This castle once owned by French royals can be yours for $22 million

Château de la Barben
The château looks like an ancient medieval fortress. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

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 castle, which dates back nearly 1,000 years, was previously owned by the French royal family and is now on the market with Sotheby’s International Realty, Bloomberg reported.

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.

Take a look around:

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