During this bridge month of late August into mid-September, when the gardens are a bit tired (especially after a mini-hurricane), I‘m remembering a garden from Instagram that has long intrigued me. What intrigued me even more are the house and outbuildings that surround this dream of a setting…which just coincidentally is available for let (or rent, as we’d say in the US).
Le Mas des Poiriers (the farmhouse of pear trees) is a large 18th century renovated barn in Provence with gardens by Dominique Lafourcade, the famed Provencal landscape architect. With a setting right out of a storybook…the 65 acres are on an island in the Rhone River sitting amidst working pear orchards and sunflower fields…you are provided the ultimate in privacy and seclusion. But should you wish to venture away from this idyllic setting for a day of discovery, you are within easy reach of Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, St Remy and Aix-en-Provence. But it is the gardens, and grounds, and pool, and dining al fresco that will always beckon you back…
For obvious personal reasons, one of my favorite images is the Orangerie (while it differs in style from ours at Parterre, it still carries the same romantic sensibilities…a French name for a garden building where orange trees are winterd over).
The 13,000 square foot main house (with seven bedrooms) and two additional bedrooms in the cottage, were created during the extensive renovation by the esteemed Alexandre Lafourcade. I can’t resist noting that the interiors feature Pierre Frey fabrics and Four Seasons beds, with dedicated high speed WIFI (not a small concern).
Hope you’ve enjoyed dreaming along with me! I’m already trying to concoct a reason to pull together my nearest and dearest for a week in Provence at Le Mas des Poiriers.
Oh, did I forget to mention that the house is staffed with a team of professionals…from culinary to housekeeping to laundry?
Au Revoir…see you in Provence.