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.

  • Accessible for disabled
  • Public car park

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Nearby

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  3. Aire du Moulin

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  4. L'AMI PROVENCAL

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Where to stay

Cala Mélosa
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Cala Mélosa

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Gite de groupe insolite, sur le GR6, cette yourte mongole de 80 m2 est cachée dans les oliviers, dans une ferme apicole tournée vers le respect de la nature et l'écologie active. De nombreuses formules sont possibles : lune de miel, randonneurs, familles, découvertes autour des abeilles...

Mas Des Collines
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Mas Des Collines

Fontvieille

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

Villa St Joseph
Holiday rental

Villa St Joseph

Tarascon

In the countryside, surrounded by organic fruit orchards, house divided into 2 parts : the gite on the ground floor and a second appartment upstairs. Flowery courtyard (150 m²) with garden furniture, garage (washing machine). Kitchen / living room with sofa, flat screen TV, fitted kitchen (oven,…

Domaine de la Plantade
Holiday rental

Domaine de la Plantade

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Au pied des Alpilles, découvrez un site magnifique. Le gîte "Lou Pastre" est situé dans le grand mas provençal bicentenaire de La Plantade témoignant de la tradition provençale du pastoralisme autour du berger.

Pines
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Pines

Fontvieille

Flat land, half-shade, quiet. Set in a pine grove 1.5 km from the village (leave the village on the road to Baux-de-Provence, Maussane -turn right at the roundabout). 100 m2 marked pitches. Municipal swimming pool nearby (500m).

La Bastide De Fontvieille
Holiday rental

La Bastide De Fontvieille

Fontvieille

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…

Les Résidences de Virginie
Holiday rental

Les Résidences de Virginie

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Le Mazet
Holiday rental

Le Mazet

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The Balastres
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The Balastres

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A Provençal style establishment with cosy and comfortable rooms. Warm and friendly welcome. Fine traditional cuisine. Classed 3 "fireplaces" in the Charter of the Logis de France.

Things to do

Centre équestre des Enganes
Outdoor leisure

Centre équestre des Enganes

Fontvieille

The centre has 12 horses. Activities: Federal exam preparation, horse games, horse rental, horse boarding, horseback riding (non-members can access), horseback trekking (non-members can access) in Provence, Cévennes, Camargue, carriage rides, walks in the Alpilles all levels. Facilities:…

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 MAS DE DAUDET
Producer

MOULIN MAS DE DAUDET

Fontvieille

Céralier depuis 6 générations, nous cultivons, nous transformons à l'aide d'un moulin à meule de pierre et nous fabriquons des pâtes artisanales au blé dur.

Moulin du Saint Jean
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Moulin du Saint Jean

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Chapelle Saint Gabriel
Monument

Chapelle Saint Gabriel

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On the ancient site of Ernaginum, at the crossroads of the Via Agrippa and the Via Domitia, which later became a mediaeval stronghold, the 12th century Saint Gabriel Chapel and the former 13th century Château still testify to the site's prestigious past. A masterpiece of southern Romanesque…

Château d'Estoublon
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Château d'Estoublon

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Mas de l'Ange
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Mas de l'Ange

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L'Eden Cinéma
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L'Eden Cinéma

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MOULIN A PEINTURE / LA CIGALE
Souvenirs shopping

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Where to eat

Les Mazets des Roches
Cuisine de Provence

Les Mazets des Roches

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La Table du Meunier
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Villa Regalido
Food guide restaurant

Villa Regalido

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La Cuisine au Planet
Cuisine de Provence

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Le Patio
Food guide restaurant

Le Patio

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Food guide restaurant

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Cuisine de Provence

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Tradition

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The "Navette"

Terroir

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Serving tourism

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En accord avec les aspirations et les goûts de chacun, Provence Tourisme propose d’incontournables valeurs sûres comme des conseils pour sortir des sentiers battus, grâce à sa connaissance profonde du terrain et de par sa neutralité commerciale.