Mansion in Me: Bliss, Health & Yoga Retreat, France

When: 6 May 2016 - 12 May 2016 (Fri - Thu, 6 nights)
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Bastide Avellanne

Bastide Avellanne is a charming fortified Provencal demure dating back to 17th century. Totally refurbished in 2011 this Mediterranean vacation villa welcomes you with spacious, light romantic rooms named Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Manet, Gauguin, all with modern en-suite bathrooms. Other accommodations in high quality independent apartments with every comfort.
In the Bastide you will find a vast air conditioned lounge with old leather sofas, a stone chimney, exposed beams and a bar, a dining room in the veranda overlooking the garden.

Surrounded by vineyards Bastide Avellanne is a luxury bed & breakfast set in a private park of 3 hectares, where the colours of the olive trees and centuries old oaks blend with the perfumes of lavender and rosemary, creating a small Mediterranean paradise in where you will find a heated swimming pool (april-october) giant chess, tennis and petanque courts.

Bastide Avellanne is not only a up market B&B: with the service of a small exclusive, luxurious boutique hotel in Var, is the ideal accommodation to spend a week end or your holidays in Provence.


Situated only 30 minutes from the sea and from the Cote D’Azur between Cannes, St Tropez and Hyeres, (from where the ferry to the nearby Islands of Porquerolles, Port Cros and Levant departs) with its hundreds of kilometres of white beaches, rocky capes and wild bays is considered the most beautiful coastline of France.
It is also close to the National Park of Gorges de Verdon and to the most picturesque Provencal villages and towns like Bormes les Mimosas, Cotignac, Tour Tour, Thoronet with the 11th century Abbey, Aix en Provence, Le Castellet, Marseille and Nice with their international airports.


Bastide Avellanne is your perfect traditional bed and breakfast to stay at in Provence!



The Bastide and Grounds



Whether you book a room, an apartment or the whole property for exclusive use you will find a friendly welcome, personalised service and respect for your privacy. The large internal and external spaces allow every guest an experience of relaxation and comfort in beautiful natural surroundings.

A stay at the Bastide is agreeable in every season. In summer the thick stone walls and the air conditioning protect from the heat and the life is mainly outdoors inbetween the pergola and the hammock gently pushed by the breeze under the centuries old oaks. A swim in the pool, a game of tennis will alternate with a glass of pastis while playing petanque or a walk in the vinyards and mediterranean maquis. In the cooler seasons it is a pleasure just to relax with a glass of wine on the old leather sofas close to the enormous chimney.



THE ACCOMMODATIONS



The exposed stone harmonises with the pastel colours of the walls and the furnishings. The varying height of the ceilings and the ancient beams give all the spaces an equilibrium between past and present. In every bedroom a chimney in stone, provencal furniture and fabrics. Attention to detail, from the bedding to the grand soft towels signed Bastide Avellanne.

Other Service


The Bastide is the ideal location for seminars and workshops. The spacious air conditioned room with big windows overlooking the garden can be adapted to your needs.

By reservation we can offer massage, aesthitical treatments, tennis and aquagym lessons, VTT daily rental.



ROOMS AND APARTMENTS



All rooms overlook the garden, are very spacious and offer to their occupants a perfect quiet. Simple and elegant, you can choose a king size bed or two twin beds. The furniture and soft furnishing are in Provencal style, the lighting extremely accurate. A stone fireplace adds decor. All the bathrooms have a large walk-in shower, hairdryer, fluffy towels and good brand toiletry. Each room has a flat screen TV and some have air conditioning. The apartments are located in the same property, are furnished in Provencal style and offer the same quality of service provided at Bastide Avellanne.

Room Van Gogh


The most spacious, 45m2, has a vaulted stone ceiling and a large glass door that opens onto the terrace shaded by ancient oaks. The shower room is very spacious and features double sinks with separate WC.


Room Gauguin


Large, 35m2, bright with original oak beams, overlooks the garden and has a shower room with vaulted stone ceiling.


Room Matisse


35 m2, very comfortable, has two windows that open onto the terrace and a ceiling with exposed beams. The room has a very spacious shower room with double sinks and a separate WC.


Suite Toulouse and Cezanne


One on the ground floor, the other on the first floor, each measuring 40m2, bright and overlooking the garden, both have a large bedroom and a smaller one separated by a door and a very spacious and comfortable shower room with WC.

Montand apartment


70 m2, has a separate entrance. It is a 2 bedroom self catered apartment, one bedroom is very large, the other has 2 bunk beds. There is a large lounge / dining room with French windows, a sofa bed, flat screen TV and a very well equipped kitchenette (electric hob, dish washing machine, microwave) The bathroom is spacious and has a walk-in shower. The apartment has a small private garden with table and chairs.

