Former Templar “relais” with heated pool and panorama of the Chaîne des Alpilles
- english, french, italian, dutch
About Jean-Claude Sheen
Hello, I want to introduce myself in order to reassure you about the seriousness of this rental in this idyllic place of Les Baux-de-Provence with which I fell in love. Retired, but still active, I’ve always worked in tourism. For many years, I’ve been a member of the Tourism Great Council after being co-founder of the Professional Union of Travel Agencies. Currently president of the Lions Club JSP and manager of the Royal Society UBJET that unites Tourist Journalists and Writers. Initiator of the twining of Brussels Golf Club and Les Baux-de-Provence Golf. My passion for cinema as a film maker allowed me to discover this enchanting site where is set “La Voûte 1667” where, as would say Charles Baudelaire in “Invitation to the Voyage”: “There all is order and beauty, luxury, peace, and pleasure”. A promising introduction!
Jean-Claude Sheen purchased this Mas in 1965
Why Jean-Claude Sheen chose Les Baux-de-Provence
To let you enjoy this enchanting site.
What makes this Mas unique
The place, the central location to discover the richness of Provence, the kindness of Provencal inhabitants, the quietness while being close to the tourist activities of the village of Maussane-les-Alpilles and the old village of Les Baux that is classified most beautiful village of France.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Piscine chauffée avec volet couverture de protection mais rien ne remplace la vigilance
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Overall, a bit disappointing...
Villa very well-located with large grounds & gardens, privacy and character, great views from the heated pool, and a friendly, accommodating hostess, but there are maintenance and other issues.
Most serious is an endemic mold/mildew issue everywhere inside (incl all BRs, not just the lounge as previously claimed). Even after thoroughly ventilating everywhere, the smell returns after just a few hours closed up, and is bad enough that we experienced respiratory symptoms. The mildew has got inside the (otherwise excellent) bedroom AC units so the smell worsens when the AC is used.
Other maintenance issues: several damaged, torn, loose or missing screens on windows, lights burned out or not working (incl Boules Court), poorly cleaned floors, Electrical outlets hanging loose, fountain pumps not working, BBQ not cleaned/maintained (huge grease fire on first use, erratic lighting/gas supply), plugged drain in ensuite shower (we fixed), un-trimmed shrubbery makes difficult access to the sun lounge beside the pool.
There is some kind of electrical/grounding problem: we got electric shocks from the TVs and some other appliances, and even our own laptops when plugged into the villa, particularly if standing on the stone floor in bare feet.
Poor WIFI internet speed and signal quality.
Perhaps due to the holes in the screens, or maybe the fact that the lounge can only be ventilated by leaving exterior doors open (with no screens), there are mice in the villa, bold ones, not just eating and contaminating food but also waking us at nite nibbling our fingers, hair, etc in bed. !! Our request for mouse traps was not actioned. Some of the damage (chewed towells and eaten food) appears to be from something larger, but the mice we can confirm 100% from many sightings and too-close encounters.
Bathrooms consist of the equivalent of 2 full bathrooms split between 3 locations, with one shower and basin inside a bedroom closet, one 4-pc bath (toilet, basin & bath with shower) in the hall, and one additional toilet in a separate cubicle. No bathroom on upper bedroom floor.
There are some lovely bits of character ... stonework, beam ceilings, arches and wood doors... , but also small bathrooms with painted vinyl flooring on the walls and a tiny cramped kitchen with little counter space. These things do not appear in the photos. Overall, this villa does not quite live up to the photos and description and would benefit from more attentive maintenance.
A Really Good Week In France!
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the facilities are good and beds very comfortable. TV has a few English channels but a DVD player may be an enhancement in the event of a rainy day. Arrival greeting very good. Pool excellent and literally 3 steps from the door!
Enjoyed touring the locality. Supermarket a bit of a trek but easily manageable and Maussane Les Alpilles (next village) delightful with decent shops, cafes and restaurants - St Remy de Provence (other nearby town) also very good but a bit more crowded than Maussane.
Not a single feral cat in sight!!
Good location and many amenities
The owner was pleasant to deal with, as we made do with my limited French and his English. The property listing indicates "credit card accepted" but this is not true. The owner would not take a credit card and said the listing was inaccurate. I don't know why the listing hasn't been changed to correct this error. (It's relatively simple to make a bank transfer from the U.S. to the owner, but I personally prefer being able to use credit cards.)
I booked the property for a group of 5 people, to follow a week in Paris, but unfortunately my husband and I had to return home a week early for medical reasons, and so the three others stayed in the property. This review of the property is based on their reports to me. They reported that the property was very nice and beautifully situated in the countryside with friendly neighbors and a courteous local contact (Diane). The house has most of the amenities one would want--wifi, full kitchen, heated pool and grill, air conditioning, etc., and so it was conducive to having a pleasant stay. The pool was especially enjoyable.
Nevertheless, a few things about the property must be mentioned: 1) The old (17th century?) part of the house is unpleasantly musty, and this is only relieved by leaving the windows open all the time. 2) The neighborhood is home to a horde of feral cats who invade the house at any opportunity. On the first day when everyone left to go touring, the cats found their way into the house by pushing through the screens.. They went throughout the house, and also made a mess of the kitchen garbage. The only way to keep the cats out was to have the windows and doors closed at all times, not the best situation if you want to enjoy the fresh air and wanted to combat the mustiness. 3) The house is not an unattached single family residence but is attached to another residence. That said, the neighbors were terrific and very helpful.
