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“It is not open every day”

La bastide du Jas de Bouffan
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

After fighting though traffic to get there it was not open today so check it before you go. it looks good from outside!

Thank Mervyn H
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

I was disappointed to find Cezanne's family home empty of furniture or any artifacts relating to the painter. From what I understand the city does not have the funds to restore or furnish the house but they still promote it as such. However, the grounds are lovely if like myself, you appreciate overgrown gardens and beautifully decaying villas.

3  Thank LadyRossTremblay
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Our tour stopped at this house to view the gardens where Cezanne spent time at his family's home. I forget the age at which he lived here but our guide took us around the garden to show us where Cezanne took inspiration for his art. A very special opportunity indeed for Cezanne fans wanting to spend time where he was so inspired to produce many paintings.

1  Thank grandtraveler
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

We spent 45 minutes trying to find this site, as the signs that direct drivers to Jas de Bouffan do not lead you to La Bastide. We drove around and around, asked directions (in French) of several people (and received different instructions each time) and finally found it ten minutes after our booked tour was to begin. But there was no place to park other than near an apartment complex that had signs stating that parking was for residents only, so I hobbled (knee problem) into the grounds and told the tour guide that we couldn't park and that I would like a refund.

The guide replied that it was all right to park there, so I hobbled back to the car, my husband parked, we returned to the house and knocked on the locked door. The guide let us in and escorted us into an extremely hot room where a horrible video about Cezanne was being shown. We are lovers of Cezanne, and it was really a travesty, projecting paintings onto several walls.

We then were taken on a mildly interesting tour behind the house, showing us where Cezanne painted some works. The guide was very pleasant, well informed, and interesting.

Thank Chandolin
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

If you are a Cezanne lover, you will love this. Know that this was his childhood home and one he had to sell soon after he inherited it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Know that there is not much of the inside of the house that you will see (a pity, but the house was left to the city and the renovation costs are huge). Other reviewers have covered the details of how you can see some of the vistas for the paintings he did of the house and garden. There is a panorama kind of presentation depicting the development of his work. The gardens are absolutely lovely -- quiet and charming in the center of the city. Wish I'd read the other reviews first. We took the bus and wandered for half an hour. The house is literally across the street from the bus stop (large iron gates, high wall -- really be looking for an estate). We got lucky with a really insightful tour guide who was knowledgeable, patient, and obviously loves his work.

Thank LeBonVoyage58
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