Chateau de Mazan, Provence, France   8th - 15th May 2017 

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Bridge in Provence

We think May will be the perfect time to visit Château de Mazan with warm daytime temperatures, though not too hot, and spring flowers in abundance. When Claudia visited the hotel, she was impressed by the friendliness and service of the staff, the beautiful light interiors of the hotel with a great bridge room, and a simply delicious lunch!

Château de Mazan  

The honey-toned Château de Mazan is situated in centre of the charming town of Mazan in the heart of Provence. The château was built around 1720, and was the birthplace of both the father and the uncle of the legendary Marquis de Sade. Although he spent most of his life in Paris, the latter stayed frequently at the Château de Mazan, where he organised memorable events, including France’s first ever theatrical festival, in 1772.

Within the château, ancient integrity is intact in halls, salons and stairways, enlivened by a brilliantly eclectic decorative approach. Classical portraits hang near Indian textiles and drapes, African art crops up in the least expected places and, in the corridor, there’s a life-sized mannequin of crooner Charles Trenet. Flowers are ubiquitous and outside a fine terrace overlooks gardens of mature trees and a nicely hidden pool. Now the hotel is owned and managed warmly by affable Frédéric Lhermie and his mother who rescued the place from virtual ruin in 2002.

The beautifully designed bedrooms are mostly in the chateau itself, but there are an additional five bedrooms in a 17th century Provencal house across the road. All rooms are different - light, spacious, uncluttered yet comfortable, with modern bathrooms, some with roll top tubs. The rooms are enlivened by both light colours and interesting decorative flourishes, including period furniture and 1920s statuettes. 

To see more photographs and for more information about Château de Mazan, please click here to visit their website. 


Things to do locally

We will be organising two optional day trips during the stay including a panoramic tour of the northern Luberon area and its stunning hill-top villages, with a visit to the colourful Tuesday market at Gordes followed by an afternoon tour of Avignon, the 'City of the Popes'. The second excursion to Orange will follow the steps of the Romans with a guided visit of the Antic Theatre, the best preserved of the Roman world. Then on to the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a guided tour of the winery and a gourmet picnic in the grounds. Return via the ancient city of Carpentras, papal headquarters in the 14th century for a guided visit.

For More Information

From £1296* pp, which includes:

  • 7 nights' stay in this luxury 4-star château hotel
  • Full board at the hotel’s restaurant including wine at dinner
  • Reception with aperitif and canapés on the first evening
  • Refreshments available during bridge play
  • Transfers from Marseille Airport for selected flights and Avignon TGV Station
  • All bridge tuition, course notes and prizes

*with 10% loyalty discount        

For prices and more information, please click here to download the brochure

How to Book

If you would like to book, please first contact Claudia by email to check availability and to reserve your room provisionally.

Then download the booking form, and send or scan and email this to us, together with the deposit (via bank transfer or cheque). We will then email your confirmation.

Wonderful Provencale cuisine by Yann Foucher

The hotel’s restaurant, L’Ingénue, has an excellent reputation under talented head chef, Yann Foucher, who was born locally in Orange. This 'restaurant gastronomique' serves typically Provencal cuisine highlighting fresh and local products according to the season. Expect delicious food with friendly and welcoming service.