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Booking a Corporate Seminar in Provence our Recommended Locations

Holiday images of Provence saturate social media platforms. The region is a popular holiday destination for its lavender fields, market produce, historic sites, and cultural venues. With many daily international and regional plane and train arrivals, Provence should be a consideration for corporate gatherings: offsite meetings, seminars, reunions, incentive travel, and retreats.

We have gathered a list of five (5) locations we recommend for a get-away-from-the-office meeting. Many of these properties also have onsite accommodation, so after the meetings, your team can relax by the turquoise swimming pools or explore from “home base.”

Corporate Seminar in Provence

Seminars at a Château in the Luberon

Located in the Luberon Valley near Apt, the Château de Mille wine estate accommodates groups of 20 to 200 people. It’s known that the Château dates from the 13th century, as it first appeared in the Avignon archives in 1238. The one-time summer residence of the Avignon popes was already a wine estate in that period. However, there is evidence that the Romans made wine well before that at Villa Milonum, as Apta Julia (now the town of Apt) was an essential settlement on the Via Domitia. What better place to focus on team building and generating ideas for business innovation?

Château de Mille Seminars in Provence

There are three (3) rooms suitable for groups at Château de Mille with the following capacity:
Grande salle 80-200 people
Salle des archives 60-120 people
Salle Grand Luberon 20-40 people

While at Château de Mille, groups can enjoy various activities surrounding wine, such as vineyard and winery tours, tastings, and even blending workshops, at certain times of the year. Find out more about seminars at de Mille here. There are two gites (holiday apartments) onsite, Les Roches and Ventoux, that sleep six (6) and four (4), respectively.

“What companies love to do is have a corporate incentive half-day, including dinner. We recently had a super successful event for a fintech company (50 high achievers) with a full tour, tasting and food truck dinner.” ~ Constance Slaughter, owner

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Small Meetings Close to Avignon

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Avignon TGV station, Fontaine des Magnarelles is a charming Bed and Breakfast (B&B) located in the heart of Provence. The 18th-century Provençal country house, constructed with traditional stone, has five (5) spacious guest bedrooms and a large common area just the right size for a small group meeting. The room has space for 14 people around two meeting tables, and the owners have equipped the space with all the technology you might need (WiFi, video projector, screen, flip chart, etc). There is onsite parking, including two chargers for e-vehicles.

Fontaine-des-Magnarelles Seminars in Provence

After the working sessions, explore some famous vineyards of the southern Rhône Valley and the villages at the base of Mont Ventoux. Alternatively, the owners can book massages, yoga workshops, or other wellness sessions. For those interested in more vigorous activities not far from this B&B, there are opportunities for canoeing on the Sorgue River, hiking in the Dentelles de Montmirail, or even rock climbing. There is accommodation for eight (8) adults. Inquire about a room and seminar package here.

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Strategy Retreats in the Vaucluse

Le Prieuré La Madelène is a former 12th-century Benedictine priory in Malaucène near the base of Mont Ventoux. This Bed and Breakfast has five (5) guest bedrooms and a private cottage (gîte) just a few minutes from Vaison La Romaine. If you are looking for pure Provencal relaxation, Le Prieuré La Madelène is a charming, intimate guest house ideally located for exploring Provence and the Rhône Valley. However, Prieuré La Madelène is also an excellent spot for small group meetings.

The bright, well-equipped meeting space at Prieuré La Madelène has enough room to seat 12 people with light enough furniture for easy reconfiguration into breakout groups as necessary. The property has a robust WIFI connection, and a video projector and flip chart are available.

Le Prieure La Madelene B&B Seminars

Le Prieuré La Madelène has eight (8) guest rooms suitable for single or double accommodation. There is parking onsite and one charge station for an electric vehicle. Start the day with a delicious breakfast spread, take a coffee break or work through lunch and dinner. The owners will help coordinate the requirements for your group.

Since all work and no play is not the best recipe for productivity improvement for team-building activities such as bike rental, guided hikes or cooking classes, click here to learn more.

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Retreats in the Luberon

Perhaps since monks are known for their ability to concentrate, choosing Château Saint Pierre de Mejans, in Puyvert, for company strategy meetings is good. With an internal vaulted room and a tent, the Château team can accommodate groups of 20 to 100 people for seminars. They can supply all the necessary technical equipment including projectors, screens and more. Find out more about the seminar options here.

Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans Seminars Corporate Retreats

The Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans dates from 1118. It was home to Benedictine monks who lived in the priory and cultivated grapes for wine on the estate. This property once belonged to the abbey of Saint André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon during that timeframe. Winemaking has been occurring on the 12-hectare property since the 12th century. The Château was also a silkworm farm during the French Revolution. A Romanesque chapel constructed in stone from nearby Rognes is also part of the Château Saint Pierre de Mejans structures.

Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans Seminars Corporate Retreats

Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans ©Vincent AGNES

Puyvert is a small village located between Lauris and Louramarin. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves at the base of the Luberon massif, Puyvert is near the Durance River. There are some notable historical sites, and it is a terrific base for outdoor enthusiasts with hiking and cycling options.

Depending on your group size, accommodation is available in the Château and the fully renovated farmhouse – Mas de Puyvert.

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Business Gatherings Near Cavaillon

La Bastide des Songes is a quiet oasis in the heart of the Luberon Valley in Robion. This is a mid-size village between the larger centres of Cavaillon and Apt. This town is not on the typical tourist itinerary, making it a perfect group meeting or seminar choice. La Bastide des Songes can accommodate up to 23 people for a family reunion or gathering of close friends. Find out why this location is suitable for small business seminars.

La Bastide des Songes Meetings

The meeting room can accommodate 30 people, with onsite accommodation for a maximum of 23. There is a kitchen, screen, video projector and flip chart. In addition, the breakfast room is available for meals.

Many famous Luberon villages, such as Gordes, Bonnieux, Menerbes and Roussillon, are a quick drive from la Bastide des Songes. The magestic Alpilles with the towns, markets, vineyards and hilltop castle (Les Baux) are only 30 minutes away. Of course, there’s access to the sauna and jacuzzi all year round and to the heated swimming pool from May to September.

The owners have created a peaceful setting for their five (5) bed and breakfast rooms and holiday cottage (gîte). The old farmhouse and grounds have been modernized while maintaining an easy-living Provencal style.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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