Château de Montauban

Fontvieille - Monument

The residence, celebrated in the preface to 'Letters From My Windmill', was primarily a place of peace and relaxation for Alphonse Daudet, 'Blessed house, so many times have I come here to seek the healing touch of nature, to cure myself of Paris and its fevers...'
This superb building, with its late 18th century gabled façade, was the residence of the Ambroy family, which housed the author during his stays in Provence.
Daudet made regular stays there with his wife Julia from 1863, at the invitation of his cousins.
Nowadays, the building is open to private visitors during the summer season and all year round for groups, subject to booking.
The 'Fontvieille in History' exhibition presents the themes of Provençal, and more particularly Fontvieille, traditions. The place itself testifies to our village's rich historical heritage (as do a number of ancient and mediaeval monuments).
The first room pays tribute to Alphonse Daudet, whose stays in Fontvieille evoked this 'blessed house', where he was made to feel so welcome.
The second room is dedicated to Léo Lelée, painter of Arlésiennes, and to the Provençal costume which he played a large part in promoting in the early 20th century. More recent interpretations of the costume would be based on Lelée's classical version.
The third room is dedicated to the course camarguaise and bears the name of the famous raseteur Manolo Falomir.
The fourth room contains a Provençal nativity scene and the work of Fontvieille santon figurine-makers.
Since 2012, the Alphonse Daudet Museum has been housed inside the château through major works by the writer and translations of his internationally famous book 'Letters From My Windmill'.
There is a shop selling books by the author and Arterra santons representing the most famous characters from his books. You can also buy the souvenir medal (2006 model) from the Paris Mint.

  • Pets allowed
  • Public car park
  • Internet access

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Where to stay

Mas Saint Joseph
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Mas Saint Joseph

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On an olive production estate, at the foot of the Alpilles between Fontvieille and Baux de Provence. Four very characteristic guest rooms including two suites, swimming pool, 270 m2 solarium and parking.

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Gite De Hugolin

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Décorée aux couleurs de la Provence, agrémentée d'objets anciens et de collection, La Maison d'Ugolin peut accueillir 6 personnes.

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Villa Regalido

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An ancient oil mill in the heart of Provence. Flower garden and terraces where meals are served. Personalised rooms, some with private terrace. Restaurant: specialties: Provençal and méditerrannéennes flavours, creative and fun cuisine since 1964; we use local produce revealing them in a…

La Bastide De Fontvieille
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La Bastide De Fontvieille

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In the countryside, between Alpilles and Camargue and 5 minutes from the center of Fontvieille, beautiful new house on 2 levels, on a fenced garden of 2000m² with swimming pool (5x10 m) open from 1 April to 30 October. Terrace (42 m²) partly covered with garden furniture, barbecue. Ground…

Mas Des Collines
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Mas Des Collines

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Installée à Fontvieille dans la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, le Mas Des Collines est une maison de vacances indépendante.

La Ripaille
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La Ripaille

Fontvieille

Establishment of Provençal style located in the countryside between the villages of Baux de Provence and Fontvieille. In summer, dining on terrace. Custom half rooms with a balcony. Restaurant: culinary specialities: traditional and Provencal cuisine.

Le Clos Du Passant
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Le Clos Du Passant

Fontvieille

800 Meters from the village, quiet and in a closed property. Suite for 2 to 4 persons and a bedroom for 2 persons, all comfort, rooms of water and separate toilet, bathrobes and pool towels provided, hairdryer. Pets not allowed. Non-smokers. Access to swimming pool with owners agreement. Private…

The Draillette
B&B

The Draillette

Fontvieille

In the countryside - comfortable - from €58 € for 2 people with breakfast. Very quiet in the middle of olive groves and 4 hectares of apricot trees. Beautiful rose garden. Spacious, elegant, and very sunny rooms with great views from the balcony or terrace.

The Mas Of Emilia
B&B

The Mas Of Emilia

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At the gates of Fontvieille, just 3 minutes from the heart of the village, we will be happy to welcome you in spacious, air conditioned and very individual rooms. Fine shower room, separate toilet. Hearty home made breakfasts are served on the terrace between 8 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy the pool.…

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Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal

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La Cala Melosa (honeyed hive) is a farm located near the 12th century chapel of Saint Pierre d'Entremonts, where you can watch the hive and the bees at work. From honey extraction to potting, you can follow the different stages of the work of the bee keeper. Bee farmVisit: visit the hive,…

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Gil Grave, upholsterer, trained by the 'Compagnons du Devoir', welcomes you to her Fontvielle workshop. Restoration of old chairs, sale of designer fabrics, sale of chairs, making of curtains and cushions.

L'Eden Cinéma
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L'Eden Cinéma

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Authentic, air-conditioned cinema in the old village. Times and programmes available on the website www.fontvieille-provence.com

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Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet

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La Cuisine au Planet
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Le Patio
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