During your stay you will discover a monument marked by its history, from the Middle Ages to the period of the Popes, up to the 20th century. Its history is also closely linked to that of the Sade family in the 18th century.
This stunning building towers over the village, the Sorgues plain, Luberon and Alpilles in the distance. The 12th century fortified château of Saumane de Vaucluse was transformed into a veritable bastion in the 15th century. Its mazelike architecture was added to during various periods and you’ll find secret corridors and dungeons which surely sparked the young Marquis de Sade’s imagination.
Donatien Alphonse François de Sadz, a.k.a. the "Marquis de Sade," lived in this château from the age of 5 to 10.
There are other fascinating parts of the château: a dining room with a twin calotte-shaped vaulted ceiling whose acoustics are such that a person standing in one corner can hear what someone in the opposite corner is whispering. According to an agreement between Monsieur de Sade and his farmer, mass on Saturdays and midnight mass were taken in the untouched little Sainte Rose Chapel...
The château remained in the Sade Family until 1868 when it was sold to the Mayor of Saumane then bought by the Croset Family in 1872. Vaucluse Council bought it in 1982 and entrusted it to the Communauté de Communes du Pays des Sorgues et des Monts de Vaucluse on a 40 year lease.