In this old farm and tow relay from the twelfth century, men and their horses who ensured the transportation of goods on the Rhône, were lodged for rest and meditation at the Domaine de l'Hers.
In the nineteenth century, Anselme Mathieu, a famous poet from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and co-founder of Félibrige, organized dinners and meetings with his poets and writers friends. Alphonse Daudet was particularly charmed by the place.
Respectful of the historic environment and countryside, the old relay of the fifteenth century was recently transformed into a holiday and seminar place. The remaining area of agriculture produces wine, representative of the region.
Today its walls comprise the main residence with its remarkable tower (private), a large vaulted room (dedicated to hosting groups and tasting sessions), and modern and spacious bed and breakfasts in the heart of the vineyard .
The owners of Château de l'Hers have been able to save for generations an important cultural and natural heritage of the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape:
- 25 hectares of vines,
- Approximately 50 hectares of woodland and garrigues (a typical vegetation of the region) have been preserved and are available as a source of comfort for walkers and the local wildlife, including game.
- An old lime kiln - one of the few remaining on the territory of Chateauneuf-du-Pape - testifies, beside the waters of the Arméniers, of the production of lime. A precious ingredient of mortar, lime was the Middle Ages source of prosperity. It gave its name to the city, which was then called "Chateauneuf Calcernier". Castrum Novum Calcernarium means "Châteauneuf sifted lime ".
- With the Notre Dame des Vignes Chapel, erected on the ruins of an old lime kiln, and the Chapel of Reconciliation (under construction) in the old farm, the owners of the domain respect the religious rooted tradition stronghold to Hers which reaches to the Carolingian eras but which was lost since the revolution and destroyed the old castle ruins of Hers.
Welcome to the Hers, discover the tranquility of nature and the precious witnesses to its history