MAISON DES TEMPLIERS
Manor House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Maison des Templiers is a magnificent French 13th Century former Knights Templar house situated within the walled Medieval Provencal village of Mazan. Nestled at the foot of Mont Ventoux, surrounded by vineyards, our 800 year old manor house offers fully self-contained apartments. All amenities close.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lakes are 5 minutes from Maison du Templiers 5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nimes 82 km, Nearest railway: Avignon 32.7 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
The first thing that strikes visitors to Vaucluse is the great diversity of landscapes. There is much here to excite those that derive immense pleasure from outdoor pursuits and all within 30 minutes from our property in Mazan. From the peak of Mont Ventoux to the Luberon range, the high plateau around Sault and the Nesque river canyons, crystal clear rivers flowing through the Sorgues area, to the rolling hills of the Monts de Vaucluse. One of my favourite authors, Peter Mayle and his bestseller 'A year in Provence', epitomizes Vaucluse and for many this is the 'real Provence'.
If you are interested in history there is much evidence of the Vaucluse dating back to the Roman times. This can be seen in the museum in Mazan, Vaison La Romaine with its digs and upper medieval city as well as in Orange, which has the best preserved of all Roman Theaters. In Cavaillon and Carpentras are Arcs de Triomphe and near Bonnieux is the Pont Julien Roman Bridge. Palais des Papes in Avignon is a true architectural delight, a must see!
For those who appreciate the fine produce of Provence, Vaucluse is a paradise, from truffles which abound around the Comtat region, to herbs and lavender, not to mentioned the stunning array of local wines. There are also local fresh produce markets to be found in local villages, every day of the week.
The Vaucluse is the perfect place for the whole family, children especially are catered for - you can visit museums and see prehistoric man, canoe and kayak on gentle waters, and take pony rides, cross through the forest in the treetops, make clay pots or your very own santon figurines, watch olive oil mills at work, learn to make chocolate and pastry, and delight in old-fashioned gouters on the farm.
For the more adventurous, there are the spectacular mountainous areas, as already mentioned, the dramatic Mont Ventoux which lies to the north and Montagne de Luberon which lies in the national park to the south. Our beautiful village of Mazan is nestled at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Numerous fine wines are produced here one of which is 'Chateauneuf-du-Pape', produced just outside Avignon. Discover Vaucluse's historical heritage of castles, stunning hilltop villages such as Gordes, Bonnieux and the Roman centres of Orange and Avignon.
This region is known for its perfect weather, 300 days a year with crystal clear skies. All in all perfect for a wonderful family holiday.
Must see places to visit from our wonderful base in Mazan;
The 'Palais des Papes' in Avignon - take a tour of the vast papal palace and discover the luxurious lifestyle of the Popes before they moved to Rome.
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse - visit the source of the river Sorgue, the most powerful spring in France.
Typical Provencal Villages - marvel at the red ochre buildings of Roussillon and then head to Gordes, one of the prettiest hilltop villages in France.
Gordes - the Abbaye de Senanque, north of Gordes, is built in the local golden stone and set against a backdrop of lavender fields and oak groves.
Bonnieux - is one of the most attractive villages of the Lubéron, perched on a narrow steep ridge overlooking the plain covered with orchards, vineyards, and fields of red poppy's..
Mont Ventoux - the majestic white peak of Mont Ventoux, rises high above the rest of the region at 1,909m. It is one of the most distinctive sights and the highest point in western Provence.
Cycle the 1000 km on small peaceful roads through this wonderful and diverse landscape that is the Vaucluse - the heart of Provence.
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 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 des 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 des 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.
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