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“Back to Napoleon.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau de la Barben

Chateau de la Barben
13330 La Barben, France
04 90 55 25 41
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Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in La Barben
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Owner description: The castle, all towers, turrets and terraces, is majestic; as is its position, high on impregnable rock, overlooking a lush valley. Join the museum visitors and enter to discover guardrooms...
Surrey
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“Back to Napoleon.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is great value for money. The conducted tour(compulsory) takes around an hour and a half. Part is in French only, but is very easy to follow. The chateau was once the home of one of Napoleon's sisters.The latter part of the tour is conducted in English as well as French. A folder is also provided giving details.
Children can follow a treasure map and get a badge as a reward on completion. There is no wheel chair access and the many stairs are difficult for those with limited mobility. Admission charge but free carpark.

Visited July 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Worth a trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This is a guided tour last for an hour, you will be showed around 12 rooms. Very impressive, you can just imagine what it's like to live in a castle in those days. The tour guide is good, she is not fluent in English but she tried her very best to get the detailed information through. We stayed at aix en Provence, so wasn't too far and it is worth a trip to see the castle. Fee is reasonable, can only get in through guided tour.

Visited May 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“An enjoyable visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We enjoyed looking around this impressive castle. Unfortunately you can only eat at the restaurant in the Chateau in the evenings, or, if you're staying there, for breakfast. If you want lunch, you have to go to the Zoo restaurant.

The Zoo restaurant, in the grounds of the castle, is very good indeed - we had a first-rate salmon risotto.

There's a very impressive Wellingtonia, or Giant Redwood, in the castle garden.

Visited April 2013
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Meridian, Idaho
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“Experience of a lifetime!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

After visiting Paris, driving to Provence and spending time in Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Le Pont du Gard, my 10 year-old grandson and I arrived at the Chateau de la Barben for a two night visit. There were many steps to climb to enter the castle, but my grandson and the patron carried our luggage up to our beautiful room, the smallest, I believe, but fit for a queen. My grandson was amazed at actually staying in a furnished castle decorated with suits of armor, medeival weapons and other items so fascinating to a child--and an adult. Although as guests we were allowed to freely explore all the rooms, we did take the tour which was included in our reservation price. I speak French, but my grandson was given a notebook with descriptions of the rooms written in English. After the tour we explored on our own and even played hide and seek in the centuries old castle. During our stay we visited the zoo which was a short walk from the castle. It was a magnificent zoo with a large variety of animals. One night we dined in a restaurant by the zoo, I believe named Le 7e. The gourmet meal was fantastic and there were some special dishes for children. The price was comparable to a slightly upscale American restaurant. Our final dinner was in the chateau and was a fabulous four course meal which included wine for me and a choice of beverages for my grandson. We had a mild pate de foie gras, which my grandson loved, deliciously prepared leg of lamb and savory vegetables. Next we were served the cheese course which was followed by a grouping of chocolate desserts. The breakfasts served in the chateau were also tasty and filling with fresh croissants, a variety of breads, fruits, yogurt and cheeses. Since our return home my grandson has not stopped talking to his family, friends, etc about his stay in a castle. The price was very reasonable for all that was included and I definitely hope to return.

Visited April 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Oldest known Chateau in Provence. Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

This chateau is supposedly one of the oldest in Provence and dates back to around 1054. You can also reserve a room and dinner but we did not stay, only did the tour. It is truly a "castle" even though it is not huge, but contains art, furnishings and artifacts that are as magnificent as you will see in some of the larger more well known chateaux. Check for tour times in advance (may change by season), the tour takes about an hour. The grounds are beautifully mantained. Situated less than an hour from Aix en Provence it is well worth the visit. Situated next to a small zoo if you are traveling with children. Not recommended if you have any problems walking

Visited May 2012
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