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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Le Mas de Cinq Sous

The ultimate natural escape within the Alpilles

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Close to charming Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Le Mas de Cinq Sous emerges as a refined property at the foothills of the Alpilles. Its most lovely highlight is the natural pool, offering stunning mountain views.

The ultimate natural escape within the Alpilles

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"Here, I am alone. Here, I am free, from all solitude, from all the freedom of the first man on earth." Georges Item

Nestled within the serene expanse of Alpilles National Park, Mas de Cinq Sous offers an exclusive escape mere minutes from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Set on a sprawling 5-hectare estate, this meticulously restored 250m2 Provençal home blends tradition with modern luxury. The property’s four sun-drenched suites, adorned with a harmonious mix of stone, wood, and steel, invite guests into a tranquil ambiance.

The Echoes of the Past

Led by Bosc Architects and local artisans, the renovation artfully preserved the property’s history. Once a gathering spot for artists, Mas de Cinq Sous belonged to Swiss painter Georges Item for 40 years. He fell in love with the Alpilles at age 21 and remained devoted to this house where he had built his studio until his final days in 1990. The theme of the Alpilles and the sharp lines of the arid mountains that tear through the sky captivated him for almost his entire life.

Mas de Cinq Sous underwent meticulous restoration for nearly two years and reopened its doors in 2022. Ancient materials like the Beaucaire bars delicately weather the residence, while the stone flooring is an emblem of traditional architecture. Terracotta tiles grace the floors of selected rooms, preserving the rustic charm. Above the kitchen, a cathedral-style roof adds a majestic touch, while the fireplace has been carefully conserved in the purest Provençal style.

Warmest living room and fireplace - © Gilles Lagnel

Warmest living room and fireplace - © Gilles Lagnel

"Finding the right stones was paramount to restoring the authentic allure of this Mas to its former glory."

Lunch on the marble table under the pergola - © Gilles Lagnel

Lunch on the marble table under the pergola - © Gilles Lagnel

Decorator Marc Abelin skillfully designed each space at Mas de Cinq Sous, giving every room its unique story. The décor blends smooth curves with sharp lines, creating a calm, Provence-inspired atmosphere with soft colors and industrial touches like metal ceiling beams and bedside tables. Each room is further enhanced with lighting from Catellani & Smith, adding to the distinct ambiance.

Abelin’s selection of extraordinary materials—such as the majestic kitchen cosmic granite, Labradorite Lemurian Blue from Madagascar, Bleu Macauba, and blue Labrador granite from Norway—graces the interiors, enhancing the allure of Mas de Cinq Sous. Discovering an extraordinary former cutting stone at a marble workshop, the decorator’s intuition led to its transformation into a unique garden table, now the centerpiece of the garden atop two blocks of stone.

Nature’s Embrace

Nature is the focal point here, with captivating views of the Alpilles mountains visible from every angle. At the garden’s end, nestled among fragrant garrigue, lies the concealed natural pool, offering a picturesque spot for relaxation. Without chemicals or filtration systems, it is cleansed by nature’s unique wildlife and plant ecosystem. An organic garden, overseen by local farmer Fabien Dumont, fosters a genuine connection to nature, providing fresh produce and promoting sustainable living—a testament to the property’s dedication to harmonizing with the land. Also, guests can join stargazing sessions around the fire pit after dusk.

"A rock that literally pierces the sky" - © Gilles Lagnel

"A rock that literally pierces the sky" - © Gilles Lagnel

the 3 things

we love the most

The natural pool
The meticulous renovation
The view on the Alpilles

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Destination Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Transports

Avignon TGV station

40 min

Marseille Airport

55 min

Restaurants

Edu

5 min

L'Auberge de Saint-Rémy

5 min

Têtes d'Ail

5 min

Gus Restaurant

5 min

Chez Paulette

15 min

Shops and Craft workshops

min

Terre et Blé

5 min

Lilamand Confiseur

5 min

La Cave aux fromages

5 min

Jeanne Bayol

5 min

Le Mas de Cinq Sous

Chemin du Barrage, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 13210, France

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