As a member of the network Châteaux et Hôtels Collection, at Villa Baulieu you can expect the utmost quality and serenity. No expense has been spared when it comes to design and decoration. Restored with help of the French architect and interior decorator, Guy-Marie Kieffer, the château has been styled upon a typical Tuscan villa, offering unique and elegant décor in which traditional influences of Rome and Paris are combined. The entrance hall is a welcoming space with gold chandeliers and central marble table holding a stunning abstract bronze sculpture. The central stairway, beautifully decorated with 18th century ceiling murals of a Provençal and Italian influence leads you up to the two floors of guest accommodation. Around the house you will find a collection of rare antique furniture which is aesthetically juxtaposed by an equally stunning collection of contemporary art.
As well as spacious grounds and accommodation, the villa also offers a variety of interior spaces for guests to use at their own disposal. Located on the first floor, the Grand Salon is the largest social space and is often used for an evening aperitif. With views across the gardens and main entrance of the villa, the 18th century design offers a large central seating area interspersed by contemporary artworks and a concert piano at one end. On the ground floor you will find the sitting room and library. Here, guests can relax beside the grandiose fireplace, a new addition to the villa, and admire the 17th century harpsichord. The villa retains a homely feel with photos of the Guénant family dotted throughout the house (except for in the bedrooms).
The garden has been restored to its original formal 17th century English grandeur, comprising 30 varieties of roses and pristinely shaped boxwood trees. Behind this, the main stretch of lawn runs down to the estate's original ornamental pond. To the right of the formal garden is the swimming pool. Measuring 12 x 6 metres, the pool is refined in style with natural blue tiles and a narrow stone surround, offering a tranquil environment in which to relax, where the widely spaced wooden sun loungers give each guest their own privacy. Outside of the confines of the garden and vineyards, the grounds are dotted with olive and almond trees, offering a pleasant area in which to walk. As well as a pool, guests also have access to a tennis court, bowling pitch, hammam and Jacuzzi, idyllically located on top of one of the villa's central turret boasting a 360° view of the surroundings.
The service at Villa Baulieu is both personal and professional. Working alongside Bérengère, David, the butler, will be at your disposal for anything you may require, from a pool side beverage to transport to a local town. For those wishing to get out and explore the estate and its environs, activities on offer include, visits to Aix-en-Provence and other local towns, cheese and wine tastings, wine safaris, golf, horse riding, hunting trips and visits to the Granet Museum or Cézanne's famous studio. Bikes are also available at the villa for guests to tour the surrounding area and yoga classes can be organised upon request.