We were calling this gorgeous spot “The Bastide.” As in “after wine tasting, let’s head back to The Bastide.” I looked up the word bastide and it says “fortified castle.” This is more like a “Farmhouse Manor in Provence.” But to the lucky 25 of us that spent a week here, it will always be The Bastide.
This was the annual trip with the group that started out as the guys’ group of college friends. But after… 25+ years of close friendships with the wives and having our kids grow up together, we are more like family. Everyone contributes ideas of where to go on vacation now. When we had babies and small children, we rented beach condos next to each and each condo put on a dinner night.
It’s gotten a little more elaborate 🙂
Dorothy actually found this Farmhouse Manor in Provence gem, through Villas of Distinction Bastide de St. Martin. And my husband, Howard did all the organizing. I almost want to keep this special place a secret…but not from you, my faithful reader! Just keep it our secret, though, ok? 🙂
This is the living room. There is a movie screen that lowers on the other side. We all watched “A Good Year” (about a vineyard in Provence with Russell Crowe) in here one rainy afternoon.
Here is the foosball table. There were also tennis courts, a pool table, and board games…plenty of fun things to do at night. We spent most days touring but every night at home since the place is remote with winding narrow roads, through lovely fields…but no lighting. They also have a nice sound system so there was also quite a bit of dancing after dinner.
This is the kitchen that cranked out 25 breakfasts and dinners (we hired a private chef and assistant) each day.
Aren’t these colors pretty? This is the sink outside the powder room and the closet holds tennis gear.
Here is one of the master bedrooms in the main house.
There is also a guest house with four bedrooms on the other side of the graveled courtyard.
This is one of the bedrooms in the guesthouse.
Here we all are at lunch one day.
This is the table set for dinner.
With flowers from the garden and the chilled dry Rosé de Provence that we consumed like water. My body consisted of French bread, cheese and rosé (I’m currently on Weight Watchers).
My daughter, Alie and I took this shot on a little walk before dinner. Doesn’t it look like a painting? Think I should frame it?
One bummer to this Farmhouse Manor in Provence dream was that I had a horrible cold and cough during most of the trip. It’s finally almost gone. C’est la vie.
I’m feeling super fortunate though! Au revoir, Bastide.
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