A few years ago, when we first came down here to the Vaucluse, we used to stay at Camping Font Neuve, enjoying our holiday with the tent. No problem, as long as you do not have too much rain. I loved camping but prefer to have just that little more privacy.
During our daily walks, we kept seeing these little cute square houses, quite small but just high enough. Here in the Provence, they are called ‘Cabanon’, wich means ‘Petite Maison de Campagne’, translated that is ‘small country house’.
I immediately wondered whether anyone had been smart enough to decorate and rent these cabanons, which would be great for tourists like us who only came out here when the temperatures were up.
You see most of them empty and abandoned, or used as a temporary home for the fruit pickers in high season, but rarely one that is being lived in or rented.
After two years of camping in our favorite little village called Malemort-du-Comtat, I did some research on the internet and guess what I found ? Cabanon Saint-Félix in…indeed St. Félix which is part of Malemort-du-Comtat. All the privacy you want, a very large garden with view on the Mont Ventoux and next to the vines.
As the picture below shows, you can literally pick the grapes in your own backyard! Or you can iron with view on Mont Ventoux…up to you 🙂
Some more impressions
I made a very nice photo reportage about our stays here – two summers in total – before we decided to come and stay here more permanent. You can click on the images to enlarge.
Some impressions of the St. Félix area
Château Saint Félix
Château “Saint-Félix”, which is located right next to the cabanon, is the former summer residence of the Bishops of Carpentras. It was King Charles II (or III? …- Carolingian dynasty) which, in the charter of 867, was donated to John, bishop of Carpentras, of various goods in the territory of Malemort. This charter marks the beginning of the Lordship of Bishops of Carpentras on the territory of the village, a feudal grip that will last nine centuries until the Revolution. According to administrative acts, the bishops are called “Lords”, “Barons de Malemort” or “spiritual and temporal Lords.” Until the eighteenth century, at each appointment, they made a tribute to the Pope, the temporal sovereign, for the Lordship of Malemort.
Enjoy your stay!