hot summer days can last late into the evening. The warm and sunny spring and autumn have an average temperature of 24°C. The average temperature of the dry sunny mild winter months are around 14°C with February the coldest month at 12°C. Temperatures are slightly lower near the coast due to the sea breezes. During the summer months, this makes the high temperatures more bearable.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity supply in provence
Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
Driving in france
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
- Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
- Speeding fines: 30 – 300 Euros.
- Minimum driving age is 18.
- For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.