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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Where to stay

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Aire du Moulin

Fontvieille

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Le Clos Du Passant
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Le Clos Du Passant

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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…

Thym
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Thym

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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…

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 Des Collines
Holiday rental

Mas Des Collines

Fontvieille

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Les Résidences de Virginie
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Les Résidences de Virginie

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La Bastide De Fontvieille
Holiday rental

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…

Les Mazets des Roches
Hotel

Les Mazets des Roches

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La Part des Anges
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La Part des Anges

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Château d'Estoublon
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Château d'Estoublon

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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
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Moulin du Saint Jean

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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…

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Paysan Pastier de père en fils depuis 5 générations, la terre, la nature, les traditions sont ancrées dans la famille. L'exploitation agricole familiale s'étend entre la Tour des Abbés et l'Abbaye de Montmajour dans une plaine au sol argilo calcaire, où le climat méditerranéen, en fait…

Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal
Monument

Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal

Fontvieille

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L'Eden Cinéma
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L'Eden Cinéma

Fontvieille

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Centre équestre des Enganes
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Centre équestre des Enganes

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Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet
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Les jardins de Cidamos
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Food guide restaurant

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