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Stay at a Renovated Provencal Farmhouse in Cotignac

Back in October, our lovely foodie friends Alexandra Dudley, Laura Jackson and Billy & Jack visited us (see Cooking up some serious sunshine in Cotignac) and stayed just outside Cotignac in a beautifully renovated farmhouse from the 17th and 18th centuries, the Domaine Saint Joseph.

Its owner, Charlotte Baring, is a talented interior designer, and she was kind enough to share the story of this gorgeous place with us. Charlotte spent about five years looking for the perfect house in Provence. She had almost given up hope when she found Domaine Saint Joseph and fell in love with the place instantly.

Whether you arrive at the airport in Nice or Marseille, it is about a 1h30 drive to reach this oasis of calm, country living just outside the village of Cotignac. Domaine Saint Joseph has nine (9) bedrooms making it a perfect base for a large gathering of family or friends. If you can pull yourself away from the side of the pool, there is plenty to do in and around Cotignac.

Activities in the Var

Susana of Provence Living shares her Top 10 list of family-friendly things to do in Var in the Summer.

Here, are five (5) reasons to visit Cotignac.

Plan to attend the Festival du Rocher in the village of Cotignac. This outdoor festival which includes music, cinema and theatre run from mid-July to mid-August.

Visit the local markets (Cotignac’s market is on Friday mornings).

Spend some time at the stunning Gorges du Verdon and Lac St Croix.

Enjoy the food! Provence Living’s recommendation for restaurants in the Haut-Var.

Discover the treasures of the Var, including one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence L’Abbaye du Thoronet.

Must-see Treasures of the Var

Contributor blog post by Mirabeau Wine, please continue reading here to see all the photos of this property.

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Stephen had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. For many years the Cronks had been dreaming and talking about moving to France to make their own wine, but the moment never seemed quite right to make the big leap.

Soon after, a good redundancy offer seemed the perfect opportunity to turn the dream into reality and after selling their beloved house, they left the leafy suburbs of south-west London in August 2009. Their worldly possessions were packed up on the back of a truck and with barely a word of French between them, the family headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence.

The Cronks spent a year getting their bearings, learning to live the provençal way, as Stephen was criss-crossing the country researching and finding the best vineyards to work with. The next step was setting up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would be regarded as one of the very best from the region, while building a brand that people would grow to love. In order to achieve this aim, they put together a highly experienced winemaking team and threw their heart and soul into the brand and innovative communications with their customers. Mirabeau is now being sold in more than 30 markets, has won medals and earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics, but what really makes Stephen happiest is that their wines are an integral part of people having a great time together.

Read more about the Mirabeau Wine story here.

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