House, 2 Bedrooms + Library, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)
- english, french, german
About Peter Pastreich
I recently went back to work full time as Executive Director of American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, after 40+ years managing symphony orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony, and 15 years of "retirement" during which I consulted to orchestras and arts organizations, taught orchestra management, a mediated union negotiations. My wife and our five children have known and loved the Mas du Vieux Charron for almost as long as we can remember - my first visit there was in 1968.
Peter Pastreich purchased this House in 1991
Why Peter Pastreich chose Paradou
I bought this house not as a vacation rental but as a place to spend the happiest times of my life with my family. It belonged to a great musician and friend, and his agreeing to sell it to me a few years before he died has changed my life.
What makes this House unique
My wife and I love shopping for food in the local markets, cooking, and long outdoor meals in spring, summer, and fall. We also love our long walks and bike rides in the Alpilles, swimming in a very private pool, and living in an incredibly beautiful old stone house that is at once totally enclosed and private and situated in one of the most unique and unspoiled villages in France.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
If you have to cancel less than 60 days before start of stay and I can still find another renter, or if I have not turned anyone away because of your reservation, I will make a full refund.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A Gem of a House in a Great Location
The Mas du Vieux Charron is a gem. It is rare to find a house in the middle of a busy village that is also so private: twenty-foot cedar hedges shield the large garden and the magnificent pool from the road and from the neighbors. The house is charming and full of historical interest. Once the home of the village cartwright (charron), it was restored by the great violinist Alexander Schneider (the music room was formerly the cartwright’s workshop). The current owners have kept many souvenirs of Schneider’s life in the house while installing many upgrades, including a kitchen equipped for serious cooks, Bosch and Viking appliances, air conditioning in one bedroom, and a ceiling fan in the other. All the windows and the kitchen doors are screened to keep flies and mosquitos out, which is very unusual in France. The housekeeper speaks some English and turned the house over to us in immaculate shape. The center of the village (less than five minutes away on foot) has an excellent bakery, a butcher shop that sells high quality meats and prepared foods, and a small general store that provides most other necessities. Paradou also has a marvelous (and famous) bistrot as well as a couple of other nice restaurants. The neighboring village of Maussane-les-Alpilles has several other very good places to eat at a variety of price points. The owner of the house provided a lot of detailed information about the house, the village, and the surrounding area which we appreciated very much. We would be delighted to return for another holiday.
We’ve been visiting here on and off for years. It’s a beatiful place inside and out. The decor is amazing. When we visit we really don’t feel there are many other places to visit.
September at the Mas du Vieux Charron
Our family of five spend an idyllic week at the Mas du Vieux Charron; a delightful experience in every way! Every aspect was beautiful and even better than the pictures-- the comfort and design of each room, the artwork and music collection, the well-supplied kitchen, the garden and pool. The owner was very helpful, and our arrival and departure went smoothly. The property was well maintained, inside and out. We loved the bikes and helmets! The huge music room and sound system was fabulous! Cooking meals was a great pleasure. The village of Paradou is one of our favorites in all of France, and we walked and biked in all directions. We hope to be back for another taste of paradise at this beautiful mas.
True Provençal living-- tranquility
We visited during beautiful Spring weather. Phenomenal and authentic property situated in a very small village which is proximal to many key sites in Provence. Excellent base from which to explore the surrounding olive groves, wineries and town markets.
The home is exquisitely peaceful and conducive to relaxation and preparing wonderful meals to be enjoyed in the dining room, kitchen or garden. Lovely pool and courtyard, walk to patisserie, boulangerie and local organic markets. This is a truly memorable experience.
Unique house in the heart of Provence!
We are an anglo- french family with 3 children and enjoy coming to Le Paradou as much as we can! We spent two summers there and had kept an excellent memory of our stays: the house is beautifuly decorated in a provencal style with personal touches from the owners ( music, painting, photography) and the swiming pool is very agreable at any moment... The area is perfect for tourism ( this is probably the best spot in Provence!) and for those who love cooking (as myself) the markets and the products are just marvellous!
A wonderful week in le Paradou
A delightful house in a beautiful part of France. Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mas du Vieux Charron. The house is charming with an excellent kitchen and a wonderful garden and pool. Located within driving distance to so many sights, our week stay was not nearly long enough. The garden was beautifully maintained. Indeed, if we had not been so keen to explore Provence, we could have spent a very relaxing week eating "al fresco" in the garden and swimming in the sparkling pool. Peter, a very attentive owner, provided us with valuable information about the surrounding area, the market days for each village and local restaurant recommendations.