Mas de la Rabassière

Saint Chamas, Bouches-du-Rhône
Bed & Breakfast


Michael is a master of elegant hospitality so enjoy a spot of English country house elegance including croquet, local wines and good food

Bedroom

2 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

Fanfares of lilies at the door, Haydn inside and Michael smiling in his chef’s apron. Rabassière means ‘where truffles are found’ and epicurean dinners here are a must; wines from the neighbouring vineyard and a locally sculpted dancer grace the terrace table. Cookery classes using home-produced olive oil and advice on what to see and where to go, jogging companionship and airport pick-ups are all part of Michael’s unflagging hospitality. Michael was posted to France by a multi-national and on his retirement slipped into this lush corner of Provence. The proximity of the canal keeps everything green: revel in the well-tree’d park with its grassy olive grove, roses galore, lilies, jasmine, and white and blue wisteria. There’s a large library in English and French, and bedrooms and drawing room are comfortable in English country-house style: generous beds, erudite books, a tuned piano, fine etchings and oils, Provençal antiques. Come savour this charmingly generous house – and Michael’s homemade croissants and fig jam on the shady veranda.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Flexible, please get in touch to arrange
Check out
Flexible
Booking restrictions
Children of all ages welcome. If you have to cancel/change your booking please contact owner as soon as possible.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Meals
Dinner with wine, €55. Vegetarian or Vegan meals available on request.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €95
Damage deposit
£
Surcharges
Singles €90. Dinner, B&B €145 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €70 per person per night.
2 Doubles
From €95

Reviews

We experienced the sincerity of Michael's generous welcome for a week, enjoying the delicious meals he prepared, cooked and shared with us as we sat around the table in the French evening sun. The rooms are clean and very comfortable and the pool and extensive grounds create space to relax. The local station is easily accessible, opening up access to visit neighbouring towns and cities but the joy of Rabassierre is just being there, in the peaceful beauty of an olive grove enjoying the best of local hospitality.

Christine, Chester, uk

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Michael Frost

  • Provence; this is a region of amazing interest and all of it is within an hour's drive from the house. Large historic town such as Arles, Avignon, Aix and Marseille: wild inland and coastal scenery: the Alpilles, Luberon, Camargue, Ste Baume and the coast
  • Arles is my favourite town with extensive Roman remains and an excellent Roman museum with the latest finds from the bed of the Rhone: one of the only two marble busts of Ceasar dating from his lifetime and a 30m boat. Arles is worth a full day
  • Avignon, Aix and Marseille are well worth half a day each. Guests receive full purpose written documentation on all of these with suggestions on the use of the other half of the day, in Villeneuve les Avignon or the Cezanne country around Aix for example
  • Walking: the region is crisscrossed with walkways of anything between one an six hours. Most of these are available for the mountain bikes which we provide free of charge. If free I enjoy coming along too, but again our documentation should get you home
  • The Luberon and other semi mountain areas are fiull of charming villages such as St Rémy, Eygalieres, Lourmarin, Roussillon, St Maximin, and Cassis, an,d one is seldom far from a modestly priced restaurants; if you prefer we can provide a picnic
  • Artists like Provence. Painters obviously but also classical musicians. There are magnificent festivals in the summer, and top class winter subscriotion programmes in Arles, Avignon, Marseille and local villages such as Grans, Miramas le Vieux, Cornillon.