The heated 10 x 4m swimming pool is set in the midst of manicured gardens. There are comfortable teak sun-loungers with padded cushions to recline on. A half-court for tennis and basketball was added recently.
Ideally located in the quaint village of Le Paradou it's just a few minutes walk to butchers, bakers, grocery store and restaurants. Bicycles are provided for the easy 10 minute ride to nearby Maussane-les-Alpilles with its bustling cafes, restaurants and commerce. The villa is located within walking distance of the very popular and well-loved Bistro du Paradou, and a short drive to the Michelin starred Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux de Provence. This home away from home is within minutes of the Domaine de Manville golf course, and less than a 10 minute drive from the Golf de Servanes at Mauries.
No expense has been spared to ensure that Clos Paradou is an idyllic retreat, and it is the little thoughtful touches as much as the impressive decoration that make it so special. If you can bear to be parted from the tranquility of lazing on a sunlounger by the pool, Clos Paradou is situated in the heart of the Alpilles, making it an ideal location to the explore the region with only a 15-20 minute drive to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or Arles.
This image gives a better idea of the layout of the house and grounds. To the right of the swimming pool, the other side of the garden wall, you find the newly renovated cinema room, photographed a little further down this description.
An evening shot of the private pool and gardens. Perfect for al fresco dining Clos Paradou has a well furnished outdoor terrace adjacent to the pool with a covered pergola, teak dining table and chairs, a Weber Genesis gas BBQ and plancha.
The sitting room has the ambiance of a French Salon, with the grandeur of the large stone built fireplace, period style furniture and chandelier giving a traditional Provençal country estate feel, whilst the Bose speakers, Panasonic flat screen tv with French Canal Plus satellite and dvd player add a touch of modernity. Large spacious windows and french doors fill the room with light and offer wonderful views of the pool and gardens. Just off the lounge is a guest cloakroom with wc and sink. There is a piano as of 2017.
The impressive dining room has character and rustic charm combined with luxurious touches such as the candelabra on the large dining table and the beautiful chandelier lighting the whole room.The lovely old dresser is well stocked with china and fine glassware for elegant dining. The open plan sitting area next door is reached down two steps. Music is provided for entertaining in both rooms via an Ipod docking station and Bose speakers.
The rag-rolled walls and wooden kitchen table give the kitchen an authentic rustic Provençal ambiance. This well equipped kitchen is a cook's dream with a Lacanche range that has a gas oven and five burners. The marble worktops are filled with modern amenities including Whirlpool microwave and grill, kettle, juicer, toaster, Cuisinart coffee maker, Nespresso machine, Cuisinart blender and a Magimix food processor.
A housekeeper comes in from Monday through Friday for 6 hours per day. Pool service is also provided during the week.
The cinema room benefits from state of the art equipment, and being detached from the main house there's no problem to increase the surround sound volume to get the full cinematic experience. The cinema room has its own bathroom.
The double en-suite separate studio is set within the grounds of the well kept gardens. A spacious 25m² room with 160 cm four poster double bed, decorated to create the French country style with the emphasis on furnishings that are old world and welcoming. The rustic is skillfully blended with the contemporary to create a modern en-suite shower room with large walk in shower, heated towel rail, sink and wc - this is relaxed living at its best.
The Ground floor 180cm king-sized double bedroom is en-suite, located just off the lounge it is accessed down one step. The fireplace makes for cosy winter evenings, and the room is light and spacious, with a door leading to the gardens and pool area.
An internal corridor from the master bedroom is lined with fitted wardrobes and a separate WC before you reach the en-suite bathroom. There is a vast Italian shower wet room, roll top bath, modern vanity unit and heated towel rail.
The first floor master bedroom is a 180cm double en-suite, and is reached from the stone staircase off the lounge area. It is of very generous proportions with a sitting area, high ceilings and exposed oak beams, and has wonderful views of the gardens and pool. A corridor off the sitting area leads to the en-suite bathroom.
Accessed from the stone staircase next to the kitchen this first floor 180cm double bedroom is en-suite and has views of the pool and gardens. A little writing bureau with tapestry upholstered chair sits next to one window and there are also two occasional chairs to unwind in after a long day.
Accessed from the stone staircase off the lounge area, this first floor 180cm king-sized double en-suite bedroom has views of the gardens. Very well furnished, along with a carved period writing desk and chair there is also a sitting area with two occasional chairs to relax in, and a door just to the right of the bed leads to a small dressing area.
A prestige rental in Paradou, Provence, South of France.
Clos Paradou is a beautiful Provencal "Mas" (farmhouse) with a very high level of comfort for up to 12 people, enclosed in its own 2,600 sqm private grounds right in the centre of the charming village of Le Paradou - situated between the Baux-de-Provence and Maussane-les-Alpilles at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range, and near St-Rémy-de-Provence. This really is the perfect luxury holiday villa rental for a group of adults who appreciate the finer things in life.
Set in beautifully manicured gardens with a 10 x4 m heated private pool, Clos Paradou is a traditional Provençal stone built "mas" furnished to a very high standard. The villa is completely enclosed by walls. The interior is both tasteful and refined, many of the rooms are decorated in period style with fine antique furniture, works of art and chandeliers.
A studio nestling in the corner of the gardens offers romantic and very private accomodation for a couple, with the remaining spacious bedrooms located in the main property. All six double bedrooms are ensuite and air-conditioned, each furnished with antiques, interesting artefacts and fine linens. Two of the bathrooms have both bathtub and shower.
No expense has been spared to ensure that Clos Paradou is an idyllic retreat, and it is the little thoughtful touches as much as the impressive decoration that make it so special - the silver trays on bedside tables with a water glass for bedtime, the embroidered laundry bags hanging in the bathrooms, everything is designed to pamper. This villa really has it all.
Housekeeping and pool service is included Monday through Friday.
The same architect owner has another stunning villa in the village of Eygalières, the Mas des Alpilles, also perfect for a hedonistic vacation in Provence.
Click here to see the property description for Mas des Alpilles.