The beginning of the tale
Roman Roads and forts
Strolling through the grounds of our Château you can feel the history which began in 350 AD when Saint-Martin, Bishop of Tours, constructed a fortified structure and gave his name to the property.
Before that the Romans occupied the city of Vence and today guests walk to our tennis courts along part of a Roman road.
Knights Templar Treasure
In 1115 the Count of Provence bequeathed the property to the crusaders and in 1150 the Château became the stronghold of the Knights Templar, who naturally valued it for its strategic position high in the hills. Back from Jerusalem, they grew vineyards and olive trees on the land, some of the ancient boughs are there today.
The tale also says the Knights buried an amazing treasure in the park of the Château, it is yet to be discovered. The heritage from the Knights is still very present at Château Saint-Martin & Spa which is located on the Templar’s Avenue in Vence.