Mas Saint Antoine - 7 self catering gites, rural location, ideal for reunions!
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About Keryn Webster
We are Keryn and Kerrin Webster, a couple of enterprising and itinerant Kiwis. Originally from Taranaki on the North Island, we left our homeland New Zealand back in 2003. Keryn grew up on a farm and is clearly drawn to life in the countryside, wherever that countryside might be. When we left New Zealand it was partly to see more of the world but also so that Kerrin, a highly competitive squash player, could participate in the World Masters Squash tournament in Finland. The original intention was to remain abroad for a year – part of the Overseas Experience package that many of us Kiwis take up – and consequently our jobs and our house were waiting for them. Those plans didn’t quite work out as K1 and K2 (as our friends know us by) had intended, embarking on travels throughout Russia, Scandanavia and Italy before settling in Leeds, Yorkshire’s foremost city. We already had friends here, and soon found work . Six months after leaving New Zealand, we were caught up by all that Europe had to offer. Serendipity plays a significant part in what was to happen next. Always keen to see a new part of the world we managed to book ourselves into Mas Saint Antoine where we got to know the owners better, we immediately hit it off and as a consequence we were offered the opportunity to manage the Mas the following season. It seemed too wonderful an offer to turn down Thus the twelve months were spent becoming fully acquainted both with the beautiful part of Southern France in which they were now residing as well as discovering what it takes to cater for the needs of a variety of guests from different parts of the world over the course of a year. Mas Saint Antoine obviously got into their bloodstream because, two and a half years later, when the business came up for sale we set about finding the funding and here we are.
Keryn Webster purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Keryn Webster chose Rognonas
Coming from New Zealand where camping or caravans are far more common for touring holiday-makers, the French gîte was a concept worth becoming more fully acquainted with. Although the French term used simply to refer to any kind of shelter, gîtes these days are more specifically self-catering holiday homes. Most gîtes are converted from former barns or cottages, often on private property close to the home of the owners, who are likely to live on the property all year round as at Mas Saint Antoine. It’s appropriate, therefore, that Keryn grew up on a farm and is now making her living from the way in which many French farmers have augmented their income in recent times with the growth of the tourist trade. Mas Saint Antoine is in a rural location but is on the edge of a small village – Rognonas One of the appealing facets of Mas Saint Antoine is that so many of those who book have holidayed here before – the perfect recommendation that previous customers have been more than satisfied. Similarly, the number of bookings received because of referrals – past clients encouraging friends and family to come and see the Mas for themselves – living and working here has given us the opportunity to make many wonderful friends from around the world.
What makes this Cottage unique
Rognonas is only a short drive or bus-ride away from the breath-taking beauty of the walled medieval city of Avignon, one of France’s chief visitor attractions. Nearby is the village of Chateaurenard, dominated by its hilltop ruined castle, and where, typically of many such villages, local or provencal markets take over the streets on a Sunday. The range of places to visit within an hour or less of Mas Saint Antoine is almost endless. Nearby is the enchanting village of St Remy where Van Gogh lived and painted for a time. Not surprisingly, therefore, the area is renowned for its sunflowers besides its lavender and wild poppies. Vineyards and olive groves predominate, lending the landscape its distinctive personality. Those who are interested in ancient history will find the area truly remarkable – there is an extensive Roman site at Glanum, just outside St Remy, with substantial Roman remains such as amphitheatres to be found at nearby Arles and Nimes, not to mention the astounding triple-decker Roman viaduct, the Pont du Gard, readily accessible. For those inspired by medieval architecture, there are castles and monasteries aplenty: and perhaps the most appealing of these, a medieval village and fortress known as Les Baux, also affords superlative views over the countryside and towards the distinctive range of mountains called Les Alpilles – the little Alps. Then there is the Camargue which is Western Europe's largest river delta. A vast plain comprising large brine lagoons, the Camargue is cut off from the sea by sandbars and encircled marshes which are themselves surrounded by farmland - a third of the Camargue is either lakes or marshland. The central area has been protected as a regional park since 1927 as a haven for wild birds, particularly flamingos. The region has also become famous for its distinctive wild bulls and horses.
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A lovely place, wth great access to towns, yet tucked into the orchards.
It looks as though it's been there forever. Well appointed facilities. The bedding is tired, and in need of some refreshing or replacement as costs permit, but otherwise, our stay was very comfortable.
