Steeped in history, this magnificent 13th Century former Knights Templar manor house is situated at the highest point in the beautiful walled Medieval Provencal village of Mazan. Nestled at the foot of Mt Ventoux, surrounded by vineyards. Weekly only
Steeped in history, this magnificent 13th Century former Knights Templar manor house is situated at the highest point in the beautiful walled Medieval Provencal village of Mazan. Nestled at the foot of Mt Ventoux, surrounded by vineyards, our 800-year-old manor house offers a fully self-contained apartment taking the entire top floor.
‘Maison des Templiers’ is erected on a medieval cave, vaulted undercrofts, 20 meter water well and passageways which allowed the Knights Templars and their horses to escape unseen. Several walls are adorned with 13th Century frescos, which until recently have been discovered under layers of paint and plaster, one being that of a Knight on a Horse – the symbol of the Knights Templar. The Manor house maintains many of its original features including ancient beams, 12-foot ceilings, tiny enclave, enormous fireplaces, and stunning spiral central staircase.
On the top floor of our Manor is “Appartement Chatelain'’ a 2 bedroomed, sun filled, fully self-contained apartment. With windows on three sides and spectacular views across the rooftops of the village, surrounding vineyards and Luberon mountains beyond. Entry is via the magnificent original wide stone spiral staircase which leads into the brand-new fully appointment kitchen. Leading off the kitchen is a brand new and spacious bathroom with a 1000 cm wide shower, toilet and washbasin. The master bedroom consists of a romantic canopy iron 4-poster bed. This bedroom has views directly onto the stunning stained glass windows of the Saint Celse Church. The second bedroom offers two single beds, perfect for families travelling with children or those who wish to have a single beds. Like the lounge room, the ‘solar’ bedroom has breathtaking views across the village roofs and surrounding hills. The main lounge has an enormous vaulted ceiling with windows on three sides. A large country table perfect for enjoying home cooked meals or take away for the many restaurants the village has to offer. A beautiful comfortable couch and chairs, TV Monitor and high-speed internet are available. The views from this room look directly onto the magnificent, illuminated bell tower of the Saint Celse Church, as well as the village rooftops and Luberon Mountain ranges beyond. As in all villages in France, the church bells toll from 7.00am until 10 pm at night. Watching the enormous bell gong from the lounge room, as it has done for centuries, is magnificent. An additional large bedroom called “Saint Celse Chambre” is off the central staircase and available upon request should it be required for an additional cost.
Our guests have at their disposal, a grand library which is situated on the ground floor. A perfect place to meet at the end of the day with family and friends. The very private walled medieval courtyard leads off the library. A BBQ is provided as well as tables and chairs. Look closely at the walls, as they come complete with arrow slots! The courtyard is perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing in the warmer months.
The village of Mazan has all amenities, two boulongeries, several coffee shops, and bars, butcher, newsagency, two pharmacies, book and gift store, bicycles hire and moped hire, large SuperU supermarket and a smaller ‘Spa’ convenience store. Two pizza shops, Chinese/Thai restaurants, kebab and German restaurant and two hairdressers and beauty salons. The village also contains the famous ‘Chateau Mazan’ and its Michelin star restaurant ‘I’Ingenue’ perfect for that special occasion; dine in or on their stunning terrace. Mazan is the perfect base from which to explore all the region has to offer. Most attractions are within a 30-minute drive. Coming back to the tranquillity of ‘Maison des Templiers’ at the end of a busy sightseeing day is the perfect place to unwind and recharge.
The unique benefit of this property is its stunning location. Perfect as a base with dozens of attractions no more than 30 minutes in all directions from the house. From vineyards, swimming, cycling, walking, mountain climbing, kayaking, cannoning, markets, cliff top villages, lavender fields, historical churches and monuments or simply relaxing and doing nothing at all, Mazan is a delightful medieval village that offers all amenities (restaurants, cafes and supermarket), whilst not over crowded and noisy with tourists, especially at night.
The closest lake for swimming is 5km from the village with small sandy beach
For those bicycle enthusiasts, ride to the summit of Mont Ventoux or cycle the small country roads, perfect for all levels of fitness. To appreciate the regions contrasting landscapes at a relaxing pace, the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, or the Dentelles du Montirail the Comtat Plain, expanses of lavender in the Pays de Sault, the hilltop villages of the Luberon, the rivers of the Pays de sorgues, this region features a network of signposted routes for cycle tourists, over 1000 km in totally, travelling on small peaceful roads, away from the major traffic.
The authenticity of this 800 year old stone village house deserves the enthusiasm of people who understand and value tranquillity and meticulous restoration work, at the same time appreciate the history and fascination of the Knights Templars. A truly unique and pleasurable experience in the heart of Provence.
Guests will have full access to their own fully self contained apartment with beautiful views across the roof tops and surrounding vines in the medieval village of Mazan in Provence. Also full access to a stunning library on the ground floor and courtyard.
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Other things to note
Please note - Weekly rentals ONLY - FROM SATURDAY TO SATURDAY.
A large grand additional bedroom and bathroom is available (Chambre Saint Celse) for an additional cost per week. Please contact me if you wish further details.
An additional fully self contained apartment (Apartment Chevalier) may also be available. Please contact me for details.
As this village is a working village, please keep noise to a minimum. No children under 12 years of age. Also as their is a central staircase (very wide), this property is not suitable for the infirm, nor has wheelchair accessibility. All guests must sign our terms and conditions prior to their stay. Guests will receive this at the enquiry stage. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2017 the minimum stay is 6 nights.
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Our passion began many years ago with our first purchase of our ancient stone village house in the 1000 year old perched circulade village of Murviel-les-Beziers – Languedoc – Roussillon - South of France. Although my husband, daughter and I live in Australia, our desire to travel and live as locals in this non-touristy wine village inspired us to find old, history filled and uniquely special properties These properties have been fully restored and we now offer them as holiday accommodation. We have our Murviel-les-Beziers village house in the stunning Languedoc, 15 minutes from the Mediterranean sea, and our larger property is our 800-year-old former Knights Templar house in the village of Mazan – Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur.