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a new page was added => link above – next to the home and about sections – with maps of the region. Relevant regional maps will be added peu à peu.

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blue shutters

Saignon

7,000 SqF, including a chapel and an orangery, the bastide is built on a huge planted ground. Saignon is the nearest village, perched at the top of a hill behind a large rock which dominates the valley. Blue sky included most of the time…

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PS: If you prefer green shutters higher in the mountains…

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aix

pioline

If you try to understand the “bourgeois” way of life in Provence, you should visit the surroundings of Aix-en-Provence, where huge bastides can be found. The bigger ones would be called castles anywhere else : they were both holiday and agricultural domains, and where occuped in the summer time by wealthy families from Aix and Marseille, when the heat became oppressive…

[picture: château de la Pioline, hotel

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A few bastides have become famous and have contributed to the international popularity of Provence and its way of life.

Among them, the Château la Canorgue [picture below] in Bonnieux,  main setting of the film A Good Year (2006) by Ridley Scott and the Bastide Neuve in La Treille, setting of the novel La Gloire de mon Père (1957) that belonged to its author Marcel Pagnol.

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hyères

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This amazing property has all the characteristics of the classical bastide. Built during the 18th and 19th century, the house is set in a park, and boasts wonderful reception rooms. The property is sold by its owner.

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