Manet apartment


60m2, has a separate entrance, a very nice lounge with exposed beams, flat screen TV and a very well equipped kitchenette (electric hob, dish washing machine, microwave), a large family bedroom on the first floor (which is a mezzanine with a wooden staircase) with air con, a king size bed and 2 twin beds separated by curtains, a big bathroom with walk in shower and WC. The apartment has a small private terrace with table and chairs on the front of the Bastide.

Studio Fernandel and Studio Brel


Two small identical apartments of 35m2 with a separate entrance, located in a Provencal-style modern building 20 meters from the Bastide and next to the tennis court. Each one is composed of a large bright room with air conditioning, king size bed and kitchenette, bathroom with bathtub and shower and a small private terrace overlooking the garden with table and chairs.



CUISINE



Our way of cooking combines creativity and flavours with a special attention to creating balanced meals, as we are convinced that the right food will influence our lifestyle. Wholesome ingredients, freshness of the foods, cooking times and methods are present in every meal you will enjoy at the Bastide.
Breakfast is served on the terrace in the shade of the oak trees and includes tea, coffee and fruit juice, choice of baked breads and brioches, fresh fruit, yoghurt and a selection of cereals.

Lunch – you will be able to choose between our plate of the day to eat under the pergola or the picnic gourmand to take with you on your day out.

Evening Meal is served by candlelight under the pergola or in the veranda. Let yourself be tempted by our menu where the traditional flavours of Provence mix with the French, Italian and Mediterranean styles and is the choice of the chef on the day.


*Below is a selection of examples, we do not offer an a-la-carte menu*


Entrance



  • Taglierini with salmon, courgettes and fresh herbs

  • Stuffed tomatoes, aubergines and peppers à la provençale

  • Avocado salad with prawns in sweet chilli sauce, yoghurt

  • Chestnut pasta with pesto, ricotta and cherry tomatoes

  • Chickpea, chard and fresh tomatoes soup

  • Provencal fish soup with crouton and sauce aioli


Main course



  • Provencal style rabbit served with aubergine, onion and courgette stew

  • Roast lamb with thyme, rosemary, marjoram and oregano served with stewed potatoes and olives

  • Provencal beef daube served with roasted potatoes and carrots

  • Steak tartare with crudités

  • Vegetable couscous

  • Cold veal with tuna sauce and cappers served on a bed of potatoes


Dessert



  • Peaches in rosè wine syrup

  • Apricot and almonds tart

  • Lemon tart

  • Chocolate ice cream with chestnut jam and meringue

  • Fruit of the forest with ice cream

  • Pear pie with chocolate

  • Great selection of cheese from Provence


The Wines


Some of France’s best and most famous wines come from Provence. Soil, grapes and techniques may differ in the making of the Provence wines but one thing remains the same: the sun.


Half of the rose wine made in France comes from Provence and 80% of the wine made in Provence is rose.


Rose from Provence is dry and fruity. It the perfect summer wine, as an aperitif or with a typical Mediterranean meal.


Red wines from Provence are generally quite strong however in some areas they can be light and delicate.


White wines are excellent either with the local seafood or with provencal goat cheeses.


At the Bastide you will find a great choice of Provencal and French with particular attention to the local organic and bio wines.



ACTIVITIES



As the premier touristic department in France the VAR has many assets, an exceptional environment, rich cultural heritage and a beautiful climate.


300 kilometres of coast accompanying the Mediterranean Sea, white sandy beaches, a preserved landscape, protected islands and famous locations renowned worldwide. It looks exactly as you see in postcards, fields of lavender, medieval villages, chateaux, markets full of colours where you can find local products and exotic spices, lively small towns with a slow way of life where the landscape and the quality of the light is principal.


Sampling the wines of Provence you discover a piece of history that started when the Greeks founded Marseille bringing the Vines with them. Tasting the typical Provencal dishes you explore the different styles of Mediterranean cuisine. For those who like to venture off the beaten track to stay in this area of Provencal vineyards and olive trees is an exceptional experience.


We propose here some tours and activities to do in a few kilometres from the Bastide:

• The beaches between Hyeres and Le Lavandou. Our favourites are Estagnol and Pellegrin, white sandy beaches shaded by pine trees and crystal clear waters. The beaches in this area, like much of the coast of the Var, not only have plenty of parking but can also be accessed on foot, through the coastal path, or the ancient path of the customs officers, one step away from the sea, in green Mediterranean scrub that smells of eucalyptus, juniper and wild rosemary.
  In the same area of the beach and close to Cabasson you will find Fort Bregancon, the official summer residence of the President of the French Republic which is situated on a small peninsula in one of the most beautiful bays of the Côte d’Azur. The beach of white sand is accessible to all, there are two small restaurants and a large parking. 
If you  love water sports  can choose the beach of Saint-Clair frequented by wind surfers, the Fossette, meeting point for lovers of canoeing and kayaking, the club nautique at Cavaliere or the naturist beach at Layet.
You can end the day with a visit to the medieval village of Bormes les Mimosas, listed among the most beautiful sites in France, the starting point of the route du Mimosa ranging from Bormes to Grasse.

