Le Monastère de Saint-Albergaty

Althen-des-Paluds, Vaucluse

Should you ever need to flee the paparazzi, escape here - blissful seclusion 15 minutes from Avignon. Visit St Rémy, buy wine in Vacqueras


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


The monastery, enfolded by high walls and hedges, dates from 1504 and is immaculately restored. The pool shimmers in the sun, the sub-tropical gardens are a haven and the winding road ends at the river. You’re undeniably off the beaten track – but five minutes from a village with a supermarket and, as luck would have it, an artisan pizzeria. The restoration and decoration reflect the talents of Nick and Claudia who live close by and have created a warm Provençal feel across two magnificent wings. There’s a vast two-storey salon with a Flemish tapestry and a minstrels’ gallery, great leather chesterfields to cosy up on, a few oak pews, a stunning stone fireplace. In the kitchen/dining room: a huge table for 12, a few fridges and everything to please a Nigella. Antique beds are topped in soft boutis, bathrooms are luxurious, there are bikes for all ages and logs for the fire; it’s a wonderful all-year retreat. Fix a drink from the poolhouse bar, nod off amid pomegranates and roses, stoke the barbecue. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay 1 week. Reductions for 2 week-1 month bookings.
Restaurants 5km.


Nightly price
from €571
Weekly price
from €4000
Extra sofabed/beds available at no charge.
1 House for 10
From €5715 bedrooms


Beautiful house in a calm hamlet, the photos on the site almost do not do it justice! A lot of space for everyone of all ages to enjoy their own occupations in the sun or inside. Bicycles available for lovely local rides, to get your baguette in the morning for example. We especially liked the long table under the trees but also the fact that you can choose between 3 separate spaces to have your meals indoors and out. Welcoming owner right next door who is happy to answer questions or help at all times.


Four of us spent an absolutely perfect week here at the end of September. We settled into this beautiful out of the way exquisite piece of history. Claudia and her family were quite welcoming and we were able to spend some time with her. We used a vehicle to visit Avignon, St Remy, Isle sur la Sorgue and Aix en Provence. We shopped in the local,village for groceries, wine, cheese and fresh bread and pastries. The picturesque setting was a perfect introduction to southern France. We wanted to stay longer and would certainly return.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Claudia Bear Patchett

  • The local villages of Althen des Paluds and Entraigues have local markets once a week with local produce such as cheeses, honey, charcuterie... and you can find delicious warm bread in the local boulangeries as well as pastries and home made tarts for tea
  • Ile Sur La Sorgue as any antique fanatic will know has the best selection of antique shops in the whole of The vaucluse region. You may be lucky enough to experience The Flower Festival where gondolas carrying bouquets take to the village canals!
  • Fifteen minutes from Avignon and its famous Pont. Definitely worth a visit to The Palais de Papes (The Monastery's 90m minstrel floor tile layout was based on that of the palace!) Stroll the many designer shops and have a break in one of the tea shops...
  • St Remy de Provence is one of the most breathtaking villages in Provence; And only twenty minutes away from The Monastery - an ideal place to go for a game of 'petanques' with the locals on the village square or an apero in the sunset before a super dinner