CHATEAU DE MAZAN


Provençal château made for loved-up weekends


A ONE-TIME HAUNT OF THE INFAMOUS Marquis de Sade, Château de Mazan enjoys its associations with a wicked past. The walls here might indeed have some louche tales to tell. Now spruce and well-behaved in pink, peach and apricot, they bounce sensuous provençal light off shiny marble floors. Pleasing furniture gleams in airy salons.

With its chic bedrooms, lush gardens, theatrical objets d'art and first-rate cooking, this elegant 18th century provençal château – a Room for Romance Hotel of the Year winner – is not surprisingly a top spot for romancing across the Channel.

Château de Mazan's roomy bedrooms capture all the light and loveliness of Provence, with creamy pastels, summery fabrics, antique mirrors, free-standing baths, hammam showers and white-painted shutters. Those on the lower floor have French doors leading to private patios, while upper rooms  with a feather-light wisp of curtain look over countryside and village rooftops.



Hit the Spot
At the foot of Mont Ventoux, in the village of Mazan.

Bedtime
Be as naughty as you like -  the Marquis would approve.

Be Savvy
Not for the meat-and-potatoes crowd.

Be Smitten
Where better for an escapade amoureuse?

The manacled Marquis

Gardens with a rotunda and shady mulberry trees surround a secluded palm-fringed pool. The badly behaved Marquis – known for his love of manacled bedroom adventures – staged theatre productions at Château de Mazan back in the 1770s, and no doubt strolled through the lush gardens –  though heaven knows how his unchained imagination was fired by the profusion of lavender and santolina, and the shady mulberry trees.

Château de Mazan’s stunning L’Ingénue restaurant and dining terrace overlooking the gardens has made the hotel a hot ticket for food lovers. Once the setting for de Sade’s plays, it's now pretty, pastel-painted and candlelit.

Today the drama comes from chef Iris Enrich’s cooking
, with exemplary dishes such as scallops with coconut milk and black truffles, roast partridge with bilberries or roast local pigeon served with rhubarb tatin. There’s a lovely terrace for al fresco summer dining.


Château de Mazan was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mike North

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Dining in
The restaurant includes a striking outdoor terrace overlooking lush gardens. There are two grand dining rooms with neck-stretchingly high ceilings, 100 year-old mouldings and a horde of opulent antiques. Dine on beef tournedos, roasted red tuna with fresh cheese or salmon fillets with fig crust and vegetables courtesy of chef Iris Enrich. If you’re there in August you may also want to try Château de Mazan's unique Monday truffle menu.

Dining out
With terrific cooking right here you don’t need to step out of the hotel restaurant, but for more provincial cuisine try L'Oulo in the village of Mazan, which regularly receives great reviews.



Where?

L’Ingénue at Chateau de Mazan

What’s cooking?
Tuck into stirred egg with bacon and girolles, roasted pigeon with pan-fried vegetables, and maybe crispy ravioli of raspberry or chocolate with banana sorbet.

Dress the part
Smart casual is perfect.

Top table?
Sit outside in the summer and soak up the views

See & Do

This is a province packed with history; nearby attractions for those with a passion for the past are the old village of Mazan and other hilltop towns. Winding medieval alleyways lead the interested to the interesting, and a visit would not be complete without viewing the local Merovingian tombstones.

Shop
This is lavender country, castle country and most importantly, peaceful country. If you're after shopping country, Mazan has a few small shops for local purchases.

Spa
Some bedrooms have jacuzzi bathtubs and relaxing steam showers and there is an outdoor pool, but no spa.

After dark
Go for drinks in the old village and take a midnight walk around your medieval surroundings.

Dates
July
Take in some film, theatre or dance at the Festival d’Avignon.

September/October
Arrive at the end of the summer and you can grape-pick with the locals.
GETTING THERE

Location
Place Napoléon,  84380 Mazan

Parking
There is free guest parking

Trains
Avignon TGV station – 30km

Taxis
EUR 40-50  from Avignon

Airport
Avignon – 40 minutes, and Marseille – 90 minutes



Rooms and suites

29 rooms, two suites

Special features
Pastel colours and provençal fabrics set the tone. Some rooms have four poster beds, jacuzzi baths and steam-showers, and all have wi-fi.

Also…
There's a pool for lolling in the shade and a great al fresco dining terrace.

ESSENTIAL INFO


Rates guide
EUR 120 - 400

Open/closed
Closed 2 January – 8 March

Check-in

2pm

Check-out
12 midday

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast
Breakfast is served until 10am

Room service

Yes, morning and evening

Children
No restrictions, but a more adult atmosphere might not suit youngsters

Pets
Dogs are welcome

Air conditioning
Yes

Languages
French, English, German

Wedding license?
Yes – for up to 80 guests

Your contact
Frederic Lhermie – general manager



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