Welcome to the Raucoulière

An ideal location to visit Provence, a house (in the countryside  with swimming pool) suitable for a holiday with family or friends.

chambre d'hôtes la Raucoulière, Aix-en-Provence/Marseille

Nicole and Gerard welcome you to their  completely renovated house, situated in the calm countryside, amongst the tranquility of a pine forest.
La Raucoulière, outside the village of  Les Pennes-Mirabeau, is very well located:
- for a discovery of Provence, near 2 major tourist cities: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence,
- for its proximity to many sites for sightseeing
- for its environment offering multiple cultural activities, easily access to adventure sports, such as windsurfing, canyoning,  other sports such as golf,  and leisure activities.

You will be isolated from the crowds of tourists, while also being perfectly situated to easily access must-see Provence attractions . It is, however, essential to have or rent a vehicle as the house is isolated in the countryside.  A large shaded garden with a swimming-pool, garden furniture and hammock awaits you at home when you are in need of R&R.  There is ample parking in the property.

The luminous house is decorated with care, mixing modern design and country antiques. There are  Air conditioning and wifi access in all the rooms. The 2 bedrooms are side by side and overlook the same mezzanine level, which is convenient for a stay of 4 or 5 people with family or friends. Guests have a private fridge at their disposal.

The house is the one in which we lived with and raised our two children and today we often receive our 3 grandchildren; so it integrates children's play area with games and toys.

 

 

A copious and gourmand breakfast

Breakfast is served, at the time decided the day before with the guests, and according to the season, either on the terrace or inside. The table  is elegantly and tastefully set, and the majority of fresh produces used in our home come from local producers or fruits of our  very own garden. You will also enjoy a lot of  homemade products. Our carefully selected tea menu offers you a variety of choices: green teas, black teas, fruit teas or herbal teas. For our coffee lovers, Gerard, prepares it fresh according to your tastes, (light, strong, ...). For hot chocolates, we offer a famous  chocolate  of  great quality. Most of our products are organic or from responsible/sustainable farming practitioners. We ensure a well balanced, nutritional, healthy breakfast, limiting , if not eliminating, manufactured and industrial products.  With advanced warning, we can accommodate any dietary restrictions for  breakfast.

 

Tips to immerse  yourself in  Provence

Nicole and Gerard, natives of the region, interested in its history and its traditions, make you discover all that makes Provence. The tourist  brochures and information made  available to you is supplemented with

all our personal recommendations, suggestions  and tricks to  make  your visit an authentic Provence experience. Our guesthouse's ability to accommodate a limited amount of people, with only 2 rooms,

creates a cosy family atmosphere and gives you  unlimited access to our local knowledge of the region.

In addition, we have hosted foreign students for 15 years, we have often received their families and, in turn,

welcomed us to their country. Always appreciating the richness of cultural exchanges, it is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we welcome you to  our home.

We also like to receive foreign executives managers who intend  on relocating to the region for work. Nicole having made her career in Human Resources and understanding the needs of expatriate managers and the integration problems that may arise during relocation of families, aids them to discover the region and overcome the cultural  obstacles of moving to a new country.

Vineyards and wines

La Raucouliere, chambres d' hôtes:  vins à déguster

 Gérard, who has been participating for several years in oenology courses at the university, and  president of the association "Vignes et Vins", likes to share his passion for this discipline and wine tasting. No oenologist, no sommelier, no winegrower, no cellar master,

Gérard simply takes  pleasure in exchanging  ideas, thoughts and opinions about wine.

Hiking in Provence

La Raucoulière: chambres d' hôtes, conseils pour vos randonnées en provence

Throughout the year, Gérard organizes hikes

and  can advise you on the most beautiful trails of Provence, adapting the choice

to your experience  level and what you wish to see in your trek. For years, hiking has been  one of

his favorite activities. We had the tremendous experience of

"walking", the path of Compostela (1600 km from Puy-en-Velay to

Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

Cooking and decoration

Chambre d'hôtes la Raucoulière: cuisine provençale

Nicole loves to prepare specialties of Provencal cooking and will be delighted to share  her recipes, with you.

She is passionate about  interior decorating, searching for antiques at second  hand, creating and making  patina on old furniture,  working with colors. Nicole is also interested in contemporary design, its materials, the purity of its lines and shapes and appreciates the mix and contrast of different eras.