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Château de Méouilles
04170 Saint André les Alpes
Bertrand and Marguerite MASSON
Email: inquiry@au-chateau.com


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Languages:  English, Spanish
Credit cards:  MasterCard and Visa 

Département: Alpes de Haute Provence (04) 

  • Rent an apartment in this château!
  • Or rent the entire château! 

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  Perched on a hilltop in the foothills of the French Alps is the striking yet somber Château de Méouilles overlooking the long and lovely turquoise Lac de Castillon.  Built by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century to protect the surrounding lands against marauding Saracens and occupied by a well-established Provençal family, the d'Ailhaud's, from the fourteenth century, the château still stands guard over the rolling green landscape below.  Château de Méouilles is near the famous Route Napoléon and on the border of the old Savoy province, an area that had witnessed many battles until eventually being subdued by King Louis XIV near Colmar les Alpes. 

Today, the château sparkles in the brilliant Provençal sunlight under a crisp, blue sky, and at 900 meters altitude, it enjoys a cool and comfortable climate making it the ideal vacation spot at any time of the year.   The area is known as 'the Secret Alps of Provence', rich with nature's beauty and not far from France's Grand Canyon, the Gorges du Verdon.  The region is famous for its fossils from prehistoric times (protecting it by official decree from modern-day development) and its hot sulphur springs, such as those at Digne-les-Bains, making it the ideal destination for those interested in prehistory as well as those seeking a 'cure'. 

The château sits on eleven acres of land which it shares with a superb Romanesque chapel and nearby statues of Saints Peter and Paul.   The château itself is divided into three apartments, each with a fully-equipped and spacious kitchen.    Apartment Saint Paul has one bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a salon and is suitable for four people.  Apartment Saint Pierre has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a salon and kitchen and accommodates six people. Completed in 2006 is Apartment Saint Jean with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, salon, and TV room and will comfortably house eight people ~  and the exquisite details such as onyx wash basins, a marble tub and canopy beds will help to make one's stay just superb. 

For those who would like to rent the entire château, they will enjoy a total of five bedrooms, six bathrooms, three kitchens, three salons, and the TV room to accommodate a maximum of 18 people in three separate apartments.  This is an ideal arrangement for groups of friends or a large family.   The region and this captivating château will ensure a memorable and relaxing stay in France's picturesque and enchanting southeast.


Apartments:   3.  Saint Paul (one bedroom - 4 people max) € 900-€ 1300 per week; Saint Pierre (two bedrooms/two floors - 6 people max) € 1100 - € 1700 per week; Saint Jean  (two bedrooms/two floors - 8 people max) € 1500 - € 2200 per week.  This spacious third apartment has two bathrooms in the tower and a third en suite in bedroom two, a full salon, dining/kitchen, and upstairs TV room.
Entire Château    € 4500 - € 6000 per week, accommodates 18 people maximum.
Dinner and breakfast: as this is a completely self-catering property, meals are not provided at the Château.
Satellite Television, telephone and ADSL Internet are available.
Pets considered upon request when making reservation.
* * Entire Château is Non-Smoking * *

Open All Year.
On the grounds:  large swimming pool, parkland, Romanesque chapel.
Vicinity:  tennis, golf, white-water sports, paragliding, fossil hunting.  Also near the spa town of Digne-les-Bains; restaurants in Saint André les Alpes and Castellane;  the Gorges du Verdon and Corniche Sublime; Draguignan and the Mediterranean coast near Fréjus and Saint-Raphael; the Route Napoléon (N85). 


From Nice:  Take the N 202 directions Grenoble until you reach the town of Saint André les Alpes.  The Château de Méouilles is approximately 100 kilometers from the coast.

From Aix-en-Provence:   Take autoroute A51 directions Sisteron.  Exit the autoroute direction Digne-les-Bains.  Then take the N202 direction Nice until you reach the town of Saint André les Alpes. 

Airport:  Nice (100 kilometers / 65 miles)
Railway Station:  Saint André les Alpes (2 kms) or Nice (100 kms)

Car Rental Nice Railway Station (click here)
Car Rental Digne-les-Bains (click here)

FranceMichelin Map to Château

Entrance to apartment Saint Pierre
Outdoor Dining Terrace Terrace Overlooking Lac de Castillon Bedroom Apartment Saint Paul

Chambre apartment Saint Jean
Apartment St Pierre
Terrace at Lake Terrace, Pool & Chapel
Apartment St Paul
Apartment St Jean