Sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Mazet de Manon while sipping a glass of chilled wine.
The Alpilles region, where the mas is located, has quite a few wineries, mainly known for their rosés but the area also produces good reds.
Les Baux-de-Provence produces wonderful olive oil, which many connoisseurs consider the best in France. Be sure to visit one of the olive oil mills or shops.
The garden at Mazet de Manon has matured beautifully over the years, so much so that it's now almost impossible to get a photograph of the
facade of the house. The result is plenty of shady places to relax in addition to the summer house that has a barbecue and pizza oven, seen on the left.
St-Rémy-de-Provence is perhaps the most beautiful small town in Provence. Post World War II, it was an agricultural area, specializing in flower seeds
and sheep. You might still see the sheep near the town but St-Rémy is known as a sophisticated country town with some of the best Provence
has to offer, with a wonderful, central location. Here you have a choice of many excellent cafés and restaurants, serving everything
from simple, fresh local food to Michelin-starred dining establishments. There is a famous Wednesday morning market, many excellent
permanent food shops, and wonderful clothing shops and galleries.
St-Rémy has the hospital where Vincent van Gogh committed himself and spent most of the last year of his life, and painted over 150 paintings.
Take a Van-Gogh walking tour and see the spots in town and near the hospital where he painted.
From the dappled shade of the terrace you look out across the lawn towards the 15 x 3 metre swimming pool.
St-Rémy-de-Provence is a town with great historical significance. The Romans established the town of Glanum here, which you can visit along
with two large ancient Roman monuments. Next to Glanum you find St Paul de Mausole, with its 12th century cloister and chapel, and the
hospital where Van Gogh lived for most of the last year of his life.
The doctor and astrologist Nostradamus was born in St-Rémy before he left for studies in Avignon and Montpellier.
Jews lived here from the time of the Roman occupation until their expulsion in 1501; there is an ancient Jewish cemetery right outside town
and a tiny Jewish ghetto behind the Catholic church that testify to their presence. Walk around the circular boulevard in town and you are
tracing the path of the medieval ramparts.
Van Gogh did many paintings near the hospital and close to town; you can follow his path and see reproductions of the works he did in those spots.
The decor in Mazet de Manon is lovely, as you would expect from a property of this standing. The first floor is laid entirely with aged
oak flooring which gives the sleeping areas a wonderfully soft and warm feel.