Mas Capon: Gloriously Comfortable 18th C. Farmhouse and Pool
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
St. Remy de Provence house description
Mas Capon is a year-round vacation home located just west of St. Rémy de Provence, "The Heart of Provence". The area has many places to stay; Mas Capon is a wonderful place to live. It sleeps 6-10 in 4 bedrooms. A ground floor bedroom (queen bed) with its designer bathroom facilitates a multi-generational family vacation. Indoor and outdoor spaces - including the gardens, pool and pool house - are designed for casual, comfortable living for 3-4 couples or two families with kids.
A mas is a traditional Provencal farmhouse. Mas Capon is in a protected agricultural zone 2.6 miles west of the village of St. Rémy. All around are orchards, vineyards (3 wineries and an olive mill within walking distance!) and field upon field of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and more. It's quiet and peaceful, although you'll surely hear our neighbor's donkeys, chickens and rooster with no sense of time.
Life at Mas Capon was best summed up by one of our first renters, who said: "I've Never Been So Relaxed in My Life"
Choose your own level of activity. Some will want to stay mostly at home. But other options are endless, no matter the time of the year. All guests receive our "Guide Mas Capon" (who needs Michelin?) highlighting local sites, shops, markets and restaurants.
St. Rémy is a traditional Provencal village which has resisted the charms of McDonald's, Body Shop, Benetton and other multi-national chains. (The only "chain" store in town is a hairdresser!) Van Gogh lived, painted and treated his lost ear in St Rémy: the village church is the one in "La Nuit Étoilée" ("The Starry Night"). St. Rémy and environs have 15,000 residents - and over 70 places to eat - with fun shopping and a spectacular Wednesday morning market.
Nearby are incredible outdoor markets (one or more one for each day of the week), Roman ruins, castles and walled towns, walks in the Alpilles, traditional festivals and dozens of unique villages. Visit Avignon, Arles or Aix-en Provence. Shop hundreds of antique dealers at Isle-sur-la-Sourgue after the Sunday morning market. Wonder at the Pont du Gard. Experience the incredible wildlife of the Camargue, its miles of sandy beaches and the old-fashioned beach town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, just 45 minutes away.
Mas Capon is the ancestral farm of the family Bouterin. (An amazing number of our guests comment on how wonderful and helpful neighbors Jean and Mireille Bouterin are, something that's particularly useful for those doing this sort of rental for the first time.) The mas dates from the 1500's. The "new" wing, built in 1750, once housed the farm's stables, hayloft, bakery and winery. Uninhabited and nearly derelict in 1996, it was purchased from the family in 1996, with renovation completed three years later (at least as much as renovation of a 250 year old building can ever be considered "completed"!)
Gardens and patios encourage outdoor living. The heated pool and its pool house were added in 2000. It's a special treat to dine at the table built around an ancient olive tree next to the pool.
With massive stone walls and wood beams, Mas Capon has been decorated using country furnishings and the traditional colors of Provence - of the earth, sun and sky. The restoration has been complemented with conveniences including dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer, and a side-by-side refrigerator with ice-maker. For those who must, there's a big screen TV and WiFi Internet access. Central heating warms the winter months. All this makes Mas Capon an exceptionally comfortable place to live. (See the linked website for nearly 100 photos.)
In addition to its bedroom, the ground floor contains the séjour, (the living and dining room with its massive stone fireplace) and the atelier (long ago the bakery and winery, now another sitting area with an excellent travel library -and that TV.)
Upstairs, the master bedroom (king bed) has it's own bathroom. The remaining bedrooms (one with a queen bed, the other - great for kids - with twin beds, a trundle and a loft bed) share a bathroom space (main room with double sink and two attached rooms, one with a toilet, the other with a shower.)
With over 100 restaurants within a 15 minute drive, you don't need to use the superbly equipped Provençal country kitchen.
One guest, the executive chef for a major resort and conference center, found the kitchen perfectly set up to take full advantage of the wonderful offerings of the local markets. The recipes of Provence are simple, healthy and flavorful. (Start with olive oil, garlic and the herbs growing by the barbeque outside the kitchen door.) A library of cookbooks shows the way. The best-seller among them is Cooking Provence, Four Generations of Recipes and Traditions by next door neighbor Antoine Bouterin, now chef for New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan, its recipes based on those of Antoine's mother and grandmothers.
