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Goût de France: Our French Villa in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Deanna and I ripped into one of the rotisserie chickens we’d bought at the Intermarche supermarket while we sat in the back seat of the rent-a- car. With our heads pressed against the windows fighting to stay awake, we fixed our gaze on the scenery of the narrow winding back roads of the French countryside.

French villa back road

Back road near our villa.

Deanna’s husband was nominated Travel Guide and had set Madame Bourgeois, our GPS, to find destination L’Harmas—our French villa accommodations in St. Rémy. The four of us had agreed to name her Madame Bourgeois because we thought it sounded very Bondesque and French—quite fitting for our James Bond adventure we were about to experience.

Arriving L’Harmas, our French Villa in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Spent from the long trip, having travelled thirty-one hours by plane, train, and automobile, we arrived at the iron gated entrance of L’Harmas around 4 pm—4 am Hawaii Time. We were so ready to get out of the car. After pressing the buzzer several times with no answer, we wondered if Madame Bourgeois had calculated correctly. The owner said she’d meet us there at 4 pm. To pass the time, I munched on more chicken and after about fifteen forever minutes waiting in the car, the gate finally opened so we could pass through. As we drove up the long pebbled driveway, we had our first glimpse of our French villa.

Front view of L’Harmas-French villa

Front view of L’Harmas. My bedroom’s French doors opened onto this courtyard with a view of the garden. I spent my mornings here sipping thick black coffee, reading my daily devotions, and journaling my trip. Truly a writers paradise. Inspiring and peaceful.

OK, so it’s not really a castle like I stated in my post How I Scored a Free Dinner and a Castle in France, but that’s how it was described to me at first and in my wistful mind, it’s still a castle. So humor me. L’Harmas is actually a gated villa, or French house with a garden, built in the 1960’s.

I was immediately struck by the beautiful grounds. They were impeccably groomed and lavished with evergreens, laurels, pine, and olive trees. The tall Italian Cypress were my favorite. They reminded me of regal columns or sentry statues guarding a fortress.

French villa garden

The villa appeared somewhat medieval with all the rustic stonework, arched windows, and multiple French doors lining the front of the house.

French villa courtyard

Rose-vine trellises, lavender bushes, and quaint sitting areas were dispersed throughout the courtyard that wrapped around the villa.

French villa garden

Deanna enjoying her morning coffee in the garden

French villa garden view

Another one of my reading spots with a view of the sunrise.

As we parked the car we saw the tennis courts on the left and the gated pool straight ahead.

French villa pool

A limestone mountain view from the pool topped it off. The pictures we’d seen on the internet were finally coming to life, and this was all ours for the next two weeks! Our 007 adventure was proving more and more promising. I could hardly wait to see what the inside of L’Harmas looked like. . .Stay tuned!

French villa view

Inspired Recipe Remakes

Chicken Brine

Roasted Dijon Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Gravy

French villa chicken

Before you try my Roasted Dijon Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Gravy , I recommend brining the chicken first. This is an easy step that will bring your chicken to the next level. But I must warn you—once you brine, you’ll never make chicken any other way!

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