I was born in Salon de Provence and spent my childhood in les Issambres, a small village town on the coast near St Tropez. I went to culinary school in Nice worked in many great restaurants in Nice, Eze Village, Paris, Bordeaux, England and in United States, where I have lived and worked since 1984.
I am the Chef/ Proprietaire of Bistro St Tropez a French restaurant in Philadelphia since 1987.
Aria Klees purchased this villa in 1997
Provence is my home which I left in my early 20's to follow my career. After spending many years abroad, I wanted to reconnect with my roots and have a home near family and old friends. During one of my many trips home, I came across this old Bergerie (shepherd's house). It was perfect! The house, the village, the countryside, the olive groves and lavender were all of the Provence I knew and loved. La Bergerie is my retreat and I am happy to share its magic.
La Bergerie is located on the edge of the village proper of Claviers, about 45 minutes from Nice International Airport. While being well located to many of the attractions of the Cote d'Azur and Provence, Claviers is insulated from the tourist masses, being perched on a hilltop and on a road that goes nowhere else but Claviers. It is still a true French Village, with all the local customs and endearing peculiarities that give Provence and the Provençale charm .
There are lot's of good wineries and excursions, museums, we like to recommend Maeght Foundation next to St Paul de Vence and go to La colombe d'or to eat of course in their beautiful garden but also to view gorgeous painting from Picasso to Chagall.
So many excursions are available from walking paths around the village to going to the surrounding lakes ( St Cassien or St Croix) or to the beach 1hour away.
The climat is mild in the winter, so the house can be enjoyed all year around specially spring or fall.The local market carries great produce, say hello to Patrice the butcher( same first name as mine) and go back to the bergerie opened a nice botlle of rose and enjoy your friends/ family around the patio table under the murier and have a great meal and a memorable time!