• The Iles d’Or: Levant (70% not accessible to visitors as occupied by the French Navy), Port-Cros and Porquerolles, so suggestive as to deserve the name of Iles d’Or, thanks to golden light on the rocks at sunset. They are the most famous islands of the French Riviera, due to their nature and the crystal clear turquoise sea.
You can easily reach the islands by ferry that leaves from the beautiful Giens Peninsula, a refuge for migratory birds and pink flamingos.
Crossings take 20 minutes to Porquerolles, 30 minutes to Levant and hour to Port-Cros, visited only on foot.
The islands are a paradise for lovers of diving and sailing but it is also possible to make excursions with glass bottom boat to admire the beautiful underwater world.
We advise you to rent a bicycle to visit Porquerolles, it ‘s the largest of the three islands and the most charming, the port with its clay square, eucalyptus trees, restaurants and its varied coastline, to the north full of sandy beaches and fragrant myrtle, arbutus and pine trees, the south coast with lighthouse where you can enjoy a superb view, is wild and rocky.
Port-Cros was transformed into a national marine park and is a protected reserve of the Mediterranean flora and fauna with over 700 hectares of land and 1800 at sea: for lovers of nature is a paradise to visit with mask and fins. The island is full of trails for hikers walk starting from the quay.
Hiking in Port Cros: Vallon de la Solitude is the classic route they take the tourists who stop little island. The trail is not very challenging, runs under the coolness of the trees and offers stunning views overlooking the sea. Port Man: This excursion takes 4 hours to explore the coastal forest, between the tracks of past history to reach the bay of Port-Man. Much of this route follows a paved runway. Sentier des Plantes: door in 35 minutes at the Plage de la Palud. Ideal for lovers of flora mediterranean and is slightly uneven.
Circuit des Crêtes: This steep and rugged and in 3 hours leads to the beaches of the south coast.

• St. Tropez in 45 minutes driving through the Massif des Maures: 150,000 hectares of forest and wildlife paradise a few kilometres from the French Riviera. The Massif has on the north side oaks and cork oaks, chestnut, lime, pine, eucalyptus and cedar trees,  in the south heather, mastic and laburnum.
In 40 minutes you reach La Garde Freinet, medieval fortified settlement, now a typical charming Provencal village full of craft shops and small restaurants, and then Grimaud, a medieval village dominated by the ruins of the Chateau  where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama that arrives to the sea.
And finally, there is Saint-Tropez, this beautiful town with pastel colours that frame the picturesque harbour and little squares where locals play petanque in the shade of the plane trees, is known not only for celebrities and  parties but also for sporting events such as the regatta sailboats historical “Voiles de St Tropez” lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr 
In the Massif des Maures is also the village of Collobrieres, where the chestnut reigns:  you can enjoy a fantastic ice cream and famous marrons glacés.

• The Gorges du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe, between white rocks and emerald lakes, with water sports for all tastes.
The tour of the Gorges touches  some picturesque villages including Aups, charming village renowned for its blacks truffle market and St Marie les Mustiquieres
 This beautiful village is perched in the middle of two majestic rocky cliffs crossed by a mountain stream. The legend tells  that the knight of Blacas, to thank the Virgin to be returned safe from the Crusades, hoisted a star hanging between the two walls of rock with a chain. And the star is  still watching over the heads of the inhabitants glistening in the setting sun.
Walking through the narrow streets, in a magical atmosphere  you can visit the 15 workshops of  ceramics that became fashionable in the days of Louis XIV when the sovereign, to restore the finances of the court, decided to replace the pottery of gold with the cheapest ceramics.
If you like walking you can walk to the fourteenth-century Chapelle Notre-Dame de Beauvoir: the pretty little church, clinging to one of the two sides of the mountain, can be reached via a steep path with 14 stations but the effort will be rewarded with a magnificent view that extends to the Lac de Sainte-Croix and the ability to see up close the star of the Night of Balcas.
On the way back we recommend that you visit Tourtour, the highest village in the Var where you can enjoy a breathtaking view that sweeps from Toulon to Mont Ventoux. The village looks like a movie set, with its church on the hill and the Marie and post office in a chateau with turrets.

