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Visiting Lambesc

Chateau de la Barben

In the pretty village of Lambesc, one finds the Scheduled Monument of Chateau de la Barben.  The property was built before the year 1000 was for many centuries in the ownership of the Ponteves family.  Later it became the home of the Marquis de Forbin and remained so exceptionally for almost 500 years.


It is said that Princess Pauline Borghese, the sister of Napoleon, had a number of affairs here.


Today it is part museum and part sumptuous chambres d’hotes or bed & breakfast.  You can even get married there!!


The gardens in particular are said to be some of the most beautiful in Provence and were designed by Le Notre who worked on the gardens at Versailles.  Designed in the classic French style with regular sections with two entrances, an alley of plane trees, four ponds, two fountains and a series of terraces.

If you visit, it is worthwhile taking in the Zoological Park of La Barben at the same time.

If you like the area then come and talk to Claire about buying a holiday home.