An Extraordinary Garden Next Door to the Ports of Toulon Bay
What is the “Domaine d’Orvès”?
Charmed by the house and its 8 ha. backyard, the artist-painter Pierre Duval bought the estate in 1925 and set up its workshop. Nowadays, the descendants of the painter perpetuate the passionate history of the place, while turning a part of the estate into a majestic garden.
The 17th century house, a Provençal “Bastide”, has a Historic Monument classification since 1993, and the garden is listed as “Extraordinary garden” by the National Tourism Authority since 2005.
The “Domaine d’Orvès” features
The estate is well-known by nature-lovers because of the variety of its vegetation (rose bushes, arbutus trees, mimosas…) and the beauty of its path (about 20mins’ walk) which goes through an olive grove, a wood, and a meadow. Fountains, watering places, and an old chapel stand in the garden.
The visitors can also come in the “Bastide” to visit Pierre Duval’s former studio, and learn more about this French post-impressionist painter. Some of his work is exhibited in the house, and Art workshops are available.
The traditional Provençal wooden kitchen is the perfect place to cook local dishes with a Chef, and the living room offers 2 pianos for the musicians!
WHAT TO DO
A guided tour of the estate with gardening workshops.
Cooking classes with a Chef, inside the house (in the traditional Provençal kitchen) or outside (on the terrace).
Art workshops with a local artist.
Music sessions in the living-room of the “Bastide”.