The earliest recorded inhabitants of the Les Alpilles mountains date back to 2,500 BC. A little later, the Romans arrived and built the town of Glanum, a stage post on the Via Domitia, connecting Italy to Spain.
Today the landscape around Les Alpilles is dominated with vineyard and pretty market towns. St Remy-en-Provence, Les Baux-en-Provence and Maussane-les-Alpilles are amongst the most popular, but many more dot the extraordinary landscape and national park, in many ways little changed since its first custodians.
Less than 2km from Maussane is Villa Les Alpilles, a charming, fully modernised farmhouse, overlooking three hectares of prairie and with Les Alpilles mountains as a backdrop. Four bedrooms in the main house, and a further independent bedroom near the pool, provide comfortable, air-conditioned accommodation for up to 10 guests.
Traditional stone façade, terracotta roof and wooden beamed ceilings provide character and authenticity to an otherwise fully updated villa. A well-equipped kitchen and open plan living-dining area leads onto a surrounding terrace with shade, and beyond a lovely pool surrounded with lawn.
Bedrooms are styled in neutral tones and come with en suite shower rooms. The master bedroom on the upper floor of the main house also comes with walk-in shower and bathtub.