Chateau de Goult - Living Room
Despite its scale, the chateau has a homely feel in its rooms, which are impressive but not imposing. The oldest part dates to the 12th century, the newest to the 17th century.
|The magnificent stone staircase.|
On entering you are met with the extraordinary stone staircase that winds up to the top of the chateau (above left).
On the ground floor is the main living room with comfortable sofas around the fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, and wireless internet. In one corner is a book-lined study and on the walls, 18th century Provencal stucco.
Beyond this are the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is equipped with everything you would need: large American fridge-freezer, dishwasher, wide cooker, and all the tableware for feeding a castleful.
Upstairs you come to the oldest part of the building, the Salle des Gardes (the guards' room), which dates back to the 1300s when the chateau defended itself against frequent conquerors and invaders. There is even a little chapel for when things weren't going well. The Salle des Gardes is now a sitting room with fireplace (above) and a dining area with glass ceiling and chandeliers (right).
The upstairs living room with piano and big games table.
Ground floor living room.
One floor up is another large living room with a big fireplace, sofas, a piano, and a large games table (there are also board games).
The kitchen is well equipped and well used to catering for large numbers.
The Salle des Gardes has a great ambience in the evening.
Dining room next to kitchen seats 14.
The newly restored tower (below) now has a roof and from the top there are wonderful views of Provence, including the white-topped Mont Ventoux, Bonnieux and Lacoste, and Goult itself.
Views from the top of the tower include Mont Ventoux to the north (centre), and Bonnieux, Lacoste and the Luberon range to the east (right).