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Luxury Villa in Provence, France

Bedrooms 6
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house


About the property

Country Estate, 6 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 13)

Please note that during the SUMMER, we ONLY RENT the house by the week.

This is a very large and comfortable home. The house was built over 300 years ago but was recently remodeled. There are 5000 sq ft. of living space on two levels. The 6 bedrooms are all upstairs, each with its own bathroom. All the bedrooms have air conditioning and are all furnished with comfy king sized beds.

Each room was professionally decorated in keeping with the feel of Provence. All the bedrooms have their own private bathroom with shower and/or tub and toilet. Each bedroom has an individually programmable air conditioning/heating unit. The windows have screens on them so that you can leave the windows open for the cool night air.

On the Ground level is the gourmet kitchen, an oversized dining room with a vaulted ceiling, (The large farm table accommodates at least 14 people) and the living room. The library is in the living room and contains books in French and English as well as games such as cards, monopoly and scrabble.

We give all our renters a welcome basket with a bottle of our estate olive oil, 2 bottles of wine, some coffee, and some other goodies incase you are a bit hungry. If you want us to do so, we can arrange to have the kitchen stocked with food so that you can sleep late on you first morning. We are happy to make arrangements for a private chef, golf, biking or cooking classes at an additional fee.

If you are thinking of getting married in France, this is a beautiful location for your garden wedding and reception. Our experienced wedding planner will make your day unforgettable.

Next to the historic main house is a 150 year old stone barn. The 25-acre property is surrounded by 1500 acres of open space. This location is rich in history, allowing for lots of sightseeing.

Upon your arrival, you will enter the property via an automatic gate; follow the gravel path to the barn where we will greet you.

We will give you a quick tour of the house and and be available should you have questions about restaurants and shop.

From the terrace, complete with teak tables and chairs, you can enjoy a view of the entire property as well as the swimming pool (15 X 5 meters).

Everyone who has stayed here has had a marvelous time.

Be sure to check the calendar for potential dates before you call or email us. For more information and pictures about the property, visit our website. Please be advised that during the summer months, we ONLY rent the house by the week.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2017


In the fall of 2007, we visited this wonderful property and it was love at first sight. Six months later we became the proud owners. We presently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But in the 1980’s, we made our home in Aix-en-Provence. Our children enjoyed living in France as much as we did and it became obvious to us that someday we would have to come back. For over 30 years, Jacques worked in the High Tech Industry and traveling the world was part of his job. Since we have a French background (we are bilingual) and loved living in the South of France, we decided that this would be an ideal place to buy a big old house. We also thought that we would like to share it with others but in that case it would have to be really special in terms of comfort. After purchasing this property, we furnished it with authentic Provencal furniture, using classical colors and materials along with a touch of high tech and a bit of a California flair. The combination is unique for the region.

JACQUES and JUDY CASTAILLAC purchased this chateau / country house in 2008

Why JACQUES and JUDY CASTAILLAC chose Saint-Martin-de-Crau

People from all over the word agree that the South of France is an amazing place. The weather is exceptionally beautiful. The air smells of sun and lavender. Our home is only a short drive away from some of the most picturesque villages in Provence. Worth mentioning are Les Baux de Provence, the famous fortified village of the XIV century as well as Saint Remy de Provence, where Vincent Van Gogh painted, and where Nostradamus, the Middle Age visionaries was born. To the south of the house is the 2000-year-old city of Arles, which is famous for Roman baths, an amphitheater, and an arena. Arles is also the capital of the Camargue region, an area well known for the white wild horse and bullfights. We love this region because there is easy access to an International Airport in Marseille, the fast TGV trains to Paris and the auto routes. You can sit at the pool or go to the beach. You can fix a simple meal in the kitchen, drink a cup of espresso in a village square or eat at a 3-star restaurant. You can visit Roman archeological sites or shop for the latest fashions. But the appeal is also a beautiful 300-year-old stone farmhouse on 25 acres and surrounded by 1500 acres of open space.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

In addition to sight seeing, this area offer a tremendous opportunity for bicycling, hiking, climbing and of course eating. Wonderful French cuisine and wines can be found in the surrounding towns and villages. Local wineries welcome visitors all during the year and olive groves that produce the best oil in all of France are abundant in this area. In Provence, there is something to do during every season of the year. Among those things are festivals and musical events. Visitors will find that our home provides world class lodging and yet remains a very comfortable place for families and friends to gather together and relax.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Judy

I just looked at the wedding photos for the billionth time and thought I should write to you. Thank you for owning such a gorgeous home, and making it beautiful, everyone can’t believe their eyes when I show them the pictures. May Dad cried – of course.