It's so lovely, I'm almost reluctant to post how good it is, as I want to make sure we can get in there again!
Many thanks for your kind comments and we are glad you had a good stay. It would be our pleasure to have you back to stay. Thank you for your comments regarding the bedding, these comments are most helpful for us to help improve for future guests.
K1 & K2
We are close to many airports, the Avignon TGV & Gare Central Train Stations and a 15 min drive from the A7 autoroute. You can find us 10 mins south of the closest train stn, the Avignon TGV where car hire is available all year round. You can also access the TGV line directly from Charles de Gaulle Airport terminal 2 and it takes around 3 hours to get to Avignon. Cheaper flights from Europe come into Marseille (60 mins drive), Nimes (45 mins drive), Avignon (15 mins drive), Montpellier (75 mins drive) or Nice which is a good 2 hours on the autoroute.
At 500m from the village of Rognonas with all its services, south of Avignon on the road to St Remy de Provence you are an easy 10min walk from 4 bakeries, a supermarket, 2 traiteur, 1 boucherie, 2 bars and 2 restaurants and several Pizza takeaways. Rognonas also offers a Post Office, 2 banks with cash machines a Pharmacy & even an intimate Wine Tasting Experience. The thriving heart of Provence, Avignon is a 10-minute drive with simple access to several parking buildings. The Avignon TGV Train Station is approx 10mins away. For the non drivers, there is a regular bus service into Avignon and the surrounding towns of Arles, Chateaurenard and St Rémy.
A vast choice of restaurants await you in the villages of Rognonas, Chateaurenard, Graveson, Eyragues, St Rémy & Avignon . Avignon, 10mins drive away offers all that a large sophisticated city offers in a "user friendly" atmosphere. Of course, as the sun and heat are part of the main reason you come to Provence, do leave time to luxuriate in our beautiful gardens or poolside with a book and that all important glass of vin!
The area abounds in historical sites, market towns, hilltop villages and museums. The city of Avignon with the Palais De Papes & Pont St Bezenet is an easy 10min drive & its 'sister city' of Villeneuve Les Avignon across the mighty Rhone River. Saint Remy de Provence featuring Van Gogh history & Beaucaire with its picturesque canal are a dawdle at 25min drive.
The area has year round markets in well known towns of Carpentras, Uzes, St Remy, L’isle sur La Sorgue, Seasonal festivals along with plenty of historical & educational sites. You can travel up to 1 hr in any direction & be on top of Mt Ventoux, at the beach, tasting sumptuous wines, riding a horse in the camargue, strolling through a local or Provencal market, canoeing under the Pont Du Gard, golfing, cycling through quiet back roads or just sitting in a cafe watching people. You will have so many choices to make that a few hours by the pool might be the only thing you get around to doing!
For the non drivers, there is regular daily bus service into Avignon and the surrounding towns of Arles, Chateaurenard and St Remy.
For the explorers, within a 45-60min drive you can be on the beaches of the Mediterranean, in famous wine areas of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas & Tavel, strolling around the Roman towns of Nimes, Orange or Arles, marvelling at the 2000 year old Roman aquaduct of Pont Du Gard or smelling your way amongst the lavender fields & ogling famous perched villages of Gordes, Oppede, Rousillion, Venasque & Menerbe in the Luberon, or even wadding through the 'etang' of the Camargues with its famous white horses, bulls & nesting sites of the pink flamingos,
For the more adventurous, 60 to 90 minute drive will take you to the Roman & Medieval town of Vaison La Romaine, to the top of Mount Ventoux where the Tour de France regularly visits on Mediterranean beaches, in downtown Marseille or the beautiful village of Cassis for a picturesque boat trip to the Calanques, the Camargue with Les St Maries de la Mer and Aigues Mortes.
You can go canoing on the Gardon, the Ardeche the Sorgues or horseback riding or simply sun bathe by the pool the options are numerous and not so easy to decide!
As well as standard self-catered "Gite" accommodation, we offer a range of services to make Mas Saint-Antoine "more than just a Gite", ranging from local information services, day tripping suggestions to relaxing poolside Pizza evenings.
All the details on what Mas Saint Antoine and the local area can offer you, then please refer to our website: www.massaintantoine.com
We look forward to welcoming you to Mas Saint Antoine
Kerrin & Keryn Webster
2 Kiwis making a life in Provence!