In 1064, the territory of La Barben belonged to the Abbey of Saint Victor of Marseille. 

The Castle then was a property of Pierre de Pontevès, Lord of Lambesc, in 1143. 

In 1387, according to Nostradamus, William of Pontevès, having thrown himself into the party against Louis II of Anjou, the land of La Barben was taken from him. 


King René united the land to the estate and became owner of the castle in 1439. He yielded the castle on 18 June 1453 to his daughter Yolande de Lorraine who in 1474 exchanged it against the castle of Valbonette. King René sold the Castle of La Barben on June 10, 1474 to John II of Forbin, brother of Palamedes called "The Great", who played a primordial role in the reunion of Provence and the kingdom of Louis XI. The result is the Forbin motto presented throughout the castle "I made the King Count, the Count made me King". 


The Forbin family owned the castle for five centuries. 


In 1963, the Marquis de Forbin sold the property to Mr André Pons, an agricultural engineer who very quickly opened it to the public. Mr André Pons lived there with his family and created a warm and welcoming atmosphere to convey to each visitor, both adults and children with his love and respect for this château, a jewel of the Provençal heritage which he revived during 35 years .


Today the eldest daughter, Ghislaine Pons a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, a former Museum Curator and her husband, Bertrand Pillivuyt, chemical engineer, MBA and board member of a CAC 40 company, continue this tradition of hospitality and welcome yearly 24000 visitors. Educated at Louvre, Ghislaine Pons also created the Perfume museums Fragonard in Grasse and in Paris, and is the author of several books on the history of perfume.