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Beautifully Restored Knights Templar Commanderie

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View of the Commanderie from the courtyard


Last updated: 07/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Aubais chateau / country house description

Our home is a unique Templar “Commanderie” in the heart of a charming medieval village in the south of France.

Dating from the 13th century, the original structure of the Commanderie, or military fortress, was occupied and used by the Knights Templar, who defended the village from behind its thick stone fortifications. The medieval structure was expanded in the 18th century, when an olive press was built on the grounds, and was completed in the 19th century. It is now a large, modernized and comfortable family home with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two equipped kitchens, multiple living spaces and three outdoor eating areas--a sunny balcony, a vine-covered pool-side gazebo and an immense, shady Italianate courtyard. The fully renovated interior includes a grand salon with original fireplace made of hand-glazed Provencal tiles, triple height windows, and five meter ceilings that offer soaring volumes and the crystalline light of the midi. There is a game room with a billiard/pool table; a French country dining room with an oak table that seats twelve; and a living room with television/DVD player.

The five bedrooms include one with an en suite bathroom. The largest bedroom doubles as a fitness room and has yoga mats and a treadmill, not to mention a gorgeous view of the chateau. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and bathroom. Our home is a family home, not a year-round rental property, and you will find that two of the bedrooms are decorated for children. The house will sleep 10 comfortably.

Outdoor, you will find a beautiful flower-filled garden, secluded above-ground swimming pool in the upper level of the grounds, flowering oleander trees, rose bushes and table tennis. The house is fully stocked with all the extras (towels, linens, games, beach toys, board games, hair dryers, etc.) you might need for a relaxing and comfortable holiday. Many additional items can be arranged upon request.

Keywords: Commanderie, French Country House, estate, Italianate courtyard, olive press, Knights Templar, historic, sunny, restored, pool, garden, stone, Maison de Maitre, village house, south of France, Mediterranean, beach, mountains

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered
          • Limited Accessibility

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

          • Convertible bed(s)


          • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

            En suite bathroom...moreless

          • Pink bedroom: 1 double

            Faces the courtyard, fireplace, large wardrobe...moreless

          • Green Bedroom: 1 double

            Faces the village, closet space and dresser...moreless

          • Attic bedroom: 2 twin/ single

            This room is also a game room with DVDs, toys etc ...moreless

          • Yoga room: 1 double

            Enormous room with courtyard views, vaulted ceiling,...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (upon request)...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

            En suite, Stone floors marble shower two sinks...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Bathroom situated between Green and Pink bedrooms...moreless

          • First Floor bathroom: toilet, shower

            Large bathroom on the first floor with courtyard view...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Dishwasher
          • Kitchen
          • Ice Maker
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Microwave


          • Babysitter
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Parking Off Street
          • Washing Machine
          • Towels Provided
          • Parking
          • Living Room
          • Fitness Room / Equipment
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • Huge courtyard and garden on multiple levels',' Two fully equipped kitchens',' baby grand piano',' four fireplaces',' Original medieval features such as 13th century stone fortifications and original 'meutrier' arrow slits',' Lovely view of the village château',' antique stone floors',' polished 19th century parquet from Versailles',' 3 outdoor eating areas: a shady courtyard, a balcony breakfast nook, and a vine-covered picnic spot near the pool',' spacious flower-filled gardens, pool and pool toys; Pets welcome with deposit and flea treatment; Beautifully landscaped with three old 'micocoulier' de Provence trees ',' Stocked library with everything from classics to bestsellers',' 18th Century Olive press on property ',' around the corner from a small grocery with fresh vegetables, fruit and other necessities',' within walking distance to restaurants, bakery and a newstand...moreless


              • Pool Table:

                American billards...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Music Library
              • Video Game Console
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Books
              • Game Room
              • Video Library
              • CD Player
              • Video Games
              • Ping Pong Table


              • Computer Available
              • Wireless Internet
              • Telephone
              • Broadband Access
              • Internet
              • Free Long Distance

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    The pool is an above ground pool situated on an elevated terrace on the southwest side of the property. ...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Balcony
                  • Deck / Patio

                  Location & View

                  • Village:

                    Medieval village of Aubais, located ten minutes from Sommieres and ten minutes from Calvisson...moreless

                  • Rural:

                    Vineyards, picturesque walks, olive trees, etc...moreless

                  • Mountain View


                  • Zoo
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Golf
                  • Parasailing
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Fishing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Cycling
                  • Surfing
                  • Tennis
                  • Hunting
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Hiking
                  • Swimming
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Boating
                  • Restaurants
                  • Live Theater
                  • Cinemas
                  • Museums
                  • Churches
                  • Playground
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sailing
                  • Mountain Biking


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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Jun 15 - Aug 31, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                  • Property Damage Protection $89
                  • CLEANING FEE $200
                  • Taxes Not included


                  There is a damage deposit equal to one week's rent that will be held during your stay. We prefer that you give us a check that we can hold. We will not cash the check, and we will return it to you at the end of your stay if there are no damages.

