Chateau De Mazelle

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Sleeps: 20 Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 6
Oliver Approved


Recommended Pool Chateaux & Castles Great Value
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

This imposing chateau is embraced by the foothills of the Cévennes and the power of the natural world. Its 5 terraces give sweeping views onto the rustic stones, surrounding forests and rocky outcrops which are characteristic of this part of the Languedoc. The chateau’s ample common areas make it perfect for convivial family reunions or large gatherings of friends.

The 21-metre long private pool is the centrepiece of outdoor life. No less stunning is the immense covered terrace above the pool, with a dining table that can seat 20 guests in view of the setting sun. The 11 bedrooms are comfortably furnished, while the enormous kitchen, beautifully updated in sympathy with the rustic stones from which the house was built, is a special treat where you can cook and dine with friends.

Tucked on the edge of the Cévennes National Park, there are unlimited outdoor adventures within the grounds of the chateau and within a short drive by exploring the rivers, grottos and charming villages nearby. The nearest village is Banne, a 25-minute hike away, while the market towns of St Ambroix and Les Vans are a short drive away. This holiday retreat is heaven for hiking, river rafting, lounging by the pool or just being quiet and listening to the sounds of nature

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • You can reach the closest village in a 25 minute hike or 10 minute drive
  • There are staff on site that can arrange meals (outside caterers are allowed with prior agreement only)
  • To protect the privacy of neighbours, drones are not allowed at this property

This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!

This is a historic home, and as such:

  • It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
  • Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Table Tennis Working Fireplace

House Interior

Inside, the house offers a rustic elegance and comfort on a grand scale including 4 reception rooms, one large and another smaller kitchen 9mainly used for breakfasts or drinks), 11 double bedrooms (9 doubles, 2 twins) and 5 bathrooms & WCs. A floor plan can be seen in the last 2 photos of the selection.

Outside Grounds

Outside there are 5 terraces, each furnished with tables and seating, a 21m private, secure swimming pool and hectares of nature to explore. The terraces provide sunlight and shade at all times of the day. There is also a shower and a toilet by the pool.


About the surrounding area of Chateau De Mazelle
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The nearest airports are Nîmes (1hour 20mins) or Montpellier (1hour 45mins) and the nearest market town is Les Vans. The local village of Banne hosts an art festival during the summer and is a meeting point for various guided hikes. The nearest train station is Nîmes, but for TGVs or the Eurostar from St Pancras, Valance TGV (2hours) or Avignon (1hour 40mins) are preferable.

Hiking trails abound, both by setting off directly from the house or by driving a short distance to explore the Cévennes National Park. Take a 25-minute walk downhill to the medieval village of Banne, explore the deep caves and grotto of la Cocalière or the rocky outcrops of the Bois de Païolive. Swim in the 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. The vast surrounding hills and valleys with their quiet roads present miles of cycling in unspoiled scenery amid wildflowers, wildlife, and few human encounters. The Ardèche river with its famous Pont d'Arc is a short drive away, where it is easy to rent canoes to spend the day floating down the river or sunbathing on its shores.

Further afield, the elegant town of Uzès with its famous Saturday market is not to be missed. Just south of Uzès is the breathtaking Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct which once transported water to Nîmes and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the beautiful walled city of Avignon to learn about the history of the Papacy in France and to enjoy its chic shops or explore the historic Roman amphitheatre of Nîmes. For wine lovers, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, home to the finest wines of the Rhône valley, is a wonderful outing for a long lunch or wine tasting in the vineyards.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nîmes/Montpellier

(1h 20mins/1h 45mins)

Nearest Village

(25mins walk)

Nearest Restaurant


Nearest Bar/Pub


Nearest Tennis St. Paul Le Jeune and Les Vans
Nearest Supermarket Carrefour (Le Vans)


