A historic château in Aix en Provence is now up for sale — and if you have a spare $US17 million ($AU22m), it can be yours.
The current owners, Ghislaine Pillivuyt and her husband, Bertrand, inherited the property in 2006 and have been running it as a family business — opening the house and garden to the public, using it as a wedding venue, and running a bed and breakfast there.
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The earliest records of the castle date back to 1064, when it was owned by monks. It subsequently changed hands several times and was at different points owned by a medieval lord and even the French royal family. In 1474 it was sold to the De Forbin family, who kept possession of it for 500 years.
In the 1960s, the house and land were bought by the father of the current owner, who lives there with her husband. It sold for between 1 and 2 million francs at the time.
They run the castle as a family business and rent out some of the rooms as a bed and breakfast. Prices start at $150 a night.
The house and gardens are open to the public, and the family rents out the space for private events, including weddings and film shoots.
The gardens, which were designed by the royal gardener to Louis XIV, are some of the most impressive parts of the property.
There are seven flower beds surrounded by boxwood, which circle around an ornamental pond. According to the current owners, Napoleon I's sister used to bathe in the pond.
The owners are now looking to move on to something smaller. 'We want to relax,' Bertrand Pillivuyt told Bloomberg. 'I'm sure we can adjust to a smaller house.'
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