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Mas Capon: Gloriously Comfortable 18th C. Farmhouse, w. Gardens, Heated Pool

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Gloriously Restored 1750 Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms, 3.25 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Mas Capon is a year-round vacation home located just west of St. Rémy de Provence, 'The Heart of Provence'.

The St. Remy area 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 due 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, sheep, 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.

Upon booking, all guests receive our 'Guide Mas Capon' (subtitled 'Who Needs Michelin?') highlighting local sites, shops, markets and restaurants. The Guide also includes information about flights, trains, car rental, arrival details and a list of favorite books to explore before your visit.

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, numerous weekend festivals and a spectacular Wednesday morning market.

Nearby are incredible outdoor markets (one or more for each day of the week), Roman ruins, castles and walled towns, walks and biking 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 town's marvelous Sunday morning market. Wonder at the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans. 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. That's been 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 265 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. Our 'Guide' contains the name of a chef who will come, give a cooking lesson and prepare a gourmet meal.

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. (The linked website - currently under reconstruction - contains 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. (He pronounced the Saturday market in Arles as the best he'd ever seen!) 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 of French and Provencal 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. Antoine's recipes are based on those of Antoine's mother and grandmothers.

There is a one-week minimum stay at Mas Capon, two weeks in High Season (summer). The rental period is normally Friday-Friday because it suits the experience better for our guests in terms of such things as supermarket opening times, car rentals, the Saturday morning market in Arles, etc. But Saturday-Saturday is sometimes possible. Note that there is a discount on the weekly rate for two week and longer stays.

We have chosen to accept payments directly by cheque or bank draft. This keeps our rental rate a bit lower by avoiding bank/credit card fees. It also avoids the ever-increasing problems associated with on-line identity theft.

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More Details

Owner
William Dooley
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 31, 2017

About William Dooley

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 charming place to stay but a wonderful place to live.

William Dooley purchased this chateau / country house in 1998

Why William Dooley chose Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Mas Capon was a 2nd choice, after the first choice near Tarascon fell through. What a fortunate development!!! A much better location just 4 minutes from St. Remy's village center, a much more charming property, and wonderful neighbors (as our guests soon discover).

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The comfort of the Mas - both indoors and outdoors, the serenity of the neighborhood, an easy 4 minute drive to the village of St. Remy, and a central location in 'The Heart of Provence'.

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Amenities

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Ground Floor - toilet , shower , Designer bathroom with spectacular rain shower
    Salle D'Eau - toilet , Ground floor WC
    Poolhouse - toilet , shower , Salle' d'eau
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Double sinks, jetted tub and shower
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , shower , A 3 room suite for 2 bedrooms: double sinks, toilet, shower
  • Upstairs Bath, with separate rooms for double sinks, toilet, shower serves Chambre des Olives and Chambre des Fleurs.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master bedroom, ensuite bath
    Chambre Des Herbes - 1 queen , Ground floor bedroom, ensuite bath
    Chambre Des Fleurs - 1 queen , Van Gogh's stars in the skylight above the bed
    Chambre des Olives - 4 twin/ single , Twin beds, one with a trundle, and a single in the loft.
  • King size bed: (1) In Master bedroom (with ensuite bathroom), Queen size Beds: (2) One in each of two bedrooms. Downstairs bedroom has designer ensuite bathroom. Bed in the upstairs room sits below a large skylight for stargazers. Twin or Single Beds: (4) One bedroom with twin beds - one with trundle - and the 4th bed in a loft. Great room for kids.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Our 'Guide Mas Capon' lists a local chef who will prepare a meal at Mas Capon for less than the cost of a restaurant meal - and that includes a cooking lesson if you'd like. Yvan makes great use of the herbs we grow just outside the kitchen door.

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Mas Capon: Gloriously Comfortable 18th C. Farmhouse, w. Gardens, Heated Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
New York City
5

Fabulous getaway in Provence

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Mas Capon with another couple for 8 days at the end of August/beginning of September. It truly is a great old French farmhouse with a great pool, great modern kitchen with outdoor bar-b-que facilities by the kitchen and the pool, lots of bedrooms and nice modern bathrooms, many rooms to relax in. You will be charmed and spoiled at the same time. St. Remy is wonderful town...don't miss out on market day on Wednesday. We also took a drive to Cassis and had a day and half of beach time on the Mediterranean Sea, it was a great side trip. One bit of advice...try to arrive to Mas Capon during the daytime, its a little hard to find at night (the first time only). Truly fantastic vacation at a great venue in a great part of France. Looking forward to next time...five stars.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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st.louis,mo
5

mas capon

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2010
  • Stayed: April 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tallahassee, Florida
5

We stayed in Mas Capon wi...

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Honest to God, this is not a relative! - WTD
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Additional information about rental rates

Note: Two week low-season rental is $2325 (Save $325.) Two week mid-season rental is $4100 (save $350.)

Rental period is normally Friday-Friday, but Saturday-Saturday is sometimes possible.

Housekeeper @ 16 euros per hour, payable directly. She comes twice a week, works 3-4 hours. Owner pays her for the change-out at the end of your stay.

Non-refundable 25% deposit to secure reservation by check or bank draft. Balance 2 months prior to start of rental. Payments by cheque. I do not use online payment systems because I have twice had my credit cards compromised (but not by VRBO) in "very secure" transactions. (You also save because I have no credit card fees.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.