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17th Century Mas in Quiet Provencal Village Le Paradou

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Last updated: 08/19/2014
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Les Baux de Provence house description


The Mas du Vieux Charron is a seventeenth century Provençal stone farmhouse. It formerly belonged to the violinist and conductor Alexander (Sasha) Schneider, who often gave concerts there. Pablo Casals, Isaac Stern, the Guarneri Quartet, Jaime Laredo, Peter Serkin, and many other musicians have stayed in the house and rehearsed in the enormous music room - two stories high and running the full length of the house, with a thirty foot high wood beam ceiling.

The house is light and airy, with about 3,500 square feet of floor space, consisting of, on the first floor, a kitchen, a library, a small bathroom with shower, a studio/office, and the music room; and on the second floor, of two bedrooms and a large bathroom with bath. There are windows in every room and large doors to the garden from every ground floor room.

The house is furnished with old French country pieces and a good supply of china, glassware, silverware, cooking utensils, linens and towels. The kitchen has a Viking stove and its antique wooden table will seat six to eight. There are three working fireplaces in the house: in the kitchen, the study, and the second bedroom; the atelier has a Godin wood-burning stove.

Cars may be parked on the gravel-covered area in front of the house. The surrounding garden has a round stone table, a well, fig trees, an almond tree and rose bushes, as well as rosemary, lavender and other herbs and flowers. Beyond the garden is an orchard with fifteen apricot, cherry, and pear trees, surrounded on two sides by cypress trees and on the third by oleander and laurel. There is a 5 m. x 10 m. swimming pool at the far end of the property, separated from the orchard by a stone wall, with a covered area and pool-house for changing or getting out of the sun.

The village of le Paradou is our idea of the perfect village in Provence - too small to attract many tourists, but large enough to have the basic conveniences, and within a half hour of Avignon, Arles, Tarascon, les Baux-de-Provence, St.-Rémy-de-Provence, Fontvielle and Nîmes, and an hour of Marseille. In easy walking distance are a bakery, grocery store, and two restaurants, one of them the famous Bistrot du Paradou.

There are four bicycles in the house, and bicycling on the back roads of Provence is fabulous. Located in the heart of the Alpilles, there are unlimited possibilities for walking and exploring within minutes.

Life in Provence is generally slow-paced, relaxed and enjoyable. The village, the house and the garden smell wonderfully of lavender and herbs. It's hard to describe the pleasure of opening the big wooden doors to let in the morning sunlight, or of having lunch beneath the fig tree in front of the house.

A nap after lunch is more or less required. Almost every day there is a great open-air market in one of the nearby towns: Arles, Beaucaire, Fontvielle, Maussane-les-Alpilles, St.-Martin-de-Crau, St.Rémy-de-Provence, or Tarascon. Wonderful local wines and olive oil are easy to find, as are Provençal fabrics and antiques.








Keywords: House

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Includes Viking stove, excellent selection of pots, pans, and knives....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Refrigerator
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishwasher

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            One bedroom has air conditioning....moreless

          • Parking Off Street
          • Washing Machine
          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Wood Stove
          • Wood Fireplace

          Other Amenities

              • Normal arrival time is after 3 PM on Monday. Normal departure time is before 10 AM on Monday. This allows our caretaker, Shirley Guerrey, to clean and prepare the house for the next guests....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Television:

                small TV set, best for watching DVDs...moreless

              • Stereo
              • CD Player
              • Video Library
              • Music Library
              • DVD Player

              Communications

              • Free Long Distance
              • Telephone
              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Gazebo
                  • Deck / Patio

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View

                      Activities

                      • Restaurants
                      • Antiquing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Shopping
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Cycling
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Swimming
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountain Biking
                       

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                      May 13-October 14, 2013 and 2014 ....$2,600/week
                      Other times, 2013 and 2014....$2,200/week
                      Rentals are Monday to Monday, with a minimum of one week.
                      

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                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1991

                      About the owner: I recently retired as the Executive Director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, and was formerly Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. 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.

                      Why the Owner Chose Les Baux de Provence:
                      I bought this house not as a vacation rental but as a place to spend the happiest time 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.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      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.


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                      Speaks: french, german, english

                       

                      Photos

                      • Mas du Vieux Charron, from drive

                        Mas du Vieux Charron, from drive

                      • kitchen - Viking stove, table, fireplace. Marble countertops.

                        kitchen - Viking stove, table, fireplace. Marble countertops.

                      • Library - couch, fireplace, Bukovnik monographs

                        Library - couch, fireplace, Bukovnik monographs

                      • Music room. Oscar, our Havanese dog (hypoallergenic).

                        Music room. Oscar, our Havanese dog (hypoallergenic).

                      • Green bedroom: double bed

                        Green bedroom: double bed

                      • Master bedroom - queen bed, window over music room, armoire

                        Master bedroom - queen bed, window over music room, armoire

                      • view from the upstairs bathroom window

                        view from the upstairs bathroom window

                      • Round table under fig tree, at front of house

                        Round table under fig tree, at front of house

                      • Wysteria over sitting area, garden

                        Wysteria over sitting area, garden

                      • Entrance to pool area from fruit tree orchard. Cypress tree hedge to left.

                        Entrance to pool area from fruit tree orchard. Cypress tree hedge to left.

                      • At the swimming pool: chaises and pool house

                        At the swimming pool: chaises and pool house

                      • nearby field of sunflowers

                        nearby field of sunflowers

                      • house, from the garden. Breakfast table under wysteria-covered arbor

                        house, from the garden. Breakfast table under wysteria-covered arbor

                      • Kitchen - pots & pans above sink

                        Kitchen - pots & pans above sink

                      • atelier - desk, computer, view of front garden

                        atelier - desk, computer, view of front garden

                      • Music Room, Mueller tapestry on the floor, Rothschild couch, door to atelier

                        Music Room, Mueller tapestry on the floor, Rothschild couch, door to atelier

                      • Green bedroom: single bed and armoire; fireplace at left

                        Green bedroom: single bed and armoire; fireplace at left

                      • Upstairs bathroom: sink & tub; towel warmer-radiator

                        Upstairs bathroom: sink & tub; towel warmer-radiator

                      • terrace, garden, orchard - from the house looking towards orchard & pool

                        terrace, garden, orchard - from the house looking towards orchard & pool

                      • garden & orchard, lavender in bloom

                        garden & orchard, lavender in bloom

                      • Well in the front garden

                        Well in the front garden

                      • Pool & poolhouse, orchard beyond, cypress tree hedge on the right

                        Pool & poolhouse, orchard beyond, cypress tree hedge on the right

                      • Main street, le Paradou - boucherie  left, boulangerie right, Bistrot ahead.

                        Main street, le Paradou - boucherie left, boulangerie right, Bistrot ahead.

                      • Jamie & Sasha Schneider, Mas du Vieux Charron, 1989

                        Jamie & Sasha Schneider, Mas du Vieux Charron, 1989

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                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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