Pretty Luxury Chateau Amongst The Beautiful Lavender Scented Mountains - Le Chateau De Meouilles
- ID: 160
- 5 Stars Chateau
- Weekly £ 4,500 - £ 6,000
- Bedroom(s) 6
- Sleeps 18
- Bathroom(s) 6
Prestigious accommodation in an oasis of peace. A medieval Templar stronghold nestled amongst the beautiful lavender scented mountains of High Provence with large heated swimming pool. Sleeps 6 - 18.
The Chateau is a renovated Knights Templar stronghold, set amongst the beautiful lavender scented mountains of High Provence. Renovated by many local and international craftsmen and architect to a five star standard, as rated by the Prefecture des Alpes de Haute Provence, Chateau de Meouilles is an oasis of peace and inspiration.
Eleven acres of land surround the castle, part of the beautiful hill of Meouilles overlooking the lake of Castillon. Situated at the heart of the Geological Park of Haute Provence, a UNESCO recognized European GeoPark, the property is teeming with fossils and historical artifacts.
Walk from the castle up to the chapel of Saint Martin, situated within the grounds of the castle. Admire the ruins of houses gone by that huddled around the castle and chapel.
The whole Chateau is available to rent, comprising of three completely independent apartments, making it ideal for friends and family you want to enjoy a holiday together. By renting the complete Chateau you will benefit from the exclusivity, with only the sheep and mountain goats as neighbours that graze nearby, an ideal location for that special occasion or anniversary.
Sleeps between six to sixteen adults plus two children.
Saint Pierre's Apartment:
The apartment is set over two floors of the castle, an ideal accommodation for four adults and two children. The apartment is made up of two separate bedrooms, each with a large en-suite bathroom, plus combined living and dining room and a spacious kitchen. The views are especially good as the apartment is on the first and second floors.
The cosily arranged combined dining and living room area has oriental carpets on the sand-stone and marble floors. The spacious fully equipped kitchen is available with everything you could require - washer, dryer, dishwasher, hob, espresso machine, oven.
On the lower floor is a bedroom with a roomy king size bed plus ensuite bathroom. The bathroom has a large bath, rosewood counter-top with a beautiful sand-stone and marble floor. From the bedroom you enjoy beautiful views over the mountains and the paragliding training slope.
A hand carved staircase will bring you up to the master bedroom with a large queen size bed, spacious en-suite bathroom and views out over the beautiful waters of the Lake of Castillon. Four hand sculpted pillars stand guard between the master bedroom and the bathroom.
There are two single beds in the living area for the children.
Saint Paul's Apartment:
Set on the ground floor of the castle, the apartment enjoys direct access to the terrace overlooking the turquoise water of the Lac de Castillon. Fully furnished with hand crafted rosewood furniture from all over the world and sand-stone and marble floors. You can really see the castle's miltary past here with the massive walls and hand hewn furniture.
The ancient vaulted living room offers a cosy relaxation area with a massive arch leading through to the dining and kitchen area. In the dining room, hand sculpted chairs depict wheat branches, and brightly coloured walls are a reminder of the Provence country-side. The fully equipped kitchen has a washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave oven and more.
The single luxurious bedroom boasts a large en-suite bathroom, and a queen size canopy bed with a view over the mountains. In the bathroom you have a large bath, separate shower, toilet and two wash basins elegantly laid on a three meter counter top.
Saint Jean's Apartment:
This is the crown jewel of the three apartments and can sleep between two and up to eight adults. Fully furnished with the best quality hand carved furniture, stone fireplaces, stone Hewn Onyx washbasins plus teak marble kitchen and bar.
You enter into the living room, clad with silk curtains and hand-made tapestries. Through an arch into the dining room with adjoining kitchen. Just adjacent to the dining table is a large bar for those nice evening drinks. In the living room there is a sofa bed that extends to two single beds.
From the dining room you go up the stairs to the TV room with two single beds. From the TV room is a separate double bedroom plus the master bedroom.
The Master has a large king size four posted canopy bed, together it's own full en-suite bathroom, and a south view over the lake.
On the ground floor and the first floor, are two very chic bathrooms, in the Castle's tower. Enjoy a bath in the hand carved bath hewn out of a single block of marble complete with Gothic style washbasins and sandstone floors.
