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Château de la Gaude opens its doors!

Château de la Gaude, located just a few vineyards away from downtown Aix-en-Provence, is opening its doors.
Nestled in a green haven, this 17
th-century bastide is a prime wine-growing venue featuring a hotel and a gastronomic restaurant.
After more than 3 years of renovation, this magnificent luxury hotel is opening its doors with 17 refined rooms and suites.
The French gardens that surround the premises elegantly highlight the setting. 

A prestige hotel 

This incredible adventure first and foremost was a wonderful opportunity to bring Marcel Pagnol’s fabulous story “My Mother’s Castle” (Le Château de ma mère) to life, since the estate was one of the settings used for the film directed by Yves Robert, transposing the masterpiece to the big screen. It took several years of renovation to restore this beautiful Provençal bastide that had remained dormant for over 15 years. The various rooms and suites are spread across the different buildings of the Château, much like in a small village. 

The 17 elegant and contemporary rooms and suites are characterised by their diva touch. The seven bedrooms, which are located within the Château itself – classified as a historic monument – are soberly and tastefully designed. 

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INTERIORS

Immaculate white walls elegantly contrast with the old-fashioned wooden floors, black wooden headboards and bedside tables, and lighter wood wardrobes. Some of them feature a fireplace and ceiling mouldings that elegantly tie the space together.
The walls are decorated with paintings by Philippe Pasqua or Robert Combas. The white marble bathrooms are bathed in natural light and offer a breath-taking view of the Provençal countryside. As for the other ten rooms located in the beautiful farmhouses adjoining the Château, the interior design once again blends in various elements of contemporary art, and prominently incorporates light oak and copper. All rooms and suites are equipped with the best comfort and technology.
Enlightened with coloured paintings by Philippe Pasqua, all rooms feature exposed beams, which confer warmth and cosiness, while the bathrooms favour shades of grey and black. 

THE ESTATE

The estate also features multiple lounges located in the garden’s orangeries to host all kinds of seminars, company dinners or family gatherings. Our team happily designs a tailor-made stay for every guest. Many terraces overlook the French gardens classified as a historical monument, and a completely renovated chapel is also available. To all future brides and grooms out there! 

A spa and a swimming pool will also be added to the estate in the spring of 2020. 

From the interior decoration to the exterior spaces, everything down to the smallest detail was considered with the utmost respect. Many regional craftsmen were involved in this incredible project: Thomas Gentilini restored the gardens in keeping with their original spirit, while Régis Mathieu had the same intent when creating the chandeliers that adorn the restaurant’s rooms. 


The wine estate 

The estate, which extends over 25 hectares of land – 17 of which are planted with vines – provides a great wealth of richness. This wine-growing land, also known as Sainte-Victoire, is quite simply the heart of the estate, the source of inspiration for all our teams, from the chef to the head sommelier. 

Following extensive agronomic studies of the estate’s parcels carried out by Claude and Liliane Bourguignon, we had to analyse the soils and vines, learn about the estate’s history, restructure the parcels, gradually replant missing vines and finally install a new winemaking tool. Indeed, the vats and cellar were designed by Olivier Chadebost with Château de la Gaude’s identity in mind. Modern techniques were used to express the best of the terroir. The vineyard’s restructuring plan has been a major focus of development and rehabilitation. 

Classified as PDO “Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence”, all parcels are organically cultivated to match the quality of a restricted production. The estate’s wine is characterised by its finesse, freshness and complexity. The grape varieties are mainly Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rolle, Sémillon, Grenache blanc and Clairette. Our goal is to produce high-end wine that reflects Château de la Gaude as a whole. 

Our wine menu available at the restaurant includes more than 700 references, making it one of the largest wine cellars in France. The wines are also on sale in the wine-tasting cellar located at the entrance of the estate, which has over 750 different bottles for sale. Everybody is welcome to discover our impressive selection during tasting workshops, every day of the week, from 10am to 7pm. 

A wine warehouse is currently under construction. 

Contemporary art on the estate 

Contemporary art, the owner’s true passion, can be found everywhere on the estate. As an integral part of the Château, paintings by Philippe Pasqua or Robert Combas can be found scattered in the common areas as well as in our rooms and suites. Imposing works are also on display in the gardens, like giant sea urchins or the huge 7-metre stainless-steel shark suspended by Philippe Pasqua, which stands in the middle of the park! 

Contemporary art exhibitions will be held throughout 2020 as well as an art tour. 

Restaurant Le Art 

Chef Matthieu Dupuis-Baumal was given carte blanche to create a hot spot of gastronomic cuisine, with a terrace overlooking the estate’s gardens. The setting is breathtakingly beautiful and the chef’s cuisine proves an explosive experience!
Everything has been carefully thought out, planned from the customer experience to tableware, as well as sound and lighting… This high-end experience is to be enjoyed without moderation! 

The chef’s cuisine (assisted by sous-chefs Giovanni Facchinetti for the past 7 years and Matthieu Derible) is resolutely French, its terroir undeniably Provençal, and its international influences gathered through the chef’s various experiences and travels around the world generously mix together to form bold creations. 

The best local products are placed in the spotlight, such as asparagus from Mallemort, eels from the Camargue, snails from Pertuis, Xavier Alazard’s olive oil from Les Baux-de-Provence or fresh fish from the Mediterranean Sea. Produces are at the heart of the chef’s creations: matured and crispy duck is cut right in the dining room, snail is topped with a soufflé of black garlic, olives are seasoned with tagetes… In the meantime, head sommelier Alexandre Corret is in charge of the wine selection with over 700 references to choose from. 

In early 2020, a brewery will open its doors to complete our gastronomic offer. 

 

Useful information 

Hôtel Château de la Gaude 3913, route des Pinchinats 13100 Aix-en-Provence France Phone: +33(0) 4 84 930 930 contact@chateaudelagaude.com 

10 min from downtown Aix-en-Provence / 30 min from Marseille Provence Airport / 20 min from Aix-en-Provence TGV railway station Airport and train station transfers are available / Taxi and limousine service 24-hour concierge service Room service WIFI Private car park 

Rate : room from €390 (breakfast included) 

Gastronomic restaurant Chef Matthieu Dupuis-Baumal Open from Wednesday to Sunday at noon Closed on Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays Reservation required Lunch menu price: €51 Dinner menu price: €90-135 

Boutique Open every day of the week from 10am to 7pm No reservation required for tastings.