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Sumptuous residences and fine exhibitions in France and Italy

This Provence villa’s garden alone is a masterpiece

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Sumptuous residences and fine exhibitions in France and Italy

Image: Manuel Zublena 2010

April 16 2011
Maria Shollenbarger

Provence has a lovely new villa on offer. In the Alpilles near Saint Rémy, La Bastide des Jardins (first picture,; price on request) is a six-bedroom, 18th-century house ambitiously restored to camera-ready perfection, with winter and summer dining rooms and a eight-acre garden that’s a masterpiece in its own right.

If you go via Paris, check in at the end of the month to La Maison Champs-Elysées (; from £300), which has just been redesigned by the talents at Maison Martin Margiela. Expect meticulously under-styled cool coupled with trompe-l’oeil dramatics. And while there, don’t miss The Caillebotte Brothers: Painter and Photographer at the Musée Jacquemart-André (; to July 11), which examines the artistic dynamics at play between Gustave and Martial, whose talents dovetailed at the cusp of the Impressionist-Modern era. Or, if you’re in Venice, make for In Praise of Doubt at Punta della Dogana (; until December 31), which includes works by Marcel Broodthaers and Roni Horn among others. (Second picture: installation by Tatiana Trouvé.)

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Provence, Villas