PHOTOS: Largest chateau in Provence is for sale

It dates back to the tenth century and is set to be sold at auction with a starting price of €9 million

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The largest chateau in Provence, an historic monument dating back to the tenth century, is set to be sold by auction on October 19.

The Château de La Verdière has been restored over the past 20 years and now boasts 3,000 m² of living space.

“We’ve had lots of interest and received many requests,” says François Le Troquer, the estate agent in charge of the sale for Barnes International Realty.

The private castle is situated in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It includes more than 120 rooms including 25 bedrooms spread over four floors, 10 hectares of vineyards, 365 doors and windows.

The current owner has set a starting bid of €9 million.

The castle’s history

Château de La Verdière was built by the Castellane family in 980 and has had many owners and transformations since then – the most extensive being by Baron Louis-Roch de Forbin d'Oppède who remodelled it in the eighteenth century, giving it the configuration we see today.

The chateau eventually fell into disrepair during the 70s and 80s. It was then in 2003 that the current owner, decided to restore the chateau and he has since invested nearly €10 million in the building.

“The current owner hopes to sell the chateau to someone who will be as honoured to own this piece of Provence history as he was,” says Mr Le Troquer.

The municipality hopes that the future owner will open the chateau to visitors to allow both tourists and residents of La Verdière to enjoy it.

Here are some photos of the property:

Credit: BARNES International Realty

The auction

This property is set to be sold via an interactive sale under auction. Participation is subject to prior approval. Those approved will be able to visit the property, before participating on October 19 at 19:00.

“The advantages of this kind of sale are buyers can take the time to picture themselves in the property, obtain the best price which they set and like an auction you receive real-time information on offers submitted,” says Mr Le Troquer.

“It also allows us to confirm that all potential buyers have sufficient funds.”

The auction will start at €9 million and any new offer must be €200,000 higher than the previous one. All offers will be sent to the seller, who will remain free to choose the offer he intends to follow up on.

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