La Migoua, Pet-Friendly 4 Bedroom House with Fireplace and Garden
From $873 / week
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Nestled away in the heart of Provence, this ancient ‘mas’, or farmhouse is surrounded by vineyards, olive and fig trees and situated in the tiny hamlet of La Migoua. Five miles up the hill from the charming local village of Le Beausset, with its lively bars, restaurants and shops plus a spectacular open air market Friday market. The interior of this three floor house was completely renovated and redecorated in a bright, traditional style just last year.
Dating back to the 18th century the house comprises a huge kitchen/dining/living room on the ground floor furnished with local antiques, including a marble dining table that seats ten, a terracotta ...Read more
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For beach buffs, it is less than ten miles to the smooth sands of Les Lecques, one of the prettiest beaches on the entire coast. You can of course bring your own picnic and chairs and parasols, but if you want to splurge a bit, it is worth handing over the euros and investigating some of the more ‘private’ parts of the beach where the owners have set up outdoor showers, changing cabins, super-comfortable mattresses for lounging on, plus pedalos for sea excursions and most important of all, little restaurants where they serve everything from simple sandwiches and pizzas to full blown lunches of fresh fish, steak or pasta. Our family’s longtime favorite is called Bikini Beach and has been going strong for over fifty years.
But if you fancy something more adventurous and a touch less bourgeois there’s always the rocky splendor of Port d’Alon, near Sanary, which does involve a bit of clambering (maybe not the best for tiny children) but the payoff is far more privacy - once you have found the perfect flat rock right on the sea to call your own.
However if you want to venture a bit further afield, you should not miss the legendary “Calanques’, deep sapphire blue, narrow fjord-like inlets that dot the coast between Marseilles and Cassis. You can drive straight to ‘Les Calanques’, but it is probably much more fun to go to Cassis, wander round this charming old fishing village and pick one of the restaurants right on the port for an early lunch before hiring a local boat (plus driver, of course) and approach them from the sea.
Closer to home is Bandol, yet another lovely old town on the coast, with its spectacular open air market every Tuesday, which most locals consider the best in the region. (As with all markets you should try and arrive as early as possible in the morning, before the best fish have been snapped up by sharp elbowed locals and the
fruit and vegetables have begun to lose a bit of their spring as the temperature heats up.) Bandol also has a particular kind of glamour all of its own. Maybe it is the Casino, which will save you that exhausting drive to Monte Carlo, maybe it is the impressive size and quality of the yachts that fill the harbor, maybe it’s the sexy late-night bars and then again it may be the boutiques where the bikinis are tinier, the skirts shorter and the sandals strappier than in any other nearby place.
And talking of Bandol, let’s not forget that some of the very best wine and vineyards of the region tend to be concentrated in the surrounding countryside. And what is the point of coming to Provence if you don’t indulge in some serious wine tasting, always on the pretext of improving your knowledge of vintages and viticulture, of course?
Why not start out at the tippy top with two of the very best: the Domaine Tempier and Les Domaines Ott? Both are located in Le Plan du Castlellet (ten minutes from La Migou) and couldn’t be more different in style. Tempier has been in the Peyraud family for several generations, and is very much a family run establishment presided over by the legendary, Lulu Peyraud, who also happens to know all there is to know about Provencal food. If you know go there for a tasting – and you must – you’ll find a superb array of roses, but also an incredible red named La Migoua after its vineyard a stone’s throw from our own little hamlet of the same name. Lulu’s sons will help you choose which wines to buy but don’t forget to also pick up “Lulu’s Provencal Table’ before you leave. It is the only cook book you will need. Use it as your bible; get the ingredients for her boeuf en daube, fish stew or grilled daurade fish in the market, forage around our house for fresh fennel, thyme
and rosemary, uncork a bottle or two of Tempier wine and settle down in the shade of the plane tree on the terrace for a major – and entirely authentic and local – gastronomical feast.
Les Domaine Ott is an altogether different experience: much bigger, ritzier and more expensive with an almost chateau-sized house, but it is also a treat to visit. And who can resist their famous roses in their gorgeous, curvy, feminine bottles inspired by the shape of Roman amphorae? I certainly can’t.
Leaving the Mediterranean behind, you can also head due north, deeper into Provence where you’ll find an abundance of riches in the historic towns of Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nimes and Avignon. All founded originally by the Romans who named the region their ‘provincia’ which evolved into ‘Provence’, Aix is famous for its stately Cours Mirabeau, the wide central boulevard shaded with its double rows of ancient plane trees where you’ll want to settle down in the Deux Garcons café/restaurant for some serious people watching as well as a restoring glass or two of local Ricard pastis and a crocque monsieur. And should you find yourself with a surplus of euros (after your evening at the Bandol Casino?) then the peach colored Hotel Villa Gallici with its rambling terraces, swimming pool and lavender scented linen sheets, it the place to lay your head.
Both Arles and Nimes are well worth exploring for their serious Roman ruins: their huge amphitheaters still used for bullfights, the remnants of baths and at nearby St Remy, the ruins of an entire town. Avignon is dominated by the vast, palatial Palace of the Popes and is well known for its world famous arts festival that
takes place there every summer. If you decide to spend the night, or just want to indulge in a spectacular lunch of dinner, head for the divinely beautiful Hotel de la Mirande, a 17th century chateau, that overlooks the palace walls.
Further to the west, you won’t want to miss the massive Pont du Gard aqueduct, built by the Romans to bring fresh water from the hills to their towns, which is just as impressive as it was when it was first constructed two thousand years ago. Even farther west, on the Rhone delta is the huge expanse of La Camargue where wild horses roam free, sea salt is still produced in the traditional way by simply allowing sea salt to dry in the sun just outside the ancient medieval walled city of Augues Mortes.
Based at La Migoua, your choices are endless: loll about the cosy house and terrace with a few sun drenched sorties to the beach and local markets or hop in the car with your green and red Guide Michelins firmly in hand and roam around one of the most beautiful, fascinating and historic regions in the whole world. Or why not combine both experiences? It is entirely up to you.
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