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 three fully self-contained apartments, each taking an entire floor.
‘Maison du Templiers’ is erected on a medieval cave, vaulted under crofts, 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.
“The Keep’ is a 2 bedroomed, sun filled, fully self-contained apartment situated on the top floor of the manor house. 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 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 double bedroom is available upon request should it be required.
Our guests have at their disposal, a fully functioning laundry off the main entrance of the house. A grand communal library 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 du Templiers’ at the end of a busy sightseeing day is the perfect place to unwind and recharge.
The closest lake for swimming is 5km from the village with small sandy beach
For those bicycle enthusiasts, ride to the summit of Mt 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.
Markets can be found every day of the week in different villages, all less than 30 minutes away.
Water sports abound with kayaking, white water rafting and swimming, all less than 30 minutes from Maison du templiers.
If golf or horse riding are more your passion, horse riding is 2 minutes from the house by car. Golf is available in Avignon, Fontaine de Vaucluse, and Orange.
The authenticity of this 800-year-old manor house deserves the enthusiasm of people who understand and value tranquillity and meticulous restoration work, and at the same time appreciate the history and fascination of the Knights Templars. A truly unique and pleasurable experience in the heart of the Vaucluse, Provence, Cote d’Azur.