                  **Please note: Fees in Euros are 2500 Euros per week and 300 Euros per night***

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 07/29/2014
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                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Nimes or Montpellier
                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  La Grande Motte, L'espiguette

                  Car: Necessary

                  25 minutes to Mediterranean beaches',' Gorgeous bike trail just outside the village ',' Nimes Corrida and other local festivals',' Hamman/spa/sauna/ massage 10 minutes away ',' Music festivals such as Chorgeries d'Orange, Montpellier Opera.',' Wine-tasting of AOC Pic Saint Loup wines twenty minutes away','Antique shops and flea markets such as the antique village L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue a short drive away',' Petanque pitch in the village ',' Olive tree and lavender filled trails nearby offer quiet, shady walks',' A short drive to the Cevennes mountains for hiking',' Ride the famous white Camargue horses (lessons available)',' Tango instructor in the village (lessons available)',' Uzes, Arles, Nimes, Aigues Mortes for history lovers',' Sommieres market perfect for tasting artisanal cheeses, sausages, etc. ',' Sightseeing such as the Pont du Gard',' World famous festival 'Jazz in Junas' 5 kilometers away','


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2010

                  About the owner: I am an American writer who moved to the South of France to research a book and fell in love with the Languedoc. My home is an ancient Templar fortress whose stone walls provide the ideal environment for creativity and inspiration. I love wine tasting, cooking and the beach. I am more than happy to offer suggestions for these (and many other) activities. ***Please contact LIZA DE LEON to make reservations 001 212 949-6700

                  Why the Owner Chose Aubais:
                  As a writer, I can live and work almost anywhere. I've found that this village is the ideal retreat from the outside world--an enclosed, private bit of paradise--while remaining easily accessible. Aubais is located exactly between Montpellier and Nimes, both of which are serviced by EasyJet and Ryan Air. We are 3 hours from Paris by TGV high speed train; 1 hour and 20 minutes from Marsailles international airport; and 3 and a half hours by car from Barcelona. We find that it is a huge benefit to live near the Mediterranean without the summer-time noise/traffic of living on the beach. We're 20 kilometers from beaches and half an hour from the mountains and 20 mins from Pic Saint Loup AOC vineyards. We love to venture out for the day and then retreat to the quiet, peaceful enclosure of the Commanderie for a swim or a relaxing evening with friends.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                  Part of the pleasure of being in the South of France is discovering the local cuisine. We are within minutes of two vibrant village markets (Calvisson on Sunday and Sommieres on Saturday), restaurants, wine bars and other attractions for those who love to eat. Nearby Saint Christol, Pic Saint Loup, Costiere de Nimes and other appellations offer free wine tasting.

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                  Speaks: french, english



                  • View of the Commanderie from the courtyard

                    View of the Commanderie from the courtyard

                  • Large bedroom with stained glass doors and incredible view of the chateau

                    Large bedroom with stained glass doors and incredible view of the chateau

                  • French Country style dining area with original vaulted ceiling. Seats twelve.

                    French Country style dining area with original vaulted ceiling. Seats twelve.

                  • French country dining room opens onto the garden seats tweleve

                    French country dining room opens onto the garden seats tweleve

                  • Bedroom that opens onto the garden

                    Bedroom that opens onto the garden

                  • Master bedroom with en suite bathroom

                    Master bedroom with en suite bathroom

                  • Our village is surrounded by vineyards, walking paths and Roman roads

                    Our village is surrounded by vineyards, walking paths and Roman roads

                  • View of the village

                    View of the village

                  • Large shady courtyard

                    Large shady courtyard

                  • One of two fully equipped kitchens

                    One of two fully equipped kitchens

                  • Original 13th century wall with arrow slit

                    Original 13th century wall with arrow slit

                  • Sunny swimming pool on an elevated, tree filled area of the grounds

                    Sunny swimming pool on an elevated, tree filled area of the grounds

                  • Kitchen #2

                    Kitchen #2

                  • 25 km from Mediterranean beaches

                    25 km from Mediterranean beaches

                  • Flowering wild rose bush on property

                    Flowering wild rose bush on property

                  • Grand salon with baby grand.

                    Grand salon with baby grand.

                  • Exterior of La Commanderie

                    Exterior of La Commanderie

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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Saturday, July 12, 2014

                  $465 - $475 per night (USD)

                  5 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 12

                  View calendar: Updated 07/29/14
                  Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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