Swimming Pool - The pièce de résistance
With an amazing 360 degree panoramic view over the lake and surrounding mountains, you can swim and relax in the new 14m x 7m (46ft x 23ft) heated swimming pool, surrounded by beautiful stone and landscaped lavender gardens.
At the far end of the pool are two shade sails under which you will be able to enjoy relaxing surrounded by the beautiful Provence countryside. Twelve pool loungers to lie back and absorb the view with a large rosewood pergola.
The pool is protected by state of the art child safe laser protection.
There are three terraces, one facing the north, one facing the south and the third facing eastwards. Twenty chairs, three large round tables and two garden benches, all made of solid rosewood. There is also a barbecue for al fresco dining.
A Brief History of the Castle
It was during the 12th century that the Castrum de Mezella was erected by the Templar Knights to defend the Verdon valley against the marauding Moorish invaders of Arabia. Due to it's strategic position overlooking the surrounding countryside, the knoll of Méouilles had been inhabited by numerous settlers, most notably the Celts who left many artifacts, including tombs and many bronze items.
In 1125, local records show that a certain Raimon Béranger visited the castle of Méouilles on Saint Nicholas day to substantiate legal proceedings against M. Guilhem de Rumoules.
Following the destruction of the Templar knights ordered by the French King Philippe le Bel in 1307, the castle and its surrounding lands was purchased by a rich local family, the Ailhaud de Méouille, who reigned on the territory of Méouilles for many centuries. The castle was greatly modified under their ownership, with extra rooms built, and the castle gaining a more civilian rather than military architecture.
During the 13th century, the inhabitants of Méouilles founded the nearby village of Saint André, which nowadays boasts a population of nearly 1000.
Adjacent to the castle, is Saint Martin's church. The parish of Méouilles was part of the diocese of Senez, famous for its 17th century Jansenist bishop, Jean Soanen. Many bishops lodged in the castle during the colorful religious ceremonies, and in one case, local parish records recount the visit of a bishop in 1891, accompanied by the holy relics of Saint Peter and Saint Paul prior to them being enshrined in the altar stone of the small church.
In 1892, the two statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul were erected during the patron's saint feast day the 29th of June.
In 1912, the castle was used as a Girl's holiday camp.
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Latitude / Longitude: 43.96866199999999 / 6.508840999999961
Area renowned for adrenalin sports, Saint André boasts not only it's own paragliding school where international competitions have taken place, but also white water rafting, mountain climbing, hiking, horse riding, abseiling, trial biking quad bikes, and bungee jumping.
Facing the castle, is the beach of Saint Andre just on the lake, with all the usual water sports you can expect.
There are also lots of activities for our younger guests: paddle boats, mini golf, even tennis courts.
For the history lovers, the two renowned historical villages of Castellane and Entrevaux are within a radius of 30 miles.
Just close by is the famous village of Peyresq, well known for it's Science and Art summer school named after the great humanist Nicolas-Claude Fabri. It attracts many academics and students alike from all over the world,
and organizes regular classical concerts in the region, including Saint André.
Drive further south 60 miles down the road to Grasse, perfume capital of France. Some of the lavender fields of Saint Andre end up here. Beyond Grasse is the French Riviera, Nice, Cannes, Monaco, within 80 miles of the castle.
Accommodation, Facilities and Services
Property type: 5 Stars Chateau
Board: Self Catering
- Double Room with en-suite: 4
- Twin Room: 1
- Twin Room with en-suite: 1
- Baths: 6
- Showers: 6
- Wash basins: 12
- Long term rentals: Yes
- Pets: No
- Smoke: No smoking
- Children: Yes, great for kids
- Wheelchair: No
- Eldery or infirm: Not suitable
- Water Supply
- Coffee Maker
- Satellite TV
- Tumble Drier
- Washing Machine
- Garden Furniture
- Linen Provided
- Towels Provided
- Off-road Parking
- Horse riding
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly||Monthly||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||-||£ 4,500 - £ 6,000||-||7 Nights||-|
Check in: 16:00, Check out: 10:00
A 30% deposit is required for booking confirmation, the balance to be paid two months prior to the entry in the premises. Prices are inclusive of utilities and tax.
A 700 € security deposit is payable with the second payment and will refunded no more than two weeks after leaving the premises.
Child beds described above are limited to 160cm.
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