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La Barben: the oldest castle in Provence to be sold

Beautiful estate to be sold in Provence. Located near Aix en Provence, the Château de la Barben is ‘the most picturesque and ancient castle of Provence,’ as the French painter Marius Granet once said.

This season, the medieval fortress has gone up for sale for just under 20 million euros via real estate network Sotheby's International Realty. Built in the 11th century for military purposes, it was then transformed into a royal residence and has been in the hands of many French personalities including King René in the 15th century. Its price is estimated at 15 million euros, without the furniture. However, the property can also come furnished upon request of the buyer at an additional cost of which the amount has not been specified. Exquisite wooden furniture from the era of Louis XVI can be found in certain rooms of the coveted establishment. The sumptuous estate covers a total area of nearly ​​5,000 square meters with nearly 60 rooms. The castle exudes its own charm with a stunning garden ‘à la française’ designed by André le Nôtre, Louis XIV’s appointed gardener.

This summer, interested buyers can visit the house from 11am to 5pm until 9th September and spend a night in one of the historical rooms starting at 150€ with breakfast included. After, 9th September, the castle will only be open during the weekend from 2pm to 5pm until November 5th before closing for three months and reopening for the February winter holidays. 


Claire Davis