Vaucluse Tourism Highlights

Follow in the footsteps of Albert Camus at the Domaine de Palerme

You can now make your way through the doors of this magnificent 18th-century country house, recently converted into a guesthouse. It was the holiday home of Albert Camus in the 50s, and his friend, the poet René Char, lived nearby in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. It’s easy to see why Camus fell in love with this place! A little corner of paradise “far from Paris and its wild beasts” as he famously put it.

In this charming setting, you’ll find a pretty old well, riverside spaces resigned for moments of relaxation or a quiet read, a pool – which perfectly blends into its surroundings and has surprisingly large proportions (18×8) – and a lovely stone pool house which contains a summer kitchen and a relaxation lounge.

Inside the house, the ancient terra cotta and cement tiles have been preserved, as well as the blown-glass windows, and the moulded ceilings have been fully renovated. A central staircase leads up to the Duke’s apartments and four large rooms measuring from 35m2 to 45m2, one of which has been transformed into an apartment: the Magnolia Room, the Iris Room, Jacky’s Room and the room which once belonged to Albert Camus. This room overlooks the gardens and its furniture and decorative furnishings have all been sourced from local antiques stores and markets.