Our accommodations in Provence
We stay in the tiny hamlet of Les Bassacs, 30 miles east of Avignon. The house is 17th-century Provencal and full of character, with traditional terracotta floors, spiral staircases, low wood beams and fireplaces. Outdoors, you can enjoy the shady courtyard and terraces which overlook the Luberon Valley or take a dip in the 9-meter swimming pool.Bedrooms are simply furnished and each room is unique with its own set of attributes. Some rooms have twin-sized beds, and some have doubles. Most rooms have semi-private bathrooms next to the room, typically shared with one other room. There are a few larger deluxe rooms with private, ensuite baths, which are available at an additional cost. If you desire one of these ensuite rooms, please request it on the registration form.
The beautiful painting studio is where we set out from each morning. There is also a well-stocked library for students to use. The painting studio, the dining room and terrace look out over the swimming pool towards the Alpilles hills, and take in the astounding red ochres of Roussillon and the spectacular perched village of Gordes. Enjoy the terrace and the pool, often accompanied by a beautiful sunset, before joining Maggie and fellow painters for a convivial evening meal.
The food is inspired by fresh local produce and has played an important part in making Les Bassacs a success. Carefully prepared meals, with a distinctly Provençal flavour, are served with local wines. The day begins with a breakfast of croissants and freshly baked bread from the local boulangerie. Lunch is a buffet, or sometimes a picnic in the countryside. The three course dinner is served in the dining room overlooking the valley. Our hosts can accommodate a vegetarian diet. If you have other dietary needs or restrictions, please inquire if they can be met.