Nearest Town/City Le Vans


Languedoc-Roussillon is one of those areas of France where you can feel like you’re totally cut off from the rest of the country. Commercial tourism has been very slow to capitalise on the region, meaning you can still enjoy a slice of authentic French rural life at its finest. A mixture of landscapes also makes it a great place to visit, with a good stretch of coastline offering a totally different experience to more bucolic interiors. Whatever you’re looking for, our range of villas and chateaux in Languedoc means you can get exactly the kind of holiday you want with accommodation that’s perfectly tailored to you, your friends and your family. 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The chateau is surrounded by hectares of land to explore, which means there is plenty of outdoor space for the little ones to run around.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Table Tennis

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Welcome Pack

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property:

With our on-site Concierge Abby Loyal you can organise anything you need during your stay. Abby speaks perfect English so feel free to ask him any questions or contact him at any hour.

We would be delighted to organise a chef to cook lunch or dinner for you. Please contact us for sample menus and charges. (Please note, outside caterers are allowed with prior agreement only).

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Terms & Conditions



These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €100 payable in cash on arrival.
Arrival time From 4 p.m.
Departure time 10 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes, water and electricity are included.
Pets welcome? Small well behaved dogs permitted.
End of stay cleaning included? €500 to be paid in cash to guardian on every Saturday.
Changeover day Saturday.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance 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.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Pool heating charge? No.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Heating costs included? Although central heating is not available, heaters can be provided on request. Please note the rental season is June to mid September, when heating is not usually required.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and other celebrations are not permitted.
Other Ts and Cs Please note, outside caterers are allowed with prior agreement only as there are staff on site that can arrange meals.
Other Ts and Cs Drones are not allowed at this property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 1st 2022 - May 27th 2023 £6,790
May 27th 2023 - Jun 24th 2023 £5,489
Jun 24th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 £5,885
Jul 1st 2023 - Jul 22nd 2023 £6,450
Jul 22nd 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 £7,922
Aug 26th 2023 - Apr 3rd 2024 £6,790

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 1st 2022 - May 27th 2023 €7,252
May 27th 2023 - Jun 24th 2023 €5,862
Jun 24th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 €6,285
Jul 1st 2023 - Jul 22nd 2023 €6,890
Jul 22nd 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 €8,461
Aug 26th 2023 - Apr 3rd 2024 €7,252

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 1st 2022 - May 27th 2023 $7,109
May 27th 2023 - Jun 24th 2023 $5,746
Jun 24th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 $6,161
Jul 1st 2023 - Jul 22nd 2023 $6,753
Jul 22nd 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 $8,293
Aug 26th 2023 - Apr 3rd 2024 $7,109

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Property Owner

How long have you owned the property?
15 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The way it is surrounded by nature and removed from the cares of the modern world.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house was owned by Mai Zetterling, the famous Swedish actress and film director.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Aah, that would be giving away secrets!

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
One guest, unaccustomed to staying in large houses and naive about the care of swimming pools, asked if we regularly changed the water in the pool between clients.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Hike in the stunning nature of the Ardèche.

Really eat?
Fresh, seasonal food from the local markets.

Really see?
The billions and billions of stars in the sky above the house.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Although our swimming pool is heavenly, a trip to the Ardèche wouldn't be complete without a cooling dip into a local river.



  • Nice property

    Posted by Jo on 11/08/2018

    Lovely location for walking etc. Nimes and Pont du Gard not to far to visit in a day. House very interesting and spacious.

  • Fantastic holiday with the best pool

    Posted by Fiona on 01/05/2017

    Well we are back from a fantastic holiday in your chateau. What a treasure, we all thought it was the most beautiful house and a delight to be in. Abby was very kind and helpful as my husband was exhausted when we arrived and he collapsed onto a sofa for the afternoon while we went shopping. We found the house very well equipped – great to have a food processor when you have a bunch of keen cooks in the house. All the plumbing worked fine and we never ran out of hot water. The setting is stunning and we loved the different terraces at different times of day. The pool is the best I have ever had in a house, great to have a really long one. Nobody wanted to leave and I hope we will be able to come back as the area suited us perfectly, particularly the quiet which is so lovely after London.

  • Summer 2012

    Posted by Paula Puxty on 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 G on 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.

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