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17th Century Mas in Quiet Provencal Village Le Paradou

Paradou, France
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms + Library, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

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.

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Peter Pastreich

Member Since 2009
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english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
Mar 03, 2018
About Peter Pastreich

I recently went back to work full time as Executive Director of American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, after 40+ years managing symphony orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony, and 15 years of "retirement" during which I consulted to orchestras and arts organizations, taught orchestra management, a mediated union negotiations. 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.

Peter Pastreich purchased this House in 1991

Why Peter Pastreich chose Paradou

I bought this house not as a vacation rental but as a place to spend the happiest times 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.

What makes this House unique

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)


        • 2 Bathrooms
          • 2

          Location Type

            • Mountain View


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Air Conditioning
                      One bedroom has air conditioning.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Free Long Distance
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Telephone
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Fireplace
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Includes Viking stove, excellent selection of pots, pans, and knives.
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator


                            • Dining Area


                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Music Library
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  small TV set, best for watching DVDs
                                • Video Library


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Gazebo
                                    • Outdoor Grill

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Private Pool


                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • cycling
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • swimming


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

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          8 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews


                                                          Karen E.

                                                          We’ve been visiting here on and off for years. It’s a beatiful place inside and out. The decor is amazing. When we visit we really don’t feel there are many other places to visit.

                                                          September at the Mas du Vieux Charron

                                                          NorthwestPortland, Oregon

                                                          Our family of five spend an idyllic week at the Mas du Vieux Charron; a delightful experience in every way! Every aspect was beautiful and even better than the pictures-- the comfort and design of each room, the artwork and music collection, the well-supplied kitchen, the garden and pool. The owner was very helpful, and our arrival and departure went smoothly. The property was well maintained, inside and out. We loved the bikes and helmets! The huge music room and sound system was fabulous! Cooking meals was a great pleasure. The village of Paradou is one of our favorites in all of France, and we walked and biked in all directions. We hope to be back for another taste of paradise at this beautiful mas.

                                                          True Provençal living-- tranquility

                                                          Quiet traveller

                                                          We visited during beautiful Spring weather. Phenomenal and authentic property situated in a very small village which is proximal to many key sites in Provence. Excellent base from which to explore the surrounding olive groves, wineries and town markets.

                                                          The home is exquisitely peaceful and conducive to relaxation and preparing wonderful meals to be enjoyed in the dining room, kitchen or garden. Lovely pool and courtyard, walk to patisserie, boulangerie and local organic markets. This is a truly memorable experience.

                                                          Unique house in the heart of Provence!


                                                          We are an anglo- french family with 3 children and enjoy coming to Le Paradou as much as we can! We spent two summers there and had kept an excellent memory of our stays: the house is beautifuly decorated in a provencal style with personal touches from the owners ( music, painting, photography) and the swiming pool is very agreable at any moment... The area is perfect for tourism ( this is probably the best spot in Provence!) and for those who love cooking (as myself) the markets and the products are just marvellous!

                                                          A wonderful week in le Paradou


                                                          A delightful house in a beautiful part of France. Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mas du Vieux Charron. The house is charming with an excellent kitchen and a wonderful garden and pool. Located within driving distance to so many sights, our week stay was not nearly long enough. The garden was beautifully maintained. Indeed, if we had not been so keen to explore Provence, we could have spent a very relaxing week eating "al fresco" in the garden and swimming in the sparkling pool. Peter, a very attentive owner, provided us with valuable information about the surrounding area, the market days for each village and local restaurant recommendations.

                                                          A Great Week in Provence

                                                          Kathleen O.-

                                                          We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Mas du Vieux Charron. The home and setting fit beautifully in the quaint little village of Le Paradou. We loved the proximity to the markets and relaxing by the pool while enjoying the local food and wine. It was great to be able to walk to boulangerie every morning and we loved dining at the house as well as the surrounding restaurants. The kitchen is well-equipped and the Viking stove is a plus. The owner was very accommodating and provided lots of information about the surrounding villages and markets. You couldn't pick a better locale.


                                                          Paradou, France

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                                                          Includes everything - utilities, cleaning once a week, use of computer and telephone.

                                                          8 Reviews
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