I visited the castle twice because it was the site for Camus Centenary last week . I was able to visit it during the day as well as the dinner held on the last night.
Apparently the structure itself started as a 12th-century fortress, but was transformed in the 15th century by Foulques d"Agoult chamberlain of King Rene I de Anjou.
After 1526 the converted castle belonged to Louis d'Agoult-Montauban and his wife Blanche de Levis-Vantadour and the new annex made the building the first Renaissance building in the Provence Region.
Afterwards this "chateau" became the residence of the Créqui-Lesdiguières family. But despite being owners of it, they never took residence, and this was true until the beginning of the French Revolution.
After the Revolution, and despite having two more owners, the castle slowly crumbled and fell to ruins.
Finally, in 1920, Robert Laurent-Vibert a cosmetics producer, bought the ruins of the structure and employed the architect Henri Pacon to restore it.
In 1925, Laurent-Vibert died in a car accident but in his will he donated the castle to the Academie des Sciences, Agriculture, Arts, et Belles Lettres under condition that it should be made into a trust, which would support young artists.
This is the setting for music festivals as well as the antiquarian book fair and many other exhibitions. It has quite a unique garden and pond, now filled with giant carp.
|You can see why it would be easy to store a grand piano inside the fireplaces. This room displayed the kitchen utensils but all of the rooms had such fireplaces.|
|Underneath the center original staircase to the upper floor|