Constructed on a promontory in the midst of a regional nature park,
a majestic, 13th century, medieval castle set in 16 hectares
Draguignan, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83300 FR

Location

This castle is an hour from the Saint-Tropez beaches and 15 minutes by helicopter from Cannes, in an internationally renowned tourist area just outside of the Provencal medieval village that it has jealously guarded for centuries. Both the castle and its gardens are listed and have panoramic views over the regional nature park which forms their setting.

Description

Monumental gates open on to an impressive gravel driveway, bordered by plane and fruit trees, which leads towards the castle’s perimeter wall, surrounded by an esplanade, laid to lawn and planted with Italian-style terraced gardens. These gardens are reached via stone steps, under which are concealed three cellars housing Roman-style sculptures. Further stone steps go down to the swimming pool. Two 18th century pavilions and an orangery keep an eye on the tiered gardens planted with cypress trees as well as boxwood and, on a lower level, on a grove of truffle oak trees. A helipad on the main esplanade dominates the hectare of vines that slopes down to the base of the castle. The latter’s elegant, square silhouette is embellished with four tall towers that stand out against the sky with the relief of the Lubéron mountains in the distance and a lake further down.

The chateau

The medieval perimeter wall opens on to a square main courtyard via a central, heavy wooden door, topped with a brattice. The impressive medieval facade was redesigned in the 17th century and now features wide openings on its four levels, topped with a hip roof. It keeps watch on the four corner towers with their candlesnuffer roofs, covered with glazed, fish-scale tiles reflecting the colours of all four seasons. On either side of the porch providing entrance to the courtyard are the old stables and a building in use as a garage. On one side of the main facade are 2 levels providing accommodation for a caretaker whilst, on the other, against a perimeter wall, a majestic fountain, with pool and trumeau, is engraved with the year 1770. A flight of curved steps goes up to the main, semi-circular arched, heavily studded entrance door, enhanced with a surround and an external, richly sculpted, moulded stone pediment.


Ground floor
The heavily studded door opens into a vast reception vestibule, with flagstones as well as stone cornices and moulding. The listed dining room is revealed in all its finery with its ceiling featuring gilt decorative plasterwork, its fabric-covered walls and its stone fireplace enhanced with a majestic, gold-leaf trumeau. It is followed by a kitchen, laid out under a vault and steeped in light, which features flagstones as well as a monumental fireplace, housing an integrated oven, and enough space to include an eating area. Three stone steps lead to a pantry, nestling in an adjoining corner tower, which opens on to the outside. A door in the main entrance hall leads to a consecrated, vaulted chapel, with its sacristy set in a corner tower. Another door provides access to a vaulted room, with terracotta floor tiles and a trapdoor, leading to the basement. A third door opens into a vaulted, stone exhibition room. A machine room is cleverly concealed in the adjoining corner tower. A monumental stairway, facing the main entrance, has stone steps up to the first-floor landing and then steps covered with terracotta tiles. It also features outstanding, listed, wrought iron railings which continuously accompany the stairway to all levels.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a landing, spanning approx. 71 m² with a high French ceiling, terracotta floor tiles, just like the rest of the floor, and a trumeau fireplace. It opens into a stateroom, spanning approx. 86 m², with a panoramic view, a monumental fireplace and a recess in the north-west tower. A door provides access from this lounge to a library, with a French ceiling and its recess in the north-east tower. On the south side are three bedrooms, two shower rooms and a toilet. In the south-west tower, a pantry provides access to the caretaker’s accommodation in the outbuildings.
Second floor
The landing provides access to a private flat, with a master bedroom, a bathroom, with a shower and toilet, a study, with a fireplace, and a double wardrobe, and to two suites, each with a bedroom, a fireplace and a shower room and toilet. This level also includes three more bedrooms with fireplaces, as well as a shower room and toilet. All the west-facing rooms have panoramic views over the lake. The north-facing windows look out over an exceptional view of the valley with the mountain ranges in the distance. The surrounding hills can be seen from those rooms facing south.
Third floor
This level is taken up by a health centre with an exercise room, a fitness room, a massage room with a sauna, a restroom, a changing room with a fireplace, a wardrobe and a toilet. In another section are three suites, each with a fireplace, a shower room and a toilet. A bedroom with a fireplace. A relaxation room.
Attic
A wide stairway goes up to the attic level, a section of which with lovely exposed beams could easily be converted. Most of the floor is covered with terracotta tiles, but some sections have wooden flooring.
Cellar
The vaulted cellar is accessed via a stone stairway reached through a trapdoor in the multimedia lounge.
Outbuilding
The staff accommodation comprises a ground floor, two upper floors and an accessible attic floor. The ground floor includes an entrance hall with bathroom and toilet facilities, a garage and a boiler room. The first floor is taken up by a laundry room, a living room with an open-plan kitchen area and two bedrooms. The stairway goes up to a second floor with a corridor that opens into a flat comprising a bathroom with a shower, a toilet, two bedrooms and a lounge.
Workhouse
This workshop area has a concrete screed floor and an exposed roof. A storage area.

The gardener's cottage

This is laid out in the north corner tower of the garden perimeter wall.

The dovecote

Set in the south corner tower of the garden perimeter wall, it matches the tower used as a gardener’s cottage.

The orangery

The orangery is on the lower level of the garden, under the swimming pool.

The parklands

The parklands look out over the valley as well as the lake, and their esplanade planted with miscellaneous species encompasses the castle. Plane trees, shrubs and bushes line the gravel driveway, bordered by areas laid to lawn. The helipad is also in this section. Cooled by ornamental pools, the terraced gardens planted with boxwood, cypress and fruit trees, go down in tiers towards a grove of truffle oak trees. Vines are planted on a hectare of the land to the north of the castle.

The swimming pool

The swimming pool, on a terrace laid to lawn, faces westwards over the valley and the lake. The tall silhouettes of the cypress trees and the boxwood add a verdant touch to this area.

Our opinion

The location of this castle, whose towers are enhanced by the blue Provencal sky, and the views that are on offer are outstanding and give a feeling of dominating the world. The listed garden, exuding its delightfully romantic, Italian charm, is but an invitation to lose oneself. The main courtyard, its meticulously designed proportions, the elegance and authenticity of the main rooms as well as the omnipresent light that floods in all day long through the numerous openings highlight the first-class quality of these premises. The character of the property has been scrupulously preserved throughout the conversion works that have turned it into an extremely comfortable residence. Its new owners, attracted at first glance, will find therein a refinement based on an unpretentious way of life.

15 500 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 733294

Land registry surface area 15 ha 39 a 30 ca
Main building surface area 3057.00 m2
Outbuilding surface area 85.00 m2
Number of bedrooms 18

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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