Located in the foothills of the Cévennes mountains, the Chateau de Mazelle is a large chateau for those who appreciate absolute peace and tranquillity. Here you can experience French rural life at its best.
Situated in an idyllic spot 10 minutes from the nearest village, this 19th century chateau provides the perfect getaway for holidays, retreats, and artists workshops. The chateau comfortably sleeps 20 in 11 luxury bedrooms.
If you are looking for nightlife, tourism and shopping, you've come to the wrong place!
The main house offers a rustic elegance and comfort on a grand scale including three reception rooms, a yoga/seminar hall, two fully-equipped kitchens, 11 double bedrooms (9 doubles & 2 twins) and 6 bathrooms & WCs. A floor plan can be seen in the last 2 photos of the selection.
Outside there are dining terraces and a 21m private, secure swimming pool. Dine out on the terrace overlooking your own private valley or climb the tower and marvel at the 360 degree view.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
The nearest airport is Nimes (1hour 15mins) and the nearest town is Banne. Banne hosts an art festival during the summer and is a meeting point for various guided hikes. The nearest train station is Nimes, but for certain trains Valance TGV or Avignon are sometimes preferable.
Grab a map from the living room and set off into nature. Here on the edge of the Cevennes national park there’s so much to explore, including forests, rivers and viaducts. Take a 25 minute walk downhill to the medieval village of Banne. Nearby are the deep caves and grottes of la Cocalliere. Swim in our new 21 metre pool or take a short drive to an idyllic swimming hole, complete with enormous rocks and a waterfall.
There are tennis courts in St. Paul le Jeune and les Vans. Biking in the cevennes means miles of unspoiled scenery, wildflowers, wildlife, and few human encounters. The Ardèche river with its famous Pont d'Arc is a short drive away. It is easy to rent canoes and you can spend the day floating down the river or sun bathing on the shores.
The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50m high, created a technical and artistic masterpiece.
Uzes is a popular market town. Between Nimes and Avignon, this discreet but elegant town is a rare find. Market day is Saturday. Don’t miss it!
Visit the beautiful walled city of Avignon, where you can learn about the history of the Papacy in France or explore its elegant shops. For lunch head north to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, home to the finest wines of the Rhone valley.
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:
Maid service/extra cleaning
Local day-trips or tours
Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.
- Security deposit: €1000. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. - Children: Children are charged at the full rate. - Linen & towels: €16 per hour - this includes end of stay cleaning. - Energy costs: Included in the rental price. - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: No pets allowed. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Posted by Paula Puxtyon 09/03/2013
As a group of 4 families we wanted space but also socialising areas where we could meet for meals and drinks. Chateau de Mazelle offered all of those things. The pool was a gorgeous centre point every day for the children - and the adults - to splash around and have fun. The dining terrace became the meeting point each day for fun and laughter - the dumb waiter lift from the kitchen was priceless for serving up the meals each day. The thunder storm we experienced from the terrace was one never to be forgotten - stunning! A day trip to the local caves was great for the kids but to be honest, everything we needed was at the chateau. A fantastic location for a group holiday. We will absolutely and definitely be back. The views alone are enough to get us back again. Heaven on earth!
Reality was altogether different
Posted by Phillippa Gon 07/12/2011
Our party of 20 had high expectations having gained a sense of what was in store from your website.But the reality was altogether different. On arrival we were all strangely silent, genuinely shocked by the extraordinary beauty of your home and its setting. On our first day we didn't leave the house and it was hard to drag ourselves away after that but the stunning landscape beckoned and on subsequent days, guided by your thoughtful guide, we explored the region on bikes, foot and on one day picnicked at the watering hole by the bridge where most of the children and adults including our four year old jumped off the cliff into the water.
We ate like kings, cooking for ourselves every day in your extremely well equipped kitchen - delights such as freshly made bread, ice cream, barbecued squid and prawns. On our last night Ino cooked for us.We worried for him because there was such culinary talent among our party we thought he would be unable to reach the high standards to which we had become accustomed. But we were proved wrong. He cooked a splendid feast and it was a real pleasure to relax so completely on our last night.
The stunning pool was in constant use when we were home...but the pool was not only a joy for the kids but also for the adults - it is so rare for a house pool to be so long that it allows for a proper swim.
Thank you both for allowing us to spend the week in your incredible home.There was total consensus that this was the best holiday any of our families had had.
It will not surprise you to learn that we would love to return. So please, please if you have any spaces left for next summer do allow us to book again.
With much gratitude and thanks.
Turreted and dating from the 1600s, the Chateau du Marquis de Tracy sits in 50 acres of parkland in central France's Bourbonnais region. The grounds include ponds, a petanque court and a lovely swimming pool, while the elegant interior is furnished with antiques. Eight bedrooms, sleeps 20; booked through Simply Chateau (0845 389 9582, simplychateau.com), for a week this summer it costs between £2,135 and £2,585. That's £107 to £129 per person, meaning a family of four could pay about £500 if they split the cost with friends.
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