Place : Malaucene (Vaucluse)
Public : Adults
Malaucene sits on the north side of Mont Ventoux and is thought to have been a settlement since prehistoric times. In the 14th century, Pope Clement V made it his summer residence, choosing a location close to a spring and the Groseau Chapel. The imposing SaintMichel Church was also built around the same period, while for the last 700 years, the town has held one of the oldest markets in Provence, every Wednesday.
The town regularly features in the Tour de France cycle race and many cyclists throng to Malaucene to test themselves against the Giant of Provence.
After having rebuilt several dry-stone walls around Groseau in 2018, this year you’ll help make improvements to the Pavillon du Colombier, also called “the Pink Pavilion” due to the colour of its wall render.
It was built in 1865 and was part of a large agricultural estate, serving as a reception venue amid nice gardens. It was listed as folly in the 19th century and story has it that lovers used to sometimes meet there.
The building currently has no roof and as a result the stonework is rapidly deteriorating, soto pave the way for a more far-reaching restoration programme, you’ll get the ball rolling by reinforcing and restoring the pavilion’s perimeter walls.
A whole host of activities await you once work is done for the day, such as hikes on Mont Ventoux, exploring the amazing Gorges du Toulourenc, as well as excursions to nearby towns and villages of Vaison la Romaine, Bedoin, the wine-making towns of Vacqueyras and Gigondas and even a visit to the famous theatre festival in Avignon.
Type of work : Conventional masonry and rendering
Accommodation : On-site, in a permanent building fitted with male and female dormitories.