What is a Bastide actually? Traditionally "bastide" was a local term for manor house in Provence generally located in the countryside or in a village, and originally occupied by a wealthy farmer.
A bastide is larger and more elegant than the farmhouse called a mas, and is square or rectangular, with a tile roof, walls of fine ashlar-stone sometimes covered with stucco or whitewashed, and often built in a square around a courtyard.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, many bastides were used as summer houses by wealthy citizens of Marseille. Today, these traditional bastides in Provence have been transformed into expensive, elegant country homes.
Our first Luxe Provence box celebrates the beauty and authenticity of the elegant bastides of today, from the interior tile patterns, fine textiles, and the local scents you'd experience dining each autumn evening in their beautifully manicured terraces. On Pre-Sale Now!
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