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 byOT Fontvieille

  • Contact

    Chemin Montauban
    13990 Fontvieille

  • Phone

    • 04 90 54 67 49
  • Fax

    04 90 54 69 82

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Where to stay

Les Mazets des Roches
Hotel

Les Mazets des Roches

Tarascon

The Mazets des Roches, a charming hotel located at the beginning of the west Alpilles, is in a densely wooded domain abouding with squirrels and songs birds. It is in the heart of the most famous places of Provence. A three stars hotel with air conditioning throughout, it offers a relaxing…

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…

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…

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,…

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 /…

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…

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.

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…

Things to do

Centre équestre des Enganes
Riding school

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:…

Balade insolite à la découverte des puits du village en famille
Guided tour

Balade insolite à la découverte des puits du village en famille

Fontvieille

The Office Municipal de Tourisme de Fontvieille wished back to honor the theme of water if paramount in the lives of men and the heart of all covetousness since the dawn of time. Such a theme flows from source in every sense of the term as the etymology of our "Old fountain" village reminds us…

Visite Guidée des Hypogées de Bounias et de la Source
Guided tour

Visite Guidée des Hypogées de Bounias et de la Source

Fontvieille

Venez explorer les hypogées (grottes mégalithique de 5000 ans d'âge) de Bounias et de La Source, des monuments préhistoriques parmi les plus remarquables du mégalithisme européen et du bassin méditerranéen.

Château d'Estoublon
Olive

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…

Montmajour Abbey
Monument

Montmajour Abbey

Arles

Closed on 1st January and 1st and 11th November. The island of Montmajour, from the Latin 'major' (larger), is surrounded by lakes and marshland and culminates at around 40 metres. It is on this site, at the gateway to Arles, that the first Benedictine community was founded in 949, inaugurating…

Mas de l'Ange
Olive

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.

Moulin du Saint Jean
Olive

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…

Moulin à huile de Bédarrides
Olive

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…

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…

Hostellerie de la Tour
Cuisine de Provence

Hostellerie de la Tour

Fontvieille

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…

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

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