A listed, Renaissance chateau and its outbuildings
in some 4 ha of listed parklands in Upper Var
Aix-en-Provence, ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE provence-cote-dazur 13090 FR

Location

This chateau, less than an hour from Aix-en-Provence, dominates the verdant hills of Provence from a rich, wooded setting in unspoilt countryside. Not far away are Verdon Gorges, the hills of the Upper Var department, lakes and mountains as well as Valensole plateau which turns mauve every June. An incredibly rich architectural heritage in the local surroundings tells the history of this sun-soaked land where man has lived for thousands of years. Oil, wind and flour mills, oppida, churches, chapels and oratories all bear witness to this. The ancestral tradition of raising animals in pastures still takes place here. A village adjoins the chateau. Some 10 km away is a renowned tourist village that remains lively all year round. A large town, 30 km away, has all amenities and is near to all main communication routes.

Description

Once through the perimeter walls, the chateau recounts its history. The 13th century keep, with its five corner towers featuring arrow loops and loop-holes, is proof of the defensive role played by the old fortified castle that protected the region in bygone times. The Renaissance wing, set at right angles and topped with a slate roof, has wide mullioned windows. These architectural features bear witness to the transformation of the castle which, in the 16th century, became a Seigneurial home for a large family from Provence. In the main courtyard is an impressive stone ornamental pool. On the east side, a river that irrigates the property borders approx. 3 ha of listed parklands, with centuries-old trees. The land on the west side is planted with a hectare of mature truffle oak trees. On the south side, a Provencal village keeps watch on the surrounding countryside, edged with verdant hills.

The chateau

Two towers, on the north-west and the south-west sides, flank the perimeter wall which delimits the entrance to the chateau and the access to the main courtyard, with its ornamental pool. This chateau spans five levels and has two separate sections. The medieval keep rises up five stories and its battlements crown a terrace on the top floor. The section dating from the 16th century, adjoining the two medieval corner towers, topped with candlesnuffer roofs, on the south-east and north-east sides, is covered with a slate roof. Its facades feature mullioned windows.


Ground floor
A door opens off the main courtyard on to the keep stairway. On the west side, a vaulted kitchen, spanning approx. 50 m², is continued, on the one hand, by a study and, on the other, by a corridor, leading to a laundry room. A boiler room and a toilet complete this level of the medieval section. A door opens into the Renaissance section which extends from north to south. A study gives access to the north-east-facing, 13th century corner tower. It is followed by an anteroom, opening into the main vestibule, the tall entrance door of which opens widely on to the main courtyard and its ornamental pool. A room, spanning approx. 36 m², precedes a study and the south-east corner tower. A solid newel, spiral stairway, with 99 steps and a 4.30 m diameter, goes up to all the floors in the medieval wing.
First floor
This level of the keep comprises an anteroom, a lounge, a library, a ladies’ sitting room, a kitchen, a separate toilet and a hall area used for utility purposes. In the Renaissance wing, a large anteroom opens into the state room, with its French ceiling and fireplace, enhanced with period decorative plasterwork. A little, adjoining, gothic chapel is housed in a corner tower. Opposite, a dining room is extended by a smoking room.
Second floor
In the 13th century section are a bedroom, with an adjoining cloakroom laid out in a corner tower, a bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom. The 16th century section comprises a music room, a small bedroom nestling in a tower, an anteroom, a state room, spanning approx. 120 m², as well as a second adjoining bedroom in the south-east tower.
Third floor
The spiral stairway goes up to an anteroom which provides access to a suite, with a bathroom, and a second bedroom, with a separate bathroom. In the Renaissance wing, another anteroom leads to a bedroom, a small room in the corner tower and a 120 m² room, the latter awaiting full renovation works.
Fourth floor
An anteroom, the so-called “squire’s bedroom”, a bathroom, the count’s bedroom, with its stone balcony, and an adjoining bathroom. The Renaissance section houses an attic under the rafters.
Cellar
Dating from the 13th century, these vaulted cellars have walls more than 2 m thick and packed mud floors. They take up the entire ground surface area under the chateau’s 16th century section. A well has been dug in the northern section.

The caretaker's lodge

This lodge extends from north to south along the west facade, on the edge of the chateau’s main courtyard, and gives access to a private garden. The building, topped with a Roman tile roof, spans two levels and adjoins a tower at right angles.


Ground floor
A living room, laid out as an open-plan kitchen and a dining room, is followed by a lounge, housing the stairway. A toilet.
First floor
The landing provides access to five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a toilet. A second stairway goes down to the dining room on the ground floor.

The holiday accommodation rental unit

Standing on the north side, it opens on to a little, unoverlooked garden. This dwelling, laid out all on one level, spans approx. 80 m². It comprises a kitchen, a lounge, a living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a toilet. A stairway provides access to a room, laid out in an old dovecote which takes up the north-west medieval tower.

The dovecote

Topped with a roof covered with Roman tiles, this building is edged with a triple, overhanging cornice. It takes up the south-west medieval perimeter tower. The ground surface area is approx. 30 m² on each of two levels.

The workshop

Next to the keep, it partially encompasses the chateau’s north-west tower and adjoins the holiday accommodation rental unit with which it could easily communicate. It spans approx. 28 m² of living space.

The orangery

This building spans a surface area of approx. 36 m². Protected by a lean-to roof, it discreetly backs on to the chateau’s southern perimeter wall.

The parklands, the garden and the land

The listed parklands are laid out over approx. 3 ha on the east and north sides of the chateau. They are planted with age-old trees, some species of which are rare. A yellow poplar, a Lebanon cedar and a sequoia accompany catalpa and gingko-biloba trees as well as other ornamental plants. A little river which flows the length of the parklands in all seasons, makes it possible to water the property, with the help of a borehole. The west and south sections of the property are bordered with immaculately kept boxwood plantations. A separate plot extends westwards over approx. 1 ha. Completely enclosed by electrified fencing and irrigated, it is given over to the growing of mature truffle oak trees.

The swimming pool

Bordered by a paved deck, this swimming pool is set in the parklands, on the east side of the chateau. It has a view of unspoilt countryside and wooded hills, stretching into the distance.

The carport

This carport runs alongside the southern edge of the chateau in the parklands and can take up to ten cars.

Our opinion

This old feudal residence, no doubt still with many hidden secrets, has been remodelled several times throughout its 800-year history. Its numerous preserved architectural features bear witness to a rich past. The three vast reception rooms, one of which still awaits conversion, could ideally house an event and function activity. The multitude of outbuildings also offers independent, comfortable accommodation in the midst of a region of Provence with a good tourist trade. The history of these premises and the site’s outstanding natural setting are further assets for those seeking to become the chateau’s new owners.

Exclusive sale

6 890 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 548538

Land registry surface area 4 ha 8 a 64 ca
Main building surface area 1812 m2
Number of bedrooms 11
Outbuilding surface area 717 m2
including refurbished area269 m2

Consultant


Roger Pertuisot +33 1 42 84 80 85

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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