Saint Hilaire abbey is a privately owned property and listed historic building. It is a former 13th century Carmelite convent, which was part troglodyte, and is open to visitors for self-guided tours.
Open every day from 10am to 6pm, from the beginning of the Easter holidays until 11th November and then during Christmas holidays. Guided visits available on request in French and English and audio description.
The property has been privately owned since it was purchased in 1961 by René and Anne Marie Bride, who were originally from Reims. It was classified as a listed monument in 1975. To fully appreciate the abbey, you need to take the path that leads around the south of the building. The view of the convent buildings, anchored in the spur of the fortified terraced walls, is really exceptional!
Worth seeing in the side chapel is a fresco from the fifteenth century representing a remarkable Piedmont style Crucifixion. In the cloister there is a bell tower which houses a spiral staircase from the fifteenth century. The staircase is remarkable for the fineness of its steps. Finally, in the courtyard of the flat Cistercian style apse are the multiple holes (boulins) of a dovecote, one of the oldest in Provence.