Our Chateau in Contes, France

by Stuart And Barbara Robertson February. 16, 2020 235 views
We have rented the Pavillon wing of this gorgeous Chateau for a week. It is elegantly restored to an extremely comfortable three bedroom apartment. The gardens are extensive and beautifully maintained.

We have rented the Pavillon wing of this gorgeous Chateau for a week. It is elegantly restored to an extremely comfortable three bedroom apartment. The gardens are extensive and beautifully maintained.

The tower has three levels, the parlour on the main level, a bedroom above and a sitting room up on top level. Beside the tower is the building with kitchen and bedroom at ground level, and bedroom above. We are here with French friends and extremely comfortable

The tower has three levels, the parlour on the main level, a bedroom above and a sitting room up on top level. Beside the tower is the building with kitchen and bedroom at ground level, and bedroom above. We are here with French friends and extremely comfortable

The building has been rebuilt over the past thousand years, but in one incarnation was a convent with the cloisters around a courtyard. The remaining cloister is along one wall of the terrace. The main Chateau is to the left, where the owners live

The building has been rebuilt over the past thousand years, but in one incarnation was a convent with the cloisters around a courtyard. The remaining cloister is along one wall of the terrace. The main Chateau is to the left, where the owners live

There are three springs on the property with superb water

There are three springs on the property with superb water

Below the Chateau there had been grape vines. They were removed by the current owner’s  grandfather and replaced with olive trees. The setting is perfect for gardening with a broad semicircular location facing south and protected by hills to the north.

Below the Chateau there had been grape vines. They were removed by the current owner’s grandfather and replaced with olive trees. The setting is perfect for gardening with a broad semicircular location facing south and protected by hills to the north.

Many walks surround the Chateau giving beautiful views of the gardens and the olive groves. The land is terraced all the way down the slope.

Many walks surround the Chateau giving beautiful views of the gardens and the olive groves. The land is terraced all the way down the slope.

Bees are busy with the spring flowers

Bees are busy with the spring flowers

Barbara is spinning wool she brought with us. Very mild temperatures. We are told this is unusually mild for the region but we will enjoy it

Barbara is spinning wool she brought with us. Very mild temperatures. We are told this is unusually mild for the region but we will enjoy it

Spring orchids along a terrace.

Spring orchids along a terrace.

Roses in bloom along retaining walls

Roses in bloom along retaining walls

And lemons in the protection of the cloisters

And lemons in the protection of the cloisters

Yesterday afternoon we drove across the valley and climbed up a rocky path to visit a ruined Chateau atop the high hill. Castel Nuovo is at Chateauneuf-Villevielle. It was built in the 6th century and inhabited until the 17th.

Yesterday afternoon we drove across the valley and climbed up a rocky path to visit a ruined Chateau atop the high hill. Castel Nuovo is at Chateauneuf-Villevielle. It was built in the 6th century and inhabited until the 17th.

Florent, myself, Barbara and Julien behind at the summit. Wonderful to have time with the guys again

Florent, myself, Barbara and Julien behind at the summit. Wonderful to have time with the guys again

There had been a good sized village surrounding the Chateau at the very top. From here were commanding views down to the Mediterranean at Nice.

There had been a good sized village surrounding the Chateau at the very top. From here were commanding views down to the Mediterranean at Nice.

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Gabrielle Campbell 8 months ago

#1 Wow!!  Like a painting!

8 months ago Edited

Very photogenic! We are throughly enjoying the space

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Abigail Gossage 8 months ago

Gorgeous!

8 months ago Edited

Completely

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