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- n. mansion in Provence
- n. new town built in medieval Languedoc, Gascony and Aquitaine during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small fortified building, often of timber, corresponding nearly to a modern blockhouse.
- n. A temporary or movable hut or, tower erected for besieging purposes. See bastile, 4.
- n. A small farm-house or country dwelling in the south of France, especially in the neighborhood of Marseilles.
While Manou's bastide is on an expansive plot of farmland, it is still part of a tiny Provençal hamlet.
Another nearby option, set back on a lush hilltop near Apt, the recently-opened La Coquillade, is an eco-friendly 28-room neo-Provencal bastide with sleekly-designed spacious rooms the split-level "honeymooner's" suite has its own pool and hammam, built on a 30-hectare vineyard with an ultra-modern wine cellar, Caves Aureto.
In the sleepy outskirts of Lorgues (southeast France) I park next to an open barn, leaving my parapluie* in the car before walking through a gentle rain, down the slippery moss-covered path to an old bastide* where an English painter and chef has built her nid d'amour* in one 'branch' of an old rectangular maison.
If you need a place to stay, try the Bastide Saint Mathieu, a converted farmhouse on the edge of town, for Old World elegance (hotel-bastide-saint-mathieu-grasse. cote.azur.fr/).
* A few of the women flipped through photos of Manou's bastide, * observing its before and after transformation.
Inside the three-story bastide (in the salon*), Manou's husband had knocked down a cloison* and brought in a giant stone fireplace.
At the back of the pond, and somewhat hidden, there is a demure bastide.
After slipping behind the eighteenth-century bastide to access the path and taking advantage of the angle to peep inside the gate, we practically slid down the hill through the mud.
* A few of the women flipped through photos of Manou's bastide,* observing its before and after transformation.
Inside the three-story bastide in the salon*, Manou's husband had knocked down a cloison* and brought in a giant stone fireplace.
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