|'Chevalier' Maison des Templiers||Self Catering||Wednesday||1||2||1||Another Grand Bedroom availalble on request for 2|
Steeped in history, this magnificent 13th Century (800 Year Old) 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 metre 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 2nd floor of our Manor is “Apartment Chevalier'’ a 1 bedroomed, sun filled, fully self-contained apartment. With windows on two sides and lovely 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 to a beautiful vestibule. The bathroom is to the left and stunning grand master bedroom which contains a massive 16th Century Tudor 4 poster bed. The vestibule leads directly into an open plan large lounge, dining and brand new, fully appointed kitchen. 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 stone street and ancient steps which hug the manor house, as well as the ancient church and priory. As in all villages in France, the church bells toll from 7am until 10pm at night.
An additional large bedroom called “Saint Celse Chambre” is off the central staircase, directly beside Apartment Chevalier and available upon request should it be required for an additional cost. This bedroom also has its own separate bathroom and toilet.
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, boulangeries, several coffee shops, and bars, butcher, newsagency, 2 pharmacies, book and gift store, bicycles hire and moped hire, large SuperU supermarket and a smaller convenience store two minutes wall from the apartment. 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.
Brand new fully appointed - self contained kitchen, complete with large country table for 6.
The open plan living room has a comfortable couch, chaise and lounge chairs, complete with high speed internet access, and tv monitor.
One grand large bedroom, complete with 16th Century four poster Tudor bed. An additional bedroom, with large four poster bed also is available upon request (additional fee applies).
Large bathroom with enormous shower, toilet an basin. An additional bedroom (Chambre Saint Celse is available including separate bathroom) upon request
Summer lets only
Hi speed Internet available. Tv monitor supplied with HDMI cables.
Walled medieval courtyard including balcony from the ground floor is available. Bbq facilities, complete with outdoor furniture and large country table for entertaining.
Free parking available around the property
Not suitable for children under 12 years old. No wheelchair access available due to stairs.
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?||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.|
|Unique benefits of property||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 and the expanses of lavender in Sault, which is 15 minutes from our village apartment
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.