July and August opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The gardens close from August 7 to 15, 2021.
If you arrive from the north, the first thing you see is a view of rounded laurustinus viburnums and superbly pruned mulberry bushes.
But looking south, your eye will be drawn by a striking group of tall, majestic pines.
Enter the gardens through a double avenue of cedars and Aleppo pines which leads to a rare 16th-century threshing floor in perfect condition.
Anduze vases containing pittosporums and hydrangeas surround the house, but opposite you, as you reach the terrace, is the breathtaking sight of the majestic Sainte-Victoire Mountain facing the house and its French-style box garden.
Below, to your right, is a viburnum maze, “The Fox’s Garden” and its aviary.
To your left, a few steps lead to the chapel and the tèse*…
Continue to the avenue of oak trees … the lawn, the hollows of cistus and Mediterranean plants, persimmon, jujube and medlar trees … separate the gardens from fields of wheat with poppies and lead to a fountain.
To the east are avenues of mulberry and olive trees which lead nowhere… to the adjoining fields.
Nestling in its cluster of pines, Romégas House and its gardens hold many surprises:
A threshing floor, a box parterre, a chapel, a maze and a tèse*, as well as ponds, fountains, a wash-house and several wells.
But the most curious feature has just been discovered: the subsoil is criss-crossed by an underground network of water conduits that have irrigated the crops and gardens since the second half of the 16th century.
These conduits date from the 16th century at the latest, and perhaps as far back as Roman times!
* tèse : a place where women and children used to catch birds.