• The Abbey of Thoronet, a masterpiece of Romanesque Provencal style  like Silvacane and Sénanque,  is one of the three Cistercian wonders of Provence. You can visit every day including Sunday to attend a Service with Gregorian chanting. Each year there are the International Medieval Music Festival and Concerts of classical music.
On the way back stop at Sillans la Cascade with its Chateau of the XVIII and for the walk to the waterfalls formed by the river Bresque cascading more than 40 m and forming a spectacular pond of clear turquoise water surrounded by rocks and lush vegetation.
To end your tour you must not miss Cotignac, built at the foot of a large rock face with giant stalactites, fissures and caverns that one thousand years ago were occupied by hermits. Today it is a bustling village with houses of the 16th and 17th century, with clear water fountains, typical french bar-restaurants, art shops and one of the most lively markets of Provence

• Le Castellet, one of the most beautiful medieval villages of Provence and home to famous artists and artisans, a few steps from the Circuit Paul Ricard, one of the most famous racetracks in the world. Just a few kilometres from Le Castellet is the picturesque fishing port of Cassis lined with shops and restaurants. From here it is possible to visit the spectacular Calanques, the famous cliffs and inlets that go all the way to Marseille.

• The Barbaroux golf course just 10 minutes from the Bastide Avellanne, the largest course in Europe, 87 hectares between vineyards and lakes.

• AGS Formule 1, 2000m ² of exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 with direct access to the Circuit du Var. AGS offers many courses of driving and is one of the few places in the world where you can have the experience of driving an F1 car. Being close to the circuit, Bastide Avellanne is one of their recommended places to stay.

• Horse riding for children and adults: Club House, lessons and horseback riding can be found at Besse sur Issole and Carnoules. For tours by horse and carriage amongst the vineyards.


• Park Aoubre, Flassans – 30 hectares of Regional Park with cedar trees, a butterfly garden and farm. Educational tours, tree top adventure park with nature walks.

• The Provencal markets, the antique markets and the shopping in Aix en Provence
Each county and town in Provence is animated, at least once a week and in every season, by the market. Artisan food products, ceramics, wool fabrics and tablecloths, and of course lavender, soaps and aromatic herbs. Each Sunday there are countless garage sales and flea markets, fairs of local wines, and much more. Here are some sites with the calendar of all events.


• Cycling. The Var has lots of mountain biking and 22 circuits for cycling, backed by the official logo of the French federation of cycling, a total of more than 1700 km of trails and also a path ‘Bike rail’ (on disused railway lines) in the Sainte-Baume.


• Wine Tourism: Bastide Avellanne is surrounded by vineyards and Chateaux producing wonderful wines
We can arrange visits with wine tasting at some of the famous AOC Manufacturers Cotes de Provence and Coteaux d’Aix en Provence.
Here are the sites of some of our favourite producers, wines that you will find at Bastide Avellanne


•Helicopter tours of the Cote d’Azur departing from Toulon Hyeres Airport and Heli Taxi service to Nice and Monaco


Some ideas for trips a little further away (about 2 hours by car)
The Luberon, Gordes, Roussillon, Senanque: fields of lavender, land of chateaux and hilltop villages,  where seventeen different shades of ochre mix with white and grey rocks.

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Kaya Peters - International Yoga teacher & Holistic Expert

Kaya Peters is an internationally renowned Yoga expert and Holistic practitioner. For the past decade she has been traveling the world extensively to train and study with some of worlds most well known experts in the field of Yoga, Nutrition and Holistic Teachings.


Based in Dubai, UAE, Kaya runs a practice as a private and medical Yoga instructor, helping her clients overcome a wide variety of physical and mental health issues. In addition she teaches worldwide retreats and workshops, aimed at facilitating healing for those in need.


Kaya is a registered Yoga teacher with the International Yoga Alliance and holds numerous qualifications in the field of health and wellness. She is the first one to have brought Yoga Therapy to the Gulf region and a pioneer in teaching the Holistic Lifestyle in this part of the world.


Kaya has a gift for looking at bodies and understanding exactly what they need. Everything she teaches, comes from a wealth of personal experience and working with clients from all different walks of life over the past decade. She has successfully worked with members of the Royal family, well known business people, athletes and people recovering from depression, anxiety attacks and auto-immune disease.


She is also a contributing writer for several magazines and blogs, like Awakenings Magazine Middle East and Mother, Baby and Child Magazine.


QUALIFICATIONS



  • Graduated from a 900-hour Vijnana Yoga Teacher Training Course and registered with the International Yoga Alliance

  • ITEC certified for Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

  • Certified Macrobiotic Chef and Practitioner

  • Certified by Paul Pitchford as a Whole Food Nutritionist

  • Certified Thai Massage Therapist

  • Certified Health Coach

  • Completion of several modules of Kinesiology/Neurological based therapy (N.E.I.)

  • Basic theoretical and practical studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

  • Certified for “Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention” from the University of San Francisco

  • Certified “Access Consciousness” practitioner

  • Svastha Yoga Therapy: Yoga Psychology



 


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