A house in a hamlet at the foot of the Mont Ventoux surrounded by cherry orchards and vineyards. Owned by artist Julian Merrow Smith and his cellist wife, Ruth, it is decorated in Provençal style with your host's paintings on the walls. The lovely village of Bedoin with it's pool is only 5 minutes drive away.
La Maison des Peintres is a typical village house at the foot of the Géant de Provence, the Mont Ventoux. Tucked into the higgledy piggledy walls of a Provençal hamlet, it is warm and light-filled, painted in rich Provençal colours. The ground floor is divided into three areas - kitchen, dining and living. This leads onto a sunny terrace with a quality gas barbecue overlooking one of the most beautiful views in the area with a patchwork of cherry orchards, vines and poplars. This view is particularly dramatic in the autumn. The kitchen is well stocked with gas rings for stove-top cookery and a 28 litre capacity combi oven/microwave. It is important for us that you have good coffee making facilities and proper glasses for drinking the fine wine of the region as you watch the sun go down. Each bedroom is large with top quality mattresses, pillows, duvets and linens. Towels are fluffy. Everywhere there hang paintings by your host and other painters who have visited. For winter guests, there is an original Godin stove and an open fireplace which keep the place toasty. One of the bedrooms also has a working fireplace. All rooms have electric heaters. There is wifi available throughout and an ipod/phone sound dock in each bedroom.
All except the cellar (where we keep our wine...)
Interaction with guests
On your arrival there will be a welcome bottle of wine, and we will almost always be available should you need help.
Other things to note
The house is 2 km from the nearest shops or restaurants so you will either need a car or strong cycling legs. If you are arriving late or on a holiday day please let us know what provisions you would like on your arrival and we will do our best to have them in.
We run painting and musical retreats here and if you are a painter interested in coming to paint the local landscape we can provide the kit and even teaching. See (URL HIDDEN)
The house is deal for cyclists as you can keep your bikes inside. Also, it would make a perfect musician's or writer's retreat.
The only rule is no smoking in the house.
Also... Please leave the house as you found it as much as you can. We would also appreciate it hugely if you could water the plants (on terrace and the hanging basket in front) during your stay and strip the beds at the end. (These are not rules!)
We are a British painter and cellist who live with our 4 year old son, Louis, adopted from Mali in 2011, and two cats in part of a tumbledown hamlet at the foot of the Mont Ventoux. I play regularly in Paris and in the UK and Julian has become renowned for his painting a day project ‘Postcard from Provence’. I am also the author of a memoir ‘Cherries from Chauvet’s Orchard’ which was shortlisted for the Guardian women’s memoir competition in 2014. We run painting workshops from a restored priory and from our house and I teach the cello, specializing in helping cellists overcome tension problems. We have traveled extensively, for pleasure and for work and stayed in the most basic tent to the most extravagant hotels. We are passionate about design and beauty and we aim for simple quality.
We know the area - from it’s little scented paths that to its world class wine - very well as we have lived here and Julian has painted here for fifteen years, so we will happily give you tips on what to see. We look forward to welcoming you. We are also interested in doing exchanges.