The mansion was built in the thirteenth century as the defensive post of the village of Aubais and was inhabited by the Knights Templar, who defended the village from behind thick stone fortifications. Rumor has it that there was once a direct tunnel between the Commanderie and the Chateau of Aubais. Indeed, there has even been talk of a direct pathway between La Commanderie and the fortifications at Aigues Mortes, where the first Crusades departed for the Middle East. While no one can know for sure if these connections existed, it is certain that the cultural legacy of the Knight's Templar lives on in the medieval stones of La Commanderie's walls. The medieval structure was expanded in the late eighteenth century, when an olive press was built on the grounds. In the nineteenth century, the living quarters were augmented and a grand salon, a central staircase and numerous rooms were added. The present owners have retained the traditional aspects of The Commanderie while createing a modernized and comfortable family home with six bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two equipped kitchens, a voluminous salon, an attic retreat and a fitness room. Some of the unique features of this home include a fireplace made of handglazed Provencal tiles, the original nineteenth century banister for the staircase, antique iron radiators, huge windows and five meter ceilings that offer soaring volumes and the crystalline light of the midi. A 2011 renovation included a new heating system — under guarantee for ten years — using village gas, a change that has made heating house 30 percent more energy efficient. There is over 500 square meters of living space in the main house ; a twenty-five square meter nanny apartment and a seventy-five square meter; and a new two-bedroom guest apartment, making a total of 600 square meters of livable space. The garden of La Commanderie is 1350 square meter space enclosed by an immense stone wall. There is an Italianate courtyard with an abundance of shade trees, bushes, flowering plants, jasmine, herbs and fruit trees. There are three large Micocoulier de Provence trees, the most majestic being an enormous micocoulier that gives shade to the upper floors of the house and creates a cool space for outdoor dining in the summer months. There is also an elevated landscape with a secluded above-ground swimming pool in the upper level of the grounds with a vine covered gazebo surrounded by cypress, fig and bay trees.