Château de Sarzay

Sarzay, France

The Château de Sarzay is a 14th-century castle in the village of Sarzay. This imposing medieval fortress comprises 38 towers and three drawbridges. Numerous furnished rooms maintain their historical authenticity. From the tops of the towers, with their superb carpentry, one can discover the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Restored deep moats, the chapel and the hall complete the beauty of the site.

The manor of Sarzay belonged to the Barbançois family since the middle of the 14th century. They were a family of knights whose sons distinguished themselves in the battles of the Hundred Years War. The family built the castle and remained owners until 1720. Their title was promoted to marquis in 1651.

To begin with, the castle was open ground circled by a ditch and defended by an enclosure of which the only remnant is a chapel-tower. In 1360, the lord of Sarzy, Guillaume de Barbançois, fought the English outside the nearby town of La Châtre, before looting the town. Sarzay was at the edge of the kingdom of France, facing the English possessions of Poitou, Limousin and Aquitaine, and thus formed part of the first line of defence of the kingdom. Around 1440, Jean de Barbançois constructed a hall flanked with five towers, one of which served the various floors. The towers were crowned with machicolations. The castle contained the English invasion. Surviving intact from the Hundred Years War, the Wars of Religion, the Fronde and the French Revolution, it is today one of the most photographed monuments in France.

The castle on two hectares was bought in the end of 1982 by Richard Hurbain and his wife, Francoise, and their three sons. Hurbain pledged to restore the moats, build halls in the medieval style, and restore outbuildings as holiday accommodation. The castle is open to the public.

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Le Château 1, Sarzay, France
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)

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Swm'r 'N Wtr (3 months ago)
Old medieval fortress / castle. Nice place to visit of you are in this region. Unfortunately they don't seem to have received budget for the full restoration. Friendly owner of the property.
Mark Hellemans (15 months ago)
Medieval castle without changes in later dates.
Nick Butcher (17 months ago)
Loved the random collections, especially the taxidermy and medieval weapons lying about. A labour of love for the owners.
Sara Dhooma (20 months ago)
Such a unique and interesting place to spend the night! I visited the Chateau de Sarzay while walking the Vezelay Camino de Santiago in October 2020. I was super excited to see the castle in the distance, and as I walked closer it became more and more lovely. I was warmly greeted with tea and a hot fire by my hostess. The bed and breakfast space is not inside the actual castle, but small out building on the castle grounds. The accommodations were wonderfully decorated and I felt like a queen! I visited the lovingly restored castle on my own with an English pamphlet. It was great fun to step back into time and explore the different rooms. It is possible to arrange for an evening meal - and I was not disappointed by the delicious spread. Breakfast in the morning was also quite tasty and really filling to prepare for another day hiking the Camino. Although the Chateau de Sarzay is pricier than the average pilgrim accommodations, I absolutely recommended making the splurge for this once in a lifetime opportunity! For more details, check out my YouTube Channel and search for the video titled "Day 13- Vezelay Camino | Exploring Sarzay Castle through the Darkness with a Bop on the Head".
j Smith (3 years ago)
It's a must go you will love it
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