Domaine De Favaze

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6
Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6

Overview

Built in 1308, Domaine De Favaze is one of the oldest properties on our portfolio and certainly one with the richest past! Dating back to the time of the Knights Templar, this stunningly characterful property was originally built as a bergerie (essentially a sheep pen!) and over the years, the rest of the house was built around it. It gives the chateau’s floor plan a really organic, homely feel – it’s obvious that this is one house that grew as much as it was built.

Domaine De Favaze was renovated around 25 years ago, and the owner (who lives here when it isn’t booked up) really stamped their own personal style on the property. The natural stone walls have been turned into a feature, and while they’re plastered and painted in a couple of areas the majority of the interior shows off the true charm of the bare walls – where they haven’t been covered in beautiful fabrics! The ancient structure also provided a few challenges during the renovation, especially when it came to plumbing. In the end though, this just meant that the owner and his team of builders had to use their imaginations a little – don’t be surprised to open what you think is a cupboard and finding a shower instead, which only adds to the magic of the place.

Domaine De Favaze’s decoration and interior has been inspired by the owner’s experience of a journey on the Orient Express, and as such has a beautiful Art Deco look. The property boasts six bedrooms, with two rooms that are ideal for kids. The living room has an extraordinary 14th century ceiling and contains many beautiful paintings, ornaments and object d’art, as well as a dining table overlooking the pool that easily seats 12 guests! There is an indoor winter garden salon with exotic flowers and a superb outdoor swimming pool and terrace area. There is also an indoor sauna in the annex and, amazingly, the water in the taps is all-natural spring water taken from a nearby source!

Kola the housekeeper lives next door and is there to help you to enjoy what will be a unique holiday experience. The Domaine De Favaze is great if you like the beach too, as it's just a 20 minute drive from Montpellier and the coast.

This is a stunning property with tons to discover (you’ll have as much fun exploring it as you will in the beautiful surrounding countryside) and the pool, sauna and sun-soaked terraces make relaxing in this gem an absolute treat.

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Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • The property is steeped in history - built in 1308, walking around Domaine De Favaze is like an enchanting history lesson
  • It's unlike any other property we've encountered - we're not exaggerating when we say you'll never go to another place like this
  • There are 7 wonderful tables throughout the property for dining (one for each day of the week!)
  • The house is supplied with water from a local spring (one of only 3 villages in the area where this is possible) so you'll be drinking fresh, natural water straight from the tap!
  • Just a 20 minute drive from Montpellier and the coast

What you should know…

  • The garden, though substantial (it's roughly 3,500m²) can only be accessed by crossing a road on the cul-de-sac. On a busy day you might see two cars go past!
  • The property is not ideally suited to toddlers, or children under 5 as there are so many delicate ornaments, furnishings and artworks.

Property Features

Internet Hot Tub All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Sauna/Steam

The property has six bedrooms (two are mini suites ideal for kids and one is on the ground floor, which is great for older guests who might find stairs a challenge), all of which have either a shower or bath.

The chateau has an old-world kitchen (all of the units are hand-built by a local artisan) and a dining room with views over the pool – as well as that, the owner is more than happy to let you use his crystal and silver for your dinners! There are three downstairs salons, each with its own distinctive charm. One of the salons has large stone thick walls, keeping it cool year round, making it the perfect spot to relax, play the piano, or simply watch TV. Another is complete with Moroccan style horseshoe arches and cushioned seating area.

In the annexe there is a sauna for exclusive use of the guests. There is also a Spa Leisure garden, a large ground floor bedroom with bathroom suite that leads out to the outdoor terrace. There are two WCs downstairs and Wifi internet access available at the house.

On the first floor there are 4 double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom.

The tranquil winter garden is found at the top of the main staircase, with art deco mirrors and posters, an exquisite blue and white tiled floor, and a skylight to illuminate the many precious ornaments.

Leading off from the winter garden is the largest room in the house, a grand bedroom entered from a mini imperial staircase, with a double bed and a single, perfect for families. There is a spiral staircase that leads down to an awesome bathroom with his and hers sinks, jacuzzi with tiled mural, sauna, shower, curtained dressing room and fogged glass door leading out to the courtyard.

A staircase next to the front door provides separate access to one of the many wings of this fascinating house. At the top of the stairs you find a poppy flower themed dining room with a piano and outdoor terrace.
Leading off from this dining room are two double bedrooms, one of which connects to the rest of the house through a secret door from one of the bathrooms. This room is decorated with yellow and green striped wallpaper, and has a spiral staircase with beautiful floral metal work that leads to a study and library built into the newly-constructed tower. The study has glorious views of the countryside through large windows, and there's a corner sofa surrounded by books, great for relaxing or indulging in some artistic pursuits if you feel so inclined!

In addition there is an Art Nouveau bedroom and romantic bedroom filled with velvet that offers a private shower and toilet.

Relax in the stunning fully independent 1930's style bedroom room adorned with rosewood walls, tiles and mirrors. The room also has a private shower and toilet.

