Welcome to Fontaine des Magnarelles
Where does the name of our Bastide come from?
A bit of history to understand!
We are located in a green area covered by orchards and lavender, whose soil is animated by many small Sorgues, called the Sorguettes (small streams of water). The surrounding villages have kept the atmosphere of ancient times, and have kept the many fountains that once were highly active social places.
And also a bit of geography!
Our name is also inspired by the nearby village of Fontaine de Vaucluse and its natural 300m deep fountain, making it a unique place in the world.
Finally a bit of economy!
Our bastide has been built in the late XVIIIth century during the rise of silk production in Provence. The "magnaneries", surrounded by mulberry trees, allowed for the breeding of silkworms. The "magnarelles" were the mistresses in charge of the place back then.
Chantal & Jean-François
Our beloved mascot
Who are we?
Our love for Provence goes back to our childhood, having both grown up in the region. Nevertheless, our careers have led us to live in different regions of France and abroad, but it is in Provence that we came back to find the azure sky and the soft sun that accompany many months of the year.
The pleasure of living in a smiling population with a singing accent, the rhythm of the markets and their local products take you away from the stress of big cities.
Throughout your stay, we will care for your comfort and your well-being. We speak English and will enjoy exchanging with our non French-speaking visitors ... sometimes even using our hands!
Lots of green and blue around the house.
THE SWIMMING POOL
If the sound of the fountain is not enough to keep you cool during long summer days, our swimming pool (8x4m) welcomes you for some well-deserved relaxation.
Find your ideal spot to enjoy some reading or resting in the 3000 square meters of the park under the lime tree, the mulberry tree, the fig tree, the walnut trees or the olive trees.
The terrace is at your disposal, and for the breakfast that we offer you everyday with fresh local products. You can also use the terrace if you wish to stay in for lunch and dinners.
A private parking is also at your disposal inside our closed park. You can enter through the gate using a code.
In the old barn, we have arranged a reception room accessible from the outside terrace in which you can find:
A fully equipped kitchenette (fridge, hotplates, sink, microwave, dishwasher, dishes) to prepare your meals if you want to stay in the tranquility of the house.
A relaxing lounge with many books at your disposal on the region, touristic information, novels, and board games.
A large table to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner if the weather is cool or uncertain.
You have the choice among of variety of local products to start your day the right way. The selection varies depending on season to offer you only the most fresh and tasty ingredients. Provence ranks first in organic cultivated area in France!
Enjoy fresh fruit juices, tarts, fruit salads, and other regional specialties during your stay. Of course, different French breads (some without gluten), along with typical pastries will be available. Breakfast is served everyday between 8:30 and 10:00 AM on the terrace, or in the lounge depending on the weather.
The swimming pool area is available everyday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Sun loungers and a minibar are at your disposal.
Board games and books are also available in the lounge.
You can book massages and well-being treatments with our professional service at home.
Peace of mind for your car
The private carpark is located inside our gated park.
You will need a code to open the gate and enter the property.
WiFi is available in all rooms free of charge.
We speak English and love to discuss with our non-francophone guests.
- A small kitchen is available in the guest lounge. Store your food and cook your meals at your convenience.
- A fine dining restaurant as well as a pizzeria are located in the nearby village, accessible within 3 minutes by car.
- Plenty of restaurants are available within only 10 min by car.
If you wish, we can recommend restaurants according to your desires and book a table for you.