La Bartavelle

- Bed & Breakfast -

Wheelchair friendly
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Adress : 348 chemin des amandiers, 13105 MIMET
Phone : +33 (0)4 42 58 85 90 - Fax : +33 (0)4 42 69 99 18
Email :
Coordinates : Lat : 43.4237362 Long : 5.5221856

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  • La Bartavelle is beautiful Provençal Bastide house located in an idyllic country setting in the hills of Provence in the south of France, with a magnificent view of the St. Victoire mountain (across the valley). We speak French, English and German. The house is discretely and quietly situated in the hills on the edge of a forest at an altitude of approximately 450 m, making it an ideal location for walkers and mountain-bike enthusiasts.

  • The picturesque local village of MIMET (a 5 min. drive) is the highest village in the Bouches du Rhône département (alt. 530 m). Its surounding hills rise to a height of 779m (Tête du Grand Puech) offering a stunning 360° panoramic view encompassing the Mediterranean sea, Marseilles, the cliffs high above Cassis in the Calanques, Aix-en-Provence, the St. Victoire, Luberon and Ventoux mountains to the north, and even the snow-capped southern Alps in winter. On a clear day it is truly a sight to remember.

  • The remaining ruins and artefacts from the oppidum (a small, very old fortified village above Mimet on the Tête de l'Ost at 620m) bare witness to the presence of the Salyens, an iron-age Ligurian-Celtic tribe who lived above the present village more than 2500 years ago. They traded with the then-Greek town of Massalia (now Marseilles) until 124 BC, when the conquering Roman army of Sextius Calvinus (founder of Roman Aix-en-Provence) brought their chapter in history to an abrupt and rather bloody end.

  • But the Roman region of PROVINCIA ROMANA - now called PROVENCE - did not last forever, and life returned once again to the village. The church was built in 1020 and renovated in 1510, and in 1540 there were 27 houses in Mimet. The end of the 16th century brought tragedy once more to the village when it was destroyed by troops loyal to the Duke of Epernon, although it was subsequently unaffected by the plague which came to Marseille with devastating effect in the early 1720's.

  • In 1733 there were 43 houses and 8 farms in Mimet. In 1901 the population had risen to 440, and today we are more than 4500, which rather suggests that people like coming to Mimet !


Visit the 5 rooms, the swimming pool (12m x 6m), the sitting room and the kitchen corner !

The Bergère
2 single beds

Room Bergère

La Lavandière
double bed

Room Lavandière

The Fileuse
2 single beds

Room Fileuse

The Cézanne
lit double

Room Cézanne

The Suite Van Gogh
double bed room + single bed room

Suite Van Gogh

The Kitchenette Corner

Kitchenette Corner

The Sitting room

Sitting room

The swimming pool (12m x 6m)

The swimming pool <br/> (12m x 6m)
Informations & equipements

rdc Ground-level rooms
Bedroom & bathroom accessible for people with special needs*
SdB Bedroom with private bathroom
ADSL internet access
TV Television *
Terrace in front of each room
Air-conditioning *
Closed car park
Swimming pool
Guest kitchen

only in some rooms
Due to the presence of our own dog and goats, we are unable to accommodate guests' cats, dogs or other domestic pets.

Reservations & information requests

Reservations or information requests are made by telephone, fax, e-mail or using the booking form
Phone : +33 (0) 4 42 58 85 90
Fax : +33 (0) 4 42 69 99 18
E-mail :

Languages :  

Price per room

  (prices include breakfast) :

1 person (Room with 2 single beds)75 euros
2 people95 euros
3 people (suite)115 euros

Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are accepted.
For guests making advanced reservations for periods of 3 days or longer, a payment of 25% of the total cost of their stay should be made at the time of reservation. The remaining amount should be paid upon arrival. Our terms and conditions are those of the Fédération Nationale des Gîtes de France.


- The rooms are made available for guests from 4 pm onwards. We would ask those guests who anticipate a late arrival (after 7 pm) to advise us of their arrival time whenever possible. Guests are asked to vacate their rooms before 12 am on their day of departure.
- Breakfast is served from 8 am to 10 am.


To book a room(s) at La Bartavelle, please send an email to  with the following information :
- Your name
- Email address
- phone number
- Home address
- The arrival and departure dates
- Number of adults(> 8 yo)
- Number of children(< 8 yo)

La Bartavelle will send you an email confirming your booking very shortly.


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La Bartavelle

View of La Bartavelle

Mimet village and surroundings

Aix en provence and surroundings

Marseille and surroundings

Arles, Avignon, Camargue and surroundings (St Rémy de Provence, les Baux de Provence...)

Cassis, La Ciotat, The calanques

The Cote Bleue

Bandol and surroundings

The Gorges du Verdon

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The Bartavelle is a bird. It is the largest of all partridges with a height of 33-43 cm and a weight of 460-770 grammes. It has a white throat, circumscribed with black, and a grey-blue chest. It lives mostly on rocky alpine slopes up to 2800m in altitude. In France, it came to fame with the autobiographical novel “La Gloire de Mon Père” by Marcel Pagnol, in which the hunting of the Bartavelle was a reputable, and even esteemed activity in the Provençal village of La Treille. Although the Bartavelle lives in relatively high mountainous areas, it does descend to lower altitudes in winter. It was nearly hunted to extinction in France, but can still be found today in certain areas in the Alps, in south-eastern Europe, the Balkans, Asia, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.