The Largest Castle in Provence, France, Lists for $19.7 Million

Both the literal and figurative crown of La Verdière (a hilly village in southeastern France), the largest castle in Provence has just hit the market for 19.7 million. Known as Chateau De La Verdière, the historic property sits at the peak of the land elevation, spanning 54,000 square feet and towering over a collection of humble stone buildings with red clay roofs and the endless countryside. Described as a “true rarity for history and authenticity enthusiasts,” the castle is listed by Todd Herlin, Aaron Kirman, & Francois Letroquer of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate.

The mansion dates to the 15th century and was first constructed as a fortress by the Castellane family, one of the oldest and most illustrious noble lines in Provence. In its over thousand years of history, the home has changed hands a few times, bouncing between European aristocrats, including the House of Ventimiglia and the de Forbin family. Throughout these various periods of stewardship, the property underwent a series of transformations, most extensively by Louis-Roch de Forbin d’Oppède in the 18th century, who expanded and renovated the property as a work of art. In 1986, the home and its surrounding park grounds were classified as historic monuments.
According to the castle’s official website, Chateau De La Verdière fell into disrepair during the ’70s and ’80s, despite multiple requests to the French Ministry of Culture to protect the castle for its historic and cultural significance. In 2003 it was purchased Frédéric Champaver, who undertook an extensive renovation to restore the home. “No other castle has been meticulously restored over years to achieve a modern marvel with original history and charm,” Todd Herlin, one of the listing agents, said in a statement. “The current owner spent over 15 years meticulously restoring the property to its original spirit and grandeur, adorned with period paintings, tapestries, and fine furnishings.”

Though the castle is currently a private residence, the listing suggests it could be purchased and turned into a hotel, noting it currently houses 50 rooms with enough space for a supplementary 25. Additionally, the castle sits within a 16-hectare park, which encompasses two swimming pools, equestrian stables, and a dressage arena.


The Largest Castle in Provence, France, Lists for $19.7 MillionThe Largest Castle in Provence, France, Lists for $19.7 MillionThe Largest Castle in Provence, France, Lists for $19.7 Million
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