Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A sculpture of the Coat of Arms for the Chateau Nans des Pins in the "Jardin de Relaxation."
Choosing this place for our south of France destination was the result of a purely random Google search. Sight unseen and with no recommendations, it turned out to be a perfect choice. It was out in the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but not all that far from the civilization of rustic, French village life. A comfortable room, much larger than anything we'd experienced in the city. And for 1/3 the cost. The ambiance was perfect for relaxing and soaking up the scenery, reflecting on life, reading...lots of reading, writing, picnicking, and wine sipping. There was only one thing missing, but not for long.

Having arrived in the late afternoon, it was near 1630 by the time we checked in and got semi settled in our room. About 1630 I place a phone call to Tongue in Cheek. However there was no answer at that time but later, just before dinner, we did make contact and the rest of that story is the piece-de-resistance for this week of the trip.

Then it was out to survey and explore the grounds and just get a feel for the place. I'll put up some photos and you can investigate with us. (Click to enlarge.)
Bath house for the lap pool to the left of the Chateau as you face it.

Pastis corner.

This tower housed on the first level the office, and the second level housed our boudoir of Room #1. The third level was Staff quarters.

The yard directly in front with accommodation for sitting and doing what makes you fell relaxed.

D. provides a photo-op.

Entry to the terrace dining area with the green house dining room visible inside the wall to the left.

The green house dining room, where we had le petit déjeuner.

Le Jardin de Relaxation.

rel in a daily ritual, albeit in different locations form day to day and depending on the time of day. He was like a sunflower....following the sun. ;) Sometimes the beverage container was a coffee cup!

The view out the front from the Chateau.

Corey of Tongue in Cheek and her "French husband" joined us for drinks after diner in the greenhouse and the stage was set for fantastic week of pleasant adventures, encounters, and building of friendships.

Next: Inside!


Blogger Churlita said...

Nice digs. I feel like going to France now.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous tongue in cheek said...

Oh man! Seeing these photos makes me feel like you and Diane are here again!

4:09 AM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Just perfect...what a find, Rel. Sometimes relaxing with a coffee cup in your hand, eh? Oh well, if the sun's not over the yardarm, one must stick to non-alcoholic relaxers.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous UL said...

Your posts bring back so many beautiful memories, it was not so long ago(less than a year) since I took a trip to Southern France, I would love to go back for some more, what an amazing place. Your pics are beautiful too. Thanks for sharing.

11:51 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

The chateau was certainly a perfect place to find and stay at...just by seeing the photos one could feel what a truly relaxing place it was! The scenery alone would make it perfect!! xox

5:53 PM  

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