I loved our time there, I light up like a wildfire when I talk about it. Robin was amazing, and you have a ridiculously perfect set-up there. I told you I cried when we pulled up – pictures didn’t do it justice.

I hope you all are well. I hope we’ll be back soon – maybe with a little babe :)

Love Emily and Adam
Jun 2013
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Saint-Martin-de-Crau Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • King size beds (6) All rooms have king size beds that measure 180 cm by 200 cm. We can separate the beds in 3 of the rooms into 2 twin beds. 2 Baby Cribs - Porta crib are available for infants.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Luxury Villa in Provence, France
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Paris France

A perfect flavour of wild and traditional Provence area

  • 5 of 5

The nice typical house is fully in accordance with our expectations located inthe Alpilles area not far from the door to the wild nature of Camargue.

We found, as shown in the listing photos, a nice location in the middle of olive trees, almond trees and fig trees.

The nice looking property is well-maintained and we had a very pleasant stay thanks to very accurate information and advice from the owner. We will recommend this property to friends who would be wishing to have a taste of Provence. It is located in the vicinity of a lot of beautiful sites like Les Baux de Provence, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles, Avignon and many other places with a wide range of activities and attractions. Don't forget to have a look at the various local wines and to matchless qualities of AOC olive oils you could taste like good vintages!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We were very lucky to have had such excellent renters this past summer. Jacques and I make every effort to ensure a comfortable stay for our renters. I hope you enjoyed our home grown olive oil. We always leave a bottle for each group that stays at the house. It is also possible to buy some bottles to take home or give as gifts. We make sure that the house meets all expectations. In fact, this winter we will be making improvements at the pool as you suggested. Plans are in progress to enlarge the pool deck and remove the wooden deck for large stone pavers. We will also be putting a new roof on the barn and possibly become "green" with solar panels. Thank you for your visit and I hope that we will see you here again sometime in the future. Judy and Jacques
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Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, USA


  • 5 of 5

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HOME! This was a trip of a lifetime and exceeded even our very high expectations. My mother, sister and her husband, brother and his wife, and two of our adult nieces traveled in early September, 2009.

The home is very spacious and simply but beautifully decorated. We spent many evenings on the lovely covered patio which looks over the garden, olive groves, and the relaxing pool. The garden has more rosemary bushes than you could ever use. (We used them to cook each night!) Green grapes grew over a doorway and we picked fresh figs from the trees. The owner's son left us a bottle of oil from the Mas to use during our stay. The setting was very peaceful and secluded.

We hired Chef Ronald, as suggested by the owners of the Mas, to come and make us a meal at the house. He and his assistants cooked for three hours and served us a beautiful, four course meal on the lovely covered porch. They had decorated the table with herbs and flowers from the garden. The meal lasted well into the evening and was the most delicious of our entire trip... and we ate in good restaurants each day! The chef and his assistants were absolutely delightful!!

In this home you feel you have stepped back in time... however it is very modern and comfortable. There was inernet access. (The access was helpful to look up more information about our trip.) The free internet phone was great.

Each of the 6 bedrooms is equally lovely with it's own decorating scheme and attached, comfortable bath and beautiful views of the grounds. We left our windows open and enjoyed the cool evening air.

The home is right off a main road (one lane each way) which is near so many beautiful little towns. There are many shops and lovely restaurants in each town and we ate lunch each day in a different, lovely outdoor cafe.

The drive to each village was lovely. Many of the streets are lined with gorgeous trees. We also passed by many small wineries and places to sample fresh varieties of olive oil. Each town has wonderful little bakeries with fresh bread and wonderful treats!

You will find the people in these villages to be very helpful. In the restaurants many of the the menus were written only in French, so the booklet left to us by the owners of the Mas was VERY helpful. There were many translations for food in the book. Many of people speak only a little English, but that was much of the charm. All were willing to try and translate for us. I found I learned many words while w

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2009
  • Stayed: September 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jeannie for your kind remarks. We take great pride in offering a lovely home and we hope that you will come back some day. Yours, Judy and Jacques
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Les Baux de Provence
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Avignon and Aix TGV
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Highway A64
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The following activities are also available in the area; Wine tasting, olive oil tasting, cooking lessons and eating gourmet food in restaurants. Hey - this is Provence!



This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,474.33

Please make note that we do not rent the property as a Bed and Breakfast. We rent the entire house with a minimum of one week rental starting on a saturday at 4pm to the next saturday at 10am for most of the seasons. However we do have special pricing for spring and winter with less than 7 days rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund