Embark on an unexpected trip back in time during a stay at the Château de Mazan and Château de Massillan, a candlelight visit to La Verdière, or a “Sunset Soiree” at the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin. For lovers of good wine, visit the Carré du Palais d’Avignon.
The Château de Mazan
In the Footsteps of the Marquis de Sade
The Château de Mazan , built in the early 18th century near Carpentras, is known for having long belonged to the family of the scandalous Marquis de Sade. His father and uncle were born there and the writer himself stayed at the castle many times. In 1772, he even organised what turned out to be the first French theatre festival. Damaged during the Revolution, Château de Mazan remained the property of the Sade family until 1850. Bought in 2001 by Madame Lhermie, it became a hotel with twenty-five rooms and suites, housed in the castle, the chapel and an outbuilding.
The Château de Massillan,
An Organic Feng Shui Estate
Welcome to this ancient 16th-century residence, built on a huge verdant estate that is a stone’s throw from Orange and Avignon! The country house of Henri II and Diane de Poitiers, the Château de Massillan, named after its former owners , was embellished over the 17th and 18th centuries, until arriving at its current look. Now a charming hotel and organic gastronomic restaurant, it was completely re-designed by its new owner, who opted for an ecological approach based on geobiology, biodiversity and Feng Shui.7 rooms were created in the former stables -13 others in the castle itself.
The Château de la Verdière
A Candlelight Evening
The largest private castle in Provence, the Chateau de la Verdière , classified as a historic monument, offers an unexpected evening of discovery every Friday and Saturday: a candlelight tour followed by a cocktail party. This is the chance to travel through the fortress’ thousand years of history, former fief of the Castellane family, then summer palace of the Forbins. The Château de la Verdière has no less than fourteen public rooms, a series of historically registered bedrooms, powder rooms and boudoirs, a ballroom and two spectacular panoramic terraces. Impressive!
Hotel d’Astier de Montfaucon
Wine, Truffles and Sunsets
Built in the 17th century and registered as a historic monument, the Hotel d’Astier de Montfaucon, in Ménerbes, today houses the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon , a unique place of its kind. Simultaneously a restaurant, wine cellar and shop, it brings together all of the wines from Parc Naturel Régional producers (appellations AOC Luberon, Ventoux and Pierrevert) and sells them at estate prices. From April to October, you can even taste the wine free of charge. This convivial spot is also known for its memorable “Sunset Soiree” evenings organised on Fridays and Saturdays from mid-June to mid-September. Savor cocktails, planchas, and live music on a terrace that overlooks the mountains.
Le Carré du Palais
Spotlight on Wines
A wine mecca in Avignon, Le Carré du Palais has taken up residence in a former 18th-century townhouse since 2016. Its cellar, with a wealth of 10,000 bottles, is located at the very site of the old vault strong room of the Bank of France. A temple of AOC Côtes du Rhône and Vallée du Rhône wines, Le Carré du Palais is at the same time a wine bar, a bistrot/restaurant, a tasting cellar and an oenology school, all ideally located between Place de l’Horloge and the Palais des Papes.