Jas de Bouffan was Paul Cezanne’s old family house and where he produced some of his paintings. The mansion was built in the 18th century, and Cezanne’s father purchased the house as a summer retreat in 1859. In those days the house was situated in an open countryside but is now surrounded by modern residential homes, car dealerships, and gas stations.
Beyond black iron gates, a grand path is lined with towering trees on approach to the house. The land is now a public park where locals relax or bring their dogs to run around on.
Behind the mansion lies more acres of land inaccessible to the public. Those looking for a visit can tour the entire property only with a guide. Appointments are recommended unless you come at appointed tour times.
We arrived when the place was closed, so we explored the grounds a little, then relaxed on a bench beneath the canopy of trees, breathing in Mother Nature’s fresh air.