In this luxury villa rental in Provence, the colors, carefully selected objects and natural textiles provide a soft and soothing atmosphere.
The living room
One step from the kitchen or the Rougadou room and you are in the living room.
The thousand nuances of the terracotta floor tiles merge with the colors of the fabrics of the sofas and armchairs. The large fireplace, in the traditional provençal style, is the soul of the house, where family and friends gather after a long walk in the surrounding countryside. The fireplace will light and warm up the living room during the beautiful autumn evenings as, indeed, the Mas de Cinq Sous welcomes you all year round.
Art books, comic books, novels and short stories have been carefully selected and placed on the shelves. Hidden behind the mirror is a large screen on which you will be able to watch a movie from our selection of DVDs or Apple TV.
If you feel too hot or too cold inside, the outside living room is here for you, protected from the sun by the pergola and ideally located between the cypress and the pomegranate tree. Your favorite drink might already have been placed in the old manger to cool you off.
The kitchen –
Of a very contemporary design, this beautiful kitchen still allows some elements of the past. Here a stone niche, there a carved acanthus leaf coming out of a wall, the spectrolite blends beautifully with the contemporary furniture placed gently on the floor made of Beaucaire cut stone. This is a kitchen to spend time together. This space is meant to be the heart of the Mas. A passage, a meeting point, a place for sharing. Its very high “cathedral” ceilings give it a majestic character. his is how we see life together, as a reassuring cathedral where one can express his or her affection, warmth and love for loved ones. From the upper floor, you will have a view of what is going on. So as not to miss any of these rare moments. Opening on nature, a large bay window will let the summer beauty in. You will just need to cross its threshold, a bottle and glasses in hands, to enjoy your bucolic lunches and dinners outside.
The bright rooms overlook the 5 hectares of nature surrounding the Mas. Everything has been thought and designed to offer you the maximum comfort of a refined and discrete luxury. Let us mention that the smoothness of the beds is incredible. Let’s not overdo it!
The rooms of this luxury villa rental in Provence has its own identity.. The choice is yours. If you cannot agree on who gets which room, pick up a few twigs outside and organize a draw. In any event and whichever room you end up in, we promise your nights will be sweet and your days will be peaceful. Waking up in one of the rooms of the Mas, with the birds singing, the cicadas slowly awakening, the breath of the wind in the pine trees is a unique experience that nature will offer you during your rental.
In each bathroom, you will find products that are 100% local, vegetal and provençal. We are mindful of having as little impact as possible on the surrounding nature. Such a privileged setting calls for another way of living and consuming. We wish to limit the use of plastic and the cosmetic products that we use are natural.
WiFi is available throughout the house, as well as in the rooms and on the terrace.
The vegetable garden
You can also enjoy and make useful use of the vegetable garden, which is grown organically and located just next to the Mas. Depending on the season, you will find zucchinis, tomatoes, herbs, peppers, eggplants, ready to be picked up.
The simple pleasure of picking up ripe and sun-gorged fruits and vegetables and putting them in your basket. The soft feeling of returning to earth.
There will also be a few surprises during your luxury villa rental in Provence.
An enchanting setting
Every single window is a frame revealing the beauty of the site. Each room and overture have been designed so that nature is always in your field of vision. Each bedroom offers a different view. The large bay windows let in the famous Southern enchanting light which keeps captivating the painters. Open one of them and the music of wild grass dancing and singing with the wind, as well as the warm and inebriating odors of the pine forest, wild thymes and rosemary will fill the room and rock you like the back-and-forth motion of a wave on the sand.
From the natural swimming pool located in the middle of the garrigue and at the end of the path cutting lightly through the field, you will have a breathtaking view on the Alpilles mountains. These rocks truly pierce the sky. The Alpilles are waiting for you. And offer themselves to you. So that you can feel alone in the world.
Nature is omnipresent; it invades space and creates living paintings all around the house.
In an enchanting setting, the 5 hectare-grounds surrounding the Mas will be your playground. Follow the small path cutting through the wild grass. Climb up the hills, get lost in the fields, explore the Rougadou stream, stop, observe, take your time. This is your home.
The natural swimming pool
The fun continues.
Allow yourself to follow the path which cuts lightly through the wild grass, attracted by the distance vision of a pontoon, as an invitation to dive deeper and deeper into the South.
The natural swimming poolawaits you away from the house, to cool off when it’s hot or to swim some laps.
Nestled in a nook of the Alpilles, in an alcove in the pine forest, the natural swimming pool seems like it has always been here. Discretely laid out in the middle of the provençal flora, this water retention blends into the landscape. It is ideally located, at the edge of the pine grove. Designed like a secret swimming pool with an astonishing view on the Alpilles mountain range. In the shade or under the sun, you will enjoy swimming in a water which has the color of a river, lay down on one of the large pool sides and work on your tan while observing buzzards, kestrels and hawks pierce the electric-blue sky or following the slow and wheezing trajectory of the gliders. Dragonflies will protect you against mosquitoes, if any. A small ecological reserve, the natural swimming pool operates as a nursery for these delicate animals who like to come there and rest.
When you get out of the pool, a few steps will take you to an outside shower. Walk a few more meters and you will find a place entirely furnished for you to watch and enjoy nature. Sofa and armchairs are installed next to a 300 year-old olive tree. Lunch is served on a beautiful wooden table set on an old “Bar de Beaucaire” paving stone. A big wooden box sits there and stirs your curiosity. Inside is an exterior bar and kitchen. Plancha, blender, fridge, this “magic-box”, as we like to call it, contains all that you need. Grab a stool and sit at the bar, facing the expanse of the Alpilles. So many occasions to do nothing or quasi nothing, but always in style. You will then feel the gentleness of Provence beneath the shady pines and might even find yourself wanting to engage in a pétanque game, with absolutely no obligation to finish it.
4 x 4 meter-long sunbaths and deck chairs are at your disposal around the pool. An invitation to laziness.
If these old stones could talk
Our house has a story to tell. It offers a journey through time to those who venture between its walls. Le Mas de Cinq Sous was the home of Georges Item, the Swiss painter. During the summer of 1948, then aged 21, Georges Item decided to travel to Provence with two friends of his. It was love at first sight. He spent a few days at the youth hostel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a scruffy farmhouse hidden at the bottom of a small valley in the Alpilles. He loved this place so much that he decided, several years later, to buy it. He renovated it with some friends, added a studio and lived there until his death in 1990.“Here, I am alone. Here, I am free, from all the solitude and all the freedom of the first man on earth”.
The Alpilles theme inspired him for most of his life. The acute lines of the dry mountains tearing up the sky. Georges Item once said to a friend: “The Alpilles do not let themselves easily be painted because they call for vigorous strokes and sharp contrast”.
For years, the Mas de Cinq Sous has been a place where writers, poets, artists and musicians met and shared moments and stories.It is now up to you to come and take the time to write a few pages of your own personal story.
We answer to your questions
WHAT ARE THE RENTAL RATES FOR 2023?
For the year 2023, rental rates for this villa combining luxury and nature in the heart of Provence range from €7,000 to €13,000 per week, depending on the time of year you choose for your stay:
- Low season (January, February, March, November, December excluding winter vacations, Christmas and New Year periods): €7,000 per week and possibility of renting the mas for three nights (€3,500 per three nights).
- Medium season (April, May, June, September, October, winter vacations, Christmas and New Year): €10,000 per week.
- High season (July, August): €13,000 per week.
HOW TO BOOK?
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL FARE?
Rental rates for this luxury villa rental in Provence include bed linen and towels, a 3-hour mid-stay cleaning service and a final cleaning service.
A nice surprise will await you on your arrival and a breakfast basket will be delivered when you wake up the first morning.
In high season (July and August), our rates include a 2-hour daily cleaning service and a “box apéro” delivered mid-week.
In each bathroom, you will find 100% local, 100% vegan and provençal bath products from Végétalement Provence brand.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIME?
Unless otherwise agreed, arrival is on the first day of rental between 4pm and 8pm. The house must be vacated no later than the last day of rental before 10am. Want to arrive earlier or leave later? We will always find solutions! How about a picnic in the shade of a pine tree? Just one idea among many others.
IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED?