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- King size beds (1) In Master bedroom (with ensuite bathroom), Queen size Beds (1) One in each of two bedrooms. Downstairs bedroom has designer ensuite bathroom. Bed in upstirs room is below a large skylight for stargazers., Twin or Single Beds (1) One bedroom with twin beds, one with trundle, and the 4th bed in a loft. Great room for kids....moreless
Bathrooms: 3.25 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Wood Fireplace
- CD Player
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Jetted Tub
Deck / Patio:
(3) Outside the house - sunny and sheltered from Le Mistral. Under the cedars - a shaded breezy spot on a sunny day. By the pool. Gardens filled with flowers (as late as December), rosemary, lavender....moreless
- Outdoor Grill
- Water Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Biking
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Horseback Riding
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
last april we returned to the mas capon for our 2nd stay,this time we chose to take our best friends...as always we were the most relaxed we have ever been,ANYWHERE in all our travels...i am a flight attendant and of all my travels,this is such a joyful experience,words escape me...our friends'agreed,the peaceful quiet of the countryside,the beauty that surrounded us wherever we went was overwhelming!!!i hope anyone that plans to travel to st.remy has the opportunity to stay at this mas..we hope to return in 2014,life is just to short not to!!...for those that worry about language issues...don't...the cuisine is fabulous,our favorite was le grain du sel(i think this spelling is correct)and the mas capon property is more beautiful than any photo could express...i could go on and on but if you have the chance,don't miss this!...and tell the neighbors, meeray and jon we said "bon jour!"safe travels to all,cyd and jim
- Guest cyd and jim (st.louis,mo)
- Date of stay 04/15/10
- Review Submitted 09/16/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, people with disabilities, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
We stayed in Mas Capon with another couple from May 2, through May 11, 2009. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice of homes for our visit. It is so completely furnished that you'll feel at home immediately. The gardens and pool will become your "bliss station" early in the morning and in the evening when you return from expoloring the villages of Provence. The heated pool is as nearly perfect as you could want, with a pool house with refrigerator, sink, dishes and wine glasses. William Dooley, the owner, was very kind and extremely helpful, and the caretakers made sure we were comfortable and even took us to see a nearby olive oil mill. Don't even THINK of staying anywhere else when you want to immerse yourself in the wonder of Provence. Stay at Mas Capon. We recommend it without reservation.
- Guest Edward O. (Tallahassee, Florida)
- Date of stay 05/14/09
- Review Submitted 05/14/09
Owner response: Honest to God, this is not a relative! - WTD
Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec $1325/week .. $2325/(2 wks) .. $3700/(4 wks) Apr-May, Sep-Oct $2250/week .. $4100/(2 wks) .. $6400/(4 wks) Jun-Aug (2 wk min*) $5250/(2 wks) .. $8400 (4 wks) Holiday (2 wks) $4100/(2 wks) Rental period is Fri-Fri * single weeks sometimes available: please inquire
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Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: Restoring an old country farmhouse was a far more adventuresome approach to midlife crisis than a Corvette. We wanted, and have achieved, not just a place to stay but a wonderful place to live.
Why the Owner Chose St. Remy de Provence:
Mas Capon was a 2nd choice, after the first choice near Tarascon fell through. What a fortunate development!!! A much better location, a much more charming property, and wonderful neighbors (as our guests soon discover).
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The comfort of the Mas - both indoors and outdoors, the serenity of the neighborhood, an easy 3 minute drive to the village of St. Remy, and a central location in "The Heart of Provence".
- Primary: (303) 838-9570
- Secondary: (720) 255-4911 (Colorado, USA)
Mas Capon - with the Lavender in bloom
Le Sejour - the fireplace is wonderful in late fall, winter and early spring
La Cuisine - a gourmet's kitchen, well equipped, with a fine supply of cookbooks
Chambre des Herbes - Ground floor, Queen Bed, Ensuite bathroom
Chambre des Fleurs - Queen Bed, Sleep under Van Gogh's stars
Sous L'Olivier La Vie Est Belle
Maison d'Ete - heated pool, barbecue, dining under cover or under the olive tree
L'Atelier - stereo, big screen TV, travel library
Chambre du Maitre - King Bed, Ensuite bathroom with hydromassage tub/shower
Chambre des Olives - sleeps four - 2 twins, trundle, loft bed
Les Jardins - Early summer
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