Thank you for your review. We sincerely appreciate your taking time to provide your comments.
It is a real shame you could not make it to arrive at our beautiful mas! We constantly do our best to please our guests and try to improve year after year their stay.
We normally do not work with credit cards as it is indicated on the page of our rental.Maybe their was a confusion on the website announcement. We will maybe soon decide to accept credit cards for the future.
We deeply apologize for the inconvenience caused by these cats, we were not aware at that time of their presence but the problem has been solved the week after the departure of your friends as I am the owner of the near second residence and have very strict rules for our tenants.They left the place for good! I like to remember that the second residence you’re talking about is clearly separated from the mas and both enjoy their own private areas,they are opposite and do not look in the same direction and do not interfere at all, moreover it is a yearly rental,rented now by a very nice couple who will be pleased to help in any case. it has been always appreciated by our guests.
For what concerns the musty atmosphere in the living room we never received any complaints about that as it is the historical part of the house, an authentic completely refreshed XVIIth century arched living room built only with natural stones from Les Baux de Provence’s ancient stones quarry, so it is supposed to be nice and fresh all year long and even more enjoyable in the winter time thanks to the fireplace.We really do not know what could have happened to make it unpleasant so we are really sorry about that.Our latest guests did not notice anything wrong.
Nonetheless, we installed now new mosquito nets in the living room to give our guests the possibility to enjoy day and night the provençal natural scents coming from the gardens,surrounding hills and olive trees fields without being annoyed.
We wish you all the best and really hope to welcome you back one day in one of the most beautiful region of southern France.
Calme et confortable mas avec superbe vue!
Séjour d’une semaine très agréable dans cette propriété chargée d’histoire. Le mas est charmant, parfaitement entretenu, ainsi que la piscine. Nous avons apprécié le calme de l’environnement et la superbe vue sur le château des Baux. La climatisation dans les chambres est vraiment très appréciable. Le propriétaire est attentif à ses hôtes et c’est à saluer!
Nous n’hesiterons pas à revenir à La Voûte !
Merci pour cette gentille appréciation.
En cas de problème (ce qui est rare) ou de souhaits de la part du vacancier, je me mets toujours un point d'honneur à toujours y répondre le plus rapidement possible afin de procurer le maximum de bien-être au locataire. Ceci grâce aussi à une équipe de professionnels sur place sur qui je puis compter.
Encore un grand merci pour votre appréciation qui récompense tous nos efforts pour la mériter.
Beautiful and quiet location with stunning views
This is a very cozy and well equipped house with beautiful gardens! We especially enjoyed the incredible sunsets over the Chateau Les Baux. In the garden and around the pool you find several seating areas for every time of the day, and we took advantage of the Petanque as well as of the great barbecue. The owner is very friendly and helpful. We had a lovely week!
Ce Mas, véritable Âme au sein d'un site paradisiaque, nous a permis de passer 15 jours de bonheur et de paix totale. Notre fils et son ami, 15 ans, ont également apprécié ce site incroyable et ont grandement profité de la superbe piscine.
En cas de besoin, Carine (voire son époux), répond extrêmement gentiment à tout besoin ou demande. Les personnes en charge de la piscine et du jardin ont été également d'une grande gentillesse.
Concernant le Mas, tous les équipements nécessaires sont présents et la clim dans les chambres est très appréciable. Le salle voûtée et l'ensemble transpirent la tradition et l'histoire.
En conclusion... nous reviendrons !!!
Michaël et Priscille
Très touché par votre gentille appréciation qui nous fait particulièrement plaisir au vu du dévouement que réserve nos différents intervenants (entretien mas, jardin, piscine, etc)
afin que nos locataires soient assurés de passer un excellent séjour dans ce mas idyllique. Même n'étant pas personnellement sur place nous veillons à tout moment à la sérénité de nos hôtes. j'espère que l'installation d'un home cinéma grand écran vos aura particulièrement fait plaisir.
Avec toute mon Amitié
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: 9 Km
Arles: 15 Km
Sea: 40 Km
Lake: 0.3 Km
Shops: 1 Km
Town centre: 1 Km
The wonderful Les Baux-de-Provence Golf as well as the best restaurants of France (L' Oustau de Baumaniere, La Cabro d'Or, La Benvengudo, etc.) are a few minutes from the property as the old village of Les Baux, the Cathédrale d’Images with its many shows, Val d’Enfer and the many famous wine and olive growing estates that produce remarkable wines (white, rosé and red wine) and olive oils.
The village of Maussane-les-Alpilles with its square, its many establishments appreciated by many cinema and television stars and its shopping and medical centres is 900 m. The national police force is located on the main road 500 m from the property.
The Provencal farmhouse is centrally located so that you can enjoy beautiful day trips in Arles, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and its Glanum, the Vaucluse Fountain, the Camargue, etc.
Other activities: strolls in the Chaîne des Alpilles.
Golf: several nearby golf courses.
500 m: wonderful Les Baux-de-Provence Golf twinned with the Brussels Golf Club.
In Mouriès: the Servannes Golf.