Apartment in medieval manor house, Mazan

9.6/10
Mazan (5km from Carpentras), Vaucluse, Provence Cote d'Azur Reference: CO004518 Advertiser since: 14 January 2016
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Chatelain, Maison des Templiers Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2 King size double bedroom at additional cost

About this property

800 Year Old Knights Templar Stone Manor House. This apartment is in a village setting.

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 3 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 2 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 7am until 10pm 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, 2 boulongeries, several coffee shops, and bars, butcher, newsagency, 2 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 2 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.

Type

Apartment

Kitchen and dining

Separate kitchen and dining area. All utensils supplied, 4 burner electric cook top, small bench top oven/grill.

Living rooms

Comfortable lounge, high speed wi-fi.

Bedrooms

One king double and one double bedroom with 2 single beds. An additional 4 poster king size bedroom and separate bathroom available for an additional cost.

Bathrooms

Family bathroom with large shower, basin and toilet. An additional toilet off the central staircase.

Heating

Reverse cycle

Entertainment

Flat screen monitor - no tv and high speed internet

Garden and outside

Court yard with spiral staircase, balcony and large outdoor table and furniture. Bbq supplied

Parking and garages

Free parking close to the property

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for the infirm or disabled as there are stairs. No children under 12 years of age.

Information about any additional facilities

Large library on ground floor also available.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Carpentras
Distance: 5 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 25 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Fountain de Vaulcuse
Distance: 28 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: 0.5

About the Owner, Mrs Susan Fenton

Our passion began many years ago with our first purchase of an 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.

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? 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.<br/>The closest lake for swimming is 5km from the village with small sandy beach<br/>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.
Unique benefits of property Maison des Templiers is a house steeped in history. It has been home to a well known Cardinal Hughes du Saint-Martial back in the 13th Century - two of his brothers became Popes. The Knights Templars used and lived in this house, bringing their horses in and out of the secret tunnels, especially in times of danger. We were fascinated to find their evidence, both in the 13th Century Frescos on the walls, to an ancient Kiln and 'kitchen' which is still in tact in the main cave of the building. The house has magnificent 11 foot ceilings with original beams, staircase and fireplaces. Come and stay in our unique and authentic French home!<br/>

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What Makes this Property Unique

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 1000km 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.

1 Review
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9
9.6 / 10 disarraynova 1 August, 2016

A unique property right next to the church in Mazan, the highest point of the town. This property is the top floor of the old house, accessible via a spiral staircase. If you have any mobility issues this is not the place for you! It's worth the effort though. The property has been renovated to a high standard. The only negative I can think of was that the bedrooms were pretty hot at night, even though there are aircon units in the kitchen and lounge.

Very good communications with the owner - we had a problem with the BBQ in the courtyard and somebody was around within minutes.

Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Owner response

It was our pleasure to have you and your family at Maison des Templiers, you are all welcome anytime. All the very best - Susan