A deposit is indeed required. The amount of the deposit is given to you in the rental terms and conditions of the Mas. It will be returned to you after your stay, no later than two weeks from the date of the exit inventory.
DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT TO BOOK?
Your booking is confirmed when we receive a deposit of 30% of your stay by bank transfer. The balance of the stay, tourist tax and optional extras must be paid by bank transfer no later than 30 days before arrival.
DO I NEED TO TAKE INSURANCE?
When you rent a vacation home, you absolutely must ensure that your liability insurance covers the seasonal rental. In addition, we strongly recommend that you take a cancellation insurance to cover this risk. The cancellation conditions set are strict and non-negotiable.
IS THE MAS NON-SMOKING?
Yes, it is forbidden to smoke inside the Mas. On the terraces, there are ashtrays for your cigarette butts. We count on you not to throw them out into nature. It takes more than 2 years for a cigarette butt to decompose.
CAN I HAVE A BABY BED AND A HIGH CHAIR?
Of course. Le Mas de Cinq Sous loves babies! Travel cot, high chair, suitable crockery, baby monitor, books and toddler games, we have everything you need for your child to have a wonderful stay in this luxury villa rental in Provence.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE OPTIONS OF ADDITIONAL HOUSEHOLD, HOME CHEF, MASSAGE, ETC.?
At the time of your reservation, we will send you a list of options and services offered at an additional cost. All you have to do is book in advance by email or phone. Households, massages, treatments, transport can be decided at the last moment but certain activities require a reservation several weeks in advance. Ask us, we will do our best to make every moment spent at Mas de Cinq Sous unforgettable.
IS BARBECUE ALLOWED?
You will find a gas barbecue in front of the house and an electric Plancha on the pétanque side. It is strictly forbidden to do wood fires in this part of the Alpilles. We ask you to be particularly careful with your cigarettes. Every year, they are responsible for a majority of the forest fires with the well known catastrophic consequences.
DOES THE MAS HAVE LAUNDRY ?
The Mas has a laundry room with washing machine, dryer, ironing board and iron.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR YOUR VACATION AT MAS DE CINQ SOUS ?
In Provence, each season is a pure marvel. Subject to a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot summers and mild winters, Provence can be visited throughout the year.
WHAT IS A NATURAL SWIMMING POOL?
A natural pool, also called a biological pool, is a pool that works as a result of the combination of certain bacteria and aquatic plants. The development of a genuine “fauna/flora” ecosystem promotes water quality and balance. In other words, it is a pool that works naturally without chemicals. This does not mean that you are going to swim in a pond or a swamp. No, not at all! A weekly maintenance of the pool will ensure you all the comfort of a so-called “normal” swimming pool. You can also do laps in this 6×12 meter swimming pool.
DO YOU OFFER INTERNET ACCESS?
We put at your disposal free access by WIFI. Warning ! We are in a rural area and in the middle of a protected national park. Internet access is via satellite, with speeds that allow you to watch movies on different screens via Apple TV, or even work home-office. The best thing to do in such an exceptional place is to be connected, yes, but to nature.
HOW TO GET TO THE MAS DE CINQ SOUS?
As the French say:”To live well, stay unseen” We will give you all the details when confirming your reservation. Do not hesitate to ask us for a transport solution from your place of arrival (station/airport) as, we have wonderful drivers who will be happy to bring you to us. We will, of course, be there to welcome you at the end of your journey.
If you arrive at the Mas by your own means, we will give you a meeting point at a specific time because the Mas does not exist on most GPS. We didn’t lie to you when we said this is a secret place.
WHAT WILL I FIND IN MY BREAKFAST BASKET ON THE FIRST MORNING?
Delivered at 9am to the Mas entrance, your breakfast will be the first pleasure of the day. Bread, pastries, butter, jam, honey, eggs and fresh fruit, fresh juice. Local products carefully selected and prepared with love.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN SLEEP AT THE MAS DE CINQ SOUS?
The capacity of this luxury villa rental in Provence is 8 people But we can install an extra bed for a child in one of the bedrooms.
CAN YOU ACCEPT PEOPLE WITH REDUCED MOBILITY?
We are very sorry but the Mas de Cinq Sous is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.