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 […]
The excitement always builds with a pending trip back to France. Every spare minute is used to find and source pieces we will need in order to maximise the time we spend at Maison des Templiers renovating. Just this morning […]
After a colossal effort, our wonderful top floor apartment at Maison des Templiers is complete!
“appartement chatelaine” is a 2 bedroomed, sun filled, fully self-contained apartment situated on the top floor of the manor house. With windows on three sides […]
This morning Brendan awoke to the first snow of the season in Mazan. As each hour passes the snow gets thicker, blanketing the roofs, vines and fields. All the while, back home in Melbourne Australia, its 32 degrees today!
One of my favourite things to do is scour the local villages, and weekend brocante markets in search of ‘treasures’ for our houses. Hours and hours of sheer joy awaits in search of that perfect ‘something’ This tiny store in […]
Work begins on our wonderful top floor ‘apartment’. Over the next two weeks, this stage will be complete with new kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms and large lounge. The ‘Solar’ Chambre (bedroom), (see photo), has panoramic views over the Luberon Mountains, vineyards […]
These incredible 13th Century fresco’s were discovered in our house in recent times. It is believed a previous owner of the house was frightened by the Knights Templar and had the ancient fresco’s plastered over. During our first weeks […]
We had barely scratched the surface before we discover another abandoned staircase. It would appear the damage has been done in the past 15 years, sad considering it has withstood 800 years. It’s going to take time, however we […]