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Step back in time Hotel de Caumont in Aix

You can almost hear the clip-clop of the horses’ hooves maneuvering their master’s carriages on the cobblestones. Glance through the majestic iron gates into the cour d’honneur at l’Hôtel de Caumont and let the elegant limestone façade transport you to another era. The grand entrance was unique even in the chic Quartier Mazarin in Aix-en-Provence.

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On property previously owned by l’Eglise de St Jean de Malte, the first stone was laid for the foundation of the regal dwelling, on April 4, 1715. François Rolland de Réauville commissioned a residence appropriate to his ranking as the second president of la Cour des Comptes d’Aix-en-Provence.19._gypseries_en_cours_de_restauration_-_c_defrance.de__0

This address eventually became known as Hôtel de Caumont.

Hôtel de Caumont built in a Baroque style had no equivalent in Aix-en-Provence. It was the largest private property, the only residence with both a gala entranceway (mentioned above) and a Versailles-style private garden. Hôtel de Caumont pays homage to the legacy M. Réauville constructed, with his cursive initials “RR” found throughout the property and his family’s coat of arms on the facade.Restauration des sols de l'Hotel de Caumont @culturespaces #AixenProvence

On May 6, 2015, the Hôtel de Caumont was reincarnated as a public art centre as part of the Culturespaces portfolio. The inaugural exhibit is Canaletto: Rome, London, Venice the Triumph of Light. It is the first time that the artist’s work has been brought together into a comprehensive show.

The doors to the Caumont Centre d’Art opened after a 26.6 million Euros (10 million for land acquisition and 12.6 million for construction) and an 18-month restoration project. The attention to detail and historical relevance are unmistakable in each of the rooms refurbished under the direction of Mireille Pellen (Achitecte du Patrimonie).Maitre gypsier restaure les gypseries de l'hotel de Caumont @culturespaces #AixenProvence

Visit Mme Caumont’s bedroom and you get the impression that she will return at any moment. Relax with a meal in le Café Caumont in sitting rooms decorated to suit the époque. Take a moment to enjoy in the garden, redesigned with plants that would have existed in the 1720s.Restauration de la verriere de l'hotel de Caumont @Culturespaces #AixenProvence

Mostly, revel in the fabulous craftsmanship and careful research required to return this noble mansion back to its former glory.

Details for your visit:

Address: 3, rue Joseph Cabassol 13100 Aix-en-Provence

Hours: Open daily. From May to September : 10 a.m to 7 p.m. // from October to April : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Late night opening on Tuesday until 9.30 p.m during exhibitions.

Website: http://www.caumont-centredart.com/en

Le Café Caumont is open daily from 11:30 they do not take reservations

Lounge Bar Caumont for light bites and drinks is open until 23h

Image Credits: All images (except the garden photo) were provided by and published with the permission of Culturespaces.

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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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