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Buyer’s guide: The best castles for sale now

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Chateau de la Barben, Provence

Images courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty

Every superyacht owner is the king of his own domain while out on the waves but what about when you’re back on land? If you’ve ever dreamed of joining the landed gentry or simply fancy a grand home with which to impress guests, then few property options are more appealing than an historic castle. Better yet, with chateaus and palaces available across the Mediterranean, you needn’t even be very far from your yacht.

Chateau de la Barben, Provence

If it’s a slice of history you’re after then few can boast more than this centuries-old chateau handily located just 20 minutes from Aix en Provence and in close proximity to the Cote d’Azur’s abundance of superyacht facilities. Believed to be over 1,000 years old, the castle is first mentioned in documents from 1064 and was owned by King René until 1474 when it was sold to the illustrious De Forbin family within which it stayed for the next 500 years.

Set on 307 hectares of grounds primed for fishing from two natural rivers and hunting deer and game, the castle and outbuildings – which include a guardian’s apartment, watchtower and gatehouse - span 5,185 square metres. Extensive redevelopment by the current owner has seen the 13 bedrooms, grand dining room, hand-painted sitting room, drawing room, rustic kitchen and other impressive entertaining spaces sensitively modernised in-keeping with the building’s character. Outside, 10,000 square metres of landscaped gardens by André Le Nôtre are complemented by wilder areas with plenty of potential for extensive vineyard development.

Chateau de la Barben is available with price on application with Propriétés de Provence Sotheby's International Realty.

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