I want to live in… France
More specifically, a castle in France: the 13-century Château de Castille. Once owned by Baron de Castille, this historic property in Provence was bought by British art authority Douglas Cooper in 1950. Aside from Cooper’s impressive collection of 20th-century art, including sculptures and drawings, he counted Pablo Picasso among his good friends. In fact, Cooper’s château was one of the few private residences Picasso would deign to visit; the artist actually wanted to buy the property in 1958. Notably, five of the artist’s drawings are ‘engraved’ in one of the walls (‘oh, the one in that building in the garden,’ as Cooper quotes Picasso in his diary). Today, these frescos are classified as historic monuments.
Château de Castille is currently on the market for €8.9 million through Sotheby’s International Realty France. The square, stately edifice features a balustrade wrapped around the roof, stone columns supporting a first storey balcony, 2ha of grounds (including a knot garden – pictured above – water feature and park), seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two dining rooms. A drive, lined with trees, leads visitors to the château.
• Sotheby’s International Realty France: sothebysrealty-france.com / +377 97 70 35 15
• French embassy in South Africa: ambafrance-rsa.org
• France Tourism: francetourism.com
• Guide to Provence: lonelyplanet.com/france/provence
• Official info on French services: service-public.fr
Text Kirsty Wilkins
Photograph Succession Picasso 2016