Everything You Need to Know About Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's $60 Million French Chateau
Chateau Miraval, a sprawling villa in Correns, France, has served as a family retreat since 2008, as well as hosting their wedding in 2014. In the aftermath of their split, it’s unclear what will become of the historical property.
The small agricultural community in which the chateau is located heard news of the divorce “on the morning news,” one villager tells PEOPLE. Another adds, “We heard about it last. Everyone knows — except their neighbors.” The town, which prides itself on being the first site for growing organic wine in France, didn’t see much of Jolie and Pitt, with one source saying “We don’t see Brad. From time to time, you’ll hear that he was here for the wine, or you see their helicopter, but theirs is a private life here and we respect that.”
Pitt, 52, has recently been spotted traveling to the chateau several times on his own, most recently in June after his appearance at the Le Mans auto race, where he waved the starting flag, and during the wine harvest in early September. Multiple sources tell PEOPLE there have been no sightings of Jolie, 41, this year, with one source suggesting she hasn’t since June 2015, when the former couple leased a classic car to tour around France.
“Brad has been coming to Miraval every few weeks in season this year,” a source told PEOPLE. “He has been filming in Europe and he’s come in a couple of times, for a couple of days.”
Although they didn’t officially purchase the home until 2012 (for an estimated $60 million), the couple signed a long-term lease on the property in 2008. Neighbors in the region at the time included Johnny Depp and David and Victoria Beckham.
The 1,200-acre estate sits along an ancient Roman road and contains multiple structures from the 17th century. Remnants of a Romanesque chapel, where Jolie and Pitt married, can be found on the property, as well as pine forests, olive groves, sprawling hillsides, a private lake, numerous fountains, a vineyard and a moat.
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Pitt reportedly put his stamp on the property, which includes 35 rooms in the main house, in order to make it more kid-friendly. The improvements include a spa, gym, indoor and outdoor pools, a home theater, a video game room, a dirt bike course and a helicopter pad. Jolie also made some additions to the chateau, having a 200-year-old olive tree relocated to the garden in 2010.
American winemaker Tom Bove, who owned the property in 1992, became one of France’s top producers of organic wine. Pitt and Jolie carried on the tradition by launching Miraval Wines in 2013. The first 6,000 bottles of rosé they produced sold out in five hours.
Another notable feature is Studio Miraval, a full recording studio added to the property in 1970 by French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier. Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Sting and Muse are a few of the artists said to have recorded there.
Jolie filed for divorce citing irreconcilable difference after 12 years together. Both parties released statements asking for privacy during this time, with Pitt saying “What matters most now is the well-being of our kids.”
- With reporting by Peter Mikelbank