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Thursday 06 March 2014

New excursions are developed in Var Provence


Bastide du Plantier

Brigitte welcomes you with pleasure in her charming bed and breakfast called "La Bastide du Plantier". The place is located a few minutes away from the beaches of Hyères, but in a quiet and authentic countryside villa surrounded by huge mediterranean trees

She organizes cooking classes with a renound french chef


Chateau Sainte Roseline

An historical Place in Provence

It all began around a generous water source – and we know, through the novels of Giono and Pagnol, the importance of water in Provence; its presence led a hermit named ROUBAUD to retire here in the middle of the tenth century.

Gradually, the simple oratory evolved into an abbey named CELLE-ROUBAUD. Roseline, daughter of the Marquis de Villeneuve, Lord of Les Arcs, was the Mother Prioress of the Abbey from 1300 to 1329. Being very pious and generous, she made a lasting impression on the local people, who eventually named the place after her. She was sanctified in the nineteenth century and her body now rests in a glass reliquary in the parish chapel. In the fourteenth century, under the leadership of the Bishop of Fréjus- who was to become John XXII, Pope in Avignon – the site became one of the first vineyards in Provence. From then on it has always kept a leading role as Henri de Rasque de Laval, the previous owner, was the first Chairman of the Syndicat des Vignerons du Var (Var Winemakers Union). Being immersed in culture (both of the mind and of the soil), this exceptional place inspires meditation and contemplation, and is an invitation to taste and conviviality around a highly refined palette of Côtes de Provence reds, rosés and whites.

The 12th-century cloister displays beautiful half-gothic, half-roman ribs. At the base of one of the pillars adorned with rosebushes still lives a Carignan vine nearly one-hundred-and-forty years-old! A row of magnificent old plane trees leads to the park and to a large pool from which the spring water runs towards the giant roots of the surrounding redwoods. In front of the Château stand two gigantic 18th-century plane trees, as well as an oval pond surrounded by boxwood hedges in the French

The Chapel Sainte Roseline : A classified historical monument

A true work of art, this holy site is primarily a renowned place of worship. Since 1329, the body of the revered Saint in her priestly robes has been lying inside its crystal reliquary. Great artists have celebrated her: Marc CHAGALL with a remarkable mosaic depicting the meal of the Angels, Jean Bazaine and Raoul UBAC with their flamboyant stain glass windows, and Diego GIACOMETTI with a relief and a bronze lectern (donated by Marguerite Maeght in 1976). An altarpiece from the School of Brea shows Sainte Roseline and her parents, the Marquis and Marquise de Villeneuve, in a nativity scene.
The chapel is open to the public in the afternoon, year-round, everyday except Monday.The faithful come several times a year from all parts of the world to meet there for pilgrimages; the two most important ones take place on January 17 (Saint Roseline’s day) and on the first Sunday in August.

Terroir and Vineyard

Based on seven centuries of vine cultivation, it can be said of Château Sainte Roseline’s terroir that it is one of the most outstanding in Provence. Furthermore, in 1955 it was awarded the appellation “CRU CLASSE.” The clay and limestone soil as well as the underground spring make a controlled feeding of the vines possible, thus ensuring the making of great wines. Château Sainte Roseline covers an area of 108 hectares on which are grown eleven different grape varieties.


Fort de Bregancon

The « Fort de Brégançon », its surroundings vineyards and white sandy beaches, in La Londe…
The visit of the fort (former summer residence of the French Presidents), rich of history, can be combined with a wine tasting in one of the prestigious vineyards in La Londe or even with a pic-nic or some free time on the most beautiful beaches you can find in the whole Var-Provence area!

A brief history
At the edge of the small hamlet of Cabasson, one of the most beautiful sites in Bormes-les-mimosas, this extraordinary site, has been the former holiday official residence of the French Presidents from 1968 until today. This majestic rock located between land and sea has a rich heritage of 2000 years of history.
This 35 meters high island was indeed conquered by the Greeks 400 BC after they founded Marseille 600 BC. It was a counter that served as a conduit for trade and cabotage Ligures which inhabited the region at the time. Indeed, Bormani of Celtic origin Ligurian tribe are the first to have settled here along the coast.
Pergantium was the first name of the site. It will become the Briganconia following before becoming Brégançon which means high and lofty. Prosperity of the island Brégançon was due to its sheltered position of the east wind, which was the most feared because generating large waves. So it was a place of retreat and shelter for many boats.

Queens and pirates ...
The rock will then become a stronghold and a valuable refuge for the people of Bormes. After a disturbing hideout for pirates, it became the property of the lords of Bormes, Viscount of Marseille. Charles of Anjou, brother of St. Louis won the Marseille Brégançon when enjoyed County Provence share her marriage in 1257. During the Revolution, the area Brégançon was sacked, but with strong powerful artillery remain intact.

The state residence ...

In 1793, Napoleon Bonaparte, stationed at Toulon and then artillery responsible for resetting the French coast captain, restores its defenses to protect the ports of Toulon and Hyères.
During the 1914-18 war, the island is occupied by a detachment of the army.
On 25 August 1964, General de Gaulle came to preside over the ceremonies of the 20th anniversary of the Allied landings, went to bed at Brégançon hastily arranged for the occasion. Georges René Laurin, at the time deputy, managed to rank in Brégançon presidential residence. And thus by the decree of January 5, 1968, the fort was established and official residence of the French President.

Pierre-Jean Guth, architect of the Navy, Grand Prix de Rome, turned the fort into a pleasant residence while respecting the remains of the old fortress. If General de Gaulle has little advantage charms Brégançon Presidents Pompidou, Giscard D'Estaing, Mitterrand and Chirac have stayed in turn.

Recently it has been decided for an opening to the public in June 2014.


Thoronet Abbey

At the heart of green Provence, The Thoronet Abbey is a protected and authentic Cistercian abbey … Here, the emotion arises from the absolute perusal of the architecture, the stone and the light harmonizing in the perfection.
The purity of the proportions, the rigor of the equipment of stones and the absence of any sculptured decoration confer on Thoronet a beauty without subtlety, in compliance with the spirituality which advocates saint Bernard in reaction to the splendors of Cluny.

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