Set on a feudal motte in Lubéron Regional Nature Park,
a listed 18th century chateau and its 4 ha of parklands
Apt, VAUCLUSE provence-cote-dazur 84400 FR

Location

70 km from Avignon TGV train station; 15 minutes from all shops, schools and hospitals; 80 km from an international airport; in the midst of a little valley nestling in Lubéron Nature Park. This chateau, dating from the Age of Reason is surrounded by a medieval village, part of the old county of Forcalquier. The property, with full French Historic Monument listing, was built on the site of a Celtic-Ligurian oppidum, protected from the wind by the Vaucluse mountain range to the north and by the Lubéron mountains to the south. A little river flows past on a lower level.

Description

This chateau, constructed in an L-shape, takes up the entire upper section of the village. One of its wings faces west, the other south. It is adjoined by a 12th century chapel. The main courtyard, sheltered from onlookers behind its high perimeter wall, is enhanced along the south facade by a terrace which is laid out in the corner formed by the “L”. A terrace borders the east facade, dominating the parklands and the swimming pool. A listed flight of steps leads to another entrance to the estate and the relaxation area, with its swimming pool, pool-house, an old dovecote and its little terrace, a fountain and gardens. Hills covered with pine and oak trees form the backdrop.

The main courtyard

The main courtyard is protected by a high perimeter stone wall, featuring massive carriage gates and a pedestrian gate. It is dominated by a south-facing terrace, adorned with plants. Covered with gravel, this enclosed area is dotted with cypress trees and ivy.

The chateau

This chateau spans three levels under an unconverted attic floor. The garden level features numerous French windows, all opening on to the terraces. The windows on the two upper levels have stone surrounds and drop arch stone lintels.


Ground floor
A robust door is composed of a lower section, featuring oak wood in a parquet pattern, in addition to middle and upper sections, with moulding and matching panels as well as two wrought iron door knockers. Wrought iron railings, featuring Louis XIV style scrolls, have been added to the fixed upper window above a moulded cornice. The door opens into a vestibule, housing the listed main stairway, richly adorned with stucco decoration which has all been redone, and providing access to the rest of the building. The floor is covered with very old terracotta tiles, the slight unevenness of which bears witness to their age and miscellaneous origins. Opposite, a lounge-library opens on to the terrace via four French windows. A shower room and a back stairway are near to a dining room, with a fireplace, and a breakfast room that extends a kitchen. The floors in all of these rooms are paved with stone. The kitchen is followed by a pantry. The latter two, vaulted rooms still feature old cupboards and dressers as well as a La-Cornue kitchen range with a double oven. A cellar, a toilet and a hall area complete this level.
First floor
The main stairway, illuminated via two windows, goes up to a landing, covered with terracotta floor tiles. On one side a condemned door, adorned with rich gilded decoration, provided access to the chapel in days gone by. Facing this door, a large hall area paved with two-tone marble tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern, leads to a west-facing, hanging terrace. Four east-facing rooms are used as sitting, music reading and billiards’ rooms. The latter provides access to the master bedroom, with its bathroom and shower room. The sitting room features an outstanding, listed, Louis XV style fireplace, topped with a trumeau depicting a gallant scene. The floor in this room is covered with hexagonal terracotta tiles of an unusual size. This level also includes a back stairway and a separate bathroom, with a toilet.
Second floor
The stairway goes up to a landing, identical to that on the floor below. It provides access to six bedrooms, two bathrooms, with toilets, and two shower room. Harmony reigns throughout this level, with its parquet floors and its old moulded doors, enhancing alcoves.
Attic
The attic, spanning approx. 40 m², can be reached via the back stairway.

The parklands

A listed flight of steps goes down to the parklands, decoratively planted with cypress as well as deciduous trees and dotted with copses. An old ornamental pool has been transformed into a 21 m long, heated swimming pool. This pool is bordered with old, raised stone coping. The pool-house includes a shower and toilet. An old dovecote, with its private terrace in a verdant setting, is currently used as a summer kitchen.

The meadows

This hilltop chateau is surrounded by meadows, bordered by a little river, edged with riparian vegetation. A large, separate plot is to be found nearby, to the south-east, on the other side of the lane leading to the village.

Our opinion

In the much sought-after region of Lubéron, highly appreciated for its peace and quiet as well as its natural beauty, this chateau and the village that it has protected for centuries recount their history in lush natural surroundings. The fully renovated building has kept all of its charm of yesteryear. The outside areas are an invitation to travel through time. The elegant and authentic, interior architectural features exude the refined and comfortable ambiance of Provencal stately homes. The quality of the restoration works throughout will meet the expectations of the most demanding of potential buyers.

2 500 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 404632

Land registry surface area 4 ha
Main building surface area 700 m2

Regional representative


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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