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

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Where to stay

Aire du Moulin
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Aire du Moulin

Fontvieille

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Lou Pastre
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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 /…

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.

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…

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…

Fontvieille
Holiday rental

Fontvieille

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…

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 Des Collines
Holiday rental

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.

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.

Things to do

Château d'Estoublon
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Château d'Estoublon

Fontvieille

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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…

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…

Rucher de la Cala Melosa
Educational farm

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,…

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.

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

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Moulin du Saint Jean
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Moulin du Saint Jean

Fontvieille

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Atelier d'un siège à l'autre
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Fontvieille

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Where to eat

Hostellerie de la Tour
Cuisine de Provence

Hostellerie de la Tour

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L'AMI PROVENCAL
Food guide restaurant

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Auberge des Balastres
Cuisine de Provence

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

Le Patio
Food guide restaurant

Le Patio

Fontvieille

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La Cuisine au Planet
Food guide restaurant

La Cuisine au Planet

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La Table du Meunier
Food guide restaurant

La Table du Meunier

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Food guide restaurant

Villa Regalido

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