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

Information provided by OT Fontvieille

Nearby

  1. The Mas Of Emilia

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  2. La Part des Anges

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  3. Mas Des Collines

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  4. Auberge des Balastres

    Cuisine de Provence

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Where to stay

La Part des Anges
B&B

La Part des Anges

Le Paradou

Beautifully situated in the small village of le Paradou, South des Baux de Provence and West of Maussane les Alpilles, the mas overlooks very beautiful garden, providing a soothing coolness during the summer season.Include a terrace sheltered by a gazebo overlooking a summer dining room near…

The Mas Of Emilia
B&B

The Mas Of Emilia

Fontvieille

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.…

Gite La Treille
Holiday rental

Gite La Treille

Tarascon

Near the Alpilles, among Tarascon and Fontvieille, beautiful property completely fenced facing the Chapelle St Gabriel (on the D33). At the guests' disposal, 2 hectares of olive trees and green spaces, swimming pool (5x10 m) open from 15/04 to 15/10, children games on a closed area, fitness and…

Fontvieille L'oustau
B&B

Fontvieille L'oustau

Fontvieille

2 spacious rooms for 2 to 4 people in a 19th century building, in the village centre with independent bathrooms - garden - air conditioning - parking

Villa Regalido
Hotel

Villa Regalido

Fontvieille

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…

Mas Saint Joseph
B&B

Mas Saint Joseph

Fontvieille

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.

Thym
Holiday rental

Thym

Fontvieille

In a Provencal setting, this gite adjoins 3 other gites in a building near the owners' house. Walk around the hill to discover Alphonse Daudet's mill and the Roman aqueduct at Barbegal or continue to the village of Fontvieille. Ground floor: kitchen/living room, Wi-Fi nd TV/TNT. Upper floor: 2…

Hôtel Belesso
Hotel

Hôtel Belesso

Fontvieille

Hôtel Belesso - Restaurant Belvédère Ce domaine hôtel - restaurant de 38 chambres avec son parc de 7ha est un lieu unique bâti sur les anciennes carrières de pierre de Fontvieille. Dans le parc vous trouvez la grande piscine chauffée, bordée de plages en pierre de Fontvieille, et son…

Gite De Hugolin
Holiday rental

Gite De Hugolin

Fontvieille

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

Things to do

Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet
Monument

Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet

Fontvieille

Built in 1814, the Saint Pierre Windmill ground wheat for a century until 1915. In 1935, the Society of Friends of Daudet's Windmill decided to turn it into a museum dedicated to Alphonse Daudet and containing the poet's works. This windmill has been visible from the outside since 2012, but the…

Atelier d'un siège à l'autre
Craftsman

Atelier d'un siège à l'autre

Fontvieille

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.

Moulin du Saint Jean
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Moulin du Saint Jean

Fontvieille

Driven by tradition and an ancestral knowledge of olives, Jean Paul Sourdon, the great-grandson and grandson of oil-pressers, opened his own mill in June 1998. Tradition and modernity come together, and the yellow gold olive oil is covered by the Vallée des Baux-de-Provence AOC. The selection of…

Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal
Monument

Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal

Fontvieille

The aqueducts, remains of which can still be seen near the Barbegal mill, are a diversion of the 'De Caperon', aqueduct which channelled water from the southern slope of the Alpilles. The construction techniques used for the section before the mill differ from those observed on the route of the…

Les Délices de Daudet
Producer

Les Délices de Daudet

Fontvieille

Gourmet Patisserie - Ice Cream - Chocolates

Mas de l'Ange
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Mas de l'Ange

Fontvieille

The Mas de l'Ange in Fontvieille definitely takes its name from the kindness and hospitality of its owners. In his farm, Mr Monnier produces traditional olive oils, cracked olives, black olives, olive creams, tapenades, jams and his speciality, olive jam, which is available for tasting.

Rucher de la Cala Melosa
Family recreation

Rucher de la Cala Melosa

Fontvieille

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,…

GIUSTI S L
Producer

GIUSTI S L

Fontvieille

Depuis 1981, la famille Guisti vous propose des plats à emporter, spécialités de pâtes fraîches, pizzas, feuilletés ainsi que des produits régionaux et italiens.

Where to eat

Villa Regalido
Food guide restaurant

Villa Regalido

Fontvieille

Notre Chef vous propose un menu différent chaque jour à base de produits frais et de saison, où légumes, herbes de Provence, huile d'olive de moulins, se marient pour votre plus grand plaisir.

La Table du Meunier
Food guide restaurant

La Table du Meunier

Fontvieille

Menus: € 26 - € 34 + menu. Specialities: tian of lamb with basil, minced rabbit with thyme, crispy zander with sorrel and lavender crème brûlée. Capacity: indoors 30 to 50. Shady terrace: 50. Private car park. Henhouse dating back to 1765

La Cuisine au Planet
Food guide restaurant

La Cuisine au Planet

Fontvieille

Dish of the day € 11; meal deal € 16 and fixed menu € 20 for lunch; as well as the menu, meal deal € 25 and fixed menu € 30 for lunch and dinner

L'AMI PROVENCAL
Food guide restaurant

L'AMI PROVENCAL

Fontvieille

L avis de Gault&Millau sur le restaurant L'Ami Provençal : Elle est bien jolie, l'histoire que Fanny et Yoann Palmero commencent à écrire dans cet écrin de pure Provence. Fontvieille, c'est un village pour Mistral et Daudet réunis, et cette maison sur la placette, prolongée par une très…

Auberge des Balastres
Cuisine de Provence

Auberge des Balastres

Fontvieille

Notre bastide de charme à caractère familial, adhère à la Charte des Logis. La restauration est uniquement ouverte le soir sauf le lundi.

Inspirations

Lights, Camera, Action! Provence and the Movies

Lights, Camera, Action! Provence and the Movies

The history of cinema in Provence dates back many years. And similarly to the region's artistic hall of fame, it was inspired by light...

As you may know, the very first moving picture was screened by the Lumière brothers ('Lumière' meaning 'light') on September 21st, 1895 in La Ciotat.

Provence's markets

Provence's markets

Terroir

A fertile region with many local products and specialities

The 'OM'

The 'OM'

Lifestyle

The 'OM' is more than just a symbol, it's a way of life!

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

Tradition

Christmas festivities, culture and tradition in the land of the 'Santon' figurine