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Grand french bedroom ready for renovation at Maison des Templiers – Provence

By | February 18th, 2014|Blog|

Several of the bedrooms in Maison des Templiers are grand in proportion. This one is pre-renovation and as we found it. Structurally in wonderful condition, especially the ceiling. It looks green in the photos, however is a French blue. […]

Cellar Dining at Maison des Templiers – Provence

By | February 17th, 2014|Blog|


At Maison des Templiers our house is built on top of 800 Year old cellars and passagways. These were once used by the Knights Templars and their horses when they needed to escape unseen. So many things we are yet […]

The Perfect Cellar – Maison des Templiers – Provence

By | February 17th, 2014|Blog|


Having a man cave for most men is pretty important, my husband is no exception. At Maison des Templiers in Provence, we are blessed with multiple caves of various sizes, virtual rooms leading off one large area. It might take […]

Cave Doors at Maison des Templiers – Provence

By | February 17th, 2014|Blog|


Our Cave door at Maison des Templiers in Provence┬áhas stood the test of time, over 800 years now. Needs some TLC to ensure it survives decades to come. A wonderful entrance to my husbands man cave don’t you think?

Grand Lounge at Maison des Templiers – pre renovation

By | February 17th, 2014|Blog|

With each visit to Maison des Templiers we renovate and restore more rooms. These photos are pre-renovation, however the bones of this once grand old room are amazing. The ‘trompe I’oeil’ painting on the wall is in great condition, […]

French Fountain at Maison des Templiers

By | February 8th, 2014|Blog|


It goes without saying, all Provencal courtyards need a fountain. The hunt is on for the perfect fountain for our courtyard at Maison des Templiers. With the impending assembly of the Cast Iron Spiral Staircase, loads of activity is going […]

Summer time in our garden at ‘Chatelain’ Mt Dandenong

By | February 3rd, 2014|Blog|

With endless days of 43 degrees plus, our garden at ‘Chatelain; Mt Dandenong is a wonderful place to escape the heat. With just under 5 acres of wild garden, keeping things maintained is a constant battle. We love the […]