17th Century Mas in Quiet Provencal Village Le Paradou(7 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
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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Member since: 2009
- Max. occupancy 5
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
- Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Air Conditioning:
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace
- Wood Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 14 - Oct 14, 2017
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
Includes everything - utilities, cleaning once a week, use of computer and telephone.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 1991
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Paradou, France:
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.
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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arriving at the Mas du Vieux Charron
kitchen - Viking stove, table, fireplace. Marble countertops.
Library - couch, fireplace, Bukovnik monographs
Music room. Oscar, our Havanese dog (hypoallergenic).
Green bedroom: double bed
Master bedroom - queen bed, window over music room, armoire
view from the upstairs bathroom window
Round table under fig tree, at front of house
Wysteria over sitting area, garden
Entrance to pool area from fruit tree orchard. Cypress tree hedge to left.
At the swimming pool: chaises and pool house
nearby field of sunflowers
house, from the garden. Breakfast table under wysteria-covered arbor
Kitchen - pots & pans above sink
atelier - desk, computer, view of front garden
Music Room, Mueller tapestry on the floor, Rothschild couch, door to atelier
Green bedroom: single bed and armoire; fireplace at left
Upstairs bathroom: sink & tub; towel warmer-radiator
terrace, garden, orchard - from the house looking towards orchard & pool
garden & orchard, lavender in bloom
Well in the front garden
Pool & poolhouse, orchard beyond, cypress tree hedge on the right
Main street, le Paradou - boucherie left, boulangerie right, Bistrot ahead.
Jamie & Sasha Schneider, Mas du Vieux Charron, 1989
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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