Outside there is a private courtyard with lemon and orange trees, two dining terraces with leather armchairs and the swimming pool with patterned tiling. To the front of the house there is a vast expanse of land where it is safe for the children to play, and though this is over a road the lack of houses in the cul-de-sac means there’s very little traffic.

Location

About the surrounding area of Domaine De Favaze
Waterfront Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The house is 25km from Nimes and Montpellier, both with a large international airport and TGV train stations (with direct links to Paris Gare Du Nord). There are beautiful towns to visit, shops are within a 10 minute walk and restaurants a 20 minute stroll.

Head to the coast! The Mediterranean is only a short drive away.

Places of interest near Domaine De Favaze
- Sommières - picturesque city 10 mins away
- Aigues-Mortes - beautifully kept ramparts - Departure point of the Crusades for Templar Knights 3/4 h away
- Nîmes – Roman town 3/4 h away
- Arles – Roman town 1h away
- Les Matelles - Dinky Languedoc – middle age village 1/2 h away
- Grotte des Demoiselles - Geological Phenomenon 1h away
- Grotte de Clamousse  - Geological Phenomenon 1h away
- St Guilhem le Désert - very typical village - famous Abbey on the Camino de Santiago 1h away
- Uzes - 1st Duchy of France – nice from C18th  1h away
- Les Baux de Provence – Pretty walking around here 1 1/2 hours away
- Anduze – Famous for its Provencal pottery and bamboo forest 1h away
- Baillargues - Golf de Massane – Golf 20 minutes away
 
Sea and Beaches
- La Grande Motte, Le Grau du Roi, Port Camargue 3/4 h away
- Les Stes Marie de la Mer and Camargue 1h away
 
Restaurants
In Sommières : Auberge du Pont Romain
In Aigues-Morte : Le Divin
In Montpellier : Le Jardin des Sens
 
For local wines
(Red, white rosé) caveau du Val des Pins à Sussargues 1/4 h away

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Aéroport Fréjorques

(21-25 km)

Nearest Ferry port Lunel , Montpellier

(16-20 km)

Nearest Village St Bauzille de Montmel / Sommieres

(2 km)

Nearest Town/City Montpellier

(21-25 km)

Nearest Restaurant Montpellier

(12 km)

Nearest Golf Massanes / Baillargues

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens Cot(s)

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • We offer a package including, from Friday afternoons till Sunday evenings meals inspired by the local cuisine with wines from the land.

Kola the housekeeper lives next door and comes to clean for 2-3 hours a day, all included in the rental price. Should you require catering she is a superb chef, and will source entirely local produce (payable on site). Highly recommended.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

 

 

Security deposit €500. The security deposit is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price. There may be a charge for the low seasons.
Linen & towels included? All linen and towels are included in the rental price.
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price.
Changeover day Wednesday or 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.
Internet access? Yes (no Wi-Fi access available)

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 21st 2017 - July 28th 2018 - - £5,034.67
July 28th 2018 - September 29th 2018 - - £6,325.60
September 29th 2018 - May 25th 2019 - - £5,034.67

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 21st 2017 - July 28th 2018 - - €5,460.00
July 28th 2018 - September 29th 2018 - - €6,859.99
September 29th 2018 - May 25th 2019 - - €5,460.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 21st 2017 - July 28th 2018 - - $6,411.81
July 28th 2018 - September 29th 2018 - - $8,055.86
September 29th 2018 - May 25th 2019 - - $6,411.81

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Michel

How long have you owned the property?
Coming up to 30 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The location was perfect, and an ideal retreat from my busy Paris lifestyle. I also love a project and the restoration work was great fun.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The property dates back to the Crusades (14th century!)

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Of course! However I can’t divulge the details.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Pop to the coast for a dip in the Med, a short 15 minute drive
Really eat? This is what I love the most! The local restaurants are to die for, or if you prefer sit back and invite Cola to cook some local treats
Really see? The fortress at Aigues – Morte is an absolute must 

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Reviews

  • Brilliant holiday for the whole family!

    Posted by The Currans 2014 on 16/11/2014

    A wonderful location and truly enchanting manoir, we all had a lovely time, especially the children!

  • Delightful stay with charming hosts

    Posted by Mrs Ware 2013 on 03/11/2014

    Michel it was so lovely to meet you and thank you so very much for you generously sharing your amazing home. And thank you Kola for being the most wonderful host and guide to this magical land.

  • Supremely beautiful!

    Posted by anonymous on 19/10/2014

    Thank you Michael and Kola for sharing your beautiful Domaine, it was so nice to spend our holidays in the beautiful countryside.

  • Magnificent and eclectic

    Posted by Deepak & Francoise on 16/09/2013

    Magnificent and eclectic. Everyone that visits your chateau will fall in love with Favaze

  • New Zealand

    Posted by Roland Huggett on 07/12/2011

    We've just got back to New Zealand but just wanted to pass out thanks, everything went according to plan and the owner was a perfect gentleman. We enjoyed visiting several of the excellent local vineyards.

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