Take time out to visit Provence at a leisurely pace
Discover five privately owned châteaux each one with a fascinating history and set in beautiful surroundings. Our itinerary will take you on pittoresque roads through vineyards and medieval villages
• CHÂTEAU D'ANSOUIS :
Gracious living in the 18th
Visit this elegant, castle with its splendid stucco decorations and hidden garden. All visits are with the owner who brings the 18th Century vividly to life as you stroll through beautifully furnished rooms full of fascinating objets d’art and curiosities.
• CHÂTEAU DE LA BARBEN : One thousand years of History
Built on an impregnable site, successive owners have added turrets, towers and a magnificent horshoe- shaped starecase. Furnished throughout, it is the oldest and one of the most pictoresque of all Provençal castles with superb gardens by Le Nôtre. You can even stay as guests here.
• CHÂTEAU DE LOURMARIN :The first Renaissance château in Provence
Situated in one of the « most beautiful villages » in France, the château comprises two distinct parts : the medieval edifice with its charming Italian style loggia and Library, and the 16th Century Renaissance wing. Renown for its elegant double spiral staircase, the castle is furnished throughout with
a fine collection of engravings and objets d’art.
• CHÂTEAU DE SAUVAN : The little Trianon of Provence
This elegant 18th Century building was the home of the last friend of Marie Antoinette. Negleted during the 19th Century it was brought back to life in a spectacular way by its current owners. The castle is superbly furnished and its gardens are classified as « remarkable ».
• CHÂTEAU DE LA VERDIERE : The summer palace of a great Provençal family
Originally a medieval fortress, in 1613 it fell into the hands of the celebrated Forbin family who turned it into a prestigeous aristocratic residence. The stucco decorations are amongst the finest in Provence and the huge ballroom and richly furnished rooms have the stamp of refined living.