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

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Where to stay

Fontvieille L'oustau
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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

Gite La Treille
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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…

Lou Pastre
Holiday rental

Lou Pastre

Fontvieille

In the Baux de Provence valley, on a beautiful land of 55 hectares of meadows and organic olive trees, charming gite in a XVIIIth century farmhouse, adjoining the owners'. Quiet environment for sure. Ground floor: fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace (free wood). 1 bedroom (1 bed /…

The Val Majour Best Western
Hotel

The Val Majour Best Western

Fontvieille

Renovated hotel with air conditioning and 32 individually decorated rooms, located in the heart of a shaded park with swimming pool, close to many sites. Catering for groups. Snack bar by the pool in July and August.

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.

Aire du Moulin
Campsite

Aire du Moulin

Fontvieille

Located near the Moulin de Daudet, 500 m from the centre of the village, close to all shopping. In the heart of the regional natural park of the Alpilles, the village of Fontvieille awaits nestled in the hollow of its white stone quarries. Its authentic character of Provençal village, its…

Pines
Campsite

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).

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.

Mas de Lèbre
Holiday rental

Mas de Lèbre

Fontvieille

In the heart of the Alpilles, gite in the countryside, adjoining the owners'farmhouse, on a cereals (rice) and wine concern. Close to the tourist sites, especially the Moulin de Daudet. Ideally situated to discover the Alpilles. Secured shared swimming-pool (11 m x 6 m) from the 15th of june to…

Things to do

Montmajour Abbey
Monument

Montmajour Abbey

Arles

Located at the gates of the city of Arles, the benedictine Abbey of nobleman is an exceptional example of a monument that reflects nearly eight centuries of history and architecture in Provence for a community of 50 to 80 monks consists of several buildings and form a repertoire of Romanesque,…

Château d'Estoublon
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Château d'Estoublon

Fontvieille

Located on the southern slopes of the Alpilles, at the entrance to Fontvieille, this wine- and oil-producing estate extends over 200 hectares, including 10 hectares of Baux-de-Provence AOC and Coteaux d'Aix AOC vines and 48 hectares planted with Vallée des Baux-de-Provence AOC olive groves. The…

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…

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.

Mas Saint Joseph
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Mas Saint Joseph

Fontvieille

Production of olive oil and of melons

Chapelle Saint Gabriel
Monument

Chapelle Saint Gabriel

Tarascon

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…

Moulin à huile de Bédarrides
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Moulin à huile de Bédarrides

Fontvieille

Direct oil sales AOC virgin olive oil. The Moulin de Bédarrides, located on the way out of the village, has been producing olive oil since the end of the 18th century. The village of Fontvielle then boasted nine mills. The Bédarrides mill is the only one that survives from this period. It has…

Les Délices de Daudet
Producer

Les Délices de Daudet

Fontvieille

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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…

Where to eat

Le Patio
Food guide restaurant

Le Patio

Fontvieille

Catherine and Jean-Pierre Cote concoct local specialities in the rustic setting of this 18th-century sheepfold. Served by the fire or out on the terrace in summer, treats include the Alpilles lamb roasted with hay from La Crau (AOC), confit young rabbit with olive oil from the Moulin du Mas Saint…

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…

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

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

Hostellerie de la Tour
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Hostellerie de la Tour

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The years seem to leave no mark on this classic Provencal address. Set at the foot of the Tour des Abbés, this ancient hay barn is home to a hotel-restaurant with pool and garden. An agreeable stop-off, where the chef delights guests with Provencal classics such as aubergine papetons, stuffed…

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.

Villa Regalido
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Villa Regalido

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