Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are settling down in a château on the French Riviera. Rumour has it that the couple have decided on Chateau Miraval – a £3.5 million estate in the tiny village of Brignol in the Var. The château has 35 bedrooms, 20 fountains, aqueducts, a lake, a swimming pool and a thriving vineyard. It's got a rich history too . . .
Miraval dates back to pre Roman times and is sited closed to the Via Aurelia - one of the five main roads radiating from Rome. In the 13th century Miraval was a monastery, attached to the Pignans Monastery and in 1252, it seems probable that St. Thomas Aquinas broke his journey here en route to the University of Paris from the University of Naples.
In the 1400s the Prince of Naples joined the French Court and settled at Miraval. At the turn of the twentieth century, Miraval was home to the celebrated inventor of reinforced concrete - Joseph Lambot.
In the 1970s Jacques Loussier, the well-known jazz pianist, created one of the world's foremost recording studios – Studio Miraval - where many great musicians including Pink Floyd, Sting, Sade and the Cranberries have all recorded their music.
Last year the couple had looked at the Chateau Val Joanis in the the Luberon region north of Aix-en-Provence which also had a vineyard. I wonder if the lure of wine making has caught the couple?
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