Le Chateau de Mazan is a place full of history and intrigue. Built in 1720 during the early Regency Period of France, the Mazan was the former residence of the legendary and notorious Marquis de Sade. It was within the walls of the chateau that he held his first Theatre festival in France some time in 1772. These plays, which the Marquis directed and performed in, were shown in the Mazan and Lacoste Castles. At the time of the revolution, the Marquis de Sade was declared a persona non grata in the commune of Mazan in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region in southeastern France. The chateau was damaged and all the family archives were destroyed. After the revolution, the chateau remained the property of the Marquis’ family until 1850.
Since then the use of Chateau de Mazan has changed various times throughout the decades. From a private residence, it became a religious school and then in 1923, it was converted into a home for the aged, which closed in 1999. In 2001, Madame Lhermie bought the chateau and renovated the property for more than a year, turning it into a luxury hotel with a gourmet restaurant. Today, it is tastefully decorated with soft colors and chandeliers in pampilles. The restaurant is under the wing of young talented chef, Iris Enrich, who serves some of the finest foods in the region like terrine of foie gras in crystallized tomatoes.
The art of living Provençal style is epitomized in the blessed ground of Carpentras where vineyards, fruits, vegetables and truffles are abundant. Make sure to visit the famous market of Carpentras for the famous black truffles, the capital of the comtat Vénaissin, a papal property with a beautiful and historic architecture that goes back to the Roman empire, and don’t forget to try one of the specialties of the region invented by the cook of